WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2020) — Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) announced today the three finalists for its 2020 Woman of the Year Award. This award recognizes senior-level PR practitioners for reaching the pinnacle of their career and those who have contributed tremendously to the industry, their community, and served as mentors in the field. 

The 2020 Woman of the Year Award Finalists are:

  • Jennifer Curley, President and CEO, Curley Company
  • Zain Habboo, Chief Marketing & Mobilization Officer, International Rescue Committee
  • Sandra Wills Hannon, Ph.D, APR, Founder, the Hannon Group

“The nominations this year were outstanding, and the finalists are a testament to the incredible communications professionals who have fostered community, committed to excellence and shown tremendous leadership, especially this year.” said Sarah Beth Cloar, President of WWPR.  “While we won’t be able to celebrate in person, this year we will join together virtually to celebrate their achievements and recognize these outstanding women.”

The finalists will be recognized and one honoree will be named at the virtual celebration, held on Thursday, November 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. This year also recognizes the 40th anniversary of Washington Women in Public Relations, and the event will celebrate four decades of the organization empowering its members to be community-driven leaders in the field. The Woman of the Year award event offers both seasoned and emerging industry leaders the opportunity to celebrate personal and professional experiences.  

The organization received a wide breadth of nominations of exceptional women leading the communications industry in the D.C. Metro area. Nominees were selected by a panel of judges and evaluated on their demonstrated ability in the communications field, contributions to the community and industry leadership qualities.

The Woman of the Year award celebration, established in 1990, is one of WWPR’s signature events. It is an annual experience fostering camaraderie among women in public relations, culminating in this must-attend event that honors the achievements of those who have reached a pinnacle in the profession.

Register to attend the virtual event and follow the conversation using the hashtag #WOY2020. For additional information, please contact WWPR Woman of the Year committee co-chairs Hillarie Turner and Jacqueline Wilson at woy@wwpr.org.