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NYWICI Members -You're Invited!

In this premier leadership event, inspiring and accomplished women executives share their stories of leadership and success. Our elite panelists include Linda Sawyer, Chairman, Deutsch and Gabrielle Stern, Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal. The panel will reveal their thoughts on leadership, strategies for breaking through to the next level, and ideas for leveraging both inner and outer strengths along the journey to achievement.

The audience will have the opportunity to learn from the panelists’ collective experiences including how they met their goals, solved seemingly impossible challenges while continuing to push through and exceed expectations. There will be the opportunity to meet and speak with the panelists personally as well as network with like-minded women leaders across various industries and scopes.

Wimlink, Shareablee and Rocket Fuel are proud to host this premier event as a leadership forum for already successful women to connect, exchange ideas, and plan for their businesses and careers for 2015 and beyond.

Event: Advancing Women: Leadership in Digital Media

Date: Thursday, February 19

Location: NBCUniversal

Cost: NYWICI Members can use the code " shareablee " to bypass the $20 fee

Click HERE for more info and to register. 

Memorial gathering on April 4th, 2015 to celebrate the life and work of Daylle Deanna Schwartz.

2:00- 5:00 PM at The Open Center, NYC
22 E. 30th Street (at Madison Avenue)

People will have the opportunity to share memories or speak about Daylle.  Please e-mail any photos you would like to see included in a slideshow.

More details to come....

Public relations (PR) and marketing pro Julie Livingston has officially launched her consulting firm Livingston PR. Based in New York City, the consultancy will provide clients with a full range of strategic marketing and communications services, as well as assist in business development and strategic partnerships. Livingston PR has already begun to build its new client roster and is excited to be serving associations, nonprofits, the education market, small businesses and solopreneurs. Read more.

2013 NYWICI Scholarship recipient Amanda Livingston, a sophomore at Ithaca College, was inducted by the historic Ithaca College Oracle Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited to accept membership into the society. 

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of our dear friend and member, Daylle Deanna Schwartz, on Oct. 31, 2014. Earlier this year, Daylle was diagnosed with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. Yet, true to her nature, Daylle remained positive until the very end of her life and focused on being the embodiment of the self-love she taught to so many others.  

A speaker, self-empowerment counselor and best-selling author of 13 books, Daylle specialized in helping people learn how to love themselves and tame their people-pleasing natures. She was so passionate about the importance and value of this mission that she founded “The Self-Love Movement,” a campaign that attracted more than 100 prestigious Self-Love Ambassadors from around the world, and thousands embraced her campaign to love themselves. Her personal journey to self-love opened up doors to a joyous life spent with friends, colleagues, her beloved daughter and two grandsons. This joy fueled her desire to give the gift of her writing to the world in the full-length book entitled “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways,” which she made available for free on her Self-Love website (now available at www.daylledeannaschwartz.com).

A dedicated member of NYWICI for many years, Daylle was active on the Programming, Matrix and Member Empowerment Grant Committees, giving generously of her time and expertise to others. In support of her own personal career reinvention, Daylle was a 2013 Member Empowerment Grant (MEG) recipient from the New York Women in Communications Foundation. The grant supported Daylle’s ability to develop and promote her “The Self-Love Movement” and take it to a worldwide audience.

To honor Daylle’s spirit and memory, her family has requested that donations be made in her honor to the New York Women in Communications Foundation, a 501c3, in support of the Member Empowerment Grant (MEG) Program. Donations of any amount will be appreciated and can be donated securely online or mailed to the New York Women in Communications Foundation at 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, NY, NY 10017. All donations are tax-deductible.   

Just as Daylle made an amazing difference in the lives of all of us here at NYWICI and the many women around the world who read her books or heard her message, a gift to the Foundation in support of MEG will make a difference in the lives of our members who are seeking education, career reinvention or career development. 

Daylle will be sincerely missed. We are so very grateful to have known her. We thank her family for choosing the Foundation and MEG as a way for her friends and colleagues to remember her, allowing her spirit and generosity to support an organization that she loved. 

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Do something different with your clients this holiday season. Come explore the creative power of code, data and hardware in a relaxed and inspiring holiday atmosphere. We’ll kick off with festive cocktails and canapés before exploring a history of the future. We’ll then get hands-on with the latest tech toys.

The Experience
We will kick off with a short talk on demystifying open hardware and get everyone hands-on and
experimenting with the devices of the future, including:
● Leap Motion: Natural motion gesture control
● Google Glass: Augmented reality for the masses
● Oculus Rift: Virtual reality reborn
● Arduino: Open source hardware, instant prototyping
● FitBit (or similar): Collecting data through wearables
● 3D Scanning & Printing: Inspiring possibilities for the future of innovation

We will also have a bar where guests can ‘code’ their own cocktails & juices by writing different sequences of code to create their own drink.

Whether you’re looking to book a delicious lunch, dinner or after-work cocktail & hors d’oeuvres, let Decoded cater a party your clients will remember.

Timing: November - December
Location: Decoded Headquarters, 10 East 34th Street, 2nd Floor NY, NY 10016*
Type of Event: Lunch or Dinner (10-20 seated), Evening Cocktail Party (10-50 standing)
Parting gifts (additional charge): Arduinos, Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators, etc.

Please contact Jessica at Decoded to make arrangements.

*Decoded will have all technology to be demonstrated on the day or can bring it on-site to a pop-up location. Catering & future technologies toys can vary based on emerging technologies.


Bonnie A. Blake received a prestigious “Best in Communications” Luminaire Awards among several hundred industry leaders at the Franklin Luminaire Awards on Sept. 17, 2014, held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NY. The Luminaire Award recognizes talented media professionals for their positive influence, creative excellence and personal dedication in the field, honoring outstanding performance in advertising, publishing, printing and integrated media. The award was presented by Laura C. Reid, vice president, Production, Hearst Magazines and Franklin Luminaire Awards Co-Chair.

As an educational leader, administrator, academic and media, marketing and communications professional in the media and communications industry, Bonnie has dedicated herself to successful learning outcomes in higher education and growth for her corporate clients for more than 25 years. Since founding Bonnie Blake & Company in 1982, she has provided marketing and communications solutions to clients across media platforms. Bonnie served at NYU as a clinical assistant professor for the Strategic Communications, Marketing and Media Management Program; as academic program director and faculty of the Master’s Program in Graphic Communications Management and Technology, and as coordinating chair for additional programs in Publishing and Digital Imaging and Design.

Bonnie’s philosophy has been to share knowledge, nurture growth and inspire innovative thinking. She has directed curriculum development, recruited top students, faculty and industry talent and advised and mentored students and alumni.

— Julie Livingston

Presented by the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)

Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Mac Conner: A New York Life – After-hours tour and reception

Join us for a special after-hours insider event celebrating design and advertising at the City Museum. Tour our newest exhibition, showcasing the work and times of one of the original "Mad Men," McCauley (“Mac”) Conner. Conner's captivating illustrations graced the pages of Cosmopolitan, Redbook, The Saturday Evening Post, and other major magazines from the 1940s–1960s. Admission includes a guided tour of the exhibition, drinks in the Museum’s landmark building, and a discount on scheduling future group tours of the exhibition. 

Special NYWICI pricing: tickets are $15.00 per person ($20 to the public). 

To register, click HERE

**For the NYWICI discount, use promo code: macconner1 

Jill Surdyka is senior manager of global internal communications at Avon Products, where she's responsible for getting the word out about the company to its associates worldwide.  

Go Team Avon! Jill is also active in the Avon Foundation for Women's Walk for Breast Cancer and is co-captain of this year's Team Avon walk team. 

Surrounded ... in a good way The signs were everywhere: Katia Diaz, a student of Jill's at Seton Hall, where she taught a class in PR, won a Foundation Board scholarship. Her colleagues from both Avon and Weber Shandwick, a former employer, were NYWICI members. "With so many women I respect being part of the organization," says Jill, "I knew it was time to cross 'join NYWICI' off my to-do list." 

Rachel Buttner

State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) announced the induction of 28th District resident Fortuna Calvo-Roth as a 2014 New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction.”  The induction ceremony took place on May 13, 2014, at the state capitol in Albany. Fortuna is a pioneer in the field of journalism, who went on to have a broad-ranging career in academia, the performing arts and business. She is also a past president of New York Women in Communications and serves on the Past Presidents Advisory Board. Read a profile on Fortuna, published in NYWICI's Connect newsletter in 2009. Fortuna was also profiled on nywici.org in 2010 as part of Women's History Month.

Live in 3, 2, 1 Alice Cottle is a news production assistant at the TODAY Show, where she assists writers and producers with bookings, research and editing, and proofreads and distributes scripts for anchor Natalie Morales. For this year's Olympics in Sochi, she also was a media researcher/associate producer. 

This Dublin, Ireland, native landed in New York as an NBC page after working at the 2012 Olympics in London.  

A "royal" education Alice studied social anthropology at the University of St. Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, whose most famous recent graduates are Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. 

About Will and Kate Alice says: "They were a few years ahead of me. However, I did witness their engagement announcement at Saint Andrews on the day Kate Middleton famously wore a red suit and walked with her betrothed through a stone arch. "She gave only one interview that day (filmed on my friend's cell phone). The interview went to ITV in exchange for an internship, and that friend now works there. It was cool to witness, and I wish I had filmed it on my BB."

Longing for Irish pub grub, rugby and craic "I do miss pub lunches — shepherd's pie, sticky-toffee pudding. And the seafood back in Dublin is always fresh and delicious. "Rugby, our equivalent of the American football culture, is a family game in Ireland. "I also miss Irish 'craic,' which means banter or fun. Dubliners are cheerful people, so when I go home, I catch up with good craic." 

— Rachel Buttner

Christine G. Tebcherany is a marketing manager at Glamour, where she helps create and present strategic sales materials for the magazine's advertising partners, analyzes all syndicated research, manages a reader panel and collaborates with editors to identify trends and first-to-market innovative ideas. 

NYWICI invites her Before coming to Conde Nast, Christine handled tablet media projects and brand-development groups at Hearst Magazines. After speaking last year at NYWICI's Student Career Conference, Christine decided to join the organization.  

Bleeding Orange! She is a loyal Syracuse University fan who follows its basketball games avidly and a graduate of the school's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a B.A. in political science; she later earned her M.A. in advertising from Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. 

— Rachel Buttner

Kathleen Fordyce is a freelance writer, mom of 6-year-old son Logan and associate editor for the ShriverReport.org. The Shriver Report is a nonprofit multiplatform digital initiative founded by Emmy-winning broadcaster Maria Shriver to explore women's many roles in American society. 

Miami life After a decade in South Florida — she graduated from the University of Miami, was a reporter for the Miami Herald and wrote for a health-care consortium — Kathleen, a Long Island native, moved back to New York.  

NYWICI life "I love how the events mix a casual networking atmosphere with a chance to hear successful professionals discuss topics relevant to our industry," she says about the organization's programs. "I always learn a little something, get to hear about others' experiences, debate trends and meet someone new." 

— Rachel Buttner

!De moda! Yvonne King, a fluent Spanish speaker and social media expert, has written, edited and produced or done all for the television shows L.A. Style and E! Entertainment. 

Advocacy Most recently she created digital and social media content for the clean-water environmental organization Riverkeeper, whose public face is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and for retail and online fashion label Mushmina, run by two American sisters, which sells fair-trade clothing and accessories handmade by women in North Africa. 

Learning and teaching Yvonne is passionate about education for women and has volunteered with Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California and Women for Women International and is now a member of the advocacy nonprofit for girls and women Step Up Women's Network.

Don't dare Yvonne, because she'll do it. She's tried skydiving, rock climbing, rappelling and zip-lining.  

— Rachel Buttner

Daylle Deanna Schwartz launched The Self-Love Movement™ over a year ago. So far, she's given away almost 12,000 free copies of her e-book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways. With the help of a grant from The Pollination Project, Daylle just created a video using the song "The Reason" by Hoobastank to illustrate the power of self-love. View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYnktf84aPA