PITCH • LEARN • GROW
Join us during Fall Toy Preview® in Dallas on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, where top industry experts will help female entrepreneurs take their business, product or concept to the next level! Get one-on-one mentoring from the best in the business, who will share important trends and insights, and provide you with invaluable education, support, guidance and connections.
SAVE THE DATE
Meet face-to-face in private pitch sessions with Walmart buyers across multiple categories, and product acquisition executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster, Jazwares, Wicked Cool, Basic Fun! and others for feedback and licensing opportunities. To be eligible for Walmart pitches, your product must currently be sold online or in stores. To qualify for all pitches, your company must be women-owned or women-led.
MENTOR INFO SESSIONS, PANELS & EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
Meet one-on-one and learn from top industry experts in over 20 areas of specialty at Speed-Mentoring Info Sessions. Get important insights from a Walmart buyer panel, and learn what toy companies are looking for in the “Be An Inventor” panel, with product acquisition executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, Play Monster, Jazwares, Wicked Cool Toys and Basic Fun! Learn best practices at educational sessions on Social Media/Influencers, Google & Facebook Advertising, and Licensing 101.
GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Get your concept or business off the ground or to the next level while making priceless connections. This is a once-a-year opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
Who Should Go?
Entrepreneurs, start-ups, small manufacturers, inventors, designers, consultants, freelancers, and any women wanting to take their play product, concept, idea or business to the next level.
What Can You Expect?
You'll grow your business and your career, both professionally and personally. Join us for an intimate and highly educational day of insights, inspiration, opportunity, and actionable ideas. Participate in Private Pitch Sessions, Speed-Mentoring Info Sessions, Panel Discussions, and unrivaled opportunities to network with industry thought leaders.
"It's a wonderful way to meet fellow entrepreneurs, get industry experts' advice and buyer feedback. To have one-to-one moments with so many experts in one day is just extremely helpful for my business."
Jennie Fu — 2016 Participant
Who Will You Meet?
8:00 – 8:30 AM
Light Breakfast & Networking
8:30 – 8:45 AM
Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Day
8:45 – 9:15 AM
Inventor Panel (Open to all Fall Toy Preview registrants)
9:15 – 9:45 AM
Walmart Buyer Panel (Open to all Fall Toy Preview registrants)
9:45 – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Walmart & Toy Company Pitch Sessions | Speed Mentoring Info Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Lunch & Networking – Generously sponsored by Hasbro
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Toy Company Pitch Sessions | Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster, Jazwares, Basic Fun! and Wicked Cool Toys
2:15 – 4:15 PM
Educational Sessions - TBA
4:15 – 4:30 PM
4:30 – 5:00 PM
Sharing, Feedback & Empowerment Day Recap
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Cocktails & Connections Networking Event
WHAT PAST ATTENDEES SAY...
"It was a really awesome event and an amazing opportunity for talented inventors to connect. The work WIT does is very meaningful, and there is no better opportunity for entrepreneurial, innovative women in toys than to become involved with WIT."
Nina Brackeen, Goodmark USA — 2016 Participant
"In one single day, entrepreneurs have an opportunity that would take years to gain access to otherwise. The event truly is 'empowering' for women on so may levels. Thank you!"
Julien Sharp — 2016 Participant
"The WIT Empowerment Day provides attendees with a rare gift - the assembled industry leaders and experts who are all focused on helping you get the answers, connections and support you need, whether you have an idea, a prototype or an existing business. So powerful!"
Michele Martell — 2017 Mentor
NEED SOME EXTRA HELP? GET PREPARED.
WIT WEBINAR SERIES
Empowerment Day 101
Learn everything you need to know to prepare for Empowerment Day. Hosted by Co-Chairs Nancy Zwiers and Deb de Sherbinin.
Date & time for Webinars will be announced soon.
Cocktails & Connections
Relax and unwind with Empowerment Day participants and Fall Toy Preview attendees. Open to all WIT members and non-members.