Joy Kovaleski ’77

A futuristic thinker and creative entrepreneur, Joy Kovaleski is the founder of Funzone, Inc. Established in 1991 as a developer and manufacturer of toys, accessories, home décor, and seasonal and promotional products, Funzone has generated more than $500 million in combined retail sales serving national clients like Bath & Body Works, Disney Theme Parks, Gymboree, Cracker Barrel, and Petsmart. Previously, Joy was the Vice President of Product Development and Design at Applause, where she provided strategic direction and vision to build sales growth from $60 to $280 million over a five-year period.

Joy holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a Master in International Management from American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). She is an active board member of the Los Angeles Berkeley-Haas Alumni Network, where she is a champion of multiple Women in Leadership events.