Rachael Ray Joins ‘Women of NY' Speaker Lineup


Rachael Ray, host of CBS Television Distribution's Rachael Ray and best-selling author, has joined the lineup of featured panelists at B&C's "Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of New York" event set for April 20 at the New York Roosevelt Hotel.

"Women of New York" is an off-the-record, afternoon networking cocktail hour (or three) featuring candid Q&As with top female figures from the TV and media industry. This is the first time the event will be held in New York and follows the successful launch of last summer's "Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of Hollywood," featuring conversations with Disney/ABC's Anne Sweeney and CBS' Nina Tassler, among others.

CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews also recently joined the lineup.

Ray, who also is a longtime Food Network personality and has her own lifestyle magazine Every Day With Rachael Ray, will sit for a Q&A with Melissa Grego, executive editor of B&C. Ray also will lead the panel discussion titled "Brand Yourself" with previously announced featured panelists Peggy Green, vice chairman, ZenithOptimedia USA; Arlene Manos, president, national advertising sales, Rainbow Advertising Sales Corp., Rainbow Media Holdings; Melinda Witmer, executive VP/chief programming officer, Time Warner Cable; and Pam Zucker, president, marketplace ignition and innovation, MediaVest USA.

In addition to Ray's participation on the dais, her show Rachael Ray will provide cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for the event, based on Ray's recipes. Rachael Ray, which has won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show--Entertainment, is distributed and produced by CTD in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment.

Additional "Women of New York" speakers will be announced. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to www.broadcastingcable.com/womenofny.