Mary Couzin [Bio] – Women Driving Excellence 2014 Honoree
Chicago Toy and Game Group CEO/Founder
Mary Couzin is CEO/Founder of the Chicago Toy & Game (ChiTAG) Group, which includes: playCHIC Toy Inspired Fashion Event, Int’l Summit for Professional Inventors, Int’l Toy & Game Innovation Conference, DiscoverGames.com, Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards (TAGIEs), Chicago Toy & Game Fair, Young Inventor Challenge and other events promoting the importance of play, innovation and power of inventors to help sell products. www.chitag.com
Partnered with Live Oak Games on GamesforEducators.com with a newsletter reaching 175,000+ educators. ChiTAG Group also publishes newsletters to industry, inventors and consumers. She writes for Global Toy News and ASTRA’s Discover the WooHoo Factor consumer newsletter and hosts ASTRA’s Inventor Manufacturer Academy sessions. To encourage community and collaboration, she hosts casual industry get-togethers at NYTF, ASTRA, ChiTAG and in cities here and abroad.
Industry service includes TIA’s TOTY Nominating and PlayCon Committees and National Toy Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Honors include Women in Toys Wonder Woman Entrepreneur Award 2009, TAGIE Founder’s Award 2011 and Global Toys Person of the Year 2012. Mary has a BBA from University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Loyola University.