Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Janet Dewart Bell and Tracie Powell Among the 2024 MMCA’s ‘Sheroes in Media’ Awards at the National Press Club

Honoree Janet Dewart Bell accepts the "Sheroes in Media" Award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Photo Courtesy of MMCA)
Honoree Janet Dewart Bell accepts the “Sheroes in Media” Award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Photo Courtesy of MMCA).

*As we commemorate the 37th Annual Celebration of Women’s History Month, the Multicultural Media & Correspondents Association (MMCA) hosted its exclusive 2024 Sheroes in Media Awards reception at the historic National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Thursday, March 28, 2024. The esteemed group of leaders in media, philanthropy, and communications, gathered to uplift extraordinary women who exemplify diverse media excellence.

Honoree Tracie Powell accepts the MMCA's "Sheroes In Media" Award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Photo Courtesy of MMCA).
Honoree Tracie Powell accepts the MMCA’s “Sheroes In Media” Award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Photo Courtesy of MMCA).

The 2024 Sheroes in Media honorees included Janet Dewart Bell, Board Chair of Women’s Media Center; Tracie Powell, Founder and CEO of The Pivot Fund, Inc.; Katina Arnold, Board Chair of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation; Alicia Bell, Director of Racial Equity in Journalism Fund, Borealis Philanthropy; Yvette Cabrera, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Nicole Dungca, President of the Asian American Journalists Association; Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Founder of the Institute for Independent Journalists; and Emily Wilkins, President of the National Press Club.

MMCA Honorees at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Courtesy of MMCA).
MMCA Honorees at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (Courtesy of MMCA).

Followed by the success of the inaugural virtual ceremony in 2021, this year’s event added two special awards categories: the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Margery Kraus, Founder and Executive Chairman of APCO; and the Luminary Award, given to Janet Yang, award-winning Hollywood producer and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Never underestimate the power of being underestimated,” said Kraus during her acceptance speech, as she recounted her journey of building one of the largest PR firms in the world, as a first-generation Jewish woman with parents who immigrated from Cuba. She emphasized the importance of inclusion, noting “we have much more to do” to ensure more diversity and equity in the media and society.

Other honorees shared similar stories of grit, resilience, and courage of overcoming stereotypes while rising to the top where they are now leading the fight to ensure both gender and multicultural representation as presidents of various journalists or journalists-supporting organizations.

The awards were also presented by Olga Lucia Torres, Chair Board of Trustees, followed by a brief overview of the MMCA’s accomplishments by trustee Sui Lang Panoke.

Emceed by Reena Ninan, a television journalist and founder of Good Trouble Productions, the Sheroes in Media Awards ceremony was co-created by MMCA president David Morgan and trustee Hannah Kim, former deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, who also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Margery Kraus. The event was produced by Green Gigz, Inc., Global Strategy Group and powered by the BIPOCXChange.

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