Wonder Women Award winners announced in New York

Published on: 2nd October 2023

Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WiT) has announced its 2023 Wonder Women winners, who were celebrated at the 18th annual Wonder Women Awards.

The event took place at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City. The leading global organisation focuses on advancing and advocating for women in the toy, consumer products, licensing and entertainment industries. Honoured at the awards were Laura Zebersky with the Visionary Leader Award; Lisa McKnight, who received the Trailblazer Award, and Nyla Hayes, recipient of the Future Leader Award.

The Wonder Women Awards honours top female executives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and other change-makers for their extraordinary accomplishments and impact within the toy, licensing and the entertainment industries.

The 2023 Wonder Women Award Winners Are:

  • Brand Franchise:  Meredith Norrie, Mattel
  • Commercial Sales:  Kristen Shackleford, Amazon
  • Creative Genius:  Carly McGinnis, Exploding Kittens
  • Designer/Inventor (Corporate):  Sunno Cho, Jazwares
  • Designer/Inventor (Independent):  Britney Crowell, CurlCap
  • Digital Storytelling: Alexandra Kavalova, Spin Master
  • Inbound Licensing:  Tanya Thonpson, Hasbro
  • Marketing: Jonelle Brown, Paramount
  • PR/Communications: Molly Martin, The Lego Group
  • Rising Leader (<500 Employees):  Amy Bastuga, Radio Flyer; and Kim Chang, Just Play
  • Rising Leader (>500 Employees):  Adeline Trento, Toys R Us at Macys; and Angela Beck, Mattel
  • Social Impact (Corporate): Pamela Krominga, Target
  • Social Impact (Independent): April Showers, Afro Unicorn

“We celebrated a truly spectacular evening with over 750 guests, marking the triumphant in-person return of the Wonder Woman Awards,” said Nancy Molenda of Mattel Children’s Foundation & Corporate Philanthropy at Mattel. “Showcasing the dynamism and energy of this extraordinary community has long been a defining hallmark of this event, and the electricity from tonight’s gala continues to resonate. It was a night that embodied the resilience, strength and inspiration of every Wonder Woman that walks among us.”

Through the support of its generous sponsors, WiT also presented twelve $2,500 scholarships to outstanding students who’ve demonstrated leadership and academic excellence in their chosen fields of business, design, engineering and entrepreneurial studies. In addition, and with deepest thanks to Spin Master for its sponsorship of the WiT Excursionista Grant, all scholarship recipients received a ticket to the Gala, and a stipend for their travel to New York, to experience the Gala and attend the Student Congress at Toy Fair.

WiT thanks its 2023 sponsors for their ongoing support and generous investment in driving positive change for women – including Amazon, Mattel, Paramount, Hasbro, Banda/Namco, Jazwares, Lego, Spin Master, Tomy International, and the many sponsors who support the organisation year-round. Proceeds from this event provide funding for vital programming and initiatives, and the WiT Foundation Scholarship Program.


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