More than 500 executives in toys, licensing and entertainment gathered in New York for the presentation of the 2016 Women in Toys Wonder Woman awards winners.
Industry networking body Women in Toys celebrated its 25th anniversary at its 12th annual Gala event and honoured those crowned this year’s 12 winners drawn from from over 50 nominees from around the world.
The Designer/Inventor award was presented to Jacqui Tobias, Moose Toys' director and head of Girls Product Development.
WIT founders Anne Pitrone and Susan Matsumoto were singled out for their achievement at the event which also handed the Game Changer Award to Mattel for the evolution of its Barbie brand with the recent expansion of the Barbie Fashionistas.
“Congratulations to this year’s winners, honourees and nominees,” said Genna Rosenberg, principal at GennComm and co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards Dinner. “All of them are leaders and amazing, creative resources of this industry, and we are so proud and honoured to be able to recognise them.”
The WIT Wonder Woman award winners are:
Manufacturer: Cat Demas, Spin Master VP and Preschool Girls Global Business head
Rising Star: Laura Guilbault, Hasbro director of Disney Princess and Frozen Product and Marketing Strategy
Public Relations: Tara Tucker, Spin Master VP Global Marketing Communications
Designer/Inventor award: Jacqui Tobias, Moose Toys director and head of Girls Product Development
Licensing & Entertainment: Joan Grasso, Entertainment One VP Licensing North America
Marketing: Kimberly Willis Boyd, Hasbro VP US Marketing, Gaming and Partner Brands
Social Responsibility: Joan Lawrence, Toy Industry Association Senior VP Standards and Regulatory Affairs
Social Influencer: Melissa & Gracie Hunter, Mommy & Gracie Show/Family Video Network
Retailer: Anne Marie Kehoe, Walmart VP Toys