Senior Level Attendees from Hot Topic, Beanstalk and WGSN will be Taking Part at Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit North America

Expert-led education topics span NFTs, metaverse, retail and more.
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September 13, 2022

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Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit (B&LIS) North America

, a two-day thought leadership conference dedicated to transforming the future of brand licensing, has extended the Early Bird discount and confirmed the first wave of delegates registered to attend the November 8-9 event. Held at Convene New York in New York City, B&LIS North America is a content-driven conference designed to advance the $292 billion global licensing industry.

The Early Bird deadline for the event has been extended to

Sept. 16


Delegates attending the two-day conference are from businesses across the brand licensing spectrum, with titles including vice president, founder, chief executive officer, senior vice president (SVP), strategic director, licensing director and licensing manager, and come from companies such as



Concept One Accessories


Hallmark Cards

, US Embassy Quito,



Brand Central




Phoenix International


Hot Topic


Moose Toys



, Mob Entertainment, WGSN and more.

"The quality

and seniority of delegates confirmed for the conference this November is incredibly high with delegates looking to stay informed of the latest industry trends and network with like-minded licensing decision-makers," says Anna Knight, senior vice president, Global Licensing Group, Informa, organizers of B&LIS North America. "The program includes a wide variety of topics and trends available for in depth-education focused solely on the licensing industry, which makes B&LIS North America so unique. We could not be more excited to bring these industry leaders together to develop strong connections and showcase the power of brand extension as a licensing tool.”

Conference sessions and speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Session:

    Changing Retail Landscape: Retailers’ Evolving Post-Pandemic Strategies

    • Speakers: Maura Regan, president, Licensing International; Robin Motts, vice president/general merchandising manager, Hot Topic Inc.; Jamie Uitdenhowen, executive vice president/general manager, Toys "R" Us, WHP Global
    • Session:

      Metaverse in Action: Converting Buzz to Consumer Purchase 

      • Speaker: Justin W. Hochberg, chief executive officer and founder, Virtual Brand Group
      • Session:

        Fighting Fakes: How Luxury is Beating the System

        • Speakers: Hyun Ouk Cho, president, LVMH Korea; DK Lee, founder and chief brand manager, MarqVision
        • Session:

          From NFT to Dollars: How NFTs can Actually Make Sense

          • Speakers: Ross Misher, chief executive officer, Brand Central; Alex Locke, founder and managing member, Bored of Directors, and IP/Technology Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
          • Session:

            Sustainability Session

            • Speaker: Andrea Green, advisory and U.S. ambassador, Products of Change
            • Session:

              Economic Overview: What Challenges are Forecast for 2023?

              • Speaker: Simeon Siegel, chartered financial analyst, managing director, BMO Capital Markets
              • Session:

                Sustainability Panel

                • Speaker: Linda Morgenstern, vice president, brand management, Beanstalk
                • Session:

                  Think Tank: Can the Licensing Process be Rebuilt?

                  • Speakers: Michelle McLaughlin, chief executive officer, Brand Activation Consulting; Sam Hafif, chief executive officer, Concept One Accessories; Maya Assis, vice president, licensing, KOMAR; Winnie Jaing, senior director, licensing strategy and partnerships, Hot Topic.
                  • Session:

                    Marketing 2.0: How to Reach Gen Z and Alpha

                    • Speakers: Philippe Guinaudeau, chief executive officer, BrandTrends; Todd Kaufman, vice president, strategy and partnerships, Beanstalk; Caryn Sterling, JoJo Siwa's manager, brand development and strategy, executive producer, Sterling Worldwide; David Lee, senior director, global licensing and cultural marketing, Kellogg; Debra Joester, president, The Joester Loria Group
                    • Session:

                      Diversity & Inclusion: Walking the Talk

                      • Speaker:Cory Moss, chief executive officer, CLC
                      • Session:

                        Trends: The Changing Consumer and Product Trends Set to Dominate in the Year Ahead

                        • Speaker: Erin Rechner, head, Kidswear, WGSN
                        • Session:

                          Market Forces Impacting U.S. Entertainment Licensing

                          • Speaker: Kristen McLean, executive director, industry analyst, NPD
                          • Session:

                            A conversation with a metaverse platform and brand

                            • Speaker: Mathieu Nouzareth, chief executive officer, The Sandbox US



                            for the most up-to-date speaker lineup. Delegates wishing to send a team of three or more should contact

                            [email protected]

                            to find out more.

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