News comes to us courtesy of our friends at the Hollywood Reporter that Oprah Winfrey has been selected as the 2013 recipient of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which recognizes a woman who is a pioneer and a leader in her industry. Journalist and activist Maria Shriver will present Winfrey with the award at THR’s 22nd annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast, which will be held Dec. 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
“Oprah is an inspiration to us all,” The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min said. “She has wielded her tremendous influence to empower women both here in Hollywood and around the world, and motivated countless individuals to contribute to causes that better their communities. She is the embodiment of this award.” The breakfast, presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin, City National Bank and Loyola Marymount University, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment list, on which Winfrey has been featured numerous times.
Also during the breakfast, the 2013 Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which pairs ambitious inner-city girls with leading women executives from media and entertainment, will be presented. The 2013 mentees will spend an afternoon with their mentor every two weeks for a year learning the ins and outs of developing a career in media and entertainment. Past mentors have included Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks; A+E Networks chairman Abbe Raven; 20th Century Fox chairman Dana Walden; and Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley.