WIT Webinar - Women in Business: Best Strategies to Survive & Thrive During the Pandemic & Beyond

01/21/2021 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ET


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From the burnout of juggling work-at-home schedules to the demands of being a mom to young children, women, particularly mothers, have been disproportionately impacted by job loss since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020 alone, 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce, compared to 216,000 men. And one in four women is considering either leaving the workforce of reducing their work hours. 

Join Amy Thompson, EVP and Chief People Officer at Mattel, and Janice Ross, WIT President, for a screen-side chat webinar on what women can do — and what companies can do — to make sure that 2021 doesn't become the year we unravel all the work we've done to close the gender gap.



DATE: Thursday, January 21, 2021

TIME: 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

MEMBERS:  This Webinar is free for WIT members. Click Members Register Here below.

NON-MEMBERS:  The non-member fee for this Webinar is $29. Click Non-Members Register Here below, or click here to join WIT and enjoy this webinar free of charge.









Amy Thomposn PhotoAmy Thompson

Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Amy Thompson is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Mattel. Amy is responsible for driving cultural transformation at the Company, working with the leadership team to champion Mattel’s mission and values and to ensure optimal collaboration across the global organization operating in 40 countries. As Chief People Officer, Amy oversees all global human resources functions including compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, employee culture and engagement, leadership development, organizational design and development, and talent management. She also leads corporate philanthropy at the Company. 

Amy is a purpose-driven leader with a solid track record of building talent capability and influencing positive cultural change. Prior to joining Mattel, she served as Chief People Officer for TOMS Shoes. In that role, she successfully developed and implemented plans to increase employee engagement and create a high-performance culture through improved organizational design and accountability. During her time at TOMS, she founded TOMS Leading Ladies, an organization dedicated to empowering and inspiring women leaders as they grow their careers. 

Previously, Amy held several global HR leadership roles at Starbucks Coffee Company. During her tenure there, she was a vital strategic partner to multiple business units, including Consumer Packaged Goods, Global Brand and Category Management, International and Retail Operations. While in the position as Vice President, Partner Resources, where she oversaw the Asia Pacific region and accounted for 45,000 employees, she worked directly with executive leaders to strengthen operational capability to meet the fast-growing needs of the business. Earlier in her career, Amy led HR teams and departments at Ticketmaster Corporation and Citysearch.com. 

Amy received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Chaminade University and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Azusa Pacific University. Passionate about helping women and children excel in professional and academic settings, Amy is a proud supporter of Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment and also serves on the Board of Directors for Feed the Children and The Mattel Children’s Foundation. 



Janice Ross PhotoJanice Ross

Managing Partner at Brand Fresh Management
WIT President

Janice Ross is the founder and Managing Partner of Brand Fresh Management and serves as president of Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT). Named Game Changer in 2017 by License Global Magazine, she is a multi-disciplined licensing and branding executive. With over 25 years of global experience in the consumer products and entertainment industries, she develops and executes innovative licensing initiatives, high-impact consumer product strategies, and retail programs for diverse brands.

Prior to founding Brand Fresh Management, Janice held top-level roles leading teams at powerhouse companies including American Greetings as Vice President of Global Licensing and Business Development, and LEGO/Create TV as Head of the Americas, where she co-produced successful direct-to-videos for the BIONICLE franchise.

Janice is a passionate and purposeful advocate for the advancement of women. Under her transformational and servant leadership at WIT, the mission-driven organization has grown exponentially both in programming and member engagement. Serving a community of over 3,000 people, WIT is committed to unlocking the full potential of women to drive innovation, creativity, exceptional teamwork, and a sense of purpose.

Janice received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. She is a mom to boy/girl Gen Z twins and resides in Los Angeles with her husband.






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