WONDER WOMEN

2017

HONOREES & WINNERS

Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Gamechanger Award

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Jill Barad

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Couzin

Mary Couzin

Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award

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Andre Lake Mayer

ENTERTAINMENT

ZAG Entertainment

Laura Zebresky
Laura Zebersky

MANUFACTURING

Jazwares

Jennifer Bennett WIT Stories
Jennifer Bennett

LICENSING

Mattel

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Lisa Wuennemann

MARKETING

PlayMonster

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Karen Kilpatrick

RISING STAR

JazWings

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Kathryn Hardy

RISING STAR

Disney Consumer Products

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Marissa DiBartolo

RISING STAR

Toy Book/Toy Insider

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Nikki Kennamer

RISING STAR

Hasbro

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Stephanie Haggerty

RISING STAR

Moose Toys

Julie Kerwin WIT Stories
Julie Kerwin

RISING STAR

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PAST WINNERS

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

Designer or Inventor – Lori Rotter – Blip Toys
Entrepreneur – Laurie Zoob Hyman – Green Toys
Journalism and Social Media – Jackie Breyer – Adventure Publishing
Licensing Agent – Jennifer Richmond – Richmond Management Group
Licensee – Lauren Whitehead – JAKKS Pacific
Licensor – JoAnn McLaughlin – Disney Consumer Products
Life Time Achievement – Joanne Oppenheim – Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Manufacturer – Jennifer Caveza – JAKKS Pacific
Marketing, Advertising and Branding – Sasha Junk– Kidz Bop
Publishing – Laurie Schacht – Adventure Publishing
Public Relations and Communications – Janis VanTine – Imperial Toy
Retailer of the Year – Lori Costley – Walmart
Rising Star – Elizabeth Miller – Hasbro
Sales – Renee Lochhead – Spin Master
Social Responsibility – Deidre Lind – Mattel
Consultant of the Year – Reyne Rice, Toy Industry Association
Inventor/Designer of the Year – Lisa Gelfond, 9 dots
Manufacturer of the Year – Shirley Price, Funrise Toy Corporation
Retailer of the Year – Lisa Harnisch, Toys R Us
Social Media/Digital Marketing of the Year – Kim Vandenbroucke, The Game Aisle
Women to Watch – Anne-Marie Feliciano, JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Designer/Inventor – Leslie Scott, Oxford Games
Entrepreneur – Melanie Corpstein, Adorable Originals
Green – Ewa Martinoff, Shainsware
Licensor – Ann Kearns, Global Toys – Sesame Workshop
Licensing Agent – Patti Becker, Becker Associates
Manufacturer – Bryony Bouyer, Hasbro
Online Social Networker – Lisa Orman, KidStuff Public Relations
Retailer – Bernadette Voelker, QVC
Women to Watch:
Genna Rosenberg, JAKKS Pacific
Consultant – Stephanie Azzarone, Child’s Play Communications
Designer/Inventor – Fanny Wong, Fanny’s Playhouse
Entrepreneur
Mary Couzin, Chitag
Mia Galison, Eeboo
Maureen McHale, McHale Design
Green – Sarah Alvarez & Debbie Smith, Idbids
Manufacturer – Sharon John, Hasbro
Licensor – Leigh Anne Brodsky, Nick and Viacom Consumer Products
Licensing Agent – Carlin West, 4Kids Entertainment
Retailer – Laura Phillips, Wal-Mart
Women to Watch:
Jill Waller, Cranium
Elizabeth Werner, iVillage
In Memoriam
Annette Shelley, Annette Shelley Inc
Consultant – Lisa Orman, KidStuff Public Relations
Designer/Inventor – Melone Griffiths, Hasbro
Entrepreneur – Laura Rangel & Lisa Steen Proctor, KidsGive
Licensor – Holly Rawlinson, Pokemon USA
Manufacturer – Julia Fitzgerald, Vtech Electronics
Retailer – Ellen Hearney Mizer, Barnes & Noble
Women to Watch:
Samantha Lomow, Hasbro
Judy Ellis, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Jill Gaynor, Beyond Learning
In Memoriam
Martine Redman Donofrio
Designer/Inventor – Gina Beebe, American Girl
Entrepreneur – Stevanne Auerbach, Dr. Toy
Manufacturer – Patty Jackson, Zizzle
Retailer – Sharon DiMinico, Learning Express
Women to Watch:
Lisa Marie Arneson, Bright Spots
Kathleen McHugh, Astra
Denise Gray Robinson, Dolls Like Me
Designer/Inventor – Judy Shackelford, Shackelford & Associates
Entrepreneur – Debra Fine, Small World Kids
Manufacturer – Lynne Rosenblum, Overbreak
Retailer – Melody Young, Toysrus.com
Women to Watch:
Liane Czirjak, Oregon Scientific
Julie Dix & Danielle Ayotte, Taggies
Elise Lachowyn, Spin Master, Ltd.
Kimberly Kociencki, Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence  (SPLiCE)
Designer/Inventor – Betty Morris, K+B Innovations
Entrepreneur – Nancy Zwiers, Funosophy
Manufacturer – Nurit Amdur, Alex Toys
Retailer – Maxine Clark, Build-a-Bear Workshop