New York Women in Communications Inc. honored media luminaries like the Wall Street Journal's Kara Swisher and Cosmopolitan's Joanna Coles at its annual Matrix Awards lunch at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York April 22.

Comedienne Joan Rivers emceed and WE tv president Kim Martin hosted the event.

matrixAlong with and Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Coles and AllThingsD's Swisher, the event feted Bank of America global strategy and marketing officer Anne Finucane, HSN CEO and director Mindy Grossman, Interpublic Mediabrands North American CEO Jacki Kelley, singer/actress Audra McDonald, and NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group chairman Bonnie Hammer.

Asked by Middleberg Communications account supervisor Collin Elizabeth Roberts what advice she had for young professionals in media, Hammer advised them to savor every experience and avoid a sense of entitlement. "Paying dues is a part of the game, and opportunities are gifts," said Hammer, who started out at Boston public broadcaster WGBH. "You should work hard to make the most of them and never take them for granted."

Presenters included TV and radio host Ryan Seacrest, former Orlando Police chief Val Demmings, former Associated Press CEO Tom Curley, IAC chairman Barry Diller, and MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski.

Nancy Weber, executive VP of Meredith Corp. and president of NYWICI, said the honorees "exemplify the theme of the Matrix Awards, 'Women Who Change the World.'"

Kellen Communications, New York, manages the Matrix event.

Some proceeds of the Matrix luncheon go toward the group's scholarship program through its foundation, which scored an appearance on the "Today" show Monday morning.

Liz Kaplow, president of New York tech PR firm Kaplow, is president-elect of NYWICI.

(Photos: Sharlene Spingler)

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Emcee Joan Rivers

Stewart, Moyers
Attendees included Martha Stewart.

Ryan Seacrest, Jacki Kelley, Tom Curley
Ryan Seacrest, Jacki Kelley, Tom Curley

Susan Schulz
WICI's Susan Schulz, Cosmopolitan's Joanna Coles
and ex-Orlando Police chief Val Demings

Kara Swisher, Barry Diller
WSJ tech scribe Kara Swisher with IAC chief Barry Diller