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Women in Toys Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

New York, NY - March 1, 2018 - Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is pleased to announce additions to its leadership with the election of new board members.

These latest appointments mark another important step WIT is taking to deliver the organization’s mission to serve, empower and provide career growth opportunities to women working in the toy, licensing and entertainment industries. New board members are:

Lisa Shamus, President of Lisa Shamus & Partners, serving as Mentorship Chair
Jadyn Rosario, Principal of Simplicity Consulting, serving as Regional Chapter Chair
Julie Christopher, VP Marketing North America at eOne, serving as Marketing Chair
Laurie Schacht, President at Adventure Publishing, serving as Communications Chair
Michele Martell, Esq., Founder of Martell Media House, serving as Programming Chair
Karen Kilpatrick, VP Marketing at JazWings, serving as Nominations Chair

"We have a very strong leadership foundation, and I couldn't be more pleased with these appointments,” said Ashley Mady, WIT President. “Their individual and collective talents combined with their passionate commitment to WIT’s mission will bring insightful and exciting perspectives to our board.”

Women in Toys also thanks outgoing board member and former Northern California Chapter Chair, Caitlin Gutekunst, for her strong leadership and dedication to WIT. After four years of service as the organization’s Regional Chapter Chair, Caitlin will step down from the board in late March. Her seat will be filled by Jadyn Rosario.

Mady added, “I am grateful to Caitlin for devoting her time and talents to support our U.S. Chapter Chairs. While her service is coming to an end, her contributions will be a guiding light as WIT continues to grow and move forward.”

For a complete list of board members, please click here.


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.

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