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Rising Stars

The Rising Star Award recognizes the next generation of leaders for their commitment, passion and contributions to the licensing industry. Since 2012, Rising Stars are nominated each year from across the international brand licensing community with winners being recognized during the Licensing International Excellence Awards Ceremony. As a member of Rising Stars network of licensing professionals, recipients will enjoy:

Complimentary Access to the Certification of Licensing Studies Program

Feature Article in Licensing International’s NewsLinks

Free Entry to the Licensing Expo Opening Night Party at Licensing Expo 2021

25% Discount to Licensing International events (on top of the member discount, regardless of current membership status)

Free Copy of The Power of Licensing by Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder of Beanstalk

Free Copy of Business of Licensing by Greg Battersby and Danny Simon

Year of Mentoring with a Seasoned Licensing Professional

Opportunity to Mentor Future Rising Stars

Rising Star Criteria

Age

35 years old and under

Experience

Minimum three to maximum seven years of experience in licensing

Commitment

Demonstrates a commitment to and passion for the brand licensing industry

Development

Seeks additional professional development opportunities to improve skills

Innovative

Has shown innovation in their work

Leadership

Demonstrates leadership capabilities

Past Rising Stars

Krystyna Braxton

Apparel Licensing Manager

NFL Players, Inc.

Allison Cimino

CEO & Designer

Rocklove

Carolina Garcia

Senior Category Manager

Stationery, Home & FHBP, Cinecolor Colombia

Gao Qiang

Video Commercialization Center Licensing Director

Tencent

Hannah Stevens

Head of Retail

The Point.1888

Louis Yenik

Licensing Manager

Crunchyroll

Barbara Adu

Product Manager

 

Sophie Booth

Business Development Manager

Brandgenuity Europe

Nemo Bussu

Licensing Manager

KIDdesigns, Inc.

Hélène El Arouni

Sr. Consumer Products Manager

TF1 Entertainment/Licenses

Pablo Franco

Sr. Manager, Operations & Licensing

International Management Group

Sophie Hunter

Director, Branded Integrations

pocket.watch

Mireille Maragakis

Manager, Contacts Advisory

KPMG LLP

Kalle Törmä

Founder & CEO

Flowhaven

Mariana Orvañanos

La Panadería Licensing & Marketing

Nick Manzo

Seltzer Licensng Group

Leon Maratchi

Cartoon Network

Peter Cross

Broad Street Licensing Group

Mimi Nicosia

CPG, Nickelodeon

Mandy Bardisbanian

Hot Topic

Meghan Mernin

Epic Rights

Sally Russell

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Fernanda Coutinho

Beanstalk

Danielle Tanton

DHX Brands, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Yuki Jinza

Laura Ashley Japan Co.

Curtis Matthews

Striker Entertainment

Ryan McDonald

NFL Players Association

Lauren Montemaro

Beanstalk

Will Ochoa

Turner

Claire Pierce

Meredith Coporation

Becky Quinn

Sesame Workshop

Naomi Rosenzweig

Berkshire Fashions

Nancy Sanieoff

Brand Central

Andi Scher

Richmond Management Group

Nicole Silberstein

License Global magazine & Conference Director, NYC Licensing Summit

Samantha Yang

Shanghai Skynet Brand Management Corp

Katelyn Cozzi

Mattel

Stephanie Marlis

Creative Licensing

Stephanie Candiloro

Warner Bros. CP, Australia

Milin Shah

Earthbound

Ivonne Feliciano

Sesame Workshop

Kelley Davison

Added Extras

Lauren Fields

Brand Central LLC

Marisa Marionakis

Cartoon Network

Will Depippo

Sesame Workshop

Caitlin Gutekunst

Mind Candy

Andrew Ostrom

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Jess Richardson

WWE

Anthony Shaut

Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP

David Tovey

Mind Candy

Emily Wickerham

IMC Licensing

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