Sunday, April 17, 2011

►NYWICI's 41st Annual Matrix Awards: Where communicators honor and celebrate! ◄

On Monday, April 11, 2011, over 2,000 women in communications attended NYWICI’s 41st Annual Matrix Awards to celebrate 9 scholarship winners, 7 Matrix Awards Honorees, and 1 very, very, Special Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. For the past several years I have been attending this event, on and off, and a general theme throughout is how meaningful this celebration really is. Lesley Jane Seymour, editor in chief of More Magzine, emceed the event. Highlights included Betty White being presented with NYWICI Lifetime Achievement Award by Valerie Harper. Another delightful surprise was special guest, John Legend, American recording artist, musician and actor and winner of 9 Grammy Awards. Legend's performance was a big surprise and included a big congratulations to all winners including Matrix honoree Cindi Berger who is his pr agent. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or if you just like to read my blog, I'd like to spread the news and share my photos. I had the opportunity to meet and ask my "question of the day" to a few honorees and presenters -- if you'd like to read all about it, visit my other blog The 41st NYWICI Matrix Awards: Big Effen Deal? You Bet It Was!; If you happen to have missed last years event, report coverage is at this link: The 40th Annual Matrix Awards 2010: Honors Creme de la Creme Women. Kindly feel free to repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and tweet. Thanks! Here’s a listing of the stellar honorees and esteemed presenters:

◄►Betty White, Actress and Comedian, Lifetime Achievement Honoree, presenter Valerie Harper, Actress and Comedian (via live webcast)

◄►Cindi Berger, Chairman and CEO of PMK*BNC Public Relations, presenter Rosie O’Donnell, Talk Show Host and Comedian

◄►Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor “Washington Week”, Sr. Correspondent “The PBS Newsletter,” presenter Paula A. Kerger, President and CEO, PBS

◄►Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, presenter Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group

◄►Gina Sanders, President and CEO, Fairchild Fashion Group, presenter Evelyn H. Lauder
Senior Corporate Vice President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

◄►Abbe Raven, President and CEO, AETN – A&E Entertainment Networks presenter Mark Burnett, Producer

◄►Robin Koval, President, The Kaplan/Thayler Group, presenter, Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, The Kaplan Thaler Group

◄►Idina Menzel, Tony-Award Winning Actress, presenter, Dana Tyler, CBS 2 News Correspondent

Next Year, the event will be held on Monday, April 23rd, 2012. See you then. ◄►Interested in my blog? Subscribe to the AllThingsDigitalMarketing RSS Feed link in the right column, top section above.◄►


Every year since 1970, NYWICI has awarded outstanding women in communications the prestigious Matrix Awards. The long list of past winners reads like a who-is-who of exceptional women in the fields of advertising, books, broadcasting, film, magazines, new media, newspapers and public relations and is a true reflection of achievements by women in communications. For more information visit