Bringing more than 20 years of global licensing and media experience, Maura joined LICENSING INTERNATIONAL, in December 2016 and assumed the role of President in July 2018. LICENSING INTERNATIONAL is the premier association for the global licensing industry, and Maura is responsible for leading the organization in defining and shaping its future focus. This has and will continue to include fostering the growth and expansion of licensing around the world and creating greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large.
As the former head of global consumer products at Sesame Workshop, the home of Sesame Street, Maura drove the non-profit organization’s strategic commercial initiatives with a focus on delivering significant unrestricted revenue to support the overarching philanthropic goals for the organization.
Prior to Sesame Workshop, where she enjoyed an exhilarating 17-year tenure, Maura held executive positions with MTV Networks, Scholastic Entertainment, and The Jim Henson Company.
Maura is a standing fellow of the US-Japan Foundation Leadership Program and on the advisory board of One Animation, The Toy Foundation, and Women in Toys. She served on the board of Licensing International and was board vice-chair and chair where she was instrumental in developing the Rising Stars program and “Office Hours” a mentoring program. She co-chaired the leadership committee of the FWA, Financial Women’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in finance. Recognized as a top leader in business by Irish-America magazine, Maura was also a recipient of the K.I.D.S. (now Delivering Good) Women of Achievement Award. In 2019 she was named “Volunteer of the Year” by NYSAE. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Head of Retail and Business Development
Jewel Branding & Licensing, Inc.
Utilizing thirty-plus years of marketing experience, Greg Wyman, initiated the B. Smith with Style retail brand. As Executive Vice President of Marketing at Keeco in San Francisco, he facilitated a relationship between B. Smith and Bed Bath & Beyond to market products under the license, “B. Smith with Style”.
In 2001, Wyman joined B. Smith Enterprises as the VP of Licensing and signed multiple licensees to produce home products for the B. Smith with Style brand including bedding, bath, serveware, etc. Under Greg’s management, the brand has grown into a multi-million retail dollar business.
In 2004 Wyman launched The Wyman Group LLC, a full-service licensing and branding company. In 2013, The Wyman Group launched Poetic Wanderlust Designed by Tracy Porter and joined forces with Jewel Branding & Licensing to manage and develop the brand. In addition to the above, Wyman developed several multi-million dollar private brands including Vintage Home at Walmart, Heirloom Lace at Target, and New Traditions at Sears, among others.
Business Journalist and Contributing Editor
Warren Shoulberg knows retail.
He is a regular contributor to The Robin Report, Forbes.com, and The Business of Home as well as his own blog Stupidbusiness.com.
As a former editor in chief for several leading business-to-business publications specializing in home furnishings retailing he has chronicled the good, the bad, and the ugly of the business in a career spanning four decades.
His award-winning commentaries elicit both praise and complaints. He welcomes them both equally.
He has guest lectured at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and been honored by the International Furnishings and Design Association and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, ABC News, and other media as an expert in the field.
He expects to be doing this for the duration.
Retail and Brand Consultant
Sheryl Dubitsky is an experienced brand director with expertise in marketing and business development. Passionate about connecting customers with brands, she is known for crafting innovative stories, products, and creative representation to drive loyalty and sales.
For over 20 years, Sheryl Dubitsky has been a notable leader in the home goods space. You may know her work as a brand director at Bed Bath & Beyond where she launched owned, exclusive and national brands, including Bee & Willow, Bee & Willow with Lauren Liess, One Kings Lane Open House, Marmalade, Coastal Living, Brookstone, Christian Siriano, Isaac Mizrahi, and Under the Canopy.
As brand director at Waterford, she led the launches of Monique Lhuillier Waterford, Waterford Interiors, and the transformation of dinnerware, lighting, and metal giftware categories. Sheryl also led divisions at the following luxury brands: Steuben, Lalique, and Asprey. She most recently founded SKD3, a consultant group focused on helping emerging brands establish their brand story and how that story will be represented strategically through fully integrated marketing planning.
Sheryl has been recognized throughout her career as being a strong communicator and leader who can grow consumer businesses through sustained customer engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Rutgers University and currently resides in New Jersey. When she isn’t working with brands or retailers, you can find Sheryl in her garden, working out or taking photos of nature while on walks with friends.
Owner & Founder
A Fresh Bunch
Jenny is the brains behind A Fresh Bunch. Creative and entrepreneurial from her earliest years, Jenny’s been starting businesses since she was 8 years old. She’s done everything from selling vegetables to grosgrain ribbon barrettes, always doodling, drawing, and designing along the way.
Living in Japan as an exchange student in high school and college unleashed a serious stationery habit, so after an uninspiring but successful stint in commercial insurance, Jenny decided to marry her love for stationery with her creativity and launched her own wholesale stationery line. She soon found that she was spending most of her time on everything but design, and then there was that whole thing of trying to have a life, too. Plain and simple, she was tired. Her years in wholesale had connected Jenny to many other creative people who were burnt out just like her, who wanted to focus on creating and regain some balance in their lives. Enter A Fresh Bunch.
Jenny saw an opportunity for artists to come together, collaborate and create something big where artists just create, and clients focus on producing and selling their products. Getting to run AFB and drum up more opportunities for artists is Jenny’s dream job, a perfect outlet for her design, entrepreneurial, and business expertise. Jenny and her husband Chris (also an entrepreneur) live in Chicago with their three boys and two dogs. When not thinking about AFB (or while thinking about AFB, if she’s being honest), Jenny is cooking up a storm for friends and family, mentally redecorating her old house, or reading a good book.
Mary Beth Freet
Agent & Creative Director
Pink Light Studio
Mary Beth began her career at Nordstrom Product Group after receiving her BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Washington, Seattle. During her career at Nordstrom, she designed tween and children’s wear patterns and learned about merchandising and product development. She also worked for the esteemed NYC print studio, The Style Council for over eight years before starting Pink Light Design in 2009.
Since 2009, Mary Beth has built Pink Light Studio with the help of her amazing team and family, from two designers to over 35 designers from around the world. Mary Beth specializes in keeping in tune with emerging market trends and directing the team on how to translate these trends into commercial designs for all products. She feels blessed to have the chance to work with such amazing artists and clients in this unique industry. She loves spending time with her family and her Frenchie (Henri Matisse), drawing and painting, listening to inspiring audiobooks, walking by the water, pilates, and traveling to sunshine-filled places!
Cat Coquillette is an international artist, entrepreneur, and educator, running her entire creative brand and educational business from around the world. Her “office” changes daily, usually a coffee shop, coworking space, or airport terminal. Her company, CatCoq, is a brand that aspires to not only provide an exhilarating aesthetic rooted in an appreciation for culture, travel, and the outdoors, but through education, she inspires her students to channel their natural curiosity and reach their full potential.
From painting florals found in the jungles of Vietnam, exotic wildlife from the Amazon Rainforest, or patterns inspired from Scandinavian textiles, Cat’s work has brought a fresh artistic perspective and inspiration to over a quarter-million students who have enrolled in her courses and workshops. As a growing industry leader, Cat continues to provide value, art, and education to the community she loves.
CatCoq artwork and designs can be found worldwide in stores including Urban Outfitters, Target, Barnes & Noble, Modcloth, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, among many others. Cat is a keynote speaker for entrepreneur and design conferences around the world. Her writing, interviews, and design work have been featured by Forbes, CNN, US Weekly, Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, and The New York Post.
For more information, visit www.catcoq.com or follow her on Instagram @catcoq.
Elizabeth Olwen is a Canadian print and pattern designer living in Lisbon, Portugal. She creates highly considered patterns and illustrations infused with heart and soul, with the intention of spreading beauty and amplifying joy. Inspired by the world around her—from dense Canadian forests to the colours and tiles of Lisbon, and her abundant adventures in the life in between—Elizabeth’s work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes. You can find her work around the globe, on products from decor to paper to fabric to bedding for clients like Cloud9 Fabrics, Crate +Kids, Tokyu Hands Japan, Mixbook, and many more.
Find out more at elizbetholwen.com or visit her on Instagram at @elizabetholwen.
Elizabeth Silver is a professional surface pattern designer and a licensed artist for the stationery, gift, and textile markets. With 18 years in the industry and hundreds of designs in her portfolio, she also teaches beginner surface pattern designers how to move past overwhelm and obstacles to create a profitable creative business. She is the creator of the ‘Start Your Surface Pattern Design Business’ course, a straightforward blueprint to help artists find clients and build a sustainable creative business. She’s passionate about design trends, keep-it-real business advice, and sugary treats.
Jewel Branding & Licensing, Inc.
Prior to her work with Jewel, Meredith managed production for runway designer Angel Sanchez, where she delivered seasonal collections and developed red-carpet gowns for celebrity clients, including Eva Longoria, Sandra Bullock, and Taylor Swift.
In 2009, she joined the Bravado Merchandising Group as product developer for the Harley-Davidson brand and more recently spearheaded a licensing program for the renowned cultural institution, The New York Botanical Garden, where partners have included Oscar de la Renta, Frontgate, and Tea Forté.
Meredith holds degrees from Brown University and the Parsons School of Design. A results-driven believer in detail and process, she is passionate about trend analysis, storytelling, innovative design, and best-in-class product. Her work has appeared in Vogue, InStyle, Town & Country, The New York Times, WWD, and on the cover of People Magazine.
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