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WiT EMPOWER DAYS

NOVEMBER 2 + 3, 2021

GET READY TO PITCH YOUR IDEA!

Our industry needs more women inventors! Pitch your toy, game or play product idea to top toy companies and industry  mentors at WiT Empower Days, November 2 & 3, 2021.

This event gives women inventors, creators, entrepreneurs and start-ups the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their ideas, and who knows — You might just land a licensing deal!

Applications close Friday, October 22, 2021 and space is limited!

WHO IS THIS FOR?

If you’re a female inventor, creator or designer, and you have an idea for a a toy, game, or product for kids and play — WiT Empower Days was made for you.

Here are the categories to think about...

  • Arts & Crafts/Activities
  • Building Sets/Blocks
  • Collectibles
  • Dolls/Soft Toy
  • Dress Up/Role Play
  • Educational
  • Games & Puzzles
  • Outdoor Play
  • Sensory Toys
  • STEM Toys
  • Sustainable/Eco-Friendly
  • Vehicles
  • Radio/RC
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WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

  • You’ll get priceless feedback on your product, concept or idea
  • You'll personally connect with top toy company Inventor Relations executives and seasoned toy industry expert mentors.
  • You’ll connect with other like-minded creatives in the WiT Community members.

HOW IT WORKS

Space is limited, and applications will be accepted on a first-come basis.

Approved applicants will have the chance to pitch in up to five 15-minute sessions with reviewers (toy company Inventor Relations executives and/or industry expert mentors). 

Participants will receive written feedback and contact information from all reviewers after the event. 

 

Participating Toy Companies

Educational Insights

Goliath Games

Hasbro

Jazwares

Make It Real

Mattel

Melissa & Doug

Play Monster

Ravensburger

Spin Master

 

Think Fun

TOMY

ViacomCBS

INDUSTRY EXPERT MENTORS

AmandaGummer

Amanda Gummer

CEO
Good Play Guide

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Anita Castellar

CEO
FanGirl Consulting

AzhelleWade

Azhelle Wade

President
The Toy Coach

Christina Sklavenitis

Christina Sklavenitis Consulting

Deirdre Cross

Deirdre Cross

VP Funko Games - Sales,
Marketing, Business Dev.
FUNKO

KarenDiamond

Karen Diamond

Executive Producer
The Brand Liaison

KarenKilpatrick

Karen Kilpatrick

Author & Entrepreneur

Laurie Smith

EVP Licensing
The Brand Liaison

Leila Nosrati

Principal
Master Toy Advisors

Nancy Zwiers

Nancy Zwiers

Executive Coach
CMO Coaches

Patricia Senior

Brand Manager
Spin Master

Marketing Creative Director/Inventor
Thought Bubbles LLC

 

StephaniePottick

Stephanie Pottick

Licensing, Business &
Legal Consultant
Pottick Law

 

StephanieBailey

Stephanie Bailey

VP of Global Toys
ViacomCBS

SteveHeller

Steve Heller

President
The Brand Liaison

TOY COMPANY INVENTOR RELATIONS EXECUTIVES

Adam Hocherman

VP, New Business
PlayMonster

Allison Gabbey

Sr. Inventor Relations Associate
Mattel

AudreyWatanabe

Audrey Watanabe

Associate Manager, Inventor Relations
Mattel

BrianGeppert

Brent Geppert

Senior Product Manager
Educational Insights

BrianThornber

Brian Thornber

Inventor Relations Associatie
Jazwares

Chris Lutchen

Design Director
TOMY

Sr. Director, Inventor Relations
Jazwares

DenieceNunez

Deniece Nunez

Manager, Inventor Relations
Hasbro

DominiqueRoy

Dominique Roy

Vice President, Innovation and Manufacturing
Make It Real

Dougal Grimes

VP of Innovation and Inventor Relations
Spin Master

Gena Lavallee

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Make It Real

Harrie Sivanander

Director of Innovation and Preliminary Design
Spin Master

Jeffrey Butler

Product Design Innovation Director
Melissa & Doug

Associate Brand Manager, Innovation
Melissa & Doug

 

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Jiselle Hernandez

Inventor Relations Coordinator
Jazwares

Julie Gwaltney

Director - Toys
TOMY International

Brand Innovation Manager
Melissa & Doug

 

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Lauren Mershon

Inventor Relations Manager
Jazwares

Lisa Wuennemann

AVP Marketing
PlayMonster

Mike Mulvihill

Game Producer
Ravensburger

NaomiBrugnatelli

Naomi Brugnatelli

Inventor Relations Games Manager
Hasbro

Nick Tourville

Product Designer/Inventor Relations
ThinkFun/Ravensburger

Nikki Bauman

Manager, Inventor Relations at Fisher-Price
Mattel

Rich Mazel

VP of Innovation
Spin Master

SarahFranco

Sarah Franco

Associate Manager, Inventor Relations
Mattel

Sara Furay

Sr. Manager of Business Development
Goliath Games

Shanon Lyon

Game Developer
Ravensburger

SofiaDumery

Sofia Dumery

Head of Design
Melissa & Doug

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