Every year, New York Women in Communications, the premier organization for female communications professionals, hosts the Matrix Awards. The prestigious award is only given to eight women a year and celebrates their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the communications industry. I was lucky enough to attend this inspiring event and hear firsthand from these powerful women, and their advice for how to be successful in the industry is a must-hear for any marketing and communications professional. Read on to see some of my favorite stand-up-and-cheer moments from their acceptance speeches.
Padma is often known for her gig as host and executive producer of the show “Top Chef,” but she’s also a best-selling author, culinary expert, and ambassador for ACLU Immigration & Women’s Health and the United Nations Development Programme.
After first coming to Hearst as a vice president of content operations and editorial director for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, it only took five years for Kate Lewis to become Heart Magazines Chief Content Officer, combining both the brand’s digital and print efforts.
After a frustrating stint in public policy in D.C, Jeanine Liburd made the switch to media and television to be on the ground floor of where people where most engaged. Now with Viacom for 19 years, she currently serves as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for BET Networks.
At the age of 30, Susan Magrino started her own eponymous agency, Magrino PR. She built her firm from the ground up and created an impressive client roster, including Martha Stewart and Whispering Angel wine – making her an industry legend.
As co-host of “CBS This Morning” and now newly minted host of “CBS Evening News,” Norah O’Donnell is known as one of the most trusted and respected journalists in the world. She’s traveled the globe conducting exclusive interviews with powerful leaders and received numerous awards for her groundbreaking reports.
Kathy Ring understands the concept of climbing the corporate ladder – she lived it. Her career started as a media buyer/planner for Stacom and, after years of hard work and determination including opening the company’s Los Angeles operation, she became the CEO of Starcom USA.
From her previous role launching the groundbreaking LGBTQ network LogoTV at Viacom to her current role as President and CEO of the Ad Council, Lisa has always believed in the power of authentic storytelling to drive change and inspire action.
Her resume boasts her experiences overseeing European Corporate Affairs for American Express and being Executive Vice President of Global Communications for Estee Lauder, but it’s her 12-year stronghold as Pfizer’s Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer that has garnered her national acclaim. In her role at Pfizer, Sally Susman leads 250 employees in all things Communications, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.