The Role of Diversity & Inclusion in Toys & Content


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Registration Fee

Members: Free
Non-members: $49.00

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 17, 2020
2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will discuss the role toys and content play in addressing diversity & inclusion (D&I) issues and why it matters.

Who Should Attend:

All toy industry stakeholders are invited to participate. The webinar is especially recommended for professionals involved in all stages of product and content development.

What You Will Learn:

In this webinar, attendees will hear about the different D&I issues that can arise in toy and content development. It will discuss how companies can integrate best D&I practices into this development and provide examples of the successes and challenges in doing so. It will also explore the impact toys and content have on how children see the world and the impact of historic events like the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.


Mitch Brown, The Kaleidoscope Group

Brown is a senior consultant and master facilitator at the Kaleidoscope Group, a full-service diversity & inclusion consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Leveraging nearly a decade of management consulting experience, Brown leads clients with workforce and workplace strategies to create transformation in their organization. Brown has significant experience working with learning and development leaders on developing educational content to enhance the skills and behaviors needed to sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. He holds a B.S. from Hampton University and a M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management. Brown currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Jay Francis, Disney

As VP of Current Series and Diversity and Inclusion for Disney Television Animation, Francis has been instrumental in the development and creative management of a long list of successful animated series for both Disney Channel and Disney XD. He recently expanded his role to work closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure, and mentor diverse creative talent for Disney Television Animation and Disney Junior.

Prior to joining Disney Television Animation, Francis held the position of VP and General Manager of LEVEL13.NET, developing original properties and acquiring films for Film Roman’s internet subsidiary. In addition to his duties as VP, he also handled all of the company’s artistic and production recruitment for The Simpsons, Family Guy, and King of the Hill. He has given presentations to high profile and elite educational institutions such as UCLA, Purdue, Texas, and Vanderbilt as well as most of the country’s most prestigious art and animation schools in the country.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Francis received a B.S. in TV/Film Production from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is a member of Disney’s Leadership Learning Advisory Board, ATAS, and ASIFA, as well as having served as an advisory board member at several schools.

Kim Culmone, senior vice president and global head of design for Barbie and fashion dolls at Mattel