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Anna van SleeDirector of Product Development

Marbles: The Brain Store

Anna is passionate (in, ahem, a professional way) about two industries: Play and Health. As Director of Product Development at Marbles: The Brain Store's Workshop, she is fortunate to marry her most favorite pursuits by creating fun products that build better brains. 

Before Marbles, Anna ping-ponged between Health and Play, amassing a multitude of media skills in the process. First, she was an editor and reporter covering the Neuroscience news beat for a newswire. Next, she worked for a comic book publisher producing toys and packaging. That little department grew into an independent company called Kunoichi. During her 5 years as leadership at Kunoichi, Anna touched pretty much every toy brand under the sun*. She produced animation, virtual worlds, web sites, mobiles - and more. Eventually, Kunoichi was so successful, it was acquired by Manifest Digital. At Manifest, Anna helped healthcare clients like Amgen, Humana and Cardinal Health to be more successful through play.

In her free time, Anna directs the playCHIC Fashion Show for the Chicago Toy & Game Group. ChiTAG is focused on making the world a better place through play. Join us!  

*Obligatory brand parade: Baby Alive, Nerf, Nerf Rebelle, Furby, Transformers, Little Orphan Annie, Happy Meal, Humana, Cardinal Health.

Do you have a fave toy or game? I want to know why! Holler at me: @AdventuringAnna

Workshops

Chicago 2015Sep 24 - 25, 2015
Portland 2015May 12 - 15, 2015