The Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter - 2017 Matrix Awards
Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
"Communicating a Bright Future"
Join us Thursday, May 18, 2017!
The Matrix Awards annually honor exceptional women in the
field of communications across various disciplines.
The 2017 Matrix Awards will take place on May18 at the Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield, Michigan from 5:30-9:00 p.m., and will include a reception, silent auction, and dinner and awards program. There will be a cash only bar as well (We are unable to accept checks or credit cards).
Spend an evening with talented Detroit area women as we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of three outstanding women in communications! Get inspired by how the Matrix winners 'shined a bright light' to better lives and drive positive change. And make your personal pledge to a bright future on our inspiration board!
Jocelyn Benson, Keynote Speaker
We are honored to have Jocelyn Benson as our keynote speaker.
Jocelyn Benson is the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve racial equality and drive social progress. She has been a strong voice for equality and justice throughout her esteemed career. She is an inspiration for women in leadership serving as the youngest female Dean of a top 100 law school in U.S. history at Wayne State University.
Jocelyn is an expert on civil rights law, education law and election law. One of the youngest women in history to be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015, she was a candidate for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010. She will speak about the critical need for female leaders in all aspects of society and the path forward to where women comprise 50% of the leadership roles in our society.
2017 MATRIX AWARD WINNERS
Joanne C. Gerstner - Headliner Award
The Headliner Award salutes the outstanding personal and professional achievements of an AWC Detroit Chapter member.
Joanne is an award-winning multi-platform sports journalist, who has covered the pinnacle of worldwide sporting events, from the Olympics, women’s and men’s soccer World Cups, to NBA and NCAA championships. She is the co-author of critically acclaimed and Amazon No.1 book, “Back in the Game: Why Concussion Doesn’t Have to End Your Athletic Career” (Oxford).
Pat Anstett Kiska - Diamond Award
The Diamond Award honors an individual or organization for portraying women positively in media.
An longtime Detroit Free Press medical reporter, Pat’s extensive medical reporting on all aspects of mammography, including: compliance, insurance reimbursement, access for Medicaid patients, and federal funded free mammograms for low-income women, has been described as distinctive, informative, meaningful, and relentless. Yet, she considers her book, “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” (Rowman & Littlefield) the most fulfilling mission of her career.
Chastity Pratt/Bridge Magazine - Vanguard Award
The Vanguard Award honors an individual or organization for employing a communications medium in an innovative way.
Bridge Magazine and its investigative reporter, Chastity Pratt, published the first comprehensive book about the Flint water crisis, “Poison on Tap.”The Bridge team included fresh, new and often-ignored stories from the people of Flint and broke the story about residents’ and experts’ valid reasons to suspect a higher death toll from Legionnaires’ disease.
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