Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Women’s Media Center honors leaders in media

"I am extremely honored to be recognized by Women's Media Center...I am particularly honored to receive joint recognition with my sister whose strength and integrity are truly extraordinary."
~~ Lisa Ling
American journalist, Host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, former co-host of ABC's The View (from 1999–2002), host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN.; Older sister of journalist Laura Ling.

As women’s voices echoed the red carpet, an aura of confidence and unity resonated throughout.

It became crystal clear that honorees of The Women’s Media Center 2012 Awards represent a powerful, influential, emerging, and engaging media force to be reckoned with.

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It was all things red carpet excitement and media extravaganza last night as The Women’s Media Center celebrated honorees of The Women’s Media Center 2012 Awards.
Watch this video and see what you missed.
Sorry for technical difficulty with the audio portion of the video. Promise next time will use a better quality audio recorder.

Here are some quotable quotes from my question of the night which focused on women in media: Women are 51% of our population and only 3% of women are in clout media positions. What does this event mean to you ?

"…This awards has so many amazing and talented media leders...This celebration has twice as many people than the year before …All of the winners are amazing leaders in media ..." ~~ Robin Morgan , American poet, author, political theorist & activist, journalist, lecturer, and former child actor

"…Very extiting to be around a lot of women whom I've admired for a long time and they are all here ... The Ling sisters and what they are doing for many accomplishments by these women ... they are all strong and powerful women ...I'm glad to be a part of it and mentor young women in as many ways that I can"
~~ Lori Sokol
,  Ph.D., President, Sokol Media, Inc., and Publisher of Work Life Matters, Green Matters and NY Residential magazines

"… Still not enough...We must continue with programs and training ... We must honor and celebrate contributions of women in media…. we need to have more women in clout positions ..." ~~ Carol Jenkins ,  Author, Former WNBC Anchor, Former President of The Women’s Media Center, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center

"…Amazing to be here. We have the Name It! Change It! Program which is changing how media can put more women on top … It is still not enough…We still need to do more.....We must make sure we have more women at the top ..." ~~ Gloria Feldt ,  New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, & WMC Board Member

"…Women need to focus on their stories….We need to continue to tell our stories. I co-founded The RedPump Project, we wear red shoes to help fight HIV/AIDS, that’s why I’m wearing red shoes tonight ..." ~~ Luvvie Ajayi ,  Writer, social media strategist and winner of The Social Media Award

"…It’s such a pleasure and honor to be here…in the presence of pioneers Gloria Steinem and Pat Mitchell and so many other amazing women in media ..." ~~ Laura Ling
,  Host and Reporter, E! Investigates, E! Network and winner of The Sisterhood is Powerful Award

"…I am really honored to be here ..." ~~ Lisa Ling
,  Host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network and winner of The Sisterhood is Powerful Award

"… It’s great to be here among these outstanding women in media ... Women in media have come very far but still more go to ..."
~~ Alyson Palmer

Performing artist and playwright,

"…I am really happy to be here … The Women’s Media Center means so much to me and is great for all women ... It could get better but it’s so satisfying to be here ~~ Rachel Sklar
,  CNN contributor, lawyer and New York-based media blogger, Co-Founder, Change the Ratio

"…I’m thrilled to be here … This organization has really helped our cause and mission a lot…” ~~ Emily Gannett ,  Digital Dtrategist and, Co-Founder, Change the Ratio

"... I’m so humbled by this experience ... I’m fulfilling my dreams ... You can’t beat that..." ~~ Sarah Hoye
CNN All Platform Journalist and winner of The Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award

"…This event is so important for women... It’s important that all women in media become more visible and empowered … This is why I choose to be very involved and I also Co-Chair this event… Wow you did your research ..."
~~ Loreen Arbus
First woman to head up programming at a major U.S. Network, Disability Rights Activist/Producer/Founder & Chair of "Women Who Care," Co-Chair of the Women's Media Awards

This event marks the 4th annual awards celebration which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media.

Academy Award Nominated Actress® Anne Hathaway was host of the event which was co-chaired by Loreen Arbus, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.

The Women's Media Center 2012 Award recipients arriving at the red carpet were Sarah Hoye, recipient of the Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award; Luvvie Ajayi, Social Media Award; Laura and Lisa Ling, Sisterhood is Powerful Award; Martha Nelson, Going the Distance Award; and Pat Mitchell who received the first Lifetime Achievement Award, thereafter to be called The Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award in her honor.

Stellar attendees and presenters read like a “Who’s Who in Media” and included Carol Jenkins, Author, Former WNBC Anchor, Former President of WMC, Board Member, WMC; Loreen Arbus, First woman to head up programming at a major U.S. Network and Disability Rights, Activist/Producer/Founder & Chair of “Women Who Care,” Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator and WMC Board Member; Barbara Walters Award-winning journalist, Co-Executive Producer and Creator of The View; Christine Lahti, Academy Award, Emmy & Golden Globe winning actress/writer/director; Sarah Jones Tony Award-winning American playwright, actress and poet; Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, activist and author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues; Donna Deitch, Award-winning Film and Television Director, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK/Peace, Environmentalist, Women’s Rights & Social Justice Activist, Board Chair, WMC; Lori Sokol, Ph.D., President, Sokol Media, Inc., and Publisher of Work Life Matters, Green Matters and NY Residential magazines; Cheryl Wills, Award-winning Anchor, NY1 News Television; Tamsen Fadal, Anchor WPIX News; Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO, DreamWorks; Lauren Embrey, Philanthropist/Film Producer, CEO and president of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltc., WMC Board Member; Rachel Sklar, CNN contributor, lawyer and New York-based media blogger; Helen Zia, Award-winning journalist & Former Executive Editor of Ms Magazine, Founding Co-Chair WMC and WMC Board Member; Ben Vereen, Tony, Emmy & Golden globe winning actor; Matt Winkler, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, Bloomberg News; Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News, Award-winning former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News; Etc.

Above photo of the James Grant Public Relations team; From left to right: James Grant, Matt Flynn, Carolyn Gitomer, Robert Ballard, Ele Hielkema and Paul Giardina. JamesGrantPR spearheaded the event. Below is a listing of red carpet press coverage:

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The Women’s Media Center – founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem – works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media. The influence of the media is the most powerful economic and cultural force today. By deciding who gets to talk, what shapes the debate, who writes and what is important enough to report, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we do.


  1. Cool, sounds like a great event. Wish I was there.

  2. Hi Gloria,
    Wish I could have attended - sounds like it was really exciting!

  3. Very nice coverage report about this event. Sounds like it was a great place to be. Wish I was there! What a line-up of professionals in media, the Ling sisters, Pat Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, etc

  4. Like the way you put the quotes with the faces and really enjoyed the video, great creativity and what a beautiful venue. Must have so awesome to interview the Ling Sisters.