This year' honorees include Tyra Banks, Chairwoman, CEO & Chief Creative Officer of Bankable Incorporated; Gayle Butler, EVP of Meredith Creative Content and editor in chief of Better Homes & Gardens; Glenn Close, actress/producer, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Bring Change 2 Mind; Maria Cuomo Cole, film producer and Chairman of HELP USA; Ann Curry, Emmy-Award winning co-anchor, “Today” and correspondent; Laura Desmond, Global CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group; Zenia Mucha, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer of The Walt Disney Company; and Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author.
The Matrix Awards, according to press notes, is recognized by the communications and entertainment communities as "one of the most outstanding and prestigious events of the year, with more than one thousand people expected to gather to laud exceptional women in communications fields." Previous award recipients include Barbara Walters, Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey, Martha Stewart, Anna Wintour, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour.
Portions of the proceeds from the Matrix Awards luncheon will go to the organization’s Foundation, dedicated to "cultivating leaders in the communications field by providing financial support including generous scholarships, opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and entrée to a diverse community of communications professionals."
“We are pleased to recognize these eight extraordinary women for their remarkable achievements in communications,” said Catherine Mathis, president, New York Women in Communications, in a statement. “These individuals, from top executives of worldwide corporations to award-winning journalists and global humanitarians, truly embody the Matrix Awards’ theme—Women Who Change the World and we look forward to honoring them in April.”