Though the awards celebrate prominent women in communications, some still had problems communicating. The perfectionistic Martha Stewart presented the award to Susan Lyne, president and ceo of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. After nearly finishing her remarks, Stewart realized the notes provided for her at the podium were missing several paragraphs. She stopped dramatically in midspeech and fumbled for her own notes to finish up. "She tried for levity, but it was an awkward moment," said one attendee.
Other Matrix Award recipients included "Today" show anchor Meredith Vieira; Arianna Huffington; Pamela Fiori, editor in chief of Town & Country, and Lisa Caputo chief marketing, advertising and community relations officer, global consumer group, Citigroup, and former press secretary for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who presented her with the award. — Stephanie D. Smith