The Toy Foundation Hosts DEI Program Tomorrow at Preview & Holiday Market
September 20, 2022 | The Toy Foundation invites all 2023 Preview & 2022 Holiday Market attendees, young professionals, and students to attend its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program, sponsored by Jazwares, tomorrow on September 21. The full day of programming will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 12th floor of the Dallas Market Center.
Aimed at uniting the toy industry behind a shared goal of becoming more inclusive in all that it does and everyone it serves, the program will feature four engaging sessions hosted by Target, Paramount, and Jazwares. Sessions will include a two-part discussion on inclusivity in all sectors of the toy industry, a session on career opportunities in the toy industry and how being authentic in the workplace makes a difference, and a conversation on working collectively to grow the toy industry with inclusivity at its core. The full agenda and additional information is available here.
Students and faculty from the University of Texas (UNT) at Dallas will engage in the full day of activities to explore the power of play and opportunities to join and make a difference within the toy industry.
“We welcome all Preview & Holiday Market attendees to join students from UNT for the full day or a single session and take advantage of this educational programming,” said Pamela Mastrota, executive director for The Toy Foundation. “We’re grateful to have leaders from our industry, including Dominique Mueller and Pam Krominga of Target, Stephanie Bailey of Paramount, and Sara Rosales of Jazwares, to drive the conversation around growing our industry with diversity, equity and inclusivity at the center.”
In addition to the four sessions, Hasbro and Jazwares are hosting “Career Huddles” exclusive to UNT students to help bring their talents and diverse thought into the workforce. Lora Gunther of Hasbro and Janiece Smith of Jazwares will be in TTF’s booth (12-207) throughout the day to discuss internships in the toy industry, how to craft the perfect resume, and strategies for getting noticed on LinkedIn.
For more information about The Toy Association’s Preview & Holiday Market, visit ToyAssociation.org/PreviewMarket.
To learn about The Toy Foundation’s work to provide the power of play to children in need, visit ToyFoundation.org.