Rising Stars Award


Who are licensing’s up-and-comers? The game-changers who are shaping the future of the industry? You tell us.

Nominations for LIMA’s Rising Stars Award will open in advance of Licensing Expo 2017!


  • 30 years old and under with 1-7 years of experience.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to and passion for the licensing industry.
  • Seeks additional professional development opportunities to improve skills.
  • Has shown innovation in planning and implementing successful licensing strategy.
  • Demonstrates leadership potential.

2016 Rising Stars

Learn about 2016′s Rising Stars & read Stephanie and Katelyn’s bios


katelyn cozzi

Katelyn Cozzi
Global Brand Marketing Manager, Mattel




stephanie marlis

Stephanie Marlis
Director of Digital Media & Acquisitions, Creative Licensing Corporation





Previous Recipients of LIMA’s Rising Stars Award:

2015: Stephanie Candiloro, Warner Bros. Consumer Products; Milin Shah, Earthbound LLC
2014: Ivonne Feliciano, Sesame Workshop; Kelley Davison, Added Extras
2013: Lauren Fields, Brand Central LLC; Marisa Marionakis, Cartoon Network
2012: Will DePippo, Sesame Workshop; Caitlin Gutekunst, Mind Candy; Andrew Ostrom, Harley-Davidson Motor Company; Jess Richardson, WWE; Anthony Shaut, Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker LLP; David Tovey, Mind Candy; Emily Wickerham, IMC Licensing