Women in Toys Appoints New VP, Board of Directors Member
Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) has appointed Janice Ross to the WIT executive board as vice-president and Stephanie Mendoza to the board of directors as chair of the new WIT Young Professionals Network.
Janice Ross is the managing partner at Brand Fresh Management. Previously, she held several senior positions at American Greetings Entertainment and most recently was senior vice-president, licensing and business development at Lisa Frank. With more than 25-plus years of experience in the entertainment business, Ross has worked in a variety of diverse but complimentary roles, from entertainment development and production to licensing and marketing.
She has also held executive positions at companies such as LEGO Company, Simon Marketing, Carolco Pictures, and Triad Artists. In her role as vice-president of WIT, Ross will be involved in many aspects of implementing the organization’s strategic plan, as well as managing delivery and effectiveness of WIT’s programs around the world. She has been an integral contributor to the WIT community, serving on the board as co-chair of the Wonder Women Awards Committee.
Stephanie Mendoza is manager, North America Licensing at Sesame Workshop, the media and education nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Mendoza worked as a project manager at MSI Entertainment, a video game publisher and distributor. In 2018, she was honored with the Wonder Woman Rising Star Award. As chair of the Young Professionals Network, she will lead efforts to drive engagement with WIT’s international community of young professionals.