New York Women in Communications will present the 2009 Matrix Awards, sponsored by Seventeen, during a luncheon held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City to honor eight distinguished women on Monday, April 27, 2009. The prestigious annual award recognizes exceptional women who have established themselves in communications fields such as advertising, arts & entertainment, broadcasting, digital media, magazines, marketing, newspapers and public relations. The award presenters, comprised of an extraordinary slate of men and women, personally selected by each honoree, will join the award ceremony to usher them into the elite group of Matrix Award honorees.  The Matrix Awards luncheon is recognized by New York’s communications and entertainment community as one of the most outstanding events of the year, with more than fifteen hundred people expected to gather in salute of exceptional women in the communications fields. Portions of the proceeds from the Matrix Awards Luncheon go to their Foundation, which offers a full range of scholarships to women whether just beginning their careers or embarking on a professional transition.  The 2009 award honorees and their presenters are as follows:

  • Advertising: Linda Sawyer, chief executive officer, Deutsch, Inc.; Presented by Donny Deutsch, chairman, Deutsch, Inc.
  • Arts & Entertainment: S. Epatha Merkerson, award-winning actress, Law & Order; Presented by Jeff Zucker, president and chief executive officer, NBC Universal
  • Broadcasting: Campbell Brown, CNN anchor, “No Bias, No Bull”; Presented by Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News
  • Digital Media: Dany Levy, founder and editorial director,; Presented by Kurt Andersen, writer
  • Magazines: Linda Wells, editor-in-chief, Allure Magazine; Presented by Julianne Moore, actress
  • Marketing: Sherrie Rollins Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop; Presented by Joan Ganz Cooney, creator, Sesame Street and co-founder, Sesame Workshop
  • Newspapers: Monica Langley, deputy bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal; Presented by Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, ProPublica
  • Public Relations: Leslee Dart, founder and chief executive officer, 42West; Presented by Tom Hanks, actor/producer

“Each year, it is a tremendous pleasure to celebrate the achievements of our distinguished honorees and to welcome their esteemed presenters to the Matrix Awards. We are thrilled to showcase ‘Women Who Change the World,’ and honor them with this award,” said Nancy Rabstejnek Nichols, senior vice president, external affairs at Weber Shandwick Worldwide and president of New York Women in Communications.  Individual tickets for members and non-members, as well as information on sponsorships and program advertising opportunities are available at