April 25, 2017


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Presented by New York Women in Communications / Katie Couric as Emcee

NEW YORK, NY (April 25, 2017) —Yesterday, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) presented the 2017 Matrix Awards to honor seven extraordinary female leaders in the communications industry, as ‘Women Who Connect the World.’ The ceremony, hosted by Hearst Magazines, was 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. Nearly 1,000 people gathered today to celebrate the seven brilliant women at the pinnacle of their careers in the communications industry.  

The 2017 Matrix Award Honorees & Presenters:

  • Rukmini Callimachi, foreign correspondent, The New York Times – presented by Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post
  • Gretchen Carlson, journalist and women’s empowerment advocate – presented by Paul Feig, writer, director, producer
  • Susan Credle, global chief creative officer, FCB – presented by Julie Kent, artistic director, The Washington Ballet
  • Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of “TODAY” and NBC News chief legal correspondent –presented by Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “TODAY”
  • Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer, JPMorgan Chase – presented by Gregg Lemkau, co-head of Global Mergers & Acquisitions, Goldman Sachs
  • Judy A. Smith, founder and CEO, Smith & Company –  presented by Byron Pitts, Co-Anchor, ABC News "Nightline"
  • Nancy Weber, EVP, Branding and Marketing Partnerships, Meredith National Media Group – presented by Tom Harty, president/chief operating officer, Meredith Corporation

QUOTES: Words  of advice from the honorees from the Matrix Awards:

  • Gretchen Carlson: “Keys to success? Goal setting… being organized and visualizing yourself achieving that goal. Also, understanding and learning from failure. But more than anything else, is help.”
    “Because as women, we will not be underestimated, intimidated, or set back by misogynists who stereotype and demean us.  We will not be silenced by the ways of the establishment or the relics of the past.  We will stand up together and use our voices to become the women we were meant to be!”
  • Savannah Guthrie: “I got here not because I’m a woman, or despite being a woman – I got here just being a woman. I’m not the tough as nails, blazer-wearing 80’s working woman who for me, growing up, was the stereotypical image of feminism. I am a combo platter of anxiety and calm, confidence and doubt, fear and courage, vulnerability and invincibility, fragileness and solid, granite strength. I am all of these things at once.”  “Being successful in your career is a really good thing. But it is not an ultimate thing. I’m at my best when I remember this and at my worst when I do not.”
  • Kristin Lemkau: “I have two pieces of advice for the impressionable young minds. One personal and one professional. Personal – Choose your partner well. There is no greater impact to your career and to your life than the person you choose to raise children with.  They can either support you or disrupt you.”
    “Professional – Find your tribe. Find your people who you would have been friends with on the outside. When you do, have each other’s back and help each other. You can have way more impact as a force for good together and you can way more fun. Work is great. People are better.”
  • Rukmini Callimachi: “Once you find something you love, it’s like you have the wind at your back.”
  • Nancy Weber: “I truly believe that when we’re pushed beyond our comfort zone, we can reach new heights.  And that’s when the magic happens.  It’s my favorite part of the job, it’s what energizes me and keeps me looking ahead to the next challenge. My advice to young professionals is to look for and take advantage of every opportunity.”
  • Judy Smith: “There are challenges and barriers, especially for women and minorities but I find that pursuing excellence is a great equalizer and a passion in itself. To reach it we have to be willing to step out of our comfort zones and to struggle for something we believe in. We may not know what to do but if we cling to integrity, honesty, ethics, and at least attempting to do what we say we will, we’ll be alright.”
  • Susan Credle: “I’ve always felt like the small widget, sitting in front of an amazing opportunity. And that’s the difference – it’s when you feel like the small widget, you either can choose fear, worry, trepidation or you can choose excitement, optimism and anticipation. And my advice is: If you’re a little widget, look at that big thing in front of you with incredible anticipation and excitement. And if you’re not a little widget, try to become one.”


“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.”

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.

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About New York Women in Communications
New York Women in Communications helps women to stay ahead of the ever changing landscape of communications and supports the advancement of women at every stage of her career through scholarships, grants and educational programming. 

About Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst (, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles and 21 digital brands in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach more than 130 million readers and site visitors each month – nearly two-thirds of all women and 69 percent of all millennial women in the country.