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Women in Toys Announces 16th Annual Wonder Women Awards Finalists

And the finalists are…

Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has announced its nominees for the 16th annual Wonder Women Awards.

“We had the most submissions to date, and our slate of 2020 Wonder Women Finalists reflects the brain trust of brilliant women making an impact on our industry,” says Karen Kilpatrick, committee chair, WIT Nominations. “We are excited to celebrate this year’s outstanding finalists, the incredible winners and our esteemed honorees at the upcoming Wonder Women Awards.” 

Voting for the Wonder Women Awards will be open to all WIT members from Wednesday, Jan. 15 to Monday, Jan. 27. 

The 2020 Wonder Women Award Finalists are:

CREATOR / DESIGNER / INVENTOR

  • Angie Cella – GemC2, Creator of Blinger
  • Carla Schneider – WubbaNub
  • Catalina Escobar – Basic Fun!
  • Deirdre Cross – Funko
  • Kana Claussen – Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company
  • Kathryn Hosford – ViacomCBS
  • Kim Culmone – Mattel
  • Roxana Powell – Disney Consumer Products
  • Teri Weiss – DreamWorks Animation
  • Vickie Stratford – Hasbro

LICENSOR / ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bek Fairweather – Moose Toys
  • Carla Silva – King Features, a division of Hearst
  • Glenda Beltran – ViacomCBS
  • Julie Thompson – LEGO Systems, Inc.
  • Laura Clunie – Spin Master
  • Linda Morgenstern – Beanstalk
  • Mellany Masterson – Nelvana Enterprises, a division of Corus Entertainment
  • Michelle Fode – The Walt Disney Company
  • Susan Brandt – Dr. Seuss Enterprises

LICENSEE / MANUFACTURER

  • Anna Mowbray – ZURU
  • Bridget Russo – Just Play
  • Haley Maiden – Moose Toys
  • Heidi Schwartz – Universal Branding & Media
  • Ivonne Olivares – The LEGO Group
  • Joyce Reid – Little Kids
  • Kate Keller – Spin Master
  • Kate Sheets – Playtime Engineering
  • Katia May – Bandai America
  • Sasha Davenport – Hasbro

MARKETING / PR

  • Amy Wann – PlayMonster
  • Cristy Collins – Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company
  • Danielle Norwood – VTech Electronics North America 
  • Jen Boswinkel – Hasbro
  • Jessica Aceti – Funko
  • Jessica Murphy – ViacomCBS
  • Jodi McDonald – Spin Master
  • Karen Branson – IMC Toys US
  • Krista Berger – Mattel
  • Sunny Lauridsen – Just Play

RISING STAR CORPORATE

  • Azhelle Wade – Creative Kids
  • Chelsea Morrissey – Hasbro
  • Elaine Chang – The Walt Disney Company/Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
  • Elizabeth Scarwid – IMG
  • Jacqueline Daniels – VTech Electronics North America
  • Maddie Michalik – The Toy Book
  • Marissa Beck – Mattel
  • Mika Nakano – NBCUniversal
  • Natalie Wight – WowWee
  • Rebecca Mond – The Toy Association
  • Tanja Gaspardo – Spin Master

RISING STAR INDEPENDENT

  • Beth Fynbo – Busy Baby
  • Callie Christensen & Kelly Oriard – Slumberkins
  • Jessie Silbert – Celestial Buddies
  • Jillian Lakritz – Yoee Baby
  • Jill Walters – Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld
  • Joanna Paul – Whatsitsface
  • Madeleine Hunter – Hunter Products
  • Madison Robinson – FishFlops
  • Marcia Haut – SmartNoggin Toys
  • Robin Sydney – Zorbitz
  • Sara Farber – Galactic Sneeze

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Allison Kohll – Hasbro
  • Anna Mowbray – ZURU
  • Belinda Gruebner –- Moose Toys
  • Claire Ellis – Entertainment One
  • Elizabeth Max – The Toy Foundation
  • Jennifer DuBuisson – The LEGO Group
  • Jennifer Pace Robinson – The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Nancy Molenda – Mattel 
  • Rachel Griffin – JAKKS Pacific
  • Rebecca Mond – The Toy Association
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