Committees

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 info@wwpr.org.

Emerging Leaders Awards Committee
Marketing and Communications Committee
Membership Committee
PR Woman of the Year Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professional Development Committee
Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorships
Website Committee

Emerging Leaders Awards Committee

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 Andrea Huggins or Kimberly Brown at ela@wwpr.org.

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Marketing and Communications Committee

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.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee co-chairs Jennifer Dunn or Danielle Veira at marketing@wwpr.org.
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Membership Committee

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.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee chair Veronica LaFemina at membership@wwpr.org.
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PR Woman of the Year Committee

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.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee co-chairs Mara Vandlik or Mary LoJacono at woy@wwpr.org.
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Pro Bono Committee

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.

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.

We are now accepting applications from nonprofit 501(c) 3 organizations serving women and children for consideration as our pro bono client for the January 2015-December 2016 term. Click here for the application. The deadline is September 5, 2014.

Nonprofits interested in applying for this program must have:

  • 501(c) 3 status (current and in good standing)
  • Proof the organization has been in existence for at least 24 months
  • Must be based or headquartered and a registered 501(c) 3 in the Washington, DC metro area
  • A dedicated point person to handle day-to-day contact
  • A mission dedicated to serving women and families in the Washington, DC metro area

Please return the completed electronic application along with your organization’s annual report (in PDF format) and/or any digital promotional materials to probono@wwpr.org no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014. Hand-written or hard copy materials will not be accepted. WWPR will announce its selection in November.

About the Pro Bono Committee:

WWPR’s Pro Bono Committee 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. 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.

This year’s pro bono client is the Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls (FLOW). Past pro bono clients include Thrive DC, The Children’s Law Center, The DC Rape Crisis Center, Safe Shores – the DC Children’s Advocacy Center and Doorways for Women and Families.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee co-chairs Maria Ibañez or Vicky Vadlamani at probono@wwpr.org.

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Professional Development Committee

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 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.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Melanie Jordan or Kelly Mack at professionaldevelopment@wwpr.org.
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Strategic Partnerships and Sponsorships

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).

Please contact partnerships@wwpr.org to discuss partnership opportunities.

Please contact sponsorships@wwpr.org to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
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Website Committee

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.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact committee chair Renée Revetta at web@wwpr.org.
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