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2024 WONDER WOMEN AWARDS

Celebrating the Wonder in Every Woman!

Lights, Camera, Action! On September 13, 2024, join us at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the remarkable women executives, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and changemakers who are propelling the toy, consumer products, licensing and entertainment industries forward.

 

Timed to coincide with LA Fall Toy Previews, this year's much-anticipated celebration will bring together top industry executives from manufacturers, entertainment studios, retailers, media outlets, and the world's most iconic brand owners. Together, let’s honor the brilliant women whose innovation and leadership ignite and uplift our industry!

Friday, September 13, 2024

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (PDT)

The Beverly Hilton  

Los Angeles

2024 Award Categories

ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE recognizes  a purpose-driven woman who has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to advocating for gender equality and diversity within the industry, inspiring positive change and fostering inclusivity.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Human Resources, DEI

BRAND EXCELLENCE  recognizes  the collaborative efforts of a dedicated team that has collectively contributed to the outstanding success and development of a brand, demonstrating exceptional creativity, innovation, and teamwork.

Team Award 

Suggested Recipients:: Marketing, Licensing,  Sales

BRAND FRANCHISE  recognizes an accomplished woman or team who has played a key role in bringing an IP to life through innovative collaborations, licensed partnership, and curated retail programs in traditional and/or non-traditional distribution channels.

Individual or Team Award 

Suggested Recipients: Outbound Licensing, Brand Partnerships, Retail Development

COMMERCIAL SALES recognizes  a top-performing sales team for their exceptional work, high standards and knowledge, creative approach, and contributions made to exceed sales goals and drive top-line revenue and growth.

Team Award 

Suggested Recipients: Internal Sales Teams, External Sales Reps

CORPORATE CHANGE  recognizes the collaborative efforts of a company who has shown outstanding support for women in the consumer products industry

Team Award 

Suggested Recipients: Company

DESIGNER/INVENTOR - CORPORATE recognizes a woman for her exceptional brilliance, creativity, and ingenuity in product or property design within a large corporation. This award celebrates her significant contributions to the industry, showcasing her transformative achievements

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Designer, Inventor, Product Development

DESIGNER/INVENTOR - INDEPENDENT/ENTREPRENEUR recognizes a woman for her outstanding brilliance, creativity, and ingenuity as a small business owner or entrepreneur in product or property design. This award celebrates her significant contributions to the industry, highlighting her innovative achievements.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Designer, Inventor,  Product Development

DIGITAL INNOVATOR  recognizes a  woman for her exceptional innovation and success in digital technology or e-commerce. This award celebrates her exceptional contributions and visionary leadership, setting new standards and reshaping the future of digital platforms.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Service Providers, Digital Platforms

DIGITAL STORYTELLER  recognizes a talented woman in the digital space—whether an influencer, ad executive, content creator, writer, illustrator, or animator—who has delivered compelling content and demonstrated excellence in brand storytelling and cross-channel consumer engagement.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Content Creator, Influencer

INBOUND LICENSING  recognizes an accomplished woman for her exceptional skill and success in creating and launching stellar licensed products or product lines based on third-party IP. Through her innovative approach and strategic partnerships, she has set new standards for excellence.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Manufacturer

LICENSING AGENT/AGENCY  recognizes a  talented licensing agent or agency that has demonstrated exceptional skill, creativity, and success in licensing properties and brands across various consumer product categories.

Individual or Team Award 

Suggested Recipients: Agent or Agency

MARKETING  recognizes an accomplished woman for her excellence, ground-breaking ideas, and outstanding achievements in delivering effective and innovative marketing campaigns.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Marketing

MENTOR OF THE YEAR  Recognizing an inspirational woman who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to mentoring others, who has gone above and beyond to support, guide, and inspire others to achieve their full potential.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Individual From Any Company

PR EXCELLENCE CORPORATE  Recognizing an outstanding woman who has achieved success in creating and executing exceptional PR/communications campaigns that have resulted in the growth of IP, increased brand awareness, and exceptional ROI.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Corporate Executive

PR EXCELLENCE SMALL BUSINESS/ENTREPRENEUR  Recognizing an outstanding woman or PR agency who has achieved success in creating and executing exceptional PR/communications campaigns that have resulted in the growth of IP, increased brand awareness, and exceptional ROI.

Individual or Team Award 

Suggested Recipients: Business Owner or Agency

RISING LEADER >500 EMPLOYEES  Recognizing a driven early-career woman who demonstrates significant promise as an emerging leader, and exhibits ingenuity of thought with the potential for substantial and lasting influence on the industry.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Early Stage Executive

RISING LEADER <500 EMPLOYEES  Recognizing a driven early-career woman who demonstrates significant promise as an emerging leader, and exhibits ingenuity of thought with the potential for substantial and lasting influence on the industry.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Early Stage Executive

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR  Honoring a female small business owner for her exceptional leadership, entrepreneurial drive, and innovative spirit. She has navigated entrepreneurship's challenges with dedication and strategic vision, leading to significant growth and success. Her ability to inspire, adapt, and create impact sets her apart as a leader and role model.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Small Business Owner or Entrepreneur

SUSTAINABILITY EXCELLENCE  Recognizing a visionary woman whose commitment to sustainability in product development has made a profound and lasting impact on the industry. Her innovative approaches and ability to inspire change exemplify the highest standards of sustainability.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Product Development

UNSUNG HERO  Recognizing a talented woman who consistently goes above and beyond to make the magic happen. Whether in operations, logistics, finance, accounting, research, legal, or other areas of the business, her contributions are countless, and she plays an integral role in her company.

Individual Award 

Suggested Recipients: Executive or Entrepreneur: Operations, Logistics, Finance, Accounting, Research, Legal

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

 

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Nominations are open from March 27 through May 19, 2023.

 

Submission Fee:
$100 per nomination - Your contribution to nominate will benefit the WiT Foundation Scholarship Program and fund vitally important programming. Nomination fees are non-refundable.

 

Eligibility:

  • Anyone may submit a nominee.

  • Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. 

  • For companies nominating employees, please limit your nominations to one nominee per category.

  • Nominator has consent on behalf of the nominee for submitting the nomination.

  • Submissions must be received by May 19, 2023 to be eligible.

 

On the nomination form, tell us why your candidate is deserving of a nomination, and include a bullet list of 3-5 major accomplishments. (Total 300 words or less)

 

Follow These Helpful Hints:

  • Edit your submission carefully, as the content you provide will be published for voters to review.

  • Focus on your nominee’s achievements and accomplishments instead of your personal relationship with her.

  • Use a bullet-list when describing your nominee's accomplishments. This makes it easy for voters to read.

  • Review the Award Criteria on this page and address one or more of the questions shown, which will be considered when deciding the final slate of nominees.

AWARD CRITERIA


The Wonder Women Awards recognize outstanding women who have made a significant and lasting impact on the toy, consumer products, licensing and entertainment industries.

 

Tell us your nominee's story! Emphasize the unique elements of her leadership achievements that make her stand out. How have her accomplishments:

  • Positively impacted her company, peers, or industry?

  • Contributed to the growth or improvement of her company or the toy, licensing or entertainment industries?

  • Served as a role model for other individuals or companies in the industry?
     

SELECTION PROCESS

 

All nominee submissions will be reviewed by the Wonder Women Committee and WiT staff to ensure eligibility is met. When necessary, a nominee may be moved to a different category than originally nominated.

 

All nominees will be contacted by WiT, and have the opportunity to accept or decline their nomination prior to the official Final Slate announcement. 

 

Voting for the winners will be conducted by all active WiT members, including Committee Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and WiT Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at the Wonder Women Awards Gala in New York City on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

 

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN THROUGH APRIL 19, 2024

 

Submission Fee:
$100 per nomination - Your contribution will benefit the WiT Foundation Scholarship Program and fund vitally important programming. Nomination fees are non-refundable.

 

Eligibility:

  • Please note new TEAM and INDIVDUAL Awards.

  • For TEAM Awards, provide the name of the female team leader. If the team wins, the team leader should accept the award, and the team is invited to join her on stage. Team Awards may include male allies.

  • Anyone may submit a nominee.

  • Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. 

  • Companies, please nominate only one nominee per category.

  • Nominator must have the nominee’s consent to submit the nomination.

  • While not required, we encourage nominees to attend the Wonder Women Awards Gala.

  • Submissions must be received by April 19, 2024 to be eligible.

 

SELECTION PROCESS

 

All nominee submissions will be reviewed by the Wonder Women Committee and WiT staff to ensure eligibility is met. When necessary, a nominee may be moved to a different category than originally nominated.

 

All nominees will be contacted by WiT, and have the opportunity to accept or decline their nomination prior to the official Final Slate announcement. 

 

Voting for the winners will be conducted by all active WiT members, including Committee Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and WiT Voting for the winners will be conducted by all active WiT members, including Committee Chairs, Chapter Chairs, and WiT Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at the Wonder Women Awards Gala in Los Angeles on Friday, September 13, 2024.

FAQ

When will the location be announced, and when can I buy tickets?

The location for the 2024 Wonder Women Awards Gala in Los Angeles, CA will be announced soon. Tickets will be available for purchase at that time.


What is the format of the WiT Wonder Women Awards?

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner and Awards program.


What is the suggested attire for the WiT Wonder Women Awards?

Evening or cocktail attire is recommended. 

Is there assigned seating at the event?

Yes. We will do our best to seat you with everyone in your party. Please include any seating requests in the notes section of your ticket purchase. Assigned seating is only guaranteed for full table purchases.


Does the Wonder Women Awards sell out?

Yes, this event has sold out in the past and may sell out again so purchase your tickets early.!


Are tickets refundable?

No, all ticket purchases are non-refundable.


I’m a journalist who wants to cover the WiT Wonder Women Awards on Friday, September 13. Are there tickets for the media?

For press-related inquiries, please email info@womenintoys.com


Directions to the event:

Details coming soon!

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