Do you have a young team member or colleague or partner who continuously goes above and beyond, who is innovative in their approach and whose excitement and passion for our industry is contagious and inspirational and who shows real leadership quality? Then you may have a Rising Star on your hands. Don’t wait any longer and click below to start the application process.

Nominations are open and will close Friday, September 6th.

About the Global Rising Star Awards

The Global Rising Star Awards recognizes the next generation of leaders around the world for their commitment, passion and contributions to their company and the licensing industry. Since 2012, Rising Stars are nominated each year from across the global brand licensing community. Recipients will be recognized at the Hall of Fame Gala Luncheon on December 6, 2023 in New York City.

Rising Star Criteria


35 years old and under


3-7 years of experience in licensing


Demonstrates a commitment to and passion for the brand licensing industry


Seeks additional professional development opportunities to improve skills


Has shown innovation in their work


Demonstrates leadership capabilities

Rising Star Benefits


One Year of Mentoring with a Seasoned Licensing Professional

Certification of Licensing Studies 

Complimentary Access to the Certification of Licensing Studies Program (CLS)


 Feature Article in Licensing International’s NewsLinks


Key Networking with Past Rising Star community and beyond

Past Rising Stars

Julia Cruse

Rebecca Barlow

Licensing Manager


Alex Locke

General Counsel and Founder & CEO

VeeFriends and NFIP Holdings

Ololade Oloniyo


IP Business Capital

Leigh Simpson

Licensing Manager

Arsenal F.C.

Jeremy Smith

Head of Licensing


Fernanda Zimbrón

Brand Manager

La Panadería Licensing & Marketing

Julia Cruse

Julia Cruse

Senior Manager, Consumer Products Licensing

Warner Bros. Discovery

Zach Fiegel

Zach Fiegel

Director, Consumer Products Partnerships


Melanie Kaplan

Melanie Kaplan

Licensing Manager

Sesame Workshop

Jimmy Lee

Jimmy Lee

Licensing Director

Semk Holdings International

Arianna Marks

Arianna Marks

Deputy General Counsel


Tetiana Ruban

Tetiana Ruban


Nerd Agency

James Choi

James Choi

Senior Associate


Addie Dorsey

Addie Dorsey Goossens

Licensing Manager EMEA


Rachel Hak

Rachel Hak

Category Manager, Apparel/Accessories/Health & Beauty


Kevin Ramsey

Kevin Ramsey

Founder & CEO

Warren James

Jyoti Sardana

Jyoti Sardana

Sr. Manager of Licensing Strategy and Operations

OneTeam Partners

Carolina Verdugo

Carolina Verdugo

Director of Brand Management


Krystyna Braxton

Apparel Licensing Manager

NFL Players, Inc.

Allison Cimino

CEO & Designer


Carolina Garcia

Senior Category Manager

Stationery, Home & FHBP, Cinecolor Colombia

Gao Qiang

Video Commercialization Center Licensing Director


Hannah Stevens

Head of Retail

The Point.1888

Louis Yenik

Licensing Manager


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

Mireille Maragakis

Manager, Contacts Advisory


Kalle Törmä

Founder & CEO


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


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


Will Ochoa


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


Stephanie Marlis

Creative Licensing

Stephanie Candiloro

Warner Bros. CP, Australia

Milin Shah


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


Anthony Shaut

Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP

David Tovey

Mind Candy

Emily Wickerham

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