At the 2015 WiCi Awards breakfast on Sept. 24, 2015, at Conde Nast, NYWICI celebrated the career achievements of six rising stars in communications. You can read our tweets and see photos of the event using #WiCi15 or visit our Facebook page. Read our recap of the event.
Here are the 2015 WiCi Award Honorees:
Penny Abeywardena, (@PAbeywardena @globalnyc) Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, City of New York
Penny Abeywardena is New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs. As the head of the Mayor's Office for International Affairs, she leads the office's mission to serve as the primary liaison between the City of New York and the diplomatic community, foreign governments, the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of State. In addition to the important formal function of the office, she is working to build a global platform through which the City can promote its equity agenda and share policies and best practices globally.
Prior to joining Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, Penny was the Director of Girls and Women Integration at the Clinton Global Initiative. During her time in this role, she advised multinational corporations, philanthropists, NGOs, and multilateral institutions to increase investments in gender-focused development initiatives; and expanded the community of CGI members who incorporate the gender lens in their work.
Before joining the Clinton Global Initiative, Penny worked in both development and programmatic areas for Human Rights Watch, the Funding Exchange and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. Penny is a member of the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a contributing author in the book "Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change."
Penny is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Jessica Bennett, (@jess7bennett) Journalist & Editor Contributor, The New York Times; Columnist, Time.com; Contributing Editor, Lean In
Jessica Bennett is a journalist and critic who writes on gender, sexuality and culture. She is a columnist at Time.com, where she covers women and work, and a contributing writer for the New York Times, where she has written on female pot entrepreneurs, stay-at-home dads, emoji, resting bitch face, and authored the first profile of Monica Lewinsky in over a decade. She is also an editor for Sheryl Sandberg’s women’s foundation, LeanIn.org, where she helps edit a special section of Cosmopolitan, focused on women and work, and is the curator of the Lean In Collection, a partnership with Getty Images to change how women are portrayed in stock photos (more power, less stripper heels).
Jessica began her career at Newsweek, where she went on the road with modern-day survivalists, profiled a group of female engineers who called themselves the "nerd girls," earned a certificate from the nation's only pot school, and had her special report on polyamory cited by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in his dissent of gay marriage (no, she did not condone this). In 2010, she and two female colleagues authored a controversial cover story about sexism in the media, framed around the story of 46 female staffers who sued the company for ender discrimination in the 1970s, paving the way for female journalists. That story is now the subject of a book, The Good Girls Revolt, by Newsweek’s first female senior editor.
Jessica's work has been honored by the Newswomen's Club of New York and the New York Press Club, which named her the city's best young journalist. She is at work on her first book, Feminist Fight Club, a field guide for navigating gender dynamics at work, to be published by Harper Wave in 2016. The book will be 23 percent more expensive for men (just kidding).
Katrina Craigwell, (@kcraigwell) Director, Global Content & Programming, GE
Katrina Craigwell is Director of Global Content & Programming at General Electric (GE). She is responsible for digital content production and distribution strategy for GE in the U.S., as well as partnering with GE’s digital teams globally.
Prior to GE, she was Associate Director at social media agency Attention, working with clients including CNN, HLN, WE tv, A&E and The Guardian. Katrina began her career in public relations at the Independent Film Channel, working on some of IFC's first social media campaigns. She was named to Adweek’s Creative 100 in 2015, Forbes' 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising for 2014, and AdAge's Creativity 50 in 2012.
Carrie Hammer,(@carriehammer) CEO, CARRIE HAMMER
Carrie Hammer, a graduate of Economics and Women’s Studies from UCLA, started her career as an advertising sales executive at Tremor Video. She quickly realized the gap in the market for well fitting, contemporary workwear for modern professional women, and began to design custom pieces for herself. After overwhelming response to these dresses from friends and colleagues, Carrie went to study Fashion Business and Marketing at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design. In 2012, she launched her namesake brand, CARRIE HAMMER, in New York City to deliver stylish professional wear to women.
Carries's passion extends beyond fashion to empowering women inside and outside of the workplace. This was exemplified in her debut fashion show during New York Fashion Week February 2014 where she featured “Role Models Not Runway Models,” including the first ever model who happened to be in a wheelchair on the runway.
Since the company’s launch, Carrie was admitted to, and is a graduate of the prestigious Tory Burch Foundation Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. In 2015, she was named Forbes 30 Under 30, and 15 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015 by Entrepreneur Magazine. Carrie also holds a certificate in Fashion Law from the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.
Carrie and her line have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business News, Forbes, Good Morning America, Elle, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan to name a few.
Jolie Hunt, (@jolie_hunt) Principal, Hunt & Gather, Inc.
Jolie Hunt has an extensive background building reputations for some of the world's leading media and technology companies. Jolie served as Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for AOL, and held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Head of Brand & Public Relations at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was the Global Director of Corporate & Business Affairs at IBM, and from 2002 to 2006, she served as Director of Public Relations for the Financial Times.
Hunt serves on the boards for Kilroy Realty Corporation PopTech, The Lowline, the Civilian Public Affairs Council for West Point Military Academy and The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. She is active in the industry and holds committee and board positions for The Wisemen, Arthur W Page Society and The Seminar. In 2011, Carrie was named ‘In-House Professional of the Year’ by the European Public Relations Consultants Association and received an honorable mention for the PRWeek award ‘PR Professional of the Year.’ She earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University and completed the Global Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Spain’s IE Business School in 2010.
Genevieve Roth, (@gmoneyr) Senior Director of Special Projects, Glamour Magazine
Genevieve Roth is Glamour's Senior Special Projects Director. She manages Glamour's signature event, Women of the Year, as well as editorial partnerships and cross-platform projects. In her role, Genevieve also secures stories that spotlight high profile figures and their philanthropic endeavors, such as the May 2015 cover with Michelle Obama, Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker and interviews with Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Melinda Gates.
In 2014, Genevieve helped launch The Girl Project, Glamour’s global philanthropic initiative supporting girls’ education in partnership with CARE, Girls Inc, Communities in Schools, and Plan International USA. Through her work, she has helped to establish Glamour as a thought leader in the philanthropic space, specifically in the area of girls’ education.
Genevieve regularly moderates panels and speaks on these topics, and has travelled in this capacity to more than 40 countries on six continents. She is an Aspen Ideas Scholar and has worked in collaboration with organizations like The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Every Mother Counts, and The International Medical Corps. Formerly, Genevieve served as Features Director at Marie Claire Australia and has held editorial positions at GQ and Esquire. She is a graduate of Emerson College and the Columbia Journalism School Publishing Course. Genevieve is a born and raised Alaskan — which she feels is important for you to know.