New York Women in Communications Announces 2018 Matrix Awards Honorees

by | Mar 7, 2018

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) has announced the honorees of the 2018 Matrix Awards—the communications industry’s most prestigious award, given annually to a short list of extraordinary women who are shaping and shaking the world.

The 2018 Matrix Awards will be emceed by Savannah Guthrie, Co-Anchor of “TODAY” and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent, and hosted by Interpublic Group during a luncheon at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday April 23, 2018. Recognized asone of the top events in New York City, the ceremony is expected to draw more than 1,000 people to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of these trailblazers in the industry. In addition, NYWICI will present their first-ever, Matrix “Incite Award” to three women who, through their writing and body of work, incited action and change for their coverage on sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Previous Matrix Award recipients include Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey, Diane Sawyer, Meryl Streep, Gretchen Carlson and Joanna Coles, to name a few. Proceeds from the Matrix Awards go towards a full range of scholarships and educational programs for women, whether they are just beginning or are embarking on a career transition. To date, NYWICI’s Foundation, the largest for communications scholarships for women in the country, has given more than $1.5 million dollars in scholarships.

2018 Matrix Award Honorees

  • Mika Brzezinski— Co-Host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”; Founder, Know Your Value
  • Kim Kelleher— Chief Business Officer, GQ, Golf DigestPitchfork, WIREDArs Technica, Conde Nast
  • Betsy Kenny Lack— Head of Global Brand Strategy, Snap Inc.
  • Dia Simms— President, Combs Enterprises
  • Alexandra Trower— Executive Vice President, Global Communications, The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Shelley Zalis– CEO, The Female Quotient

2018 Matrix Incite Award Honorees

  • Jodi Kantor– Reporter, The New York Times
  • Emily Steel– Reporter, The New York Times
  • Megan Twohey– Reporter, The New York Times

“We recognize these remarkable women for their accomplishments and contributions not only to our industry, but to our culture,” said Meredith Long, president, New York Women in Communications and CRO, N.A., Quantcast. “And to our Incite Award recipients, whose work helped to inspire a day of reckoning in the workplace, where sexual misconduct is not tolerated, we honor you.”

“The Matrix Awards is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together thousands of professionals in the communications industry to celebrate the outstanding women who are shaping today’s media landscape,” commented Michael Roth, chairman and CEO, Interpublic. “IPG is excited to sponsor this luncheon for the fourth year. Our company, like the New York Women in Communications organization, provides sustained and ongoing support for women at every stage of their careers and we’re honored to be a part of this program.”

Individual tickets, tables and information on sponsorships and program advertising opportunities are now available at www.nywici.org.

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