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Sustainability, social impact and inclusivity recognised at Women in Toys' Wonder Women Awards 2022

Wed 05 Jan 2022 | 12:34 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

Women in Toys Wonder Women Awards will celebrate Social Good

The pursuit of better sustainability and social impact within the toy industry is to be celebrated at this year’s Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment’s 30th anniversary Wonder Women Awards through the inclusion of leaders within the field in the organisation’s Social Good award category. Mattel’s global head of sustainability, Pamela Gill-Alabaster and Jiminy Eco Toys’ founder and CEO, Sharon Keilthy are among a 13-strong named shortlist of finalists for the Social Good award at this year’s WIT Wonder Women Awards taking place this February to coincide with Toy Fair New York. The shortlist is made up of some of the industry’s most pioneering leaders for social change whether that it within the field of sustainability, inclusivity, positive impact and education. It celebrates the achievements of individuals like Hasbro’s global philanthropy and social impact manager, Sarah Moffitt Knott and the founder of Brown Toy Box, Terri-Nichelle Bradley, and their impact on some of the world’s biggest toy brands, like Mattel, LEGO, and Spin Master. “Our slate of finalists includes incredible women who continued to innovate and make their mark on our industry during the past two years of Covid and massive disruption in our industry,” said Genna Rosenberg and Jennifer Cavaza, WIT Wonder Women co-chairs. “We look forward to the industry learning more about their extraordinary contributions as they vote for 2022 Wonder Women Winners in advance of the upcoming Awards dinner.” Scheduled to take place at Pier Sixty on February 20, 2022 ad coinciding with Toy Fair New York, the annual Wonder Women event will recognise outstanding industry leaders in toys, licensing, and entertainment for their impactful contributions over the past two years. Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment is a nonprofit organisation and global community on a mission to advocate for the advancement of women and a more inclusive and equitable workforce. The shortlist of finalists under the Social Good category includes leading figures from some of the biggest toy companies and organisations from around the world. The finalists in the Social Good category are: Alicha Treerotchananon – Magic Dolls Thailand Amanda Gummer – Good Play Guide Cynthia Nishimoto – Bandai America Jennifer DuBuisson – The LEGO Group Kate O’ Loughlin – SuperAwesome Mary Couzin – Chicago Toy & Game Group Pamela Gill-Alabaster – Mattel Sarah Jordan – Mastermind Toys Sarah Knott – Hasbro Sharon Keilthy – Jiminy Eco Toys Tammy Smitham – Spin Master Terri-Nichelle Bradley – Brown Toy Box Yla Eason – Olmec Toys Voting for the Wonder Women Awards is open to all WIT members until Friday, 14th January and the winners will be announced at the event on Sunday, February 20th.
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