Dream Big Toy Co. founder to speak to WIM Fox Valley May 13

  • Jodi Bondi Norgaard, founder of Dream Big Toy Company, will speak at the next WIM Fox Valley meeting May 13.

    Jodi Bondi Norgaard, founder of Dream Big Toy Company, will speak at the next WIM Fox Valley meeting May 13. Courtesy of WIM

Updated 4/16/2021 11:12 PM

WIM Fox Valley will welcome Jodi Bondi Norgaard, founder of Dream Big Toy Company, to its next virtual meeting on Thursday, May 13. The Zoom program will be noon to 1 pm. No fee for the meeting for WIM Fox Valley members; $5 for guests who are welcome to attend.

For meeting registration information, email pmsadv@sbcglobal.net no later than Tuesday, May 11.


In this powerful presentation, Norgaard speaks on the value and benefit of women supporting women in business and life. She brings awareness to the stereotypes imposed upon women and the steps needed to eliminate them from our culture, so women can rise together. She will share her entrepreneurial experience and the mentors who helped her succeed through guidance, kindness, and support.

"We are grateful that Jodi will take the time to speak to our group of amazing women who inspire and mentor other women," said WIM president Joy Symonds. "As a business owner and mother of two young girls, I look forward to hearing about her own journey as a ground-breaking entrepreneur and mother."

Norgaard is an expert in creating change and breaking gender stereotypes. She is the creator of the award-winning line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image. In October 2016, her Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting-edge toy company.

She is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and activist in the movement pushing media and retail to do a better job portraying girls beyond stereotypes. She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Norgaard was invited by the White House under the Obama administration to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys. Recently, she was asked by the Biden administration to be part of the ground-breaking White House Gender Policy Council.

Members of the WIM Fox Valley board of directors include Joy Symonds, WIM president and owner of Symonds Madison Funeral Home; Ann Louis, CPA, Louis Consulting Inc., past WIM president; Melissa Davidson, CPA, Davidson Pargman & Co. LLC, treasurer; Michelle Groeper, Tails Humane Society, secretary; Kyla Brittain, director of development, Fox Valley United Way, membership; and Pat Szpekowski, APR, PR Strategies & Communications Inc., communications.

WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984 and is celebrating its 36th year of supporting local professional women. It is a leading women's business organization in Elgin providing professional development and business education scholarships and mentoring opportunities for area women. Members are comprised of women in business professionals and entrepreneurs in a wide range of categories. Area women are invited to join. For more information, visit www.wimfoxvalley.org.


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