New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) will present the 2017 Matrix Awards during a luncheon at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday April 24, 2017, to honor seven extraordinary female leaders in the communications industry, as ‘Women Who Connect the World.’

The ceremony, hosted by Hearst Magazines, will be emceed by Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and bestselling author.

The Matrix Awards is recognized by the communications community as one of the most prestigious events of the year. More than 1,000 people are expected to gather to celebrate seven brilliant women at the pinnacle of their careers in the communications industry. Previous award recipients include Meryl Streep, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey, Diane Sawyer and Joanna Coles, to name a few.

The 2017 Matrix Award Honorees & Presenters:
• Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of “TODAY” and NBC News chief legal correspondent –presented by Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “TODAY
• Susan Credle, global chief creative officer, FCB – presented by Julie Kent, artistic director, The Washington Ballet
• Gretchen Carlson, journalist and women’s empowerment advocate – presented by Paul Feig, writer, director, producer
• Judy A. Smith, founder and CEO, Smith & Company – presenter to be announced
• Rukmini Callimachi, foreign correspondent, The New York Times – presented by Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post
• Nancy Weber, executive vice president/chief marketing officer, Meredith National Media Group – presented by Tom Harty, president and chief operating officer, Meredith Corporation
• Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer, JPMorgan Chase – presented by Gregg Lemkau, co-head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs

“We are thrilled to recognize these seven distinguished women for their significant accomplishments and contributions,” said Jacki Kelley, president, New York Women in Communications and chief operating officer, Bloomberg Media, Bloomberg LP. “These leaders are truly ‘Women Who Connect the World,’ and we look forward to ushering them into the Matrix Awards Hall of Fame, joining the ’Who’s Who’ of female communications greats.”

“In this moment of enormous change in every area of media, one thing is consistent: the incredible work done by women. Today’s Matrix honorees are outstanding professionals in their fields, and their contributions to our industry, and to our culture, make them role models for us all,” said Joanna Coles, chief content officer, Hearst Magazines.

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.

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

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