New York Women in Communications Announces the 2015 WiCi Award Winners

September 1, 2015



Six Rising Stars that Embody the Next Generation of Communications Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW YORK, NY (August 31, 2015) New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) today announced the six inspiring women being honored at the 2015 WiCi Awards on Thursday, September 24th.  The WiCi award recognizes the exceptional talent of emerging young leaders making a difference and significant contributions in the changing landscape of communications. Past award recipients include Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code;  Mara Schiavocampo, Correspondent, ABC News; and Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, Co-Founders, theSkimm, among others.  The WiCi Awards were launched two years ago as a complement to the organization’s distinguished annual Matrix Awards, which honors women at the pinnacle of their careers.

This year’s award ceremony will be held at the iconic Condé Nast offices at 1 World Trade Center in New York City and will be hosted by previous Matrix Award honoree Dyllan McGee, Founder/Creator of MAKERS, to celebrate this year’s WiCi Award honorees:

  • Penny Abeywardena – Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, City of New York
  • Jessica Bennett – Journalist & Editor, Contributor, The New York Times; Columnist,; Contributing Editor, “Lean In”
  • Katrina Craigwell– Director, Global Content & Programming, GE
  • Carrie Hammer – CEO, Carrie Hammer
  • Jolie Hunt – Principal, Hunt & Gather
  • Genevieve Roth – Senior Director of Special Projects, Glamour magazine


We’re thrilled to recognize these six women who are the communications industry’s next group of movers and shakers,” said NYWICI President Kim Kelleher.  “They have already accomplished so much at a young age, and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon.  We are excited to honor them with a WiCi Award and look forward to following their careers and future success.”

NYWICI is the premier professional organization for women in communications, the hub that shapes the way people connect, create and communicate around the world. The organization is dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry, providing education and leadership that empowers women communicators across all disciplines, and at every stage of their careers.


New York Women in Communications

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), founded in 1929, is a not-for-profit organization of over 2,000 communications professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards throughout the industry and to providing education and leadership for the next generation. NYWICI’s mission is to support women at all levels of their communications careers and 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.