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Remembering Joan Rivers & What She Told Us Last Year About Staying Relevant

This morning we’re remembering the incredible life and work of Joan Rivers. As media folks and celebrities recall their interactions with the 81-year-old comedian, we’re joining the pack.

Last year she emceed New York Women in Communications’ annual Matrix Awards along with daughter Melissa. She was certainly in major demand on the red carpet prior to the luncheon.

Thankfully we snagged a quick interview with the star and learned a lot from this woman who has reinvented herself to stay relevant in the public eye for decades.

May she rest in peace.

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Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah & Powerful Media Women Chat at Matrix Awards

Need a little inspiration on a Monday? We caught up with powerful women in media about their careers at the Matrix Awards in April at the Waldorf Astoria.

At the annual New York Women in Communications event, Queen Latifah revealed how she made the jump from entertainer to daytime host, Gloria Steinem talked about mentorship, Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, talked about making your mark as an outstanding Googler and Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb shared their wisdom. Check out the clip below!

Media Powerhouses Dish Career Inspiration at 2014 Matrix Awards

NYWICI logoAs this week comes to a close, we can’t help but recall one of the highlights in Manhattan: The Matrix Awards.

MediaJobsDaily was front row and center (okay, more like table 8 near the stage but still…) at the Waldorf Astoria in midtown. Regardless, the annual Matrix Awards presented by New York Women in Communications did not disappoint!

After conducting red carpet interviews to be aired shortly, it was time to settle in for an afternoon of motivation and inspiration. Oh, did we mention Gloria Steinem was in the house? Along with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and notable names like Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Cynthia McFadden, in true form the luncheon was full of memorable moments and of course, quotes.

One by one as each presenter and honoree gave their speech, there’s a common thread. Persistence, dedication, setbacks, risks and overall achievements. They all had to start somewhere, they all had to earn their first byline, their first rejection and get back up on their feet again. Look at Queen Latifah who’s now a talk show host and started her career in a male-dominated industry.

That’s why their stories have so much mojo and meaning — they all have a back story. You have a back story. We all do and that’s what makes us so vibrant, interesting and  resilient.

So, without further ado, let’s check out some of the quotes and then, of course, look at the list of winners… Read more

Joanna Coles Receives Matrix Award & Outlines Four Stages of an Editor’s Career

At the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Awards luncheon, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles was among the honorees receiving an award. (The annual luncheon honors women for their outstanding achievements in media and communications.)

During Coles’ speech today, she jokingly highlighted the four stages of an editor’s career:

1. Who is Joanna Coles?

2. Get me Joanna Coles!

3. Get me the new Joanna Coles.

4. Who the f*@# is Joanna Coles?

As for a magazine, she commented on its four stages as well:

1. What is a magazine?

2. Get me a magazine!

3. Get me a new digital magazine.

4. What the f*@# is a magazine?

Speaking of magazines, Coles mentioned whether it’s a brick and mortar magazine or online publication, the medium isn’t as important as the content itself.

She indicated, “I still believe content is king.” Coles added that people want to read good stories: “What they want is good media.”

For Coles, good stories actually stem back to her childhood. Her speech also recalled her youth as a nine year-old girl growing up in northern England. Well, the young Coles created her own publication and handed it out to neighbors.

If she could talk to her childhood self, Coles would tell that little girl to dream big. As in, really big. “Then get ready because your life is going to exceed those dreams.”