“Not only are we amazing but we can stand up on unbelievable scrutiny! Congratulations to all of our Matrix winners!” ~~ Tina Fey, Matrix Honoree, 2010 American actress, comedian, writer and producer. Quotable quote as told to Matrix audience on April 19, 2010.
“I heard Theresa Guidice of The Real Housewives from New Jersey was under consideration, but you know what happened the last time she sat near a big table. It would have been difficult to flip!”
~~ Pat Kiernan, Matrix Emcee
Morning News Anchor, NY1.
“Good afternoon everyone. I am really excited to be here with you today,” greeted Kiernan. “Not often I get to say that this time of the day. I usually get up at 3:00 a.m., and this is usually the time for my afternoon nap. And I know that Katie and Meredith can relate to that,” continued Kiernan.
The prestigious award recognizes exceptional women who have established themselves in communications fields such as advertising, arts & entertainment, broadcasting, digital media, magazines, marketing, newspapers and public relations. For those of you who weren’t able to attend this luncheon gala, this blog will be updated throughout the day and I will be sharing highlights including honorees and presenters answers to this years Matrix "Question of the Day." Matrix Awards is all about celebrating outstanding women in communications and tomorrows leaders.
Stellar honorees and esteemed presenters for Matrix 2012 are:
Katie Couric, Journalist, Author, Cancer Advocate & Host of "Katie," premiering September 2012, presented the award to Tyra Banks. "Hi everybody. It’s great to be here in the company of so many extraordinary, accomplished women both on the dais and in the audience," said Couric. “I got into broadcast news when they wanted to get the broads out of broadcasting. But I also remembered it was a time when harass was 2 words instead of one,” Couric said as she continued to describe confidence using “The Smize,” one of the creations of that global enterprise known as Tyra Banks,” during her introduction to Tyra Banks, CEO & Chief Creative Officer of The Tyra Banks Company, Inc.
"Thank you Rocco, thank you NYWICI for everything you do," said Butler continuing by sharing how she got her start in magazine editorial and that she believes all good things do start when you find your purpose. “I started my career in PR, had some great jobs and moved up pretty quickly. But I was really yearning for more emotional connection to my work and I found that the day I started at BH&G as a lowest of lowest junior editor, a big step down in title, status and cut in money. I never hesitated because I was in love with the purpose of brand to help women change not just a home but a lifestyle rich in personal expression. One of the things I love about a career in communications is that it continues to afford us opportunities to grow, discover, and to inundate.” ~~ Gayle Butler
"Every day was an opportunity and an obligation to do something bigger than yourself. This was my father’s mantra,” said Cole referring to her childhood life at home. She continued by thanking her parents and mentioning how their selfless lifetime inspired others and determined her and her siblings’ future aspirations. In closing she mentioned the importance of creating public awareness in motivating action and influencing policy and by sharing her memorable quote by Gloria Steinem “The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off," ~~ Maria Cuomo Cole
Meredith Vieira, Special Correspondent, NBC News presented the award for Broadcasting to Ann Curry. “Hi everyone. I have to admit I am very confused at this point because so many people on the dais are referencing: Meredith, thank you for this, thank you for that. I honestly didn’t do anything," Vieira said. Vieira has known Ann Curry for over 16 years and has worked with her in studio and in field. “I realize Ann has a special relationship with chaos – she doesn’t shy away from it, she’s not afraid of it, she wants to make it right,” said Vieira who shared many of her accomplishments such as the Curry being the first who exposed much of America to the genocide in Darfur, the starvation in Somalia and more recently the bombing in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan. “Ann goes to those places because she cares about helping people and does so by bringing their stories to all of us,” said Vieira. “I am proud and honored to present my friend Ann Curry with the Matrix Award for Broadcasting,” said Vieira presenting to
Ann Curry, Emmy-Award winning Co-Anchor, “Today” and Correspondent
"Thank you my friend Susan Werner. Susan and I met each other back when we were young, we had dreams and were broke," said Desmond. The audience applauded as Desmond shared her sources of inspiration with one being a quote from Secretary of State, Madeline Albright -- "There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women," said Desmond. "This is something that I take very seriously and personally," ~~ Laura Desmond
Barbara Walters, ABC News correspondent; "The Barbara Walters Specials"; Creator, Co-Host and Executive Producer of ABC Daytime's "The View" presented the award to Zenia Mucha. "So you all must be wondering just who or what is a Zenia Mucha? First and foremost she might just have the toughest job of anyone....Even Mickey Mouse doesn't make a move without Zenia," said Walters as she introduced
Zenia Mucha, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
"For me opportunity means the chance to change your circumstances, your perspectives, your life, your world. It's certainly not a guarantee, it's a chance and it helps you. Millions of people who dream for a better life come to this country. They don't expect it to be perfect or easy. They just want it to be possible and it truly is. My being here is proof of that. I share this award with my mom and dad who taught me anything is possible if you work for it. Most importantly they taught me to believe that dreams realy can come true," ~~ Zenia Mucha
"Thank you Lesley. Her intro is almost embarrassingly flattering, but that’s because I wrote it,” kidded Noonan. “Lesley is one of the great journalists of our age. NOT one of the great women journalists…she has interestingly one of the great careers in American broadcasting and one of the best friends to me anyone could ask for,” added Noonan. Paraphrasing brilliantly from President John Kennedy’s remarks made 50 years ago at a dinner honoring Nobel Peace Prize winners of the Western Hemisphere, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of female [human] talent and knowledge ever to come together at the Waldorf-Astoria [White House] with the possible exception of the night Eleanor Roosevelt [Thomas Jefferson] dined here alone,” said Noonan. “I am honored to receive this Matrix Award in part because it is a prize for women, by women, and it has such a very great meaning for me,” expressed Noonan who went on to share her recent experience of what she described as a "women-to-women connection and how we are all in this together" when she recently met Senator Susan Collins in a green room and they were chatting for a while. As Collins was leaving the room she shared with Noonan that it was a woman who found out about the security issue and exposed it. “…And our eyes kind of locked for a moment…It was wonderful, girl power,” said Noonan. She also shared how the every day things you do from traveling without a male, picking your own clothes, saying what you want, etc., would be a crime in sadder parts of the world for women. “War against women is a bad idea. Whoever has declared war against women, all I can say is good luck because you’re gonna need it,” said Noonan who mentioned what a great leader and Times columnist, Bill Saffir told her about 20 years ago before she had a column. “He told me never to pile on. Don’t knock people when they’re down. Knock them when they’re up. Read. You need the distance of context and information. But what he said then is even more true today,” Noonan added and also shared how David Letterman asked Julia Louis-Dreyfuss "what is Twitter like" and Dreyfuss replied "Twitter is like having 1000 people all screaming opinions at you." "In other words," Noonan added, "it's like walking into what use to be called a lunacy asylum." "All Dreyfuss was trying to do was find 2 or 3 people worth listening to," continued Noonan. “If you want to be one of those people worth listening to bring context and grounding and knowledge to your work and decisions. In other words, read, no matter what you do for a living, you must do time, distance, absorb, and ponder. Bill Saffir also told me to have a philosophy of work. Here quickly is mine: Try to see with clean eyes, with clear eyes, what’s around you. Try to apprehend the facts, the trends, the way people are. We’re human. We’re not just policy-driven, data- extracting, talking-point machines no matter what you see on cable. We are not just aggregates of ambition, we are full human persons. So tell the story, try to be fair, try to be honest. Don’t smuggle in your personal, political philosophy. Announce it up front. Declare it. Tell people where you stand and why. Don’t hide it. This shows respect and people can take it. They don’t mind if they disagree with you. They are trying to be fair too. They find it, they write it and they present it. Don’t let your views color what you see. Don’t let your opinion on a story distort your telling of it. Don’t throw knuckle balls and slides. Throw the ball straight and as quiet as you can. If you can do all that you will make a place for yourself in what can be a magnificent profession and one that at its best is actually a modest public service. Thank you,” ~~ Peggy Noonan
Congratulations to our 18 Matrix Scholarship Winners!
You represent future women in communications and leaders of tomorrow.
Alexandra Carmichael, Carlozzi Family Scholarship
Katia Diaz, Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and internship from Scholastic
Laura Foti, McGraw-Hill Companies Scholarship
Luisa Garcia, Esperanza Scholarship
Grace Gavilanes, Hammond Family Scholarship from Horizon Publishing
Melanie Hicken, Daniel Ladner Scholarship
Nkechi Hooper, Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and internship
Sarah Kajani, News Corporation Scholarship
Elisa Mala, Ruth Whitney Scholarship from Glamour magazine
Marian Omidiji, News Corporation Scholarship
Marisch Perera Hearst Scholarship
Jamie Primeau, Hearst Scholarship
Tess Quinlan, New York Women in Communications Alumna Award of Excellence
Lauren Ryan, New York Women in Communications Alumna Award of Excellence
Ilyssa Simsek, WEtv Scholarship
Nkiruka Umegbolu, Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and internship
Miriam Ward, Meredith Corporation Scholarship
Jenny Xie Meredith Corporation Scholarship
See you next year!
"Hope you enjoy this blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!
Other Resources (updated throughout the day)
►The 41st Annual Matrix Awards 2012: Where communicators honor and celebrate!
►The 40th Annual Matrix Awards 2010: Honors Creme de la Creme Women
►The Hollywood Reporter: Glenn Close, Tyra Banks To Receive Matrix Awards
► PRNewser: Rosie O-Donnell, John Legend Honor Cindi Berger at NYWICI Matrix Awards
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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 NYWICI.org
Wow, this sounds like a very exciting place to be. Tyra Banks, and Glenn Close are awesome! Wish I was there. It must be so exciting to live in NYC.ReplyDelete
I like your blog and your report on this event. I am a really big fan of Tyra Banks and lover her fashion website and enjoy her TV show America's Next Top Model. Good to see that she is recognized as a leader. Keep on writing and I’ll keep on reading your blogs.ReplyDelete
Communications is the most important ingredient for success and it is good to know that there is an organization out there to recognize leading women communicators. What better place than NYC!ReplyDelete
Glenn Close is awesome, an amazing actress. I saw her on Broadway many, many times and in several movies of course. Her latest film, Albert Nobbs, she really deserved an Oscar. She has had so many Oscar nominations which is just as good as Oscar, I think anyway. It is so grand that she is being recognized and honored at Matrix.ReplyDelete
Congrats to Maria Cuomo Cole, an amazing documentary film writer/producer and inspirational humanitarian. Helping the poor and working to end homelessness. I wonder if she will be wearing one of Ken’s designer attire.ReplyDelete
So glad Glenn Close won this prestigious award. She deserved the Oscar for Albert Nobbs but also Fatal Attraction too. On top of all of her accomplishments, she is an amazing humanitarian.ReplyDelete
What better choice than Pat Kiernan to emcee? This event usually emceed by women, and this is so refreshing for a change. I recently saw him co-hosting on Live With Kelly, funny guy and smart too. Amazing how a Canadian can be so New York, “eh!”ReplyDelete
Glenn Close is amazing especially for all her charity and work she has done for raising awareness for all folks with mental illness. Awesome to read about this event and that she is being honored and awarded. I am going to try to attend this event next year.ReplyDelete
What better place to celebrate women in communications than in New York City and at the legendary Waldorf-Astoria. Wish I was there. Good to read this blog.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to all and especially the scholarship winners. There can never be enough scholarships to help students dreams come true.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great event and place to be. Thanks for the info. I’m going to check out all the other links you have about this now.ReplyDelete
I was there a few years ago when Tom Hanks was there. Spectacular event, had a wonderful time and met interesting people. It was a great experience for me.ReplyDelete
This is so great to read about. Sounds like an exciting event and place for women (and men) to celebrate communications and to network with such a distinguished group of honorees.ReplyDelete
Interesting. Sounds like you really enjoy these events. I’ve read your reports from earlier events, and you really are a great communicator yourself.ReplyDelete
This is so refreshing and exciting to read and learn about future communications leaders.ReplyDelete
Great to read this and learn of this celebration. It is so special to empower students and young aspiring professionals in communications and what better way than at this prestigious event.ReplyDelete
When I saw the word Matrix in your blog post, I thought it was referring to the scary sci-fi movie back in the late 90s with Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne having to do with what is real. Ironic that the film ends with the saying “anything can happen.” Glad to learn about this Matrix event, it brings that slogan to a much more positive note. Congratulations to all the winners!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful way to celebrate women in communications and scholarship winners. Scholarships are a great way to help students with pursuing their dreams. Those who support and sponsor are so generous to have these offerings.ReplyDelete
I like your title. It really speaks to the reader. I agree, I and many of my colleagues should have been there. We would have been so inspired. Glad to learn about it through your informative blog post. For sure, I will bookmark.ReplyDelete
Very nice quote from Tina Fey you have there. I also read your blog from the 2010 event. It must have been really exciting to see her in person. She is such an accomplished communicator.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to Ann Curry on this exceptional Matrix Award. As a news buff, I was always impressed by her journalism acumen. Even though I think she is a bit too left wing, I was sorry to hear she may be leaving NBC Today show. She had a tough act to follow replacing Vieira. I wonder what her former co-anchor Matt Lauer thinks and who will be replacing her if she leaves.ReplyDelete
This is a great write-up on Matrix Awards. I read your other blog posts and really like your writing style. You really do a thorough job.ReplyDelete
Everyone should learn about what this Matrix Awards is all about. This is so cool and great to see this blog.ReplyDelete
Interesting! Great for all women in communications. With the internet the way it is, everyone is connecting to the world.ReplyDelete
Having worked in PR for years I can tell you that communications is essential. It is so reassuring to see that this organization is in the 42nd year of recognizing extraordinary women communicators.ReplyDelete