Success Stories - Class of 2016

The New York Women in Communications' Member Empowerment Grant (MEG) is for longstanding NYWICI members who want to pursue professional development opportunities. Awards are granted each Spring and Fall for continuing education courses, conference attendance, career coaching and more.

Interested in applying? Keep an eye out for the Spring 2017 application, which will open during the winter.


Spring 2016 Recipients

Stephanie GuzmanStephanie Guzman has always seen the intersection of community and communications. With the help of a NYWICI Scholarship, she graduated from CCNY in 2014 with a BS in Political Science and Public Relations, and is now an Assistant Account Executive at Ketchum PR in New York. She's going to use her MEG to help her as she works on her Master's degree at The New School, where she's majoring in Urban Policy with a concentration in advocacy & media.

Stephanie says, "In my media studies I have learned that a successful approach always comes in two methods:awareness and change in behavior. By being a liaison between the media and community groups, I can help tell the stories of these specific groups of people, and connect them to their elected officials for pressure to bring change. I hope to shine light on those silenced or ignored for too long, whether it is conveying the unequal standards of education, criminalization or spirals due to lack of drug abuse intervention."


Emily LamEmily Lam is a Custom Research Manager at Hearst Magazines, where she crafts primary research studies for internal and external clients across media platforms. She plans to use her MEG to attend the MRA's 2016 Insights & Strategies Conference – a gathering of corporate researchers committed to advancing the art and science of market research through collaboration and learning.

 One benefit of attending the conference, she says, "speaks to the pace at which the magazine industry is evolving – as Hearst’s brands increasingly adopt multi-platform strategies, the research deployed to support each platform and the synergies between them must be relevant and actionable."


Leila ZogbyLeila Zogby has been a successful business writer for more than 30 years and a NYWICI member since 1993. Now she finds herself increasingly pulled toward her passion for art. She plans to use her MEG to pursue a second career as an art journalist, writing professionally about art for a general audience. Since 2011, she has been a volunteer docent at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) at Columbus Circle, helping others understand contemporary art that incorporates craft materials and practices. With her MEG, she plans to take courses at the School of Visual Arts in Visual and Critical Studies.

"Today’s artists are an integral part of public discourse, taking on such topics as gender, race, class, the environment, and the effects of technology," Leila explains. "The steady decline in arts education funding over the past decades, however, has left many poorly equipped to understand, assess and participate in today’s art and I'd like to do my part to improve that situation."