1 The Matrix Awards luncheon was held on Monday 4/22 at the Waldorf-Astoria in midtown Manhattan. This hot ticket event is presented by the NY Women in Communications and honors women leaders in the industry who are doing important work.
2 Here I am with Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show.
3 Matrix Award Winner Anne Finucane - Global Strategy and Marketing Officer at Bank of America
4 Supporting Anne Finucane are her colleague, Connie Verducci - Senior Vice President, Market Manager of Bank of America - and Anne's husband Mike Barnicle - print and broadcast journalist and occasional guest host on MSNBC's Morning Joe and Hardball with Chris Matthews.
5 Melissa Rivers took the podium.
6 And her mother, Joan Rivers emceed the luncheon.
7 Mindy Grossman, Iman, and Kara Swisher
8 Ryan Seacrest and Jacki Kelley
9 Jacki Kelley - CEO North America & President Global Clients, IPG Mediabrands
10 Joe Scarborough - Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and my friend, Jane Heller
11 As usual, Joan Rivers was acerbically funny.
12 Nancy Weber - President of NY Women in Communications and Executive VP, Chief Marketing Officer Meredith Corporation
13 Susan Schultz - President NY women in Communications Foundation and Editorial Brand Director, Cosmopolitan Hearst Magazines
14 Joanna Coles - Editor in Chief Cosmopolitan
15 Presenter Val Demings
16 Mika Brzezinski and Mindy Grossman
17 Kim Martin - President and General Manager WE TV and Host of the Matrix Awards said, "These women truly exemplify the theme of the Matrix Awards, 'Women Who Change the World,' and we look forward to celebrating their achievements."
18 Presenter Ryan Seacrest - Media mogul
19 Matrix Award Honoree Bonnie Hammer - Chairman NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Group stated, “There may be players on the field who are faster, stronger and clearly younger, but sometimes a more experienced eye has a little something extra that can make the difference.”
20 Presenter Barry Diller - Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC and Chairman and Senior Executive Expedia, Inc.
21 Matrix Award winner Kara Swisher, the co-producer and co-host of D: All Things Digital with Walt Mossberg said, “Who could possibly lean in that much so elegantly and effortlessly and look good doing it? It’s impossible."
22 Presenter Iman - Founder and CEO IMAN Cosmetics, Sincare and Fragrances
23 Matrix Award winner Jacki Kelley, “Pick people, not jobs. Stop climbing and start stretching.”
24 Presenter Mika Brzezinski - the Co-Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
25 Matrix winner Anne Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing officer at Bank of America said, “I don’t think it’s about breaking through in a man's world, it’s a matter of never allowing people to close the door on you.”
26 Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council
27 Here is five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald accepting her award. She stated, “Raise up, celebrate and support women. We need it, especially in this time where it seems like we are moving backwards in time.”
28 On Monday evening of last week, Kevin and I attended an auction preview at Christie’s called 'A Palladian Villa by Michael S. Smith.' Here Kevin is posing with the designer Steven Gambrel http://www.srgambrel.com/ and James Anderson.
29 The collection consisted of antiques and art from a private property designed by Michael S. Smith. His new book Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design was inspired by that property.
30 Some great Japanese baskets up for auction - Michael S. Smith is considered one of the most original and respected talents in the design industry today. His design firm, Michael S. Smith Inc., was launched in 1990 and through the years, Michael has received many prestigious awards.
31 Here is Kevin with interior designer, Tony Ingrao, http://www.ingrao.com/. Interior design partners Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper are known for their unique approach to style.
32 On Tuesday, April 23rd, I flew to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to speak at the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC.) I was the keynote speaker on the first day of this 2-day conference for women, themed “Stay Smart. Lead Strong.” IWLC is for women who want to grow as leaders in their companies, communities, and careers.
33 Traveling with me was Susie Ercole - executive assistant, Leigh Anne Ambrosi - Susan Magrino Agency, and Daisy Schwartzberg - makeup artist. IWLC is for women who want to succeed, surpass, and have fun in the process.
34 I posed with many prominent and inspiring women - From Alliant Energy - Nichol Toomire, Jeanine Penticoff, Dee Brown, Patricia Kampling, Julie Bauer, me, Krista Tanner, Donna Braatz, Lisha Coffey, Cyndie Birchansky, and Leah Rodenberg
35 From United Fire Group - Bedora Sheronick, Colleen Sova, Heidi Boysen, Judith Cross, me, Deb Sternhagen, Ky Wieseler, and Betty Hruska
36 From Transamerica - Denise Mineck, Cindy Nodorft, Barb Secor, me, Cheryl Bock, and Becky Holub
37 From Pearson - Front - Trisha Grimm, Kim Schminke, me, and Ann Humbert –– Back - Lindy Strause, Felicia McDonald, Jennifer Davenport, and Mary Ellen Russo (from Denver, CO)
38 Also from Pearson - Front - Cathy Eisenhofer, Melissa Cantrell, me, Shanti Roundtree, and Marianne Jones –– Back - Anne Parmley, Donna Sanborn, Caitlin Ward, Molly Less Peterson, and Mel Jurgens
39 From IWLC - Jo Dickens (partial), Robyn Hepker, Chris Dickey, Maureen Osako (blue), Amy O'Deen, Diane Ramsey (back), me, Heidi Parkhurst, Flora Schmidt, and Nancy Hauserman (partial)
40 From IWLC/Rockwell Collins - FRONT - Diane Ramsey, Cory Newman (Diane's daughter), Beverly McCartney (Diane's mom), LeAnn Ridgeway, and me –– BACK - Rochelle Busch and Caitlin Mahr
41 Diane Ramsey, of IWLC, introduced me.
42 I was interviewed by Tiffany O'Donnell, the anchor at the CBS 2/Fox 28 station. It was a really fun and lively group to speak to.
43 Here I am with Tiffany O'Donnell and Melanie Olson, Tiffany's sister and a big fan of mine.
44 While in Iowa, I was very pleased to visit the home of photographer and friend, Scott Duncan. Unfortunately, Scott was shooting in England, but we had a lovely visit, just the same. Ruby Duncan - daughter, Paula Pauly, and Diana Duncan - wife
45 A really nice group shot - Erik Bandy, Sarah Newcomb, me, Tracey Stewart, Diana Duncan, Shelley Slay, Paula Pauly, and Ruby Duncan
46 The Duncan home was built in 2004 by an architect named Doug Wells in Des Moines. It is a large, open space with lots of light where Scott can display his photography easily.
47 There were really great shots of Scott's taken in Namibia on one of their family trips.
48 More of arid Namibia
49 The interior is fun and casual.
50 The Duncans are a very active family.
51 There is even an indoor lap pool.
52 Ruby loves horses and is an accomplished equestrian.
53 Extending out from the backside of the house is an elevated walkway that they call a bird walk. There is a clear glass on the end and it's just for enjoying the outdoors and the architecture of the house.
54 Photo: Courtesy Scott Duncan
55 Photo: Courtesy Scott Duncan
56 Photo: Courtesy Scott Duncan
57 Photo: Courtesy Scott Duncan
58 Then, on Friday 4/26, I was a keynote speaker at the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) National Networking Conference: SPARK. Ignite Your Network held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Here I am with Star Jones, National Spokesperson for the National Association of Professional Women.
59 Here I am with Star Jones and Sara Blakely - founder of SPANX
60 Desirée Rogers - Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Star Jones, me, Lesley Jane Seymour - editor in chief More Magazine, and Monique L. Nelson - CEO UniWorld Group
61 Always posing
62 Acress Susan Lucci was there.
63 Star Jones introduced me to the audience.
64 There were over 1,200 professional women present, looking to increase their networks.
65 I shared my own personal insights on overcoming challenges and achieving success as woman in the workplace.
66 Of course, I was also there to talk about my brand new book, Living the Good Long Life: a Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others.
67 In the book, I share many of my secrets and regimens for staying as young as can be.
68 I told the crowd that you never hit rock bottom, it's just a bump in the road.
69 I also said that you have to be strong, circumspect and believe in yourself and the people around you.