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Welcome to People of Play Week



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Summit Sessions

All sessions will be live on the hour in CT (Chicago) time. Recordings will be available for on-demand viewing after they have aired.

Friday, 9:00am CT (Chicago)
Industry Trends and the Future of Play 

Moderator: John Barbour (Managing Partner, Volta Capital, Prior: CEO or President of Leapfrog, ToysRUs, OddzOn, Real Networks-Games Div.)

Panelists: Maura Regan (President, Licensing International), Tim Kilpin (President, Play Monster,

Prior: President of Mattel and Activision), Richard Barry (President & CEO Tru Kids Brands),

Stephen M. Youngwood (President and COO, Sesame Workshop), Wai Or (CEO, Longshore)

Friday, 10:00am CT (Chicago)

State of the Industry Worldwide

Moderator: Reyne Rice (Global Trend Hunter/ CEO/ Founder ToyTrends; and Co-President, ITMA, International Toy Trade Magazine Association, and Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse)

Panelists: John Baulch (Publisher, Toy World Magazine, UK and the Friday Blog, and Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse), Armando Carreteros ( Editor and Publisher, Nación Juguetes Latin America and Spain), Astrid Specht (Editor: TOYS magazine and First Steps baby and toddler magazine - Germany),

Imogen Bailey (Editor: Toy and Hobby Retailer, and Podcast Moderator and Editor: Toy and Hobby Retailer: The Podcast, - Australia), Sujin Lee (CEO/ Ggemtoys, Korean market Trend Research Reporter, and

Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse)

Friday, 11:00am CT (Chicago)

Logistics, Supply Chains and Manufacturing – Where is it Going?...Literally
Moderators: Steve Reece (President, Kids Brand Insight)

Panelists: Josh West (Head of Product Design and Sourcing, Thinkfun), Pete Ridgewell (Director/Owner at Spectrum Product Development limited, Amy Holden (Founder and Director, World Alive S.LWorld Apart)

Friday, 12:00 noon CT (Chicago) 

Design Trends – Products and Packaging

Moderator: Matt Nuccio (President, Design Edge)

Panelists: Chris Down (Chief Design Officer, Mattel), Jesse Falcon (Director of Merchandising, Marvel Entertainment), Fred Jordan (Sr Director of N.A. Design and Development, Magformers), Dawn Patmon (Designer Director, Hasbro Playmakers), Michael Sala (Senior Director Design, Spin Master))

1:00pm CT (Chicago) 

New Digital Media: Who Is the Audience and How to Reach Them

Moderator: Bob Moog (President, University Games)

Panelists: Craig Hendrickson (Product Marketing/Product Innovator, University Games), Richard Gottlieb (President, Global Toy Experts), Phil Albritton (Creative Director, Toy Industry Podcaster, Consultant, Product & Packaging Innovator, Power Kid Design), David Becker (President, Blue Plate Media Services),

Tim Jones (Media Director, Blue Plate Media Services)

Friday, 2:00pm CT (Chicago)

Post U.S. Election - What's Next?

Moderator: Alan Hassenfeld (Chairman Executive Committee, Hasbro)

Panelists: Gerrick Johnson (Director, BMO Capital Markets),

Stephanie Wissink (Managing Director, Consumer Research, Jefferies)

Friday, 3:00pm CT (Chicago)

Reuben and Eddy - 150+ Combined Years of Inventing & Friendship

Moderator: Lyn Goldfarb (Director, Producer at Lyn Goldfarb Productions)

Panel: Reuben Klamer (Founder, President of Toylab, Inventor of Game of Life, 1-2-3 Roller Skates and more!) and  Eddy Goldfarb (Founder of Eddy & Martin Goldfarb & Assoc., Inventor of Yakity Yak Teeth, Kerplunk and more at


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