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New York Women In Communications Announce Presenters For Its 2020 Matrix Awards Celebrating Top Women In The Communications Industry

Gayle King To Emcee Virtual 50th Anniversary Ceremony on October 12, 2020

NBC Universal presenters for Matrix Honoree Linda Yaccarino include Mika Brzezinski, Hoda Kotb, Stephanie Ruhle,
Savannah Guthrie, Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Sellers, Natalie Morales, Jenna Bush Hager,
Julia Boorstin and Sheinelle Jones

Veteran Journalists Lesley Stahl and Roland S. Martin to serve as presenters

NEW YORK, NY (September 29, 2020) — Today, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), the premier organization for female communications professionals, announced the speaker presenters for its 2020 Matrix Awards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Matrix Awards and will come to life virtually on October 12, 2020 at 12pm ET, emceed by Gayle King, Co-Host of “CBS This Morning” and Editor-at-Large O, The Oprah Magazine.

The 2020 NYWICI Matrix Speaker Presenters include:

  • Antonio Lucio, Former Global CMO, Facebook who will be presenting on behalf of Citi’s Carla Hassan
  • Margo Georgiadis, CEO of Ancestry.com presenting on behalf of Adobe’s Ann Lewnes
  • Dawn Robertson, CEO, On Campus Marketing presenting on behalf of Wells Fargo’s Barri Rafferty
  • Roland S. Martin, Journalist presenting on behalf of Carol H. Williams Advertising honoree Carol H. Williams
  • Dyllan McGee, filmmaker and Founder, McGee Media presenting on behalf of TIME’S UP CEO Tina Tchen

10 Women of NBCUniversal presenting on behalf of NBC’s Linda Yaccarino include:

  • Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Co-host, “Morning Joe”
  • Hoda Kotb, Co-anchor, Today; Co-host of “Today with Hoda & Jenna”
  • Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News; MSNBC Anchor, “MSNBC Live”; NBC News Senior Business Correspondent
  • Savannah Guthrie, NBC News Co-anchor, “Today”; NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent
  • Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Host, “Andrea Mitchell Reports”
  • Savannah Sellers, NBC News, Co-host “Stay Tuned”; NBC News Correspondent
  • Natalie Morales, NBC News, West Coast Anchor, “Today”
  • Jenna Bush Hager, Co-host, “Today with Hoda & Jenna”
  • Julia Boorstin, CNBC Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent
  • Sheinelle Jones, NBC News, Co-host, 3rd Hour, “Today”

One of the most honored journalists in broadcast media and former Matrix honoree, Lesley Stahl, presenting on behalf of CBS News’ Susan Zirinsky

The 2020 NYWICI Honorees include:
Carla Hassan, Chief Marketing Officer, Citi
Ann Lewnes, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Adobe
Barri Rafferty, Executive Vice President and Head of Communications, Wells Fargo
Tina Tchen, CEO, TIME’S UP Now & TIME’S UP Foundation (NYWCI Incite Award Honoree)
Carol H. Williams, President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Carol H. Williams Advertising
Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCUniversal
Susan Zirinsky, President, CBS News

The event will also feature appearances by former Matrix Awards honorees including Jacki Kelley, CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network Americas, and Renetta McCann, Chief Inclusion Experience Officer, Publicis Groupe, plus special cameos from Kim Kelleher, President of Advertising Sales and Partnerships for AMC Networks, Patrice Tanaka, Chief “Joy” Officer at Joyful Planet, and Nancy Weber, CMO, Meredith Corp. to name a few.

Since 1971, the Matrix Awards have been given annually to a group of outstanding women leaders who exemplify excellence, the courage to break boundaries and steadfast commitment to champion the next generation of trailblazers, creatives and communicators. They are truly “Women Who Connect the World.” 2020 will be no different.

These remarkable women will join a roster of distinguished past Matrix Award recipients such as Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep, Anna Wintour, Nora Ephron, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Padma Lakshmi, to name a few.

This year’s virtual event will showcase the 2020 class, past Matrix honorees and the 2020 NYWICI Scholarship recipients. It will also look back at the history of how Matrix has supported women’s success and equality in the communications industry spanning entertainment, journalism, digital marketing, advertising and public relations. The 2020 Matrix Awards will be hosted by IPG and is sponsored by NBCUniversal, Adobe and Citi. Makeout is the 2020 Production Partner.

In the spirit of inclusiveness, NYWICI is opening access to this event for anyone who would like to attend but asking attendees to donate to the organization when they register. Donations from the Matrix Awards go to support NYWICI operations as well as a full range of scholarships and educational programs for women. To date, NYWICI has given more than $1.7 million in scholarships.

NYWICI and the Matrix Awards are supported by individuals and corporations who care about advancing women in communications. To learn more, register, donate or explore sponsorship opportunities, please visit: https://nywici.org/matrix2020/.

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Beth Feldman
Beth Feldman Media
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T: 917-797-8054

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About New York Women in Communications
New York Women in Communications is dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation. Founded in 1929, the not-for-profit association has more than 2,500 members — from senior executives to students and entrepreneurs to young professionals — representing a variety of communications disciplines. NYWICI’s mission is to support women at all levels of their communications careers, to help define the future of communications and stay ahead of the industry’s ever-changing landscape. The organization’s membership encompasses senior executives and other experienced communicators from a wide range of enterprises, as well as young professionals and students. NYWICI empowers women across communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth, inspiring them to achieve and share their successes and helping them navigate the evolving and converging world of communications.

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