Christine Whitacre: Ilene, I first heard you say this 21 years ago when I sat in a breakout at a convention when we were both in Discovery Toys. It was my first convention and it changed everything for me. I went from just playing in my business to making a difference for others by offering them a business. You were the first person who I ever heard say, "If you offered someone a cookie and they said no, would you feel bad?" Your impact in this industry spreads far beyond me but you have my respect and gratitude. Thank you for sharing your passion with others!

Business Development Manager