The program: TV host
Next up were the Hollywood Reporter's editorial director Janice Min, publisher Lynne Segall and Sherry Lansing. Demi Lovato followed by naming participants in the magazine's mentoring program, a joint venture with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles, which pairs high school girls with mentors and awards them $10,000 college scholarships. Lovato surprised the audience by announcing not one, but two winners of full four-year scholarships, valued at $200,000 each, to Loyola Marymount University.
The crowd: The affair, presented by Lifetime, took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday (Dec. 11), the day the magazine released its list of the industry’s top female power players (and coincidentally the same day
The packed Beverly Hills ballroom included Anne Sweeney, the co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, who was named No. 1 on the list for the fourth year. Also attending were Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO A+E Networks; Amy Pascal, co-chair,
More familiar to the general public were Jane Fonda, Gayle King,
The presentation: "The woman that we are all honoring here this morning puts the capital 'I' in inspiring. She also puts the capital 'I' in influence," Shriver said of Winfrey, continuing with more "I" descriptors: imagination, instruction and impact.
After reciting a list of Winfrey’s many accomplishments, Shriver asked Winfrey to think back on her life from her birthplace in Mississippi to President
The acceptance: "That beats a eulogy, I gotta tell you. It really does," said Winfrey. "I mean, good Lord. And you're alive to hear it."
Winfrey defined power as "strength over time. That means strength times strength, times strength, times strength equals power."
She talked of seeing herself on the cover of the Hollywood Reporter's "rule breakers" issue. "When I saw the title of the cover, it brought tears to my eyes because my cover line was 'innovator.' And I thought, 'Is that what this was? I'm a rule breaker and an innovator?' I just thought I was getting my [rear] kicked."
She concluded with the importance of using power to better the lives of others. "That is the true purpose of leadership," she said. "How do you use your life to elevate the life of somebody else? That's what everybody in this room has been called to do."