NYWICI, Oxygen Enter the Matrix


New York Women in Communications Inc. Wednesday announced the honorees for its “2006 Matrix Awards.”

The event, sponsored by Oxygen, will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York Monday, April 3. Ellen DeGeneres will be the emcee.

The Matrix Awards acknowledge outstanding women who have distinguished themselves in the communications fields of advertising, arts and entertainment, books, film, magazines, marketing, newspapers and radio.

The 2006 honorees are: The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson; author Candace Bushnell; General Electric Co. chief marketing officer Beth Comstock; actress Geena Davis; WOR Radio personality Joan Hamburg; Starcom Mediavest Group CEO Renetta McCann; Glamour editor in chief Cynthia Leive; and Katherine Oliver, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

“We love hosting the Matrix Awards because they're the most powerful awards for women, and we're honored that Ellen DeGeneres, one of our favorite Oxygen personalities, has agreed to emcee,” Oxygen chairman and CEO and 1996 Matrix Award winner Geraldine Laybourne said in a prepared statement. “We congratulate Ellen and this year's exceptional group of winners. We're inspired by their endless accomplishments.”