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Emerging Leaders Awards

Communicate. Collaborate. Conquer.

Washington Women in Public Relations’ (WWPR) Emerging Leaders Awards honors six outstanding young women in the Washington, D.C. metro area who have excelled in public relations and related fields. WWPR is the only professional society for female communicators in the greater capital area.

The 2019 Emerging Leaders Awards nominations are now closed.

Contact the WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards co-chairs, Elynsey Price and Sabrena Pringle, at with additional questions.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Nominee must be no younger than age 25 and no older than age 35 on June 1, 2019 and reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • Nominees must work in one of the following disciplines: media relations, crisis communications, event planning, social media, digital media, website communications, strategic communications, community relations, internal communications, speech writing, public affairs, public relations, marketing communications, government communications, investor relations communications, consumer/lifestyle communications, branding, and writing/editing.
  • Nominee cannot be a current WWPR board member.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated leadership, including contributions to the field, post-college.
Nomination Instructions

The nomination period for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Awards is now closed.

More About our Emerging Leaders Awards

The ELAs recognize rising stars in the communications industry, and showcase the field’s most talented young women (ages 25-35) for their professional accomplishments. These honorees implement innovative communications strategies that go above and beyond – achieving impressive and extraordinary results.

The ELAs were created in 2010 as a special accolade for young women active within the communications field that were making a significant impact on the industry but were not being recognized due to age or years of experience. The Emerging Leaders Awards ceremony is an opportunity to hear from these up-and-coming leaders that will inspire and educate, and celebrate the value of public relations. The honorees will be promoted in WWPR materials and on the website. Honorees will be named at the awards ceremony based on their contributions as well as their potential to contribute to the industry for many years to come, making them truly emerging leaders.

For the second year in a row, honorees will span from different industries and will be honored in the following categories: nonprofit ELA honoree, corporate ELA honoree, association ELA honoree, agency ELA honoree, government affairs ELA honoree, and an independent/PR practitioner ELA honoree.

Eligibility requirements and nomination instructions are detailed below. Please direct questions about nominations to Elynsey Price and Sabrena Pringle, WWPR board members and Emerging Leaders Awards co-chairs, at


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