Committees are a great way to get involved and make the most of your WWPR membership! Click on any of the WWPR committees listed below to view descriptions and contact information for each. General inquiries about committee membership or other opportunities to get more involved with WWPR can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging Leaders Awards Committee
Marketing and Communications Committee
PR Woman of the Year Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professional Development Committee
Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorships
WWPR created this committee to facilitate the planning, promotion and execution of the Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA) Program, which recognizes rising stars in the industry. This year’s ELA program will showcase six of the field’s most talented young women (ages 23-30) for their professional accomplishments. Three awardees from the six finalists will be named at the award ceremony based on not only their contributions thus far, but for their potential to contribute to the industry for many years to come, making them truly emerging leaders.
For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee co-chairs Emily Hughes or Lauren Smith at email@example.com.
The Marketing and Communications Committee publicizes WWPR events and news through traditional and social media channels. It spearheads all public relations activities and manages WWPR’s marketing and promotional materials.
The committee plans and produces WWPR’s monthly electronic newsletter, which features area jobs, local industry events and helpful tips and resources for our members. Managing, moderating and updating WWPR’s Facebook page, Flickr account, YouTube channel, LinkedIn group and Twitter account are also important aspects of the committee’s work.
WWPR’s Membership Committee serves as the point of contact for all membership services, principally recruitment and retention of members, answering member questions, maintaining membership lists and organizing new member events. The committee works across WWPR committees to engage members throughout the year.
The PR Woman of the Year Committee is responsible for the planning, promotion and execution of the annual PR Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon— WWPR’s signature event, drawing the top marketing communications and public relations professionals from the Washington, DC metro area. The award recognizes the many achievements and unique contributions that women public relations professionals bring to the marketplace. The PR Woman of the Year award is presented to a public relations practitioner working in the Washington metropolitan area who has demonstrated leadership, integrity and community involvement.
WWPR’s Pro Bono Committee was first established in 1992 as a means to give back to the community by providing communications and marketing support to a local nonprofit focused on women’s and family issues. WWPR provides communications counsel including, branding, marketing and public relations expertise, media training and other support to help raise awareness and promote the pro bono client.
Every two years, the pro bono committee searches for WWPR’s next pro bono client. The committee helps identify potential clients, publicizes the search, sends out applications and selects the finalists.
Pro bono committee volunteers have written press materials, secured broadcast and newspaper interviews, created media lists, provided crisis communications counseling when necessary, assisted with social media and web design efforts and provided additional hands-on tasks for our clients.
In addition to communications support, the pro bono committee also provides volunteer event support as well as monetary value from financial support and donations.
WWPR’s previous pro bono clients include The Children’s Law Center, The DC Rape Crisis Center, Safe Shores – the DC Children’s Advocacy Center and Doorways for Women and Families.
WWPR’s Professional Development Committee hosts monthly professional development brown-bag lunch sessions, most of which are free to members. The popular sessions engage PR professionals with interesting topics, knowledgeable presenters, and diverse venues. Our luncheons draw an average of 45 participants who want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in our rapidly changing profession.
This committee also organizes popular events including WWPR’s January Annual Meeting and the Media Roundtable, featuring leading journalists discussing the latest issues affecting the area’s newsrooms and how to best pitch the media.
WWPR established its Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorships Committee to form beneficial relationships with women’s groups, professional societies, and like-minded organizations. The purpose is to increase awareness of WWPR, secure sponsorships for key events, and network with and learn about other groups in the community.
In addition to forming key partnerships, we continuously engage in cross promotion via newsletters, websites, social networks, mailing lists, and e-mail blasts. Our events are well attended, provide high exposure, and offer excellent networking opportunities. Examples of past collaborative events include: Young MC featuring NBC 4 Producer Matt Glassman; Capitol Communicator, Capital Communicators Group, DC Flacks, Goodie Recruit, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) / DC Metro, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) National Capital Chapter, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, Wolf Trap Young Professional Society (WTYPS), Women in the Boardroom, Women on Course, Women for Hire, and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPNdc).
The Website Committee manages WWPR’s website, http://www.wwpr.org. Charged with keeping the site’s content current and fresh, committee members post information about upcoming events, photos from previous events, newsletters, press releases, bios and other information as needed.
Offering recommendations for visual and functional enhancements to improve the website’s usability is an important function of the committee, and members may work with WWPR’s website development firm to plan and implement new features. Committee members may also help with website monitoring and analytics and work with the communications & marketing chairs to optimize search engine results.