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Gigi’s Dolls & Sherry’s Teddy Bears
6029 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL  60631


The powers that be will be in San Fran next month talking toys, brilliant ways children play today, and the direction that the toy industry is headed. If you are interested or involved in the toy industry, you will not be disappointed. I personally know Richard and he is such a dynamic force that this first  World Congress of Play will be insightful, thought-provoking, and will change your definition of play.

Richard Gottlieb and Charles Albert Proudly Present  the First Ever World Congress of Play – a conference that, for the first time, brings all the play industries together (Traditional Toys, Board Games, Video Games, Digital Play, Theme Parks and more) in one place at one time. The historic conference will take place at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco on September 9-11, 2013.
By bringing the diverse play industries together, we will foster new relationships, new ideas and new business so that we may all prosper in a rapidly changing play market. More importantly, we will move our institutions in a new direction that no longer sees each type of play as a separate silo but recognizes that all forms of play compete in the same marketplace for revenue and time.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 World Congress of Play!

College Highlights:

University of Richmond    (Richard Gottlieb)

Stanford University     (Charles Albert)

women_in_toys logo with words

Let me tell you, if you are a woman in the toy industry and not a part of this group, you are really missing something. The usual cat fights and secretiveness are not here. All you have to do is ask and people will respond or point you in the right direction. But it is up to you to ask, this is not a group of wall flowers, it is a very philanthropic group that also runs a design scholarship for girls starting out in this industry.

This year WIT granted 7 scholarships to young women currently attending colleges to help nurture their talents. Money for these scholarships is collected via dues paid by the members, contributions, and silent auctions of donated goods/services.

Donation table WIT

The prestigious Wonder Woman in Toys Awards are also given at the dinner and also includes the recently added Superman Awards! See this year’s winners:

Rising Star — Caitlin Gutekunst – Licensing Manager, Americas – Mind Candy
PR * Social Media — Jen Derevensky – President – Ren Beanie Public Relations
Manufacturer — Gale Jarvis – President – Alexander Doll Co.
Designer or Inventor — Nancy Zwiers – Chief Funosopher – Funosophy
Licensing & Entertainment – Lourdes Arocho – VP, Toys and Games – Nickelodeon
Socially Responsible — Jean Butler – Executive Director, The Toy Industry Foundation
Retailer – Laila Nosrati – Buyer, Girls’ Toys – Toys R Us
Marketing or Branding-Alita Friedman-Chief Brand Officer & Principal-Pretty Ugly
Lifetime Achievement Award – Cathy Meredith – Hasbro
Superman Award – Jay Foreman – The Bridge
Superman Award – Carter Keithley – The TIA

College HighlightFashion Institute of Technology (one of the scholarships’ went to a young woman attending here)


*The WIT Foundation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) corporation. The Foundation grants scholarships to recognize outstanding women in toy design and other industry-related programs at colleges and universities around the world.

Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack)

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”          – John Lennon

What insight John Lennon, had at 5 years old to already realize this. How much can we learn from remembering what made us happy as a child? Here is my top 10 list:

I was happiest when:

1.) I was allowed to walk to school by myself.
2.) I was swinging on the swings and running my shoes through the gravely ground.
3.) I was riding my bike and making figure eight patterns.
4.) I was dancing; the entire world was my stage & the crowds loved me.
5.) I was laughing with my brother on a hot summer afternoon.
6.) I was playing hop scotch on our scratchy sidewalk.
7.) I was baking & eating hot fresh cookies.
8.) I was playing with my dolls or toys.
9.) I shared secret smile with a  girlfriend.
10.) I was getting ice cream from the truck in the street.

As an adult I have learned that we always seem to assign a finite time to do something & hardly ever just lose ourselves in the joy of the experience. We need to be more child-like in the way we see the world. We need to start today to tap into our child-selves & relieve some of the stress & worry that adulthood can bring.

What made you happy as a child? Write it down. Share it with me & yourself!

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