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

License Global

September 13, 2022

3 Min Read
B&LIS logo.
B&LIS logo.B&LIS

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 Beanstalk, Concept One Accessories, Hallmark Cards, US Embassy Quito, Crayola, Brand Central, Komar, Phoenix International, Hot Topic, Moose Toys, Octane5, 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.”

Related:B&LIS Insight Series: Brand Licensing with a Purpose

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

Visit 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.

About the Author(s)

License Global

License Global is the leading news source for the brand licensing industry, delivering award-winning editorial content including news, trends, analysis, and special reports about the global consumer product and retail marketplace.

Through its print edition, website, daily e-newsletter and event publications, License Global reaches more than 150,000 executives and professionals in all major markets. The magazine also serves as the official publication for the sector’s trade events, which include Licensing Expo, Brand Licensing Europe, Licensing Expo Japan, Licensing Expo Shanghai and the Licensing Leadership Summit.

Subscribe for updates directly into your inbox.




Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry Article
Join 62,000+ members. Yes, it's completely free.

You May Also Like