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EMPOWERMENT

DAY 2018

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PITCH • LEARN • GROW

Join us on October 1st, 2018, in Dallas, 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, and guidance.

SAVE THE DATE

Monday, October 1, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fall Toy Preview® at Dallas Market Center
FREE | For WIT members ONLY

You must be a WIT member to attend this event.
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PRODUCT PITCHES

Meet face-to-face in private pitch sessions with Walmart buyers across multiple categories, and Inventor Relations executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster, Jazwares and Basic Fun! for feedback and licensing opportunities. To be eligible for Walmart pitches, your product must be currently 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 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.

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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?
Expect to 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?

Walmart Toy & Game Buyers

IP Attorneys

Manufacturing & Packaging Experts

Product Testing & Safety Experts

Inventor Relations Executives

Crowdsourcing Companies

Marketing/PR Consultants

SBA Representatives

Licensing And Financial Agents

Product Development & Manufacturing Experts

Ecommerce & Sales Experts

Trade Organizations (TIA, ASTRA)

Registration Opens

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
BREAK

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

1:30 PM
Keynote Speaker

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Toy Company Pitch Sessions | Hasbro, Spin Master, PlayMonster, Jazwares, Basic Fun!

2:15 – 4:15 PM
Educational Sessions: WBENC Certification | Social Media | Facebook/Google Ads | Licensing 101

4:15 – 4:30 PM
BREAK

4:30 – 5:00 PM
Sharing, Feedback & Empowerment Day Recap

5:30 – 7:30 PM
Cocktails & Connections Networking Event

*Subject to change

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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.

Learn the Ropes Webinar Series
WIT EMPOWERMENT DAY 101

Learn everything you need to know to prepare for Empowerment Day. Hosted by Co-Chairs Nancy Zwiers and Deb de Sherbinin.

Monday, June 25, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
Online—Join us from anywhere!

Cocktails & Connections

Unwind, mix & mingle over delicious food, drinks, and great networking with other Empowerment Day participants and Fall Toy Preview attendees and exhibitors. Takes place immediately after Empowerment Day, and open to all – WIT members and non-members.

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