Celebrate & Elevate 2018: A Toast to Women in Communications
Presenting the Matrix Awards, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
In celebration of outstanding achievements in the communications profession, Celebrate & Elevate: A Toast to Women in Communications is our big night! This is the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers, honor our winners’ accomplishments and celebrate the hard work we’ve all done this year. Expect inspiration, a great time and a relaxing summer evening on the waterfront.
AWC Detroit will honor three outstanding communicators with the prestigious 2018 Matrix Awards.
Join us at the beautiful lakefront WaterMark restaurant in St. Clair Shores on June 6. We’ve designed this year’s event to give you lots of time to network, so plan to join us and meet new friends, make connections, and catch up with cherished colleagues at this special event.
Silent Auction – The proceeds will support our literacy advocacy program and help us maintain value-priced tickets for chapter programs.
Afterglow – Gather for dessert and drinks on the WaterMark outdoor deck overlooking the marina.
Attend Celebrate & Elevate 2018 and be inspired!
2018 Matrix Award Winners
Headliner Award: The Headliner Award salutes the outstanding personal and professional achievements of a prominent AWC Detroit Chapter member.
Denise A. Gray-Felder, APR, Chief Communications Officer, Michigan Medicine, leads a 90 person team responsible for PR, marketing, social media, digital arts, web presence, and physician and consumer communication. Her headlining accomplishments in 2017 included implementation of the University of Michigan Health System’s rebranding as Michigan Medicine. She also championed leading enhancements to the system’s web presence with the addition of the Michigan Health Lab site that showcases research discoveries and the Michigan Health Blog that disseminates “news you can use” to the public. As former president/CEO of the Communication for Social Change Consortium, she worked globally to help people living in poor communities lift their voices, stories, ideas, and beliefs to influence change. Denise was also the youngest and first black woman National President of the AWC organization. Learn more…
Diamond Award: Recognizes communications and programs that advocate for improving the image and well-being of women in society.
Robin Kinnie, founder and CEO of Motor City Woman, an internet-based radio station and broadcasting/recording studio that supports women entrepreneurs and encourages women to pursue audio engineering careers. Motor City Woman offers an array of shows, expert guests, discussions on issues from a woman’s perspective and the resources for growth in all areas of life. She was selected to launch the Detroit Chapter of Soundgirls.org, a national organization focused on increasing the number of women audio engineers. She not only concentrates on representation of women behind the microphone but also behind the audio board.
Vanguard Award: Honors an individual or organization for innovatively employing a communications medium.
Jackie Berg is the founder & owner of Bridges Communications Group, a multicultural media company that publishes TheHUB, has a 20-year custom publishing history and develops award-winning minority marketing campaigns. TheHUB’s multimedia platforms were created to give city residents and supporters a dedicated voice and space to discuss the real issues surrounding viable city neighborhoods. TheHUB now has outlets in Detroit and Flint focusing on hyper-local neighborhood news.
She leads efforts to champion multicultural collaboration, affordable housing and emerging neighborhood leadership. Jackie is an unabashed cheerleader of collaborative partnerships and urban-corporate initiatives that contribute to stability in city neighborhoods. Learn more…
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