NEW YORK, November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) organized the Gracies Leadership Award lunch, back for the first time in person after three years, monday november 14 at the Tribeca 360° in New York City. Keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien inspired the audience and referred to the winners in the room as representing “stories not just of courage, vision and opportunity, but of women helping women and celebrating women and the story of how these women haven’t forgotten that they entered the media to elevate people, issues and struggles that weren’t in the spotlight.” She continued, “When I look around me in this room, I know we’re in good hands. So let’s reach out to each other and make change happen, let’s support each other. others.

Seven women media leaders were honored at the event, along with AWM Legacy Leadership recipient, Valerie Blackburn. Speech highlights include:

  • Valerie Blackburnrecipient of the AWM Legacy Leadership Award, began his remarks by referencing the pivotal role his family has played in his life and career and continued, “Most of you know that I have been given the gift of a larger, larger extended family in this room, and largely in part at AWM It’s hard to express what AWM has meant to me professionally and personally – even though I’m just a blot in those 70 years winning a student Gracie has been a confidence booster and behind the scenes these women are fabulous.
  • Nancy DanielsChief Content Officer, NTets, Discovery, Animal Planet & Science Channel, discussed leadership and what it means to her, “The best leaders I’ve met in my career have always led by example, they’ve always shown themselves, they expect a lot, but they also give a lot in return – mentorship, experience, and they give opportunity.”
  • By accepting the honor, Mary DonoghueVice President, Global Sports Video, Amazon, said, “Being a woman in sports can be an amazing career, but it can also be lonely and difficult. I’ve always relied on my own mini-alliance, we’ve created together and supporting each other in so many ways, we elevate, we amplify, we celebrate, and most importantly, we have each other.
  • Kim Godvinpresident, ABC News began his acceptance speech by referring to the end Gracie Allen and the sense of grace. She went on to reference the many ‘sheroes’ in her life: “For every person who hasn’t seen me, there is one who has, for every person who has denied me an opportunity, there is someone gave me one, and because someone gave me a chance, I decided to give others a chance, and because someone invested in me, I ‘will invest in others.”
  • Wendy Goldberg, Director of Communications, iHeartMedia, Inc. spoke about the importance of mentorship and focusing on the women around it, said, “Instead of seeing it through my own leaders or mentors, I have seen through the people I had around me. So, for me, this award is really about them. – their generosity, their talent and their example… I am inspired by them, I respect them, I am often in awe of them.”
  • Chelsey Maddox-Dorsey, CEO, A Wonder Media Company (AWMC, LLC) said, “For me, business is personal, disruptive and a force for transformative change.” She spoke directly to all women and students starting their careers in the media: “My advice is: be curious, learn, improve, we need you, we need your creativity, we need your unique perspectives, we need you to take up the gauntlet.”
  • Debra O’Connell, President, Networks, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, said upon accepting, “Yesterday I got a gift, it was a t-shirt that said, ‘As Strong As The Woman Next To Me’: I I feel very strong with all the women next to me today.” OConnell continued, “We have the opportunity to share stories of strong and exceptional women, and we take that responsibility very seriously to impress upon our communities the importance of female representation and inclusion.”
  • Dawnbringer, The Trilogy Films founder said after receiving her honor, “We are a small but mighty group of strong women (and very few men). I trace my first professional inspiration to women like Kerry Smith from ABC News who showed me that integrity is at the heart of everything. The women I work with now are smart, capable, and fun. I know I could never do all that I do without their wisdom and grace.”

“It’s an exciting day to open this celebration of women who have risen to the top. They are inspiring and show how women continue to make an impact in executive suites and boardrooms,” said Becky BrooksPresident, AWM/F.

“This is a pivotal event for us because it covers our three pillars – it’s recognition, it’s education and it’s connection,” added Heather Cohen, President of the Alliance Foundation for Women in the Media. “We shine a spotlight on exceptional women in media – those who have broken glass ceilings and proven leadership and remarkable today, what an honor to have Soledad O’Brienone of the greatest storytellers of our time as our keynote.”

Event sponsors include Google News Initiative, ABC News, AURN-American Urban Radio Networks, Clear Channel Outdoor, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Hallmark Media, iHeartMedia, KatzMedia Group, Mattel, NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, Warner Bros. Discovery and Sony Pictures Television.

Photos and videos of the event are available here.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women in the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether media type, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education and innovation. Founded in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the oldest professional association dedicated to the advancement of women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to foster career development, engage in thought leadership and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

SOURCE Alliance for Women in Media