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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The global licensing industry is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest from all backgrounds to achieve superior business goals. To that end, Licensing International has gathered a group of industry leaders to form the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, to help its members and the broader licensing community build diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Global Study of Diversity in Licensing

In February of 2020, Licensing International initiated the first-ever global study of diversity in the licensing business community. This study, conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s University (GDIGM), compiles responses from a global survey of member companies with supplemental research and data analysis to provide insights into the current state of diversity in the licensing community and establish benchmarks from which to measure progress over time. The results of the study and Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit are available to download for free.

Accelerator Program

Licensing International’s Accelerator Program provides benefits valued at over $100,000 to underrepresented, diverse brand licensing entrepreneurs around the globe to help them build profitable, high-growth companies within the industry.

Key Goals & Objectives

Analyze how the brand licensing industry compares to the broader business community through research and outreach.

Develop a tool kit for best practices to recruit, support, promote and retain staff with diverse experiences and attributes.

Partner with companies, organizations and universities to develop best practices and facilitate the dissemination of best practices.

Celebrate companies for outstanding work and achievements.

Establish benchmarks and hold ourselves accountable.

Ensure diversity on the Licensing International Board of Directors.

Recognize this as ongoing effort that will continually evolve.

D&I Committee Members

Jamie Stevens (Chairperson)

EVP of Worldwide Consumer Products

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Mandy Bardisbanian

VP, Business & IP Development

Striker Entertainment

Bil Bertini

Bil Bertini

SVP, Head of Licensing & Brand Partnerships

Iconic Artists Group

Krystyna Braxton

Director – Retail Licensing (CPG) & New Platforms

GoTo Foods

Anita Castellar


FanGirl Consulting & Brand Management, LLC

Carolyn D’Angelo

President, Laura Ashley

Managing Director, Brands at Gordon Brothers

Marsha Forde

Director, Global Inclusion, Diversity & Talent Development


Josh Goodstadt

Chief Commercial Officer


Brandi Hammons

Director of Marketing


Janet Hsu

Former CEO

Horizon Group USA

Todd Kaufman

Vice President, Business Development

D&I University Outreach Subcommittee Chair

Cindy Levitt

Maggie Matthews


OP Games

John McGill

Director of Brand Partnerships

American Mensa

Roz Nowicki

Ashley Phanor

Ashley Phanor

Senior Manager, Licensing & Consumer Products

U.S. Soccer Federation

Inky Son

Chief of Staff & SVP Strategy, Licensing

National Basketball Players Association

Rebecca Tatlock-Marijan


Sandbox Licensing

Garry Wallace

Creator & Innovator

Dual Mind

Kristi Wasmer

Chief Retail Strategist

KW Retail Solutions Consulting

Steven Wolfe Pereira

Chief Business Officer

D&I Thought leadership Subcommittee Chair

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