Women In Toys Announce Wonder Women Awards Finalists

The 30th anniversary of the Wonder Women Awards is coming – and finalists have been announced.
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January 3, 2022

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Women in Toys
Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WiT)

 has announced the slate of nominee finalists for its 30th Anniversary 

Wonder Women Awards

, which is set to return to New York City on Feb. 20 at Pier Sixty coinciding with Toy Fair New York. The annual event, hosted by WiT, a nonprofit organization and global community whose mission is to advocate for the advancement of women and a more inclusive and equitable workforce, will recognize outstanding industry leaders in toys, licensing and entertainment for their impactful contributions over the past two years.  

The finalists are: 

DESIGNER/INVENTOR 

  • Carla Schneider – WubbaNub 
    • Carolina Arce – Jazwares 
      • Jackeline Gonzalez – Universal Brand Development 
        • Kenna O'Brien – Mattel 
          • Launi King – DPEP (Disney) 
            • Mel Hershey – Hasbro 
              • Tahlia Gee – Moose Toys 
                • Vina Arriaga – Fuse 

                  LICENSOR/ENTERTAINMENT 

                  • Alpana VIrani – Universal Brand Development 
                    • Jennifer Kobashi – Mattel 
                      • Jes Wolfe – Rebel Girls 
                        • Jordyn Curtis – LEGO Systems, Inc.  
                          • Karri Bean – DPEP (Disney) 
                            • Kerri Estreich – Sesame Workshop 
                              • Kerry Tucker – pocket.watch 
                                • Susan Brandt – Dr. Seuss Enterprises 
                                  • Tara Craze – Hasbro 
                                    • Yvette Sittrop – Moose Toys 

                                      LICENSEE/MANUFACTURER 

                                      • Allyson Sullivan – LEGO Systems, Inc.  
                                        • Amanda Bright – Spin Master 
                                          • Aneisha Vieira – ZURU Toys 
                                            • Carly McGinnis – Exploding Kittens 
                                              • Julie Gwaltney – TOMY 
                                                • Karen Branson – IMC Toys 
                                                  • Melissa Kustell – Hasbro 
                                                    • Riza Javellana – Mattel 
                                                      • Tiffany Good – TOMY 

                                                        COVID HERO 

                                                        • Anna Mowbray – ZURU Toys 
                                                          • Holly Peacock – Spin Master 
                                                            • Karen Balduf – Mattel 
                                                              • Mary Mason – Little Medical School 
                                                                • The LEGO Group 
                                                                  • Monica Monteiro – Hasbro 
                                                                    • Stacy Lellos – Workman Publishing 
                                                                      • Susie Jaramillo – Encantos 
                                                                        • ViacomCBS   

                                                                          SOCIAL GOOD 

                                                                          • Alicha Treerotchananon – Magic Dolls Thailand 
                                                                            • Amanda Gummer – Good Play Guide 
                                                                              • Cynthia Nishimoto – Bandai America 
                                                                                • Jennifer DuBuisson – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                  • Kate O'Loughlin – SuperAwesome 
                                                                                    • Mary Couzin – Chicago Toy & Game Group 
                                                                                      • Pamela Gill-Alabaster – Mattel 
                                                                                        • Sarah Jordan – Mastermind Toys 
                                                                                          • Sarah Knott – Hasbro 
                                                                                            • Sharon Keilthy – Jiminy Eco Toys 
                                                                                              • Tammy Smitham – Spin Master 
                                                                                                • Terri-Nichelle Bradley – Brown Toy Box 
                                                                                                  • Yla Eason – Olmec Toys 

                                                                                                    MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS  

                                                                                                    • Arlene Biran – Spin Master 
                                                                                                      • Beatrice Chow – Sesame Workshop 
                                                                                                        • Dana Moncrief – Moose Toys 
                                                                                                          • Devin Tucker – Mattel 
                                                                                                            • Erika Sava – ZURU Toys 
                                                                                                              • Lisa Orman – KidStuff Public Relations 
                                                                                                                • Mary Pietrucha – VTech 
                                                                                                                  • Renee Guida – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                                                    • Shannon Spisak – Dr. Seuss Enterprises 
                                                                                                                      • Shannon Vacca – Universal Brand Development 
                                                                                                                        • Susan Anderson – Mastermind Toys 
                                                                                                                          • Teresa Pearson – Hasbro 

                                                                                                                            DEAL MAKER 

                                                                                                                            • Chelsea Wood – IMC Toys 
                                                                                                                              • Claudette Munoz Molina – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                                                                • Elizabeth Moody – Seven Towns 
                                                                                                                                  • Jessica Vivolo – Jazwares 
                                                                                                                                    • Karen Margolis – Bandai America 
                                                                                                                                      • Paula Kupfer – Hasbro Inc. 
                                                                                                                                        • Sara Taylor – Spin Master 
                                                                                                                                          • Sherrie Conn – ZURU Toys 
                                                                                                                                            • Siobhan Elvin – ViacomCBS 
                                                                                                                                              • Tatania Minguet – Mattel 
                                                                                                                                                • Trina McFarland – TinkerTini 

                                                                                                                                                  RISING STAR / DESIGNER/INVENTOR 

                                                                                                                                                  • Joanna Paul – Whatsitsface 
                                                                                                                                                    • Lorena Montalvo – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                      • Vanessa Fung – Universal Brand Development 
                                                                                                                                                        • Hilary Richards – BOO BOO BALL 

                                                                                                                                                          STORYTELLER 

                                                                                                                                                          • Azhelle Wade – The Toy Coach 
                                                                                                                                                            • Christina Royston – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                              • Jenni Townsend – Moose Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                • Liz Lamb-Ferro – Hasbro 
                                                                                                                                                                  • Liz Maglione – Mattel 
                                                                                                                                                                    • Nana Bouwens – Memory Print Nederland b.v. 
                                                                                                                                                                      • Niki Lopez – ViacomCBS 
                                                                                                                                                                        • Raquel Roca – IMC Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                          • Stacey Kovalsky – USPA Global Licensing 
                                                                                                                                                                            • Stephanie Guo – Spin Master 

                                                                                                                                                                              UNSUNG HERO 

                                                                                                                                                                              • Alison Whitaker – Moose Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                                • Amy Yoslov-Llaneta – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Beth Colosi – VTech 
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Catherine Souza – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Coco Chan – ZURU Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debbie Hancock – Hasbro 
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Erica Lenard – Joyful Consulting 
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hannah Palfrey – Fuse 
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jennifer Petsche – PlayMonster 
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Joyce Mesch – Otis College of Art and Design 
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maggie Snow – Mattel 
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Michele Martell – Martel Media House 
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mimi Stella – What Do You Meme LLC 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nissa Benjamin – Jazwares 
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sara Gibber – Make It Real 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sara Newbold – ViacomCBS 
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toni Stevens – Spin Master   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                WONDER GIRL  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nicole Laeno – Influencer, The Lego Group  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cassie & Sabrina Glow – Glow Girls Kid Voiceover 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Anastasia Radzinskaya – Like Nastya 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Alaya High – That Girl Lay Lay, ViacomCBS  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Love, Diana – pocket.watch 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RISING STAR / DEAL MAKER 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brittany Oliver – ZURU Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Molly Robbins – USPA Global Licensing Inc 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RISING STAR / LICENSOR/ENTERTAINMENT 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alex Yee – DPEP (Disney) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Claire O’Sullivan – Hasbro/eOne 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Haley Yates – ViacomCBS 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tiffany Suzuki – Crunchyroll 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RISING STAR / LICENSEE/MANUFACTURER 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jamie Emmick – Beverly Hill Teddy Bear 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dr. Lisa Williams – The Fresh Dolls (World of EPI) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            RISING STAR / SOCIAL GOOD 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Louisa Parast – Hasbro 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Maria Altamirano – Lego Systems 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Louisa Parast – Hasbro   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                RISING STAR / STORYTELLER 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Danielle Battaglia – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Rupa Parekh – Umani Studio 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RISING STAR / MARKETING/ PUBLIC RELATIONS 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chedney Rogers – Hasbro 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jenna Kay – Moose Toys 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jenna Marson – Dr. Seuss Enterprises 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jordan Swenson – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Molly Martin – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rachael Reid – Spin Master 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sakita Withers – PlayMonster 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sabrina Taraborelli – Mattel 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RISING STAR / UNSUNG HERO 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amanda Marschall – The LEGO Group 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jessica Anderson – TOMY 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Keilany Whyte – Jazwares 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Our

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          slate of finalists includes incredible women who continued to innovate and make their mark on our industry during the past two years of COVID and massive disruption in our industry,” Genna Rosenberg and Jennifer Caveza, co-chairs, WIT Wonder Women said in a joint statement. “We look forward to the industry learning more about their extraordinary contributions as they vote for 2022 Wonder Women Winners in advance of the upcoming Awards dinner.”  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Voting for the Wonder Women Awards is open to all WiT members, through Friday, Jan. 14, and the winners will be announced at the event on Feb. 20.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tickets to the Wonder Women Awards are available for purchase 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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