News Anchor Liz Walker Honored at PMC

Award-winning journalist and WBZ-TV 4 news anchor Liz Walker received Pine Manor College's prestigious Award for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility from the College's President Gloria Nemerowicz, in a ceremony that was held on Wednesday evening, October 30, 2002, in the Founder's Room. Following the presentation, Walker delivered an inspirational speech to a standing-room-only audience of more than 150 persons.

In presenting the award to Walker, President Nemerowicz said, "Liz exemplifies the framework and principles of nclusive leadership and social responsibility and sets an example of professional and clear communication in a spirit of optimism." In 1994, Walker received an honorary degree from Pine Manor College at Commencement exercises.

In her speech Walker described her life's struggles and her recent calling to service in the ordained ministry. She is currently attending the Harvard Divinity School. Reflecting on her life, Walker said, "There is power in struggle; it's hard, but you can win from that. The real power is not from being on television, its managing television or owning it."

Walker explained how she started her 28-year career in the media and focused on her most memorable television moments. Acknowledging the limitations and amazing power of television, she offered advice to women who want to pursue a career in television. She also described her experience in Sudan, where she explored reports of slavery and filmed portions of an independent one-hour documentary en titled "In the Lion's Mouth."

Established in 1997 by President Gloria Nemerowicz and the board of trustees, the Pine Manor College Award for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility reflects the College's mission of preparing women for their future roles in their workplaces, families, and communities. The award is presented nationally to women who have demonstrated the principles of collaboration and commitment to the common good and to the well-being of women in their own lives and in what they have accomplished. Recipients are recommended by Pine Manor College's alumnae, faculty, and staff.

Among the recipients of the award are former Secretary of the Department of Labor Lynn M. Martin, former U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women Juliette Clagett McLennan, and Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder and chair of the board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

The evening was sponsored by the College's BA program in Communication as part of the Anne P. Nicholson ’47 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Pine Manor College is a four-year liberal arts college dedicated to preparing women for roles of inclusive leadership and social responsibility in their workplaces, families, and communities. Founded in 1911, Pine Manor College is located at 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.