Women in Toys Honor Industry Leaders
February 16, 2015,
Lyla Black of Lyla Tov Monsters picked up the inaugural Wonder Girl Award, which recognizes young toy entrepreneurs.
WIT also presented Special Honoree Awards to executives From Sesame Workshop, Amazon.com, and Disney Consumer Products. Ann Kearns, vice president, global toys, Sesame Workshop, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 42 years of service at Sesame Workshop. Eva Lorenz, general manager for toys and games, Amazon.com received the Retailer of the Year Award. Elaine Carovilla, director, Disney Consumer Products, received the People’s Choice Award. For the past seven years, Carovilla has worked Disney Consumer Products’ toy business, launching Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Disney Fairies business, and the juggernaut, Frozen brands, while concurrently working to more than triple the Disney Princess business.
This year’s Wonder Woman Award winners include:
Manufacturer of the Year: Irene Li, The Bridge Direct Public Relations & Social Media – Julie Duffy, Vice President, Global Communications, Hasbro, Inc.
Socially Responsibility: Deborah Dicochea, Mattel Children’s Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy, Mattel Inc.
Licensing and Entertainment: Samantha Freeman and Angela Santomero, Out of the Blue Enterprises
Designer /Inventor: Ditte Bruun Pedersen, Future Lab, The Lego Group
Marketing and Advertising: Tamara Stewart, Moose Toys
Rising Star: Bettina Cheng and Alice Brooks, Roominate
“Congratulations to this year’s winners and nominees,” said Genna Rosenberg, co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards dinner. “There is certainly no shortage of talented women in this industry. This event – which has continued to grow each year – is a testament to the innovative, creative and extraordinary women committed to this industry, its consumers and this organization.”
The WIT Foundation also awarded seven scholarships to students enrolled in toy design, engineering, and entrepreneurial studies at universities including Wharton, OTIS College of Art & Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, OCAD University, and Burg Giebichenstein. Scholarship recipients and other young female entrepreneurs were in attendance, and had the opportunity to connect with and benefit from the industry star power and knowledge base in the room.
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