Lessons from Matrix 2014

Amanpour_Kalvin_Matrix_croppedI had the special privilege of accompanying Christiane Amanpour, Host of “Amanpour,” a nightly interview show, and Chief International Correspondent for CNN International, to this year’s New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards. These awards hold a special place in my heart because they honor women in the industry whose achievements and leadership are changing
our world. And, more importantly, proceeds from these awards helps to fund scholarships that will cultivate the female leaders of the tomorrow.

Seven outstanding women were honored along with eighteen scholarship winners. All of the speeches from both presenters and winners hit the mark: inspirational, poignant and powerful.

Ms. Amanpour was there to present an award to Cynthia McFadden, Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent for NBC News. During the presentation she described her as: “A generous and supportive woman’s woman. She celebrates women’s successes – promotes and mentors the younger ones and leads by fine example.” But, in her remarks, Ms. Amanpour reminded all of us that: “All women should be paid at least as much for the same work that men do – and until all women leverage their formidable economic power, there will never really be equality for women…it’s as simple as that.”

As president of my own agency, I strive to mentor and help other women and I encourage every professional out there, in every field, to help promote professional growth and inspire others to achieve and share success.

To view the 2014 Matrix Awards highlight reel, including advice from the winners and presenters click here.