NYWICI hosted their annual Matrix Awards, honoring “Women Who Connect the World.”

Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Sheraton New York Times Square for the annual Matrix Awards. This year’s slate of honorees celebrated ten extraordinary female leaders in the communications industry as “Women Who Connect the World.” The Matrix Award recipients are selected for their achievements and outstanding leadership roles in their fields. The award honors women in communications who are at the pinnacle of their careers and have made a profound impact. It is considered the most prestigious communications award.

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The awards were emceed by Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s TODAYand hosted by Interpublic Group. Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry continues to break down barriers with a multitude of acclaimed, diverse roles and consistent growth and success. Halle Berry shared a glimpse of her assurance with the audience, “Walk right into the fear. Follow your intuition. It’s your guide. Your compass. Don’t opt-out of someone else’s fear for you. Listen to your gut and go do it.”

2018 Matrix Award Honorees & Presenters:

  • Halle Berry — Academy Award-Winning Actress; presented by Michael I. Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group
  • Mika Brzezinski — Co-Host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Founder, Know Your Value; presented by Joe Scarborough, Co-Host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe
  • Kim Kelleher  — Chief Business Officer, GQ, Golf DigestPitchfork, WIREDArs Technica, Condé Nast; presented by Wendy Clark, Global President & CEO, DDB Worldwide
  • Betsy Kenny Lack — Head of Global Brand Strategy, Snap Inc.; presented by Evan Spiegel, CEO and Co-Founder, Snap Inc.
  • Dia Simms — President, Combs Enterprises; presented by Sarah Hemminger, Founder & CEO, THREAD
  • Alexandra Trower — Executive Vice President, Global Communications, The Estée Lauder Companies; presented by William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Shelley Zalis – CEO, The Female Quotient; presented by Bridge2Rwanda Scholar, Amen Mugisha

This year, NYWICI also presented its inaugural Incite Award, which was presented to the three Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times reporters, Jodi KantorEmily Steel and Megan Twohey for their ability to incite change through writing and reporting for their coverage on sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough

Founded in 1929, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) is the premier organization for female communications professionals. Today, the not-for-profit association has more than 2,000 members — from senior executives to students and entrepreneurs to young professionals — in a variety of communications disciplines, including journalism, broadcasting, corporate communications, digital, publishing, advertising, integrated marketing, photography, public relations, graphic design and more. NYWICI’s mission is to empower women in the communications field at every career stage to reach their full potential and navigate the ever-changing landscape of communications. NYWICI promotes professional growth and inspire members to achieve and share success by actively encouraging leadership and professional development, as well as networking opportunities that connect women who connect the world.

NYWICI Images: Copyright Maryanne Russell  


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