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Power Up Your Business at WIT Empowerment Day on September 26 at Dallas Market Center

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Kicks Off Fall Toy Preview® with product pitch opportunities and networking with Walmart, Hasbro, Spin Master, Moose Toys, Jazwares and top industry experts.

New York, NY – June 8, 2016 – Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is pleased to announce that its annual WIT Empowerment Day event will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016, the day before Fall Toy Preview® in Dallas officially begins. Held in collaboration with Walmart, WIT Empowerment Day provides a power-packed day and exposure to the industry’s best and brightest – all ready to help participants take their businesses and careers to the next level.

The event is designed for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, inventors and business owners who want to grow their business or catapult their career in the area of toys, games, licensing and entertainment.

WIT members will have the unique opportunity to pitch their products to Walmart buyers, and pitch products and concepts to top toy companies including Hasbro, Spin Master, Moose Toys and Jazwares. Members will also be able to attend interactive Info Sessions with top industry experts which will delve into topics on crowdfunding, financing, patents and trademarks, packaging, manufacturing and distribution, marketing and PR, and much more.

Empowerment Day Keynote and panel discussions are open to both WIT members and non-members, and include a Walmart Buyer Panel, Financial Alternatives Panel with Indiegogo, Toy Safety panel and more. Speakers and additional panels will be announced soon.

WIT Empowerment Day – Registration Now Open: Advance registration for WIT Empowerment day is required. Those wishing to pitch Walmart buyers must be a 51% women-owned business, and prequalify by completing the Walmart Pitch Application portion of the registration form. Click here for WIT Empowerment Day Registration Form.

WIT Empowerment Day is free to its members, however all must register for Fall Toy Preview and display a badge to participate. Click here for more information.

Empowerment Day 101 Webinar – June 16, 2016 – 12-1pm EST: WIT will host a series of free interactive briefing webinars to prepare participants for this event. The first webinar, Empowerment Day 101, will be hosted by Empowerment Day Co-Chairs Nancy Zwiers, CMO of Spin Master and Deb de Sherbinin, founder of KidSmart, who will provide an overview of the day’s activities, share tips on how to prepare for product pitches, and give details on what women-owned businesses need to qualify to pitch Walmart. Click here for information and to register for the Webinar.

WIT Cocktails & Connections: Immediately following WIT Empowerment Day at 6:00 pm on September 26, all Fall Toy Preview guests and exhibitors are invited to join Empowerment Day attendees, speakers and participants for a fun and relaxing evening of mixing and mingling over delicious food and drink. Tickets to this event must be purchased separately. Click here for more information.


ABOUT WOMEN IN TOYS, LICENSING & ENTERTAINMENT
Founded in 1991, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) / The WIT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance women through leadership, networking and educational opportunities. WIT serves and supports women at all stages of their careers, from entrepreneurs and startups to seasoned industry veterans. The WIT Foundation grants scholarships to deserving students enrolled in industry-related undergraduate programs. WIT has 25 chapters throughout the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, France, the UK and Australia, with liaisons in Finland, Germany, India and Lebanon.