Over the past 54 years, the women of NYWICI have been pioneers, shattering barriers for fellow women and nurturing the upcoming generation of female leaders. Their impact extends through personal career achievements, contributions to supported organizations, and the broader world through their impactful work. The Matrix Awards by NYWICI serves as our opportunity to recognize the exceptional leaders in our industry and applaud the brave women who have paved the way and those who will continue to do so.

This year’s theme is Rule Breakers.  The 2024 honorees are all challenging the status quo…  and in fact, they don’t accept the status quo. Instead, they are carving their own path forward. They’re rewriting the rules to success. And they’re relentlessly working toward a more equitable and brighter future for all. They don’t ask permission. They are not afraid to step up to any challenge that exists and work through it head-on. To get this point in their career, they had to break some rules. Stay connected to NYWICI and be the first to hear more about the 2024 Matrix Rule Breakers.

Since 1970, NYWICI, the largest organization of professional women in the communications industry in the city, has presented the Matrix Awards. This prestigious event has been dedicated to honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of women in communications and the arts, starting with its inaugural honoree, Gloria Steinem. The Matrix Award specifically acknowledges women who are effecting positive change, fostering community, and serving as inspirations for the next generation of female leaders in their respective fields. Past honorees include influential figures such as Maya Angelou, Halle Berry, Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, Moira Forbes, Tina Fey, Gayle King, Audra McDonald, Sheryl Sandberg, Joanna Coles, Cindi Berger, Dia Simms, and Meredith Vieira. Explore the Matrix Awards Hall of Fame by clicking here.

The 2024 Matrix Awards will be held on May 21, 2024 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. View the Prospectus here.

To learn more about the Matrix Awards visit our 2023 Matrix Awards page.


Every year, NYWICI comes together to celebrate the extraordinary scholarship winners who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and innovation in their early education and careers.

The Matrix Awards provide a platform to acknowledge and commend the remarkable accomplishments of these individuals. Spanning decades, these awards have become a powerful symbol of empowerment and inspiration for women aiming for successful careers in media, advertising, journalism, and beyond – the very fields our scholarship winners are destined for.

Join us in honoring the brilliance and potential of these future leaders at the Matrix Awards. Together, let’s champion diversity, excellence, and progress in the realm of communications.

Join in backing NYWICI’s Scholarship Program and be a catalyst for transforming the lives of these exceptionally gifted students and professionals! Your support can create a meaningful impact and contribute to their bright future. Find ways to support today

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