Drew Vernon: Tonies, Innovation, Limiting Screen Time, and Child Development - 349

Drew Vernon talks with me about Tonies, Innovation, Limiting Screen Time, and Child Development. This is episode 349 of Teaching Learning Leading K12.

Drew Vernon is the U.S. marketing lead at Tonies. The Toniebox is a popular audio system that uses screen-free storytelling to introduce children to the wonders of imagination.

Tonies originally launched in Germany in 2016 and is currently one of the fastest growing toy brands in Europe.

As the US Marketing Lead at Tonies, Drew is looking to partner with schools and museums to bring screen-free education to children.

Previously, Drew was the Brand Manager for The LEGO Group. He created Prescription for Play, building an unpaid network of over 2,000 pediatricians to reach half a million children with their first LEGO experience. In addition, he secured funding from top LEGO leadership, who selected the program to be a main social responsibility initiative for the company.

He also worked with marketing research at P&G and brand marketing at Kao.

Additionally,  founded and owned “Moppets Drop-in Child Care” which was Greater Hartford’s first state-licensed, pay-by-the-hour child care center. 

In June of 2020...Drew was named  8 to Watch under 40 by the Wisconsin School of Business.

Drew describes himself as “a disruptive innovation marketer with experience in beauty CPG, toy, and early childhood development.” (Consumer Packaged Goods)

Great talk!

Lots to learn.

Tonies are amazing devices!

Thanks for listening.

So much to learn.

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Length - 37:51

from Teaching Learning Leading K-12 https://TeachingLearningLeadingK12.podbean.com/e/drew-vernon-tonies-innovation-limiting-screen-time-and-child-development-349/

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