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MARCH 1-5, 2021

Master Classes,  Insider Workshops

 Trends & Insights, Live Q&A, Networking

 Pitching Opportunities

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Inventors    Product Acquisition Execs    Media    PR Agencies    Marketers    Suppliers   Consultants    Retailers    Distributors    Sales Reps  . . .  ALL WELCOME!

Spring POP Week GIVES YOU:

  • Contact information and POPPro profile of attendees for each industry category to set up your own appointments

  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch and evening networking via our one-click 24/7 Zoom Rooms at the POPPub

  • Q&A sessions with industry experts and the opportunity to submit questions in advance

  • Trends and insight panels and access to premium content in our POP Wiki

  • Live Zoom Help Room from 8am to 6pmCT


  • A profile where you can display your entire portfolio, adding unlimited products, videos, photos, media, and more

  • Ability to easily set up a profile and speak to live assistance if necessary

  • Advanced Search for industry contacts by roles, skills, location, and more

  • Free POP Pub networking – just one connection can change your life!

  • FULL access to information on products, people, and companies

  • Exclusive discounts and events 

  • Find people to hire and collaborate with based on skills (company membership)

  • Opportunity to launch advertisement campaigns, targeting members of the industry (company membership)

All Q&A Sessions with Speakers are at 12 & 4pmCT are in this room . . . 

 just click on this square! 

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Magformers's Build A Ball Room

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2021 - Times = CT (Chicago)

Inventors: Pro, New and Student

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Tim Walsh at  Roo.tiff
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Adam B. Hocherman

VP of New Business


Tim Walsh

Co-Founder, Roo Games; Founder, The Playmakers

Leila Nosrati


Master Toy Advisors

Tanya Thompson

Director Global Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations for Gaming, Hasbro

David Winter

Head of New Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations, Jazwares

Recorded Panels on Demand:

Pitch like a Pro to Manufacturers and Retailers - Tim Walsh (Roo Games) moderates with panelists Tanya Thompson (Hasbro), Adam Hockerman (PlayMonster), Leila Nosrati (Master Toy Advisors), David Winter (Jazwares) and Gillian Ruan (Mattel)

This is  a top November POP Week  Panel Re-Release 


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Adam Hocherman (PlayMonster) at 12pm, Leila Nosrati(Master Toy Advisors) at 12pm and 4pmTim Walsh (Roo Games, The Playmakers) at 12pm and 4pm,  David Winter (Jazwares) and Tanya Thompson (Hasbro) at 4pm.  

New Inventors Also Receive: Elevator pitch to acquisition executives, 30-minute individual mentor session, Pitch Perfect Guide

Pitch Day is Wednesday March 3rd! 

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For Professional Inventors

4pm Live Zoom Just for Pro Inventors: Rebecca Bleau & Nicholas Cravotta, Co-Founders, Bluematter Games: Professional Inventors Share Tips, Tools and Studios - everyone on the zoom call is welcome to share tours of their studios, their tools and their tricks! 

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021 - Times = CT (Chicago)

PR, Marketers, Influencers and Media

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Tracy Dudkiewicz


TAP Marketing

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Kimberly Chapman 

Product Designer (EdTech)

Editor Play in Education 

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Erin O’Connor 

Co-Founder at Rigor by Scientific Mommy

Professor of Early Childhood Edu, NYU

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Robin Neuhaus

Co-Founder at Rigor by Scientific Mommy

Professor of Early Childhood Edu, NYU

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Nancy Zwiers

Executive Coach

(Formerly a Mattel and Spin Master Exec and Successful Independent Inventor

 Recorded Panels on Demand and all Q&A sessions at 12 and 4pm are in this room . . . 

Building a PR & Marketing Plan - New RELEASE

Tracy Dudkiewicz, TAP Marketing 

LIVE Q&A with Tracy in the Magformers Zoom Room at 12pmCT

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Build A Ball Room

COVID-19 and Play: Trending Topics in Child Development Research - NEW RELEASE!

Moderator Kimberly Chapman (Editor, Play in Education & Product Designer (EdTech) with panelists Erin O'Connor and Robin Neuhaus (Co-Founders of Scientific Mommy)


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Erin and Robin. Click on this box! 

Public Relations Has Changed! - Sponsored by Litzky PR - Lisa Guili (Educational Insights) moderates with panelists Clark Nesselrodt (Brilliant PR), Josslynne Welch (Litzy PR), Rachel Griffin (Playwise), Amy Friedland (Freeman PR), David Barkoe  (Carve Communications) - Top November POP Week Panel Re-Release

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Bring a Marketing Mindset to your Pitch

Nancy Zwiers has been on both sides of the table over 30 years in the industry—as a marketing executive and as an inventor.  Now as an executive coach and mentor, she is focused on helping people bring their best.

Join Nancy to learn how to leverage a consumer marketing mindset for your pitch.  Nancy will cover key marketing principles every inventor should know, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. Bring your questions to the robust Q&A session.  Boost your confidence as you mentally prepare for the big day.

LIVE Presentation and Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room at 1pm CT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021 - Times = CT (Chicago)

Retailers, Distributors and Reps

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Tom Rushton  and Oliver - Piggie Smalls.
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 Richard Derr

President, Learning Express Lake Zurich

Steve Starobinsky

Founder, Kid@Heart 

 Recorded Panels on Demand and Q&A's at 12 and 4pm CT in this room . . .

Specialty Retail in 2021 - NEW RELEASE! 

Richard Derr, President, Learning Express Lake Zurich

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Richard Derr, President, Learning Express Lake Zurich. Click on this box!

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Build A Ball Room

Tom Rushton

President, Revenew Sales

Leading Innovation at Specialty Retail - Willie Wilkov HABA moderates and panelists

Richard Derr (Learning Express), Betty Skoke Burns (Angelina's Toy Boutique),

Amy Saldanha (Kiddywampus), Sarah Jordan (Mastermind)

This is a November POP Week Panel  Re-Release

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 4pm CT with Tom Rushton, President, Revenew Sales

Retail & Distribution Trends: Steve Starobinsky, Founder, Kid@Heart - NEW!

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Steve Starobinsky, Founder, Kid@Heart 

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2021 - Times = CT (Chicago)

Suppliers (Logistics, Printers, Toy Testing, etc.)

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Christopher Tidwell



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Fred Jordan

Sr Director of N.A. Design and Development 


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Matt Nuccio


Design Edge

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Gene Murtha​​

Mattel, Gund

SCORE Association

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Bob Witkin​​

Vice President

York-Jersey Underwriters

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Gary Rudell​​


Total Biz Fulfillment

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Joe Ferrara​​

Director International

Aries Global Logistics

 Recorded Panels on Demand. Q&A's at 12 and 4pmCT in this room...

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Build A Ball Room

​Counterfeits, Copycats and Infringers: Christopher Tidwell and Fred Jordan from Magformers - NEW RELEASE!

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Fred Jordan and 

Design Trends – Products and Packaging - Matt Nuccio (Design Edge), Chris Down (Mattel), Jesse Falcon (Marvel), Fred Jordan (Magformers), Dawn Patmon (Hasbro),

Michael Sala (Spin Master) 

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LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Matt Nuccio, President, Design Edge

The Basics! Insurance: Gene Murtha (Mattel, Gund, SCORE) with Bob Witkin (York-Jersey Underwriters - NEW RELEASE!


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Gene Murtha - ​Mattel, Gund, SCORE Association

The Basics! Logistics: Gene Murtha (Mattel, Gund, SCORE) with Joe Ferrara (Aries Global Logistics) - NEW RELEASE!


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Gene Murtha - ​Mattel, Gund, SCORE Association

The Basics!  Warehousing: Gene Murtha (Mattel, Gund, SCORE) with Gary Ruddell (Total Biz Fulfillment). - NEW RELEASE!


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm and 4pm with Gene Murtha - ​Mattel, Gund, SCORE Association

FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021 - Times = CT (Chicago)

Licensors and Industry Overview

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Steph Wissink

Managing Director,

Consumer Research, Jefferies

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Gerrick Johnson


BMO Capital Markets


Reyne Rice

CEO/ Global Trend Hunter, ToyTrends and Co-President ITMA (Int'l Toy Trade Magazine Asso.)

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John Baulch

Publisher, Toy World Magazine (UK)

Rebecca Ash​

Editorial Director

Total Licensing

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Nación Juguetes

 Recorded Panels on Demand (not all uploaded yet!) and Q&As at 12 and 4pm in this room . . . 

Survivor Island Podcast Series: Perspectives from Wall Street Q1 2021: Toy Trends
40+ Years of Combined Experience Analyzing the Toy Industry

Steph Wissink, Managing Director, Consumer Research, Jefferies and

Gerrick Johnson, Director, BMO Capital Markets


LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pm with Steph Wissink (Jefferies) and Gerrick Johnson (BMO Capital Markets)

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Build A Ball Room

WHAT’S WORKING NOW! State of the Industry Q1 2021 International Panel


Reyne Rice (ToyTrends). John Baulch (Toy World). Jacqueline Vong (Playology), Rebecca Ash (Total Licensing), Armando Carreteros (Nación Juguetes) - NEW RELEASE!

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 12pmCT with Reyne Rice (Toy Trends), Jacqueline Vong (Playology), John Baulch (ToyWorld UK) and Rebecca Ash (Total Licensing).

LIVE Q&A in Magformers Zoom Room  at 4pmCT with Jacqueline Vong (Playology) and Rebecca Ash (Total Licensing).

State of the Industry Worldwide 2020 Q4 with Moderator: Reyne Rice (Global Trend Hunter/ CEO/ Founder ToyTrends; and Co-President, ITMA, International Toy Trade Magazine Association, and Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse) and panelists: John Baulch (Publisher, Toy World Magazine, UK and the Friday Blog, and Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse), Armando Carreteros ( Editor and Publisher, Nación Juguetes Latin America and Spain), Astrid Specht (Editor: TOYS magazine and First Steps baby and toddler magazine - Germany), Imogen Bailey (Editor: Toy and Hobby Retailer, and Podcast Moderator and Editor: Toy and Hobby Retailer: The Podcast, - Australia), Sujin Lee (CEO/ Ggemtoys, Korean market Trend Research Reporter, and Member Trend Committee, Spielwarenmesse)

This is a November POP Week Panel Re-Release! 

Meet Someone New! Just One Connection Can Change Your Business... 

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