Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Awards!

The Emerging Leaders Awards is a special accolade recognizing outstanding young women active within the communications field who have made a significant impact on the industry. This year, we are honoring an Emerging Leader in each of the following six categories: Large Agency, Nonprofit, Corporate, Association, Government/Public Affairs and Boutique-sized agency/Independent. Our finalists represent the top three candidates in each of these categories, as determined by our expert panel of judges reviewing a record-number of outstanding nominations.

We hope you can join us at the ceremony and cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, where we will announce the honorees of each category.

This year we are excited to welcome
Cameron Hardesty, Head of Merchandising at UrbanStems, as our keynote speaker.

The event will take place at the WeWork location at
80 M Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. To register for the event, please click here. We look forward to seeing you there, and celebrating what it means to communicate, collaborate and conquer. Help us spread the word on social media using #ELA2018.

Here are the 2018 Finalists:

Elise Casteilli – Society of Interventional Radiology
Sarah Grano – American Banker’s Association
Natifia Mullings – University of Maryland

Boutique/mid-sized agency/Independent:
Kate Fink – Vanguard Communications
Shelby Giles – Vanguard Communications
Sarah Lippincott – Tigercomm

Alexis Gallagher – Pepco Holdings
Alicia Jones – Fannie Mae
Tiph Turpin – Mars, Incorporated

Government Affairs:
Tania Donovan – U.S. Army
Jessica Larson – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tara Goodin Rabin – U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Large Agency:
Kristin Chapdelaine – GolinDC
Shakirah Hill – Metropolitan Group
Elizabeth Osborn – Hager Sharp

Mercy Chikowore – Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Maggie Dewane – Marine Stewardship Council
Danielle Heiny – American Institutes for Research