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WIT Breakfast & Panel at ChiTAG
600 E. Grand Ave
Room Number: 325/326
WIT Members must login to pay member price.
DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2018
7:30 - 8:00 AM – Arrivals, Light Breakfast & Networking
8:00 - 9:00 AM – Panel & Discussion
Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand Ave., Room 325/326, Chicago, IL
ChiTAG is in Festival Hall A. Our event is located one floor directly above ChiTAG.
WIT Members – $30 | Non-members – $35
Ticket price includes light breakfast, coffee & juice. WIT Members must login to get member price.
Please RSVP by Friday, November 9.
MEET THE PANELISTS:
Kimberly is the president of ASTRA, the world’s largest specialty toy association serving more than 1,800 independent specialty toy retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and toy industry experts. She has been a leader in the association industry for more than 20 years. Prior to her role with ASTRA, Kimberly served as CIO for the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Association Forum where she served in many leadership roles, including chair of the Diversity Workforce Committee. Kimberly also lectures, blogs and writes articles on association management and technology.
Owner, *play Toy Stores
Ann Kienzle is a toy Industry veteran with 22+ years of experience in sales, product development, retail and consulting. She has worked on all sides of the toy industry…manufacturing, sales rep, and now as a retailer. Ann is the proud owner of *play in Logan Square in Chicago, and has recently opened a second store in Lincoln Park. *play is an award-winning toy store and is a member of The Good Toy Group. Ann served for six years on the ASTRA Board of Directors including three years on the executive board and as the Chair of the organization. She currently serves on ASTRA’s Innovation Council.
Head of Inventor Relations at The Canadian Group; Principal at Master Retail Advisors
Leila is an accomplished retail merchant with 16 years of experience managing several of the largest toy categories. Most recently, she joined The Canadian Group as Head of Inventor Relations and New Product Acquisitions. Through her consulting firm, Master Retail Advisors, she uses her extensive product and industry knowledge, and her passion for toys and character licenses to guide inventors, entrepreneurs and product developers as they formulate their pitches and presentations to retail buyers. Leila received her MBA from Columbia Business School and her BA from UCLA. She was honored as the 2013 Wonder Woman of Toys in Retail.
Group Publisher, The Pop Insider; Editor-in-Chief, The Toy Book / The Toy Insider
Jackie has been reporting on retail and toy industry trends for 16 years. She has been featured on CNBC's Power Lunch, CNN, MSNBC, Cheddar, Fox & Friends, and the Netflix series, The Toys That Made Us. Jackie is the recipient of the 2012 Wonder Woman Award in the field of Journalism & Social Media.
Speaker, Consultant, Activist and Founder/Creator of Go! Go! Sports Girls
Jodi is the creator of the Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls and books, which encourage healthy and active play over fashion and body image. She is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant and activist in the movement pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes. Jodi has been featured in national media including the Today Show, Forbes, Parents, Shape, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. In 2016, she was invited by The White House to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys. In October 2016, the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares.
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