Planning for WWPR’s signature Washington PR Woman of the Year event is well under way! This marks the 22nd year the awards luncheon will be held to recognize the many accomplishments that professional women contribute to the public relations industry. D.C. area professionals will gather to network, hear an intriguing keynote address and honor the 2011 Washington PR Woman of the Year who demonstrates leadership, integrity and community involvement.

The Washington PR Woman of the Year will be announced at the event, chosen from three honorees. Every attendee has the chance to go home a winner, too by purchasing raffle tickets, where proceeds will benefit WWPR’s pro bono client, Thrive DC. Raffled items range from restaurant and hair salon gift certificates to airline tickets and luxury hotel accommodations.

Last year’s luncheon, where we honored Debra Silimeo, Hager Sharp, was a huge success, thanks to tireless co-chairs and a supportive committee. Volunteering for a committee is a great way to get involved with WWPR and meet dynamic professionals. WWPR thrives, thanks to a network of tenacious women who are dedicated to public relations and related industries.

The first Washington PR Woman of the Year Committee meeting is at 6:30pm this Wednesday, February 23rd at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates, 1850 M Street, NW Suite 800. Committee meetings will typically be held the last Wednesday of every month and attendees can meet in person or dial in to a conference line. Make sure you join WWPR’s mailing list to receive updates and additional meeting details.

If you have any suggestions for this year’s event or just want to help with the planning process feel free to attend a meeting. Committee members are needed to contact potential vendors, obtain sponsorships and raffle items, or help with day of event set up, among other things.

Did you recently go to an event and hear someone you’d love to see at the 2011 Washington PR Woman of the Year luncheon? I’d love to hear about it. Let us know at or in the comment section below. Ideas welcome!