WIT’S Winning Moves

July 21, 2014 in Events


Thank you to our amazing sponsors

We’re providing YOU the opportunity to pitch to Walmart, share your inventions with toy companies and learn from the best in the business through our speed mentoring sessions. 

Date: Monday, October 6th, 2014
(The Day Before Fall Toy Preview)

Location: Dallas Market Center

Event Times: 1:00 – 8:30 PM
(Join us for the workshop during the day, the cocktail party at night or both!)

Panel Discussions / Presentations (Location: Expo on 1)
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Topics include selling to Walmart, approaches to raising capital and talks from industry experts.

Melissa Bernstein, Co-founder and Co-owner of Melissa & Doug
Anne Marie Kehoe, Vice President of Toys at Walmart U.S.
Jenny Grieser, Senior Director of Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment 

 *The panel discussions are free and open to all Fall Toy Preview attendees (women & men). Seating is first come, first serve. Please RSVP to lori@brandberry.com if you will be attending the panel discussions.

Coffee Break / Snacks & Networking (Location: Expo on 1)
3:00 – 3:30 PM
A chance to meet & network with like-minded professionals. 

The coffee break is generously brought to you by Hasbro.

Pitches / Speed Mentoring (Location: Expo on 1)
3:30 – 6:15 PM
Pitch sessions will give suppliers the opportunity to present directly to Walmart  buyers across various toy categories. 

*To participate, your business must be 51% women-owned and you are required 
to be a WIT member, in good standing and be an official registrant of Fall Toy Preview.
Inventors will have the ability to show their concepts 
to some of the biggest toy companies.

Hasbro – Rich Mazel, Director of Global Toy Acquisition
Winning Moves Games – Laura Pecci, Sr. VP of Innovations and Acquisitions
Spin Master – Ben Dermer, VP, New Ideas and Innovation 

*To participate you are required to be a WIT member, in good standing and be an official registrant of Fall Toy Preview.
Enjoy speed mentoring by top experts in different fields such as licensing, manufacturing, crowd sourcing and more!

Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder and Co- Owner of Melissa & Doug
Genna Rosenberg, CEO of GennComm, LLC
Nancy Zwiers, CEO and Chief Funosopher of Funosophy
Deb de Sherbinin, President of KidSmart
Wendy Smolen, Creative Strategist
Ellen Idler, Sales Coach
Lisa Arlen, Sr. Director of Sales, Jada Toys
Steve Ronchetto, Walmart Director for Girls and Preschool

*To participate you are required to be a WIT member, in good standing and be an official registrant of Fall Toy Preview.

WIT’s Winning Moves Cocktail Party (Location: D15trict Lounge)
6:30 – 8:30 PM
We invite you to enjoy an amazing view, cocktails & appetizers in a spectacular setting inside the Dallas Market Center on the 15th floor. 

*This event is open to all (women, men, WIT members and non-members). 

Space is limited and we expect to sell out.

Please email Lori Perry with any questions.


WIT’s Winning Moves Workshop Committee:

Katherine Blessinger
Laurie Deluca
Jen Derevensky
Meredith Eisenberg
Sheila Griffin
Ellen Idler
Karen Kilpatrick
Ashley Mady
Rachel Molder
Lori Perry
Deb de Sherbinin
Wendy Smolen
Nancy Zwiers

WIT’s Cocktail Party Chair:
Sheila Griffin

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