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Award-winning author Dana Micucci is pleased to announce the publication of her new novel, The Third Muse. From New York to Paris and Florence, The Third Muse is a blend of mystery, suspense, international art-world intrigue, history, and spirituality inspired by Renaissance ideals and the divine feminine mysteries of the Magdalene Order. Click here to read more about The Third Muse on

“This beautifully written mystery, set in the international art world, expresses a deep heart-centered wisdom inspired by Renaissance ideals and the goddess archetype. In our own time of great change and rebirth, Dana Micucci celebrates the return of a divine feminine consciousness and the power of love.”

-Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

“Dana Micucci’s The Third Muse is a wonderful blend of spirituality, history, suspense, and intrigue. At its center are the deep divine feminine mystery teachings of the Magdalene Order. This novel serves as a powerful vehicle of awakening and remembrance for the many present-day members of this Order who have yet to discover who they are.”

-Catherine Ann Clemett, author of Soulweaving and co-author of Anna, The Voice of the Magdalenes

Dana Micucci has enjoyed a decades-long career as a widely published journalist and author writing about culture, travel, and spirituality. Her other books include Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth, a gold winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. She also has a private healing practice and conducts transformational talks and workshops nationwide.  

Please join us for the HPRMS Annual Dinner on Wednesday, June 25, at 6 pm, at The New York Times building.

In addition to our dinner and awards ceremony, Terry Wrong, creator and executive producer of the eight-part ABC News series "NY Med", Erica Baumgart, a supervising producer at ABC News, and Myrna Manners, Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer for New York-Presbyterian Hospital, will present on  

 "The Making of NY Med"

The discussion will highlight the challenges in getting real life medicine on network TV, the key ingredients of a prime time medical series, how to convince senior leadership to dismiss the policy for 24/7 public affairs escorts while filming, and in doing so, the complicated process of getting patient consents.  

Special Pricing for HPRMS Members!

The HPRMS board is delighted to extend a special invitation to all HPRMS members to attend this annual dinner for just $50!  To Register as a member, please click HERE

The fee for nonmembers is $100. To Register as a non-member, please click HERE

To register with NYWICI's special discount rate, please click HERE

We encourage all nonmembers to join HPRMS now, and take advantage of this special rate, as a benefit of your HPRMS membership!

Membership in HPRMS has many benefits:

Networking opportunities  Social media updates and explorations "Meet the Media" panels Legislative updates Best practices discussions


Date: Wednesday, June 25

Time: 6:00pm

Location: The New York Times Building, 2620 8th Avenue, 15th Floor 

To Register as a member, please click HERE

To Register as a non-member, please click HERE

** To Register with NYWICI's special discount rate, please click HERE

Is Your Head in the Cloud? 

Cloud technology is transforming business infrastructure in powerful ways that you need to know about.

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) invites you to a special live event on Cloud Technology featuring, Matthew Drooker, Vice President, Media Software & Services, News Applications and Digital Experiences, Turner Broadcasting System. 

Join WICT NY for its first Tech It Out networking event and in-person talk with Matthew Drooker as he gives his expert overview of cloud technology and ideas of how your company can benefit. This is also a great opporutnity for to meet other WICT members in techonology positions. 

Date: Wednesday, June 25
Time: 6:00 -8:00pm ET
Location: Viacom Media Networks, 1515 Broadway

Register Now ! 

Jill Surdyka is senior manager of global internal communications at Avon Products, where she's responsible for getting the word out about the company to its associates worldwide.  

Go Team Avon! Jill is also active in the Avon Foundation for Women's Walk for Breast Cancer and is co-captain of this year's Team Avon walk team. 

Surrounded ... in a good way The signs were everywhere: Katia Diaz, a student of Jill's at Seton Hall, where she taught a class in PR, won a Foundation Board scholarship. Her colleagues from both Avon and Weber Shandwick, a former employer, were NYWICI members. "With so many women I respect being part of the organization," says Jill, "I knew it was time to cross 'join NYWICI' off my to-do list." 

Rachel Buttner

Full Picture, a Public Relations, Management and Production company is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicole Esposito to Chief Business Development Officer effective immediately.

Esposito, a member of New York Women in Communications, has been with Full Picture since its inception overseeing the public relations divisions in both New York and Los Angeles for long-time clients such as Victoria’s Secret, Revlon, vitaminwater, Frederic Fekkai and Victoria’s Secret Pink. 

In her new role as Chief Business Development Officer, Esposito will be responsible for spearheading new business initiatives across all divisions of the company. She will still provide creative and strategic public relations guidance for the PR division but overall, her main focus will be to usher in a new era of growth for the company.

Christy Welder will be joining Full Picture as Senior Vice President of Public Relations, assuming day-to-day supervision of the PR division.  Welder started her career at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C. then moved in-house to the PR department at Bergdorf Goodman and most recently as Vice- President of Client and Strategic Services at HL Group.

July 1 will mark Full Picture’s 15th anniversary.  Since its founding, Full Picture has been acknowledged by the Public Relations Society of America for excellence in strategy and execution.  The company has been honored with 17 Communicator Awards, 5 Big Apple Awards, and the Bronze Anvil Award for Excellence in Interactive Communications. Full Picture’s Entertainment Division co-created and executive-produces the six-time Emmy-nominated, PGA-nominated, and Peabody Award-winning television series Project Runway.

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced the induction of 28th District resident Fortuna Calvo-Roth as a 2014 New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction.”  The induction ceremony took place on May 13, 2014, at the state capitol in Albany. Fortuna is a pioneer in the field of journalism, who went on to have a broad-ranging career in academia, the performing arts and business. She is also a past president of New York Women in Communications and serves on the Past Presidents Advisory Board. Read a profile on Fortuna, publushed in NYWICI's Connect newsletter in 2009. Fortuna was also profiled on in 2010 as part of Women's History Month.

Live in 3, 2, 1 Alice Cottle is a news production assistant at the TODAY Show, where she assists writers and producers with bookings, research and editing, and proofreads and distributes scripts for anchor Natalie Morales. For this year's Olympics in Sochi, she also was a media researcher/associate producer. 

This Dublin, Ireland, native landed in New York as an NBC page after working at the 2012 Olympics in London.  

A "royal" education Alice studied social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, whose most famous recent graduates are Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. 

About Will and Kate Alice says: "They were a few years ahead of me. However, I did witness their engagement announcement at Saint Andrews on the day Kate Middleton famously wore a red suit and walked with her betrothed through a stone arch. "She gave only one interview that day (filmed on my friend's cell phone). The interview went to ITV in exchange for an internship, and that friend now works there. It was cool to witness, and I wish I had filmed it on my BB."

Longing for Irish pub grub, rugby and craic "I do miss pub lunches — shepherd's pie, sticky-toffee pudding. And the seafood back in Dublin is always fresh and delicious. "Rugby, our equivalent of the American football culture, is a family game in Ireland. "I also miss Irish 'craic,' which means banter or fun. Dubliners are cheerful people, so when I go home, I catch up with good craic." 

— Rachel Buttner

On behalf of Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) and Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC’s Morning Joe), you're invited to attend THRIVE, a 2-day experience where leaders across business, government and media discuss how a new paradigm of success focused on well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving can improve job performance and satisfaction, a company’s bottom line and even your employee’s health.  

Why Thrive?
The relentless pursuit of the traditional measures of success — money and power — has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. Money and power are only part of the equation. What’s missing is “The Third Metric” – a combination of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. 

Hosted by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski, THRIVE: A Third Metric Live Event, brings together leaders from a variety of fields, including Tory Burch, Katie Couric, and Julianne Moore to join them for a conversation about their own experiences and steps they’ve taken to live a more sustainable, fuller and more impactful life. 

Event Highlights:

Julianne Moore, Katie Couric and Mark Bertolini (President of AETNA) Thursday evening April 24 – Friday April 25, 2014 New York City Center – 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Ave.

You don’t have to just survive. THRIVE.

Research indicates over 80% of American workers are stressed out by their jobs, which leads to negative health and business outcomes American employers spend 200% - 300% more on the indirect cost of healthcare than on actual health-care payments because of absenteeism, sick days, and lower productivity Concern for employees' wellness is not a 'nice-to-have'; health directly impacts the bottom line 

Click here to purchase tickets – starting at $299 and as an exclusive offer you can enter discount code LD100 for $100 off. Join us and other likeminded professionals as we lead the way to a more sustainable and impactful personal and professional life. 

Christine G. Tebcherany is a marketing manager at Glamour, where she helps create and present strategic sales materials for the magazine's advertising partners, analyzes all syndicated research, manages a reader panel and collaborates with editors to identify trends and first-to-market innovative ideas. 

NYWICI invites her Before coming to Conde Nast, Christine handled tablet media projects and brand-development groups at Hearst Magazines. After speaking last year at NYWICI's Student Career Conference, Christine decided to join the organization.  

Bleeding Orange! She is a loyal Syracuse University fan who follows its basketball games avidly and a graduate of the school's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a B.A. in political science; she later earned her M.A. in advertising from Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. 

— Rachel Buttner

The All Women in Media group invites you to join them for The Women's Room @ NAB on April 7th, at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. 

Kick off you NAB show experience at this power breakfast! 

Get ready to connect and hit everything with your best shot- from updating your headshot, to receiving some quick feedback on your social media profile, to making high-impact connections with fellow media women. 

There is a per person fee which includes registration, breakfast, and the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken plus so much more.  

To register and learn more click HERE.  


Additionally, the female students at Columbia University have put together a great program, Conversations in Journalism, on Saturday, April 5th. This program is free, but registration is required. To register, click HERE

Custom Content Council is offering NYWICI a discount to attend their upcoming Content Re-imagined conference. The conference will be held in Naples, Florida, April 8-10. Hear a dynamic group of marketing professionals share re-imagining tools designed to help you stay ahead of this burgeoning, fast-paced industry. Save $300 with discount code newassociation.

To register click HERE and follow the page-by-page instructions. On the starting page, you can choose a nonmember as the registration type. Once you arrive on the final page of the process, there will be a section in which you can enter a discount code- please enter newsassociation and apply. This will give you the proper discounted price.

Read more information HERE

Weber Shandwick Invites NYWICI to Attend the Unveiling of New Global Research and an Engaging Discussion on Employees Rising: Seizing the Opportunity in Employee Activism.

Please join Weber Shandwick and employee engagement experts to learn more about a new social movement of employee activists that are making their engagement visible, defending their employers and acting as active advocates, particularly through social media. Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross, Weber Shandwick’s chief reputation strategist, will present findings from our new global study with KRC Research on how employees are helping and potentially harming their workplaces. The research will be followed by a panel discussion of best practices for engaging employees, with experts from companies leading the way.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Hearst Tower, NYC

RSVP to by March 28

Kathleen Fordyce is a freelance writer, mom of 6-year-old son Logan and associate editor for the The Shriver Report is a nonprofit multiplatform digital initiative founded by Emmy-winning broadcaster Maria Shriver to explore women's many roles in American society. 

Miami life After a decade in South Florida — she graduated from the University of Miami, was a reporter for the Miami Herald and wrote for a health-care consortium — Kathleen, a Long Island native, moved back to New York.  

NYWICI life "I love how the events mix a casual networking atmosphere with a chance to hear successful professionals discuss topics relevant to our industry," she says about the organization's programs. "I always learn a little something, get to hear about others' experiences, debate trends and meet someone new." 

— Rachel Buttner

!De moda! Yvonne King, a fluent Spanish speaker and social media expert, has written, edited and produced or done all for the television shows L.A. Style and E! Entertainment. 

Advocacy Most recently she created digital and social media content for the clean-water environmental organization Riverkeeper, whose public face is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and for retail and online fashion label Mushmina, run by two American sisters, which sells fair-trade clothing and accessories handmade by women in North Africa. 

Learning and teaching Yvonne is passionate about education for women and has volunteered with Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California and Women for Women International and is now a member of the advocacy nonprofit for girls and women Step Up Women's Network.

Don't dare Yvonne, because she'll do it. She's tried skydiving, rock climbing, rappelling and zip-lining.  

— Rachel Buttner

Daylle Deanna Schwartz launched The Self-Love Movement™ over a year ago. So far, she's given away almost 12,000 free copies of her e-book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways. With the help of a grant from The Pollination Project, Daylle just created a video using the song "The Reason" by Hoobastank to illustrate the power of self-love. View it here: