Thursday, November 29, 2012

Women and of Distinction

The Women's Media Center 2012 Women's Media Awards at Guastavino's.
The Women’s Media Center 2012 Women’s Media Awards were held Tuesday, November 13th at Guastavino's in New York City.

The Awards honored Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media and Founding Co-Chair of The Women's Media Center, who was presented with the first Women’s Media Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award, thereafter to be named after her. Martha Nelson, Editorial Director of Time Inc., was presented with the Women’s Media Center’s Going The Distance AwardLisa Ling, Journalist and Host of Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and her sister journalist Laura Ling, Host and Reporter for E! Investigates, a documentary series on the E! Network, were presented with the Women's Media Center Sisterhood is Powerful AwardSarah Hoye, All Platform Journalist for CNN, received the Women’s Media Center’s Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award and Luvvie Ajayi of Awesomely Luvvie, received the Social Media Award.
Celebrities and VIPS attending the star-studded event included many of the most accomplished and influential women in media in the world today. The event was hosted by Academy Award Nominated Actress® Anne Hathaway.  Women’s Media Center Co-Founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event. Co-Chairs for The 2012 Women’s Media Awards were Loreen Arbus, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans, Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.
Lori Sokol of Work Life Matters magazine hits the red carpet at the VIP reception
Lauren Embrey, Robin Morgan, Donna Deitch, and Gloria Steinem
Robin Morgan, Martha Nelson and Gloria Steinem
Laura Ling and Lisa Ling
In addition to Anne Hathaway, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, VIP attendees included: Barbara Walters, Award-winning journalist, Creator/Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of The View; Christine Lahti, Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress/writer/director; Sarah Jones, Tony Award-winning American playwright, actress and poet; Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina MonologuesDonna Deitch, Award-winning Film and Television Director, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards; Loreen Arbus, First woman to head up programming at a major U.S. Network and Disability Rights Activist/Producer/Founder and Chair of Women Who Care, Co-Chair of the Women’s Media’s Awards; Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK/Peace, Environmentalist, Women's Rights and Social Justice Activist, Board Chair, The Women’s Media Center; Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center; Carol Jenkins, Author, Former WNBC Anchor, Former President of The Women’s Media Center, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center; Ben Vereen, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor; Kathy Najimy, actress and comedian, Cheryl Wills, Award-winning Anchor, NY1 News Television; Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO, DreamWorks; Lauren Embrey, Philanthropist/Film Producer, CEO and president of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd., WMC Board Member;  Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg News; Helen Zia, Award-winning journalist and Former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine, Founding Co-Chair, The Women’s Media Center, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center; Wendy Diamond, Correspondent, NBC’s The Today Show and Publisher of Animal Fair Media; Camilla Barungi, Model of Project Runway fame, Entrepreneur, Women’s right’s activist; Jewelle Bickford, Senior Strategist at GenSpring Family Offices, Board Member, The Women’s Media Center;  Javier Gomez, Noted International Photojournalist/Activist; Lori Sokol, Founder and Publisher of Sokol Media Inc.; Jennifer Buffett, Philanthropist, Co-Chair and President of President NoVo Foundation; James Grant, President of JGPR and members of the music group Betty.
Anne Hathaway addresses the guests
Former President Bill Clinton, Women’s Media Center Co-Founder Jane Fonda, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Sarah Jones, playwright/poet/actor/activist, all appeared in separate videos produced for the occasion.

The Women's Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs aimed at transforming the media landscape including media training, media monitoring and activism, original media content, media reports, media programs and initiatives. The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane FondaRobin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem.
Ben Vereen, Luvvie Ajayi, and Sarah Hoye
Cheryl Wills and Carol Jenkins
Sarah Jones and Julie Burton
Jodie Evans, Pat Mitchell, and Laura Ling
Pat Mitchell and Eve Ensler
Women's Media Awards Co-Chair Loreen Arbus, Javier Gomez, and Wendy Diamond
Anne Hathaway and Gloria Steinem
Robin Morgan and Lesley Gore
Sally Kohn and Christine Lahti
Lauren Embrey and Lindsay Harwell
Matthew Winkler, Julie Burton, and Barbara Walters
Late last month, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra held its Annual New York Benefit, featuring a stellar performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta. The Orchestra was joined by guest artists, pianist Yuja Wang, baritone Thomas Hampson, tenor Carl Hieger, The Collegiate Chorale and The Manhattan Girls Chorus. The intensity of the voices, for Schoenberg’s Kol Nidre and the New York premiere of Noam Sheriff’s Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead) were no less matched by the virtuosic performance by the dynamic and elegant Yuja Wang. Directly following the concert, over 400 guests were welcomed at The Plaza for a black-tie supper by Benefit Co-Chairmen Adrienne Arsht and Lauren and John Veronis.
AFIPO President David A. Hirsch
Guests included AFIPO Board President David A. Hirsch and Rochelle Hirsch, Judith and Burton Resnick, Elaine and James Wolfensohn, Judith and Burton Resnick, Sara and Charles Fabrikant, Tricia and Jason Pantzer, Pamela and Jonathan Henes, Suzanne and Jacob Doft, Lillian Vernon, Penny and Claudio Pincus, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, Risa and Cyril Drabinsky, Renée and Richard Steinberg, Ruth and Louis Brause, Susan Rose, Arlene and Harvey Blau, Patricia Cisneros, Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Andrea Herberstein, Jennifer and Jonathan Harris, Rochelle and David Ludwig, Nancy Badner, Chisa Osano and Dasha Epstein.
Chisa Osano and Dasha Epstein, Zubin Mehta, Yuja Wang, and Adrienne Arsht
Zubin Mehta and Judith Taubman
Richard and Renee Steinberg
AFIPO Board Member Judith and Burton Resnick
Burton and Judith Resnick with former AFIPO President Elaine Wolfensohn
AFIPO Board Member Lillian Vernon and David Hochberg
Risa and Cyril Drabinsky
Ruth Brause, Susan Rose, and Louis Brause
Harvey and Arlene Blau
Ingeborg and Ira Rennert
James D. Wolfensohn, Patricia Cisneros, and Naomi Wolfesnoshn
Sherry and Ken Endelson
Emily Oustecky and Jason Hirsch
Rochelle Hirsch and AFIPO President David A. Hirch with Danielle Hirsch
Rochelle Ludwig, Jennifer Harris, Nancy Badner, and AFIPO Board Member Pamela Henes
Maestro Zubin and Nancy Mehta
Andrea Herberstein, Thomas Hampson, Concert Underwriter Adrienne Arsht, Event Co-Chairs Lauren, and John Veronis
Lauren and John Veronis
Jason and AFIPO Board Member Tricia Pantzer
More than 700 guests paid tribute to six remarkable female leaders at the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s 20th Women of Distinction Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event honored women who serve as leadership role models for girls and young women, and who advance the Girl Scouts’ mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character for 26,650 New York City Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of Greater New York; Stephanie Breslow, Partner at Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP; Linda M. Gadsby, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Scholastic Inc.; Tracey Gray-Walker, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company; Claudia Poccia, President and CEO of Gurwitch Products; Carol Sawdye, Chief Financial Officer at PwC; future Woman of Distinction Asha Wills; WPIX new anchor Jodi Applegate.
Honorees Tracey Gray-Walker , Claudia Poccia, Asha Wills, Stephanie Breslow, Linda Gadsby, and Carol Sawdye
Honoree Asha Wills and her troop leader, Marise Bordenave
This year’s event, hosted by Jodi Applegate, honored diverse women who represent the highest levels of leadership and who also make a difference in their communities. The event was chaired by Cheryl L. Swiatkowski, Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle, and co-chaired by Paula H. Zirinsky, Marketing Director at Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello and Bohrer, PC.

The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is New York City's largest girls-only leadership development program, reaching 26,650 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the five boroughs. Girl Scouts enjoy programs that include college prep, career exploration, STEM, business and entrepreneurship, environmental leadership, take-action projects, and global citizenship. Today’s Girl Scouts learn to lead with courage, confidence, and character to make their communities and the world a better place. Visit to learn more.
Trey Walker (son of Tracey Gray-Walker), honoree Tracey Gray-Walker, Barbara Murphy-Warrington (CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater New York)
Honoree Linda Gadsby, host Jodi Applegate, with Girl Scouts
Honoree Carol Sawdye
Honoree Asha Wills (Future Woman of Distinction)
Nina McLemore, Patricia Stensrud, and Davia Temin
Carmen Dubroc and honoree Claudia Poccia
Rose Littlejohn (President of the Board of Girl Scouts of Greater New York) and husband Robert Littlejohn
Christine and Jacqueline Battaglia
Photographs by Bruce Katz & Jenny Warburg (Women's Media Center); Chris Lee (AFIPO).