WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1929, New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) is the premier organization for female communications professionals. Today, the 90-year-old not-for-profit association has more than 2,500 members — from senior executives to students and entrepreneurs to young professionals — in a variety of communications disciplines, including journalism, broadcasting, corporate communications, digital, publishing, advertising, integrated marketing, photography, public relations, graphic design and more.
NYWICI’s mission is to empower women in the communications field at every career stage to reach their full potential and navigate the ever-changing landscape of communications. We promote professional growth and inspire members to achieve and share success by actively encouraging leadership and professional development, as well as networking opportunities that connect women who connect the world. Over the last 50 years, NYWICI has honored the industry’s most outstanding leaders and celebrated all the courageous women that have come before them and those that will come after with the Matrix Awards. Since 1971, 340 women have received the NYWICI Matrix Award.
Each year, we award scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to high school seniors, college and graduate students, and offer educational programs, including an annual Student Communications Bootcamp for women beginning their careers or embarking on career transitions. To date, we have awarded more than $1.9 million in scholarship support to over 344 women. We’ve also awarded $47,000 in PIVOT Development Grants — self-directed grants to female professionals who seek to evolve their careers — to 30 deserving women.
As women who connect, create and communicate, NYWICI members serve as role models, career advisors and mentors.
For many Americans, the stock market crash in October 1929 brought an ending to one of the most prosperous and jubilant periods in our country’s history. B/join/who-we-are/history/ut for a pioneering group of women working in the field of communications in New York, 1929 was a beginning. They banded together to establish a New York chapter of Theta Sigma Phi—the first female branch of the journalism fraternity—with a goal of obtaining equal pay to their male counterparts. Read more→