Some 800 guests convened at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York March 22 to honor Multichannel News's 2018 class of Wonder Women.
The 12 honorees comprise MCN's 20th anniversary class of accomplished and influential women from multichannel media industries. Nominated by their peers and selected by the MCN editorial team, they have demonstrated vision, commitment and leadership as they've fostered the success of their companies and driven growth and innovation across the industry.
In candid remarks that touched on both the professional and the personal, they demonstrated those qualities at the podium as they shared the experiences, insight and advice that landed them on the Ziegfeld's stage.
Beth Main of HBO offered a vivid look back at becoming a member of the Joffrey Ballet, describing it as her most "foundational" experience in a varied career, as it taught her that "it very much is possible to do impossible things if you really want it, and you work like hell for it."
ESPN's Stephanie Druley had a wry perspective on being named a Wonder Women honoree, telling the crowd, "It's a lot to live up to. You know, personally, I'd prefer to be known as She Ra, Princess of Power."
Turner's Jennifer Mirgorod delivered a message from her daughters: "This award has made their day. ... It helped them make a connection between the hard work they see me do and the rewards. I believe this award has inspired them to work a little harder."
MCN's 2018 Women to Watch, 12 up-and-coming trailblazers, were also honored at the luncheon, and got a shout-out from Debra O'Connell.
"I am so excited for the next generation of women," the NCTA's Loretta Polk said. "They are bold and assertive, confident and inventive, and plenty fearless."