Our Honorees


Gold Achievement Award
Ellen Levine

Ellen Levine was named Hearst consultant in January 2017, working across corporate divisions, from newspapers, to television to entertainment, to develop new projects and foster ideas and collaboration.

From 2006 to 2016, Levine was the editorial director of Hearst Magazines. In this role, she focused on strengthening current titles and developing new editorial magazines, as well as evaluating opportunities for brand extensions, books, cross-promotional magazine opportunities, and monitoring shifts in consumer needs.

In 2000, she launched O, The Oprah Magazine, which made history as the most successful magazine start-up ever. That opened the door to more original brands. First in line was Food Network Magazine (2008) quickly followed by HGTV Magazine (2012) and Dr. OZ THE GOOD LIFE (2014). All four of these rank in the top ten monthly magazines in the United States. On June 6, 2017, she will launch The Pioneer Woman Magazine which profiles Ree Drummond, an award-winning American blogger and TV personality.

Ms. Levine made publishing history in October 1994 when she became the first woman to be named editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping since the magazine’s inception in 1885. 

Before her appointment to the top post at Good Housekeeping, Ms. Levine served as editor-in-chief of two other major women’s magazines: Redbook (1990 to 1994) and Woman’s Day (1982 to 1990), and as a senior editor of Cosmopolitan (1976 to 1982).

Ellen graduated from Wellesley College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Wellesley College News and began her journalism career at The Record in Hackensack, N.J.

Ms. Levine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ryman Hospitality Properties, owner of hotels and the Grand Ole Opry, and Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. She was a long-serving member on the Board of Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, Lifetime Television, the Board of Advisors of New York Women in Communications and the Board of New Jersey Bell.  

Ms. Levine and her husband, an OBGYN physician, live in New York City. They have two sons. 

susan nitze webGirl Scouting Distinguished Leadership Award
Susan Nitze
Civic Leader & Philanthropist 

Girl Scouting was an important part of Susan’s childhood in Hingham, Massachusetts, where she was a member of the Blue Bird troop. Susan is a passionate believer in the transformative effect of the Girl Scout program. This inspired her faithful service as member of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York Board of Directors for more than 20 years, including eight years as Board President and four as Board Chair.

A civic leader and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Susan has served in a range of arts, education and social service organizations with a particular emphasis on issues involving the advancement and well-being of women and girls.

Susan is a Board Member and Vice Chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a founding member of the Volunteer Council of the New York Philharmonic, a Trustee Emerita of the American Academy in Rome, and a former Board Member of the Groton School in Groton, MA.

Susan’s international advocacy also includes membership on the Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Council at the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is a former Board Member of the Veerni Project, which works to empower adolescent girls in Rajasthan, India, and supports Network 20/20 which has a series of foreign policy briefings to promote global perspectives, especially for the next generation of leaders.

Susan lives in New York City with her husband, Peter, and spends summers in Maine. She is the mother of two children and the grandmother of four, and has four stepchildren with nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College.  

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Marty Willis
Chief Marketing Officer, Nuveen 

Marty Willis is a proven C-suite executive with over 30 years of experience leading innovation and change for several premier financial service firms.

Marty has extensive marketing and business management experience in roles overseeing Business Strategy and Corporate Development, Product Development, Brand Strategy, Corporate Communications, Digital Strategy, Segment/Channel Marketing and Marketing Communications.

She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Nuveen, a global asset management firm. She joined Nuveen after seven years at OppenheimerFunds where she was Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to that, she held a variety of senior leadership roles at Fidelity Investments over the course of 25 years, including EVP, Marketing and Investment Products, EVP, Fidelity Mutual Fund Business and SVP, Institutional Services.

Marty was recognized as one of the Top 15 Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive in 2015 and was named Mutual Fund Marketer of the Year by Institutional Investor in 2010. 

She is a member of the preeminent, invitation-only Women's Forum of NYC comprised of prominent women achievers and a founding member of the Global Asset Management CMO Roundtable. In addition, Marty has served as Chair of the Board of Regents and Chair of the Investment Committee for her alma mater, The University of the South, and has also served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for BPA Worldwide.

Marty lives with her husband Bill in New York City and Marblehead MA, where they raised their three children.