The WIT Wonder Women Awards recognize and honor outstanding business leaders, senior managers and entrepreneurs for their achievements and significant contributions to the toy, licensing and entertainment industries. Join us to celebrate these talented industry leaders at the 14th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City.
Being nominated for a Wonder Woman Award is a great honor. This is your opportunity to recognize and reward an individual who has made meaningful contributions to the toy, licensing and entertainment industries.
Anyone may submit a nominee for a Wonder Women Award. You might like to partner with a friend to nominate. Self-nominations are welcome.
Submissions fees are non-refundable, and are as follows:
Nominations close October 31, 2017
Nominees will be reviewed by a panel of Judges, and final nominees will be selected based on criteria met.
A nominee may be moved to a different category than originally nominated.
Voting will be conducted by WIT members, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and key industry influencers.
Winners will be announced at the Wonder Women Awards Gala on February 18, 2018.
Some things to consider when nominating your candidate for a Wonder Woman award:
Share why you’re nominating this Wonder Woman, or what makes your nominee a Wonder Woman.
Provide any additional information we should know about your nominee. Files and links to articles, websites, etc. may be sent to Amy Good.
Nominations are now closed.
VIP Table – 10 Seats – $5,000
Standard Table – 10 Seats – $3,500
* All tables include Digital Tribute Book Ad
* Buy tables with industry friends to secure reserved seats!
* All tables must be paid by check to Women in Toys Inc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a table.
What is the format of the WIT Wonder Women Awards Gala?
The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 PM; the seated dinner and Awards program begins at 7:30 pm.
Is there assigned seating at the event?
Yes, there is assigned seating. We will try our best to seat you with everyone in your party. Please include any seating requests in the notes section of your ticket purchase and we will try to accommodate. Assigned seating is only guaranteed for full table purchases.
How do I get my tickets for the Gala?
Tickets are now available. Please scroll up to purchase. No printed tickets will be issued for the event. Guest names appear on a check-in list at the door.
Does the Gala sell out?
Yes, this event may sell out.
Are tickets refundable?
Tickets are non-refundable.
I’m a journalist who wants to cover the WIT Wonder Women Awards Gala on Sunday, February 19. Are there tickets for the media?
For press-related inquiries, please email email@example.com.
Directions to Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City
Pier Sixty is housed within the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, located at 23rd Street and the Hudson River. Vehicles may enter the complex from the West Side Highway between 22nd and 23rd Streets in Manhattan.
WIT Founder Honoree – Anne Pitrone – Pitrone & Associates
WIT Founder Honoree – Susan Matsumoto – Kennedy-Matsumoto Design
Wonder Girl – Sydney & Toni Loew – Poketti
Retailer – Anne Marie Kehoe – Walmart
Manufacturer – Cat Demas – Spin Master
Designer/Inventor – Jacqui Tobias – Moose Toys
Licensing/Entertainment – Joan Grasso – Entertainment One
Social Responsibility – Joan Lawrence – Toy Industry Association
Marketing – Kimberly Willis Boyd – Hasbro
Rising Star – Laura Guilbault – Hasbro
Social Influencer – Melissa & Gracie Hunter – Mommy & Gracie Show/ Family Video Network
Public Relations – Tara Tucker – Spin Master
Lifetime Achievement – Ann Kearns – Sesame Workshop
Wonder Girl – Lyla Black – Lyla Tov Monsters
People’s Choice – Elaine Blackmore Carovilla – Disney Consumer Products
Designer or Inventor – Ditte Buun Pedersen – LEGO Future Lab
Licensing & Entertainment – Samantha Freeman – Out of the Blue
Licensing & Entertainment – Angela Santomero – Out of the Blue
Manufacturer – Irene Li – The Bridge Direct
Marketing/Advertising – Tamara Stewart – Moose Toys
PR/Social Media – Julie Duffy – Hasbro
Retailer – Eva Lorenz – Amazon.com
Rising Star – Alice Brooks – Roominate
Rising Star – Bettina Chen – Roominate
Social Responsibility – Deborah Dicochea – Mattel, Inc.
Designer or Inventor – Kiyomi Haverly – Mattel Global Brands
Licensing & Entertainment – Naz Cuevas – Rovio Entertainment Inc.
Licensing & Entertainment – Donna Tobin – Hasbro, Inc.
Lifetime Achievement – Rita Raiffe – GUND
Manufacturer – Stefanie Barone – MZ Berger
Marketing – Susie Lecker – Fisher-Price
Public Relations – Michele Litzky – Litzky Public Relations
Retailer – Christina Jansa – Target
Rising Star – Debra Sterling – GoldieBlox
Designer or Inventor – Nancy Zwiers – Funosophy
Licensing & Entertainment – Lourdes Arocho – Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Lifetime Achievement Award – Cathy Meredith – Hasbro
Manufacturer – Gale Jarvis Alexander Doll Co.
Marketing or Branding – Alita Friedman – Pretty Ugly, LLC
PR * Social Media – Jen Derevensky – Ren Beanie Public Relation
Socially Responsible – Jean Butler – The Toy Industry Foundation
Retailer – Leila Nosrati – Toys R Us
Rising Star – Caitlin Gutekunst – Mind Candy
Superman Award – Carter Keithley – The TIA
Superman Award – Jay Foreman – The Bridge