Mika Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski

The New York Women in Communications has announced the recipients of the 2018 Matrix Awards. The awards, which have been given out annually since 1970, honor the accomplishments and contributions of women in the communications industry.

The 2018 honorees are Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and the founder of Know Your Value, an organization devoted to helping women from all career and life stages reach their maximum potential; Kim Kelleher, chief business officer at GQGolf Digest, Pitchfork, WIRED and Ars Technica; Betsy Kenny Lack, head of global brand strategy at Snap Inc.; Dia Simms, president at Combs Enterprises; Alexandra Trower, executive VP, global communications for Estée Lauder and Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient.

NYWICI is also introducing the Matrix Incite Award, which recognizes recipients “for their ability to incite change through writing and reporting.” The initial recipients will be New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor, Emily Steel, and Megan Twohey. Kantor and Twohey collaborated on the paper’s investigative series examining Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual harassment and rape. Steel’s reporting brought to light a series of settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly as well as four settlements made by Vice News over charges of sexual misconduct at the company.

The Matrix and Matrix Incite awards will be presented at the Sheraton New York Times Square on April 23, during a ceremony to be emceed by “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. For more information, or to order tickets for the event, go to the NYWICI website.