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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.

Monday, 9:00am CT (Chicago)
Keynote: Mattel 75 Years and Fisher-Price 90 Years, 

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Moderator: Richard Dickson (President and COO, Mattel, Inc.)

Panelists: Jill Barad (Consultant, Prior: CEO & Chairman of Mattel),

Tom Kalinske (Executive Chairman at Mixed Dimensions, Prior: CEO of Sega America, Leapfrog and Mattel),

Neil Friedman (Advisor, Prior: President of Alex Brands, ToysRUs, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Tyco Preschool)

Monday, 10:00am CT (Chicago)

Who, What, Where, Terms, Acronyms & More

Moderator: Dougal Grimes (Senior Director, Global Games Inventor Relations & Partnerships, Spin Master)

Panelists: Azhelle Wade (President, The Toy Coach), ), Greg Benassar (Licensing & New Business Director,

Asmodee), Elizabeth Moody (SVP Business Development, 7 Towns), Dan Rowan (Sr Director, Ultra Pro Ent.)

Monday, 11:00am CT (Chicago)

Licensing Your Ideas: Perspectives for Individuals and Companies
Panelists: Derek Gable (President of West Coast Innovations (Invention and Product Development) & Greg Murphy (Principal, Landmark IP)

Monday, 12:00 noon CT (Chicago) 

Pitch like a Pro to Manufacturers and Retailers

Moderator: Tim Walsh (Co-Founder, Roo Games; Founder, The Playmakers)

Panelists: Tanya Thompson (Director Global Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro), Adam Hockerman (Vice President of New Business, PlayMonster),  Leila Nosrati (Principal, Master Toy Advisors), David Winter (Head of New Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations, Jazwares),

Gillian Ruan (Enterprise Innovation and Inventor Relations Manager, Mattel)

Monday, 1:00pm CT (Chicago) 

Inventing for an Invention House vs. as an Independent 

Moderator: Simon Skelton (Director, Big Ideas)

Panelists: Peggy Brown (President, Peggy Brown Creative), Ken Johnson (CEO/President of Grand Legacy Corporation, Inventor of Phase 10) , Kim Vandenbroucke (Owner Brainy Chick and,

Mary Jo Reutter (President, You-Betcha Interactive), Jim McCafferty (President and CEO, JMP Creative)

Monday, 2:00pm CT (Chicago)

Being an Inventor Within a Corporate Design Department

Moderator: Gary Swisher (EVP Design & Development, Spin Master)

Panelists: Brian Yu (Senior Manager of Games Design, Mattel),

Gina Melone (Chief Creative, Studio Big Rock), Ashley Mady (Head of Brand Development, Basic Fun!),

Gabe Carlson (VP of Design, Global Dev & Operations, Mattel), Andres Garza (Sr Design Manager, Spin Master)

Monday, 3:00pm CT (Chicago)

Innovation for Profit - SCORE

Moderator: Gene Murtha (Mattel, Gund, SCORE Association )

Panelists: Jason Moss (Owner, House of Atlas),

Pat Duncan (Founder, Great American Puzzle Factory, SCORE Association),

Brian Filko (Owner, Gear Fusion), Aimee Carroll (Community Development & Outreach, Edison Nation)



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