WIT Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment
WIT is the leading global networking organization for professional women working in the toy, licensing and entertainment industries. We provide a collaborative, supportive forum and unparalleled opportunities that foster relationship building and growth, designed to help women advance their careers and succeed both professionally and personally.
Our Mission 
WIT’s mission is to support, promote, educate and empower women working in the toy, licensing and entertainment industries, and to provide the resources, connections, and leadership tools to help them achieve professional success.

WIT PRESIDENT

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Ashley Mady

Ashley Mady is the founder and president of Brandberry, Inc., a brand licensing agency and think tank. She is a creative hybrid who blends innovation with business. Ashley began her career at one of the largest toy companies in the industry, working on hit properties including Hannah Montana. As an agent, she has succeeded in reinvigorating established brands such as The Wiggles. She has also built/launched many new IP from the ground up. Ashley has been a passionate, active member of the WIT board since 2010.

A Message From Ashley

Dear Members and Industry Colleagues,

It is with humility and great pride to have the privilege of serving as president of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment. We have seen WIT grow and prosper through the tireless efforts of the many women who have participated as members, volunteers, chapter chairs and board members.

I am honored to be part of this diverse and powerful community of women helping women. I challenge each of you to consider ways that we can better serve you and continue our mission. We’ve made a lot of progress in a short time, but we’re constantly listening to members and looking for ways to bring more benefits, continuing education, networking and career advancement opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

2016 was a year of exciting transformation and tremendous growth for WIT. We more than doubled our membership, introduced numerous exciting initiatives and member benefits, and our future is brighter and more vibrant than every before. Our tagline, We Inspire Together, truly says it best. And we’re just getting started.

My goal is to continue to see WIT grow and be meaningful to each member, partner, and sponsor. Our success is based on new programs and ideas, many of which come from you. Each of us brings our own unique perspective, skill sets, and talents to the organization. This is invaluable to our success. It is inspiring and rewarding to witness the excitement, passion, and dedication of members and volunteers, all working toward the continued growth and advancement of women in our industry.

Whether you are an individual or corporate partner, new to WIT or a longtime member, you are so valuable to the growth and vitality of our organization. I encourage everyone to share their talents, skills and resources so that we can continue to soar to new heights.

Please join us as we create positive change that will not only sustain and grow our industry, it will pave the path for the next generation of leaders.

With warmest regards,

Ashley Mady

STAFF

Amy Good

  Administrative Assistant

Mary Kay Russell

   Executive Director

Peg Brom

Administrative Assistant

FOUNDERS

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Anne Pitrone

With over 20 years’ experience in the design and development of licensed products, Anne Pitrone is an expert at translating some of the most beloved characters into commercially successful ventures, from Cabbage Patch to Spiderman. With an inherent ability to understand parents and kids, Anne interprets their needs and desires into viable products that can be engineered, tooled and manufactured for children around the world. Today, Anne works as a product development consultant to various toy companies. At the center of Anne’s life is expression . . . whether it’s toys . . . art . . . or friendships. She demonstrates that life is an adventure worth exploring, building and sharing with the world!

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Susan Matsumoto

Susan Matsumoto began her toy industry career out of college as a doll designer for Mattel. She then moved on to work for several other firms before starting her own packaging design firm, working with both large and small companies. Together with a partner, she founded her own toy company called Fun First, which helped her understand the toy industry from inception and design, to sourcing and manufacturing, through to sales and shipping. Currently, Matsumoto is inventing and designing in partnership with her husband Mel Kennedy in their company Kennedy-Matsumoto Design. In addition to toy concepts, their projects include hair appliances and accessories, household appliances, and pet products

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alita Friedman

Treasurer

CEO

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Bernadette Boyle

TIA Liaison

Sr. Membership Manager

TIA

Bisma Ansari

Corporate Development Committee

SVP & Global Brand GM

MEGA Brands – Mattel

Caitlin Gutekunst

Regional Chapters Chair

Head of Digital IP

StartApp

Cynthia Nishimoto

Legal Committee Chair

General Counsel

Sr. Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs/Human Resources

Bandai America Incorporated

Deb deSherbinin

Empowerment Chair & Communications Co-Chair

CEO

Perk Consulting

Elizabeth Kong

International Chapters Chair

Sales Manager

Animal Adventure, LLC

Gena Lavallee

Corporate Development Co-Chair

US Executive Director of Merchandising, Senior Buyer for Seasonal Wheels and Outdoor

Toys “R” Us

Genna Rosenberg

Wonder Women Awards Co-Chair; Sponsorship Chair

Principal

GennComm, LLC

Janice Ross

Wonder Women Awards Co-Chair

Head of Global Licensing

American Greetings Entertainment

Jennifer Caveza

Corporate Development Chair

SVP Toys

Nickelodeon

Jennifer Quattrock

Design Co-Chair

Creative Director

QT Rock Design

Jessica Gavin

Scholarship Co-Chair

Vice President Marketing & Licensing

TCG Toys

Laurie DeLuca

Design Co-Chair

Independent Designer

Founder

Innovation Grove

Lourdes Arocho

Corporate Development Committee

Vice President Brand Development

Universal

Mellany Masterson

Scholarship Co-Chair

Director of Business Development

Imports Dragon

Nancy Zwiers

Empowerment Co-Chair

Chief Marketing Officer

Spin Master

Stefanie Barone

Products & Promotions Co-Chair

Just Play

Advisory Board Members

Andrew Kerr, Sutkki

Ann Kearns, AMK Licensing

Anne Pitrone, Pitrone & Associates

Anne Marie Kehoe, Walmart

Barbara Isenberg, North American Bear Co.

Brian Goldner, Hasbro, Inc.

Jay Foreman, The Bridge Direct, Inc.

Joan Packard Luks, The Serenata Group

JoAnn McLaughlin, Marvel Entertainment

Laura Phillips, Walmart

Lisa Harnisch, Summer Infant

Marian Bossard, TIA

Maura Regan, LIMA

Michael Rinzler, Wicked Cool Toys

Neil Friedman, Alex Brands

Patti Becker, Becker Associates LLC

Stephen Stanley, Rubie’s Costume Co.

Pam Kaufman, Nickelodeon

Steve Totzke, Mattel

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Ashley Mady

Chair

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Nancy Zwiers

Vice Chair

Genna Rosenberg

Genna Rosenberg

Vice Chair

Deb de Sherbinin

Deb deSherbinin

Secretary

Alita Friedman (1)

Alita Friedman

Treasurer

COMMITTEES

Get involved with WIT by joining a committee today!
Email info@womenintoys.com for more information.
Chapter Development

The Chapter Development Committee is responsible for strengthening the infrastructure of WIT at the local chapter level, and making recommendations regarding membership recruitment and retention to ensure chapter growth and viability.

Caitlin Gutekunst – U.S. Chapters 
Elizabeth Kong – International Chapters 

Communications

The Communications Committee is responsible for coordinating and monitoring activities related to all WIT communications, including website, newsletters/eblasts, social media sites and public relations.

Deb de Sherbinin – Co-Chair
Genna Rosenberg – Co-Chair
Amy Ansong
Anne-Marie Grill
Janis VanTine
Jen Derevensky
Jodi Norgaard
Lindsay Edwards
Michele Litzky
Stephanie Azzarone
Susan Murphy
Temi Sacks
Laura Devita

Corporate Development

The Corporate Development Committee is responsible for identifying, collaborating on and executing strategic growth partnerships and opportunities that are consistent with WIT’s mission.

Jennifer Caveza – Chair
Bisma Ansari
Caitlin Gutekunst

Genna Rosenberg

Janice Ross

Jennifer Jankowski
Leila Nosrati
Lisa Shamus
Lourdes Arocho
Nancy Zwiers
Sophie Lefebvre
Stacie Speaker

Design

The Design Committee is responsible for designing and producing all graphic elements, print and digital materials, and contributing innovative ideas for ensuring the integrity of the WIT brand.

Jennifer Quattrock – Co-Chair
Laurie DeLuca – Co-Chair
Alli Divincenzo
Diana Avellan
Genji Leclair
Kiki Kolakowski
Ruth Synowic

Empowerment

The Empowerment Committee is responsible for identifying, planning, and implementing programs and events that provide developmental and educational opportunities for WIT members to learn and grow professionally.

Deb deSherbinin – Co-Chair
Nancy Zwiers – Co-Chair
Laura Fletcher
Jennifer Caveza
Jessica Gavin
Jodi Norgaard
Karen Kilpatrick
Brandi Pinsker
Kimberly Carcone
Lamice JouJou
Lisa Shamus – Webinars
Lourdes Arocho
Mellany Masterson
Ronnie Brinkworth
Stacie Speaker
Tonda Sellers
Sophie Lefebvre – Speakers Bureau

Finance

The Finance Committee monitors the financial management of WIT and advises the Board of Directors on financial matters and asset management.

Open position – Chair

Industry Liaison

The Industry Liaison Committee is responsible for identifying and developing relationships between WIT and various industry organizations.

Joan Packard Luks – Chair
Bernadette Boyle – TIA
Victoria Cushey – LIMA
Corey Nascenzi – Children’s Media
Lauren Priffer – JPMA

Legal

The Legal Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Directors on legal matters, as referred to them for review.

Cynthia Nishimoto – Chair
Beth Miller
Carol Brittain
Karen Kilpatrick
Meaghan Kent
Michele Martell
Stephanie Pottick

Marketing & Promotions

The Marketing & Promotions Committee is responsible for creating and implementing marketing plans and campaigns to promote awareness for WIT and The WIT Foundation.

Stefanie Barone – Co-Chair
Jessica Gavin – Co-Chair

Jennifer Quattrock
Roser Pujol
Susan Gerace
Tara Barnes

Membership

The Membership Committee is responsible for cultivating, recruiting and retaining WIT members.

Open Position – Co-Chair
Open Position – Co-Chair
Janice Pollizzitto
Caitlin Gutekunst
Halie Fulton
Katlyn Grasso
Robin Murphy
Stefanie Barone

Nominations

The Nominations Committee is responsible for selecting award categories, developing nominations guidelines, judging criteria and the voting process for the annual Wonder Women Awards.

Chisty Collins – Chair
Caitlin Gutekunst
Deb de Sherbinin
Genna Rosenberg
Jamie Cygielman
Janice Ross

Research

The Research Committee oversees the creation and collection of information in alignment with WIT’s comprehensive research agenda.

Open Position – Chair

Scholarship

Jessica Gavin – Co-Chair
Mellany Masterson – Co-Chair

Catherine Demas
Kaitlin Grasso – Student Ambassador

Sponsorship

Genna Rosenberg – Chair

Martha Montoya

Web & Social Media

Pamela Anderson – Website Chair

Suzanne Mills-Winkler – Social Media Chair

Wonder Women Awards Host

The Wonder Women Awards Committee is responsible for planning, organizing and executing the annual Wonder Women Awards Gala.

Genna Rosenberg – Chair

Brandi Pinsker
Deb de Sherbinin
Elizabeth Kong
Jen Dervensky
Jessica Gavin
Joan Packard Luks
Laurie Deluca
Lisa Shamus
Mellany Masterson
Stefanie Barone
Tom Ortel