2019 Honorees

Andrea Mitchell

NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
 
Andrea Mitchell, the veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, is also the host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” an hour of political and foreign policy news airing each day at 12 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
 
Since joining NBC News in 1978, Mitchell has covered seven presidential administrations.
 
She appears regularly on “Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY” and “Meet the Press.” Mitchell's extensive and varied reports over the years include all of the Reagan/Gorbachev arms control summits, a series of exclusive interviews with Cuba's late President Fidel Castro, coverage of the diplomatic normalization with Havana, the Iran nuclear negotiations, conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo as well as assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. She has also covered every presidential campaign for NBC News since 1980, most recently as the lead correspondent assigned to Hillary Clinton throughout 2016.
 
Frequently honored by her peers, Mitchell is a recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Radio and Television Society Foundation’s Giant of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts Honor, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2015 MATRIX Award from New York Women in Communications as one of the "Women Who Change the World.” She has also received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and was chosen by the Society for Professional Journalists for their Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
In September 2005, Mitchell authored the best seller, “Talking Back," a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, Congress, and foreign policy.
 
A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and currently chairs the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Mitchell delivered the university’s commencement address, receiving an honorary doctorate of human letters degree.
 
Mitchell is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and is a member of the Gridiron Club.
 
Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.
 

Lauren Muss

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Douglas Elliman
"Ranked #1 agent since 2016"
 
A native New Yorker, Lauren Muss has been in the real estate business since 1994, achieving more than $5 billion in sales.  Since 2007, she has been consistently recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "Top 100” agents in the nation, and "Top 10" in NYC.  She was awarded Top Individual Broker in 2017, 2016, 2013 and 2010, and consistently ranks among the “Top 10” brokers in the industry; she also received the "Deal of the Year" award in 2007.
 
Lauren’s expertise extends across all prime neighborhoods of Manhattan, as well as all property types – whether it’s a coop, condo, new development or townhouse – giving her the unique ability to present her clients with pertinent and specific, real-time information and market overviews.  Lauren’s result-oriented negotiating skills have helped her achieved record-breaking prices throughout her career, and she has been responsible for some of the top sales in NYC.  Her reputation, roster of closed sales, consistent hard work, persistence, and professionalism speak for themselves.
 
Her commitment and discretion are highly valued by her clients, which include celebrities and entertainment executives, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, partners from major investment banks, real estate executives, sport figures and executives, as well as the fashion industry, and international high net worth investors.
 
As one of the industry’s most successful and experienced brokers, Lauren’s expertise has been broadly acknowledged, and her keen insight is highly valued and sought-after by publications such as the New York Times, Wall street Journal, NY Post, New York Daily News, New York Observer, The Read Deal, New York Magazine, Curbed, and Forbes magazine.
 
Lauren's stamina and desire to succeed has followed her throughout her life.  She is proficient in French, and a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Business.  Prior to venturing in real estate, she ran her own high-end accessory company, marketing and selling products nationally. Her innate instinct for business, finance, and her love for the art of the sale, allow her to streamline the transaction process and negotiate the best deal possible when representing clients. The customers she works with appreciate her keen ability to understand their needs, and represent their interests by helping them achieve their real estate goals.
 

Stellene Volandes

Editor in Chief of Town & Country 
 
“Stellene Volandes was named editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine on March 8, 2016.
 
Before her appointment at Town & Country, Volandes had been style director at the magazine since March 2012, shaping the fashion and society features each month in a role that gave her a significant hand in developing the magazine’s journalistic range and stable of contributors. Prior to being named style director, she served as jewelry & accessories director since April 2011.
 
Previously to that, Volandes was style editor for Departures magazine, where she assigned and edited all fashion and jewelry features, having held increasingly senior roles since 2003.
 
Volandes is a graduate of Vassar College, with a Master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Her book, Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design, was published on September 20, 2016 by Rizzoli.”