Friday Variety honored Kim Kardashian WestLena DunhamGlenn CloseWhoopi Goldberg and Rachel Weisz, for their respective philanthropic contributions, at the 2015 Variety Power of Women New York Luncheon Presented by Lifetime.


Glenn Close was recognized for her work with Bring Change2Mind. Lena Dunham was honored for her work with Girls Educational & Mentoring Services – GEMS. Whoopi Goldberg  works with Figure Skating in Harlem. Rachel Weisz  works with The Opportunity Network and Kim Kardashian West has done great work with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Avengers: Age of Ultron actress Cobie Smulders received the Samsung Galaxy Edge Award for her work with Oceana.

Mattel honored an inspiring group of Sheroes, women and girls who have fought to not take no for an answer and have soared over obstacles and stereotypes in favor of believing that they can and will be anything! The Barbie Sheroes were Eva Chen (Editor in Chief, Lucky), Kristin Chenoweth, director Ava DuVernay, Sydney Keiser (Founder of Fashion by Mayhem), Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”), country icon Tricia Yearwood.

The intimate luncheon was hosted by Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, stars of Lifetime’s “UnREAL”. Others in attendance included Rosie Perez, Jennifer Morrison, Joe Zee and Dascha Polanco.

Variety’s global media presence continues to expand and the “Power of Women” platform is one of the brand’s most prestigious honors. To continually recognize the extraordinary achievements and leadership of women in entertainment, Variety has made “Power of Women” a biannual event in New York and LA. The exclusive luncheon hosted four hundred invite-only guests comprised of entertainment and media insiders, who came to celebrate, support and pay tribute to the philanthropic efforts of these incredible women. Variety’s 2015 Power of Women: New York event is presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Mattel, Samsung Galaxy, Frédérique Constant and Gevalia premium coffee.