A Toy Industry Outreach to Columbia University African-American Graduates Students


African-Americans are underrepresented in the toy industry. To change that paradigm, I had the pleasure of working with The Columbia University” H.B.C.U. Fellowship Program for the School of Professional Studies to lead a panel discussion. Our panel featured toy industry thought leaders and entrepreneurs:

Dr. Lisa Williams, Founder and CEO of “World of EPI,” and the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  

Azhelle Wade, President of “Toy Coach” and owner of three patents.

Jacqueline Vong, CEO of “Playology International,” who has worked in China and Canada.

Chris Byrne, “The Toy Guy,author, consultant, and a regular guest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

The HBCU (Historic Black Colleges and Universities) Fellowship Program provides fellowships to high-achieving undergraduate seniors selected by partner HBCUs. Those chosen are eligible for Fellowships granting full tuition and housing for a range of master’s programs at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.


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