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13th annual Wonder Women Awards Gala to honour Geena Davis and Jill Barad

Published on: 2nd December 2016

The awards reflect women making changes in toys, licensing and entertainment.

WIT480Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment has announced that the organisations will honour Academy award-winning actress Geena Davis with a Chagemaker Award and Jill Barad with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 WIT Wonder Women Awards Gala on 19th February in New York.

The Wonder Women Awards Gala theme will be WIT Changemakers: Playing it Forward, and will recognise and honour female executives who are creating positive change by giving back, passing on the lessons they’ve learned, and paving the way for future leaders.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Geena Davis and Jill Barad this year,” said Genna Rosenberg, co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards Gala and principal of GennComm. “Both have made history for women in our industry and helped pave the way for today’s businesswoman to grow, thrive and prosper on a more level playing field.”

Geena Davis is the co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender on Media, has been at the forefront of gender equality in film and entertainment.

Jill Barad is a former chairman and CEO of Mattel, who challenged and shattered the glass ceiling when she became one of the most prominent female chief executives in America. She was one of few women at the helm of a Fortune 500 company, while helping to build Barbie from a $320m business to a $2bn global brand.

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