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Join us for our first-ever virtual
WIT LAUNCH: INNOVATION SUMMIT

 

The toy industry isn’t only fun and games (even if it sort-of is). It can be challenging to navigate the ins and outs of product development, licensing your ideas, and getting your concepts to the shelf. 

 

Think of this one-day event as a “Toy Industry 101” for inventors, entrepreneurs, or anyone wanting to learn more about the toy business. Join us for live and interactive panels, keynotes, and workshops where you’ll get front-and-center access to industry leaders. You’ll leave the event with tangible takeaways, best practices, and tips for success.


All sessions will be recorded and available to registrants following the Summit.
WIT members will have unlimited access to recordings, and non-members will have access for one week.


Read on to discover everything we have in store for this exciting event, and register ASAP to secure your spot!

 

JUMP START YOUR IDEAS TODAY!

Interactive Workshops

High energy, hands-on, cameras-on workshops to help bring your toy and game ideas to life!

Inspiring Speakers

Hear from women founders, inventors, and changemakers discuss innovation in toys in 2020.

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Industry Expert Q&A

From intellectual property to packaging design, experts will answer your questions in real time

Connected Community

Connect and share with other women in the exclusive Innovation Summit Slack Workspace

LIVE SCHEDULE
October 5 - 11AM -7PM EST

11:00 - 11:15

WELCOME

Morning welcome with WIT President, Janice Ross

Start the day with WIT President, and get a chance to connect with other Summit participants

11:15-11:45

KEYNOTE

Jess Weiner - Meet the Activist Toddler

CEO and Culture Expert, Jess Weiner, will contextualize current trends and insights, detailing how we are currently creating a generation of Activists, Multi-hyphenates, and Emotionally Intelligent humans, who are going to change the way we play in the future. 

12:00 - 12:45

PANEL

Where Do (Toy) Babies Come From?

Hear the origin stories behind the ideas and products that this panel of women inventors have brought into the world

1:00 - 1:45

WORKSHOP

Designing for Play with the IDEO Play Lab

Explore how toy concepts are brought to life at this design thinking workshop

2:00 - 2:45

FIRESIDE
CHAT

Creativity at Work: A conversation with Taura Stinson, award-winning singer, songwriter, author, and producer

In this inspiring conversation, hosted by Delanie West, hear how Taura Stinson leverages her various talents across industries, pushes for meaningful change within the entertainment world and believes in the importance of establishing diverse creative teams to drive innovation.

3:00 - 4:00

PANEL

TBA

More details coming soon

4:00 - 4:45

LIVE Q&A

Expert Empower Hour

Live Q&A sessions with industry experts from six subject matter areas

5:00 - 5:45

PANEL

Pitch Perfect: The Do’s and Don'ts of Pitching Your Inventions

Learn the dos and don’ts of pitching your ideas directly from toy company executives who review inventors’ products

6:00 - 7:00

HAPPY
HOUR

WIT Launch Innovation Summit Happy Hour!

Share what you loved, what you learned, and what inspired you as we close out the day!

SPEAKERS

ADAM HOCHERMAN
Playmonster

ALITA FRIEDMAN
Alita's Brand Bar

AZHELLE WADE
The Toy Coach

CAITLIN GUTEKUNST
Creativity Inc.

 

DavidVoss

DAVE VOSS

DAVID WINTER
Jazwares

DELANIE WEST
Be Super Creative

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ERIN FISH

GlendaBeltran

GLENDA BELTRAN
ViacomCBS

 

HARRIE SIVANANDER
Spinmaster

 

JANICE ROSS
WIT President

 

JESS WEINER
Talk To Jess

LeilaNosrati

LEILA NOSRATI
Master Toy Advisers

 

 

MATT NUCCIO
Design Edge

 

MAUREEN MCHALE
McHale Design

 

MICHELE MARTELL
Martell Media House

 

 

MichelleLee

MICHELLE LEE

 

 

NANCY ZWIERS
CMO Coaches

 

RACHEL GRIFFIN
Playwise Partners

 

 

ROBIN SYDNEY
Zorbitz

 

 

RUTH SYNOWIC
Ruth Green Concepts

 

 

SARA FARBER
Galactic Sneeze

 

 

 SHEENA STEPHENS
Playwise Partners

 

 

STEPHANIE POTTICK
Pottick Law PC

 

 

TANYA THOMPSON
Hasbro

 

 

TAURA STINSON

 

 

 

TRINA MCFARLAND
TinkerTini, LLC

 

 

 

 YELITSA JEAN CHARLES
Healthy Roots Dolls

 

 

You won't want to miss this!

WIT MEMBERS

FREE Admission

Unlimited access to all session recordings after the Summit

NON- MEMBERS

$49 Ticket Price

Access to all session recordings for one week after the Summit

WIT Members get a ton of perks throughout the year (Mentorship Program, WIT Webinars, WIT Chat Slack Channel, Member Directory, event discounts & more) — and the WIT Launch: Innovation Summit is no exception. As a member, you'll enjoy free admission to the Innovation Summit and unlimited access to all recorded panels and keynotes.

Sign up Today

FAQ

What time does the Innovation Summit start?

The first session of the starts at 8am PST / 10am CST / 11am EST

 

Who should attend the Innovation Summit?

Entrepreneurs, start-ups, small manufacturers, designers, consultants, freelancers, and anyone eager to learn more about the toy, game, licensing and entertainment industry. While Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment's programs and mission are dedicated to the advancement of women, we welcome non-binary and male attendees who are interested to join the October 5th Innovation Summit too!

 

How do I access the Innovation Summit sessions?

All registered participants will receive an email with a unique link to the WIT Launch Innovation Summit day-of-event site that will be your dashboard for the day’s events. The site will include links to every session, resources, and details to join the Innovation Summit Slack Workspace.

 

Will I have the opportunity to pitch my toy ideas?

If you attended WIT’s Empowerment Day previously, you may have participated in the live pitch sessions. The Innovation Summit on October 5th will not include 1:1 product pitches, but we are planning other pitch opportunities that will be announced soon - stay tuned!

 

What do I need to prep for the Innovation Summit?

We recommend you install Zoom on your desktop computer or laptop and test it out ahead of the summit - even though you’re probably a Zoom pro by now! Grab a notebook and a pen - and jot down any questions you have for the live workshops and Expert Empower Hour sessions.

 

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No way! This Summit is all about connection and collaboration - it’s not your average Zoom webinar! Be ready to join on video to meet other participants, ask questions of the panelists via chat, and share your thoughts and takeaways through Slack.

 

What is WIT Launch?

WIT Launch is a series of multi-dimensional virtual programs designed to boost innovation and creativity within the $90 billion global toy, game and entertainment industry. Aligning with WIT’s mission, every WIT Launch program will include interactive workshops, panels and keynote speakers; industry expert Q&A sessions; mentorship; hands-on learning; and networking with an inclusive community that opens doors to people, resources and opportunities. The Innovation Summit is the very first program in the WIT Launch Series. Learn more at womenintoys.com/witlaunch

 

What is 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 students to entrepreneurs to senior-level executives. 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, Mexico, India and Lebanon.

If you have any other questions please email info@womeintoys.com