In this issue:

Message from the President
WWPR Events
Pro Bono Update
Partnerships and Sponsorships Update
Volunteer with WWPR
Member Spotlight
Event Recaps
Articles of Interest
Membership News
Job Board

Message from the President

I am happy to announce that WWPR is now officially accepting nominations and entries for the 2011 Emerging Leaders Awards!

Now in its second year, the Emerging Leaders Awards honor rising stars in the industry (ages 21-35) for their professional accomplishments.

Think you or someone you know fits the bill? Enter or nominate today! Full details here:

For additional questions please contact our Emerging Leaders co-chairs at

Also, I’m pleased to share that WWPR has introduced another way for you to share your feedback. We value your membership and opinions, so we would like to invite you to take a few minutes to complete a short survey. Each question is designed to help us serve you better. To take the survey, click here.

Kendra Kojcsich
2011 WWPR President


WWPR Events

Join us at our next WWPR Professional Development Breakfast on April 28!

“Email Best Practices: Optimizing Your Message for Recipient Engagement”

When: Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (EDT)

Where: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Metro: Green/Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

Register: Click here to register and get more information.

Is email the new snail mail? It’s not if you know the right way in. But once you are in, do you have the right strategy?

During the WWPR Email Best Practices breakfast panel you will learn specific strategies to implement immediately to improve email response, how to get into the inbox and how to engage customers once you are in! You will also learn about recent changes in the way ISPs decide whether messages get delivered to the inbox or to the spam folder and about recent legislative changes to take effect this fall that may impact email strategy. Our panel of email marketing experts will also answer questions about email deliverability and marketing strategy.

Moderator: Andrew Barrett, Senior Director, ISP Relations & Deliverability, Real Magnet


  • Doug Broujos, VP, BlueSkyFactory
  • Tommi Marsans, Senior Director Email Marketing & Customer Communications, Sallie Mae
  • Jason Nelson, Group Publisher, FierceMarkets, Inc.
  • Kenan Pollack, Lead Consultant, Strategic Services, Convio
  • Sponsor: Busboys and Poets

    $10 for WWPR and PRSA-NCC members
    $20 for non-members
    $95 for Join WWPR and Go! membership

    *Your registration includes breakfast

    Save the Date: Don’t miss the first Executive Communicators Brown Bag of 2011 on May 19!

    “When Click-Thru Rates Are Not Enough: New Strategies in Social Media Measurements”

    When: Thursday, May 19, 2011 from noon to 2 p.m. (EDT)

    Where: GolinHarris, 2200 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22201

    Metro: Orange Line: Courthouse

    Register: Click here to register and get more information.

    Everyone thinks social media will solve their marketing woes, but the secret is that social networks are just the medium. As the media continues its evolution, it’s no longer enough to simply capture eyeballs or count page views.

    Join Johna Burke, Senior Vice President, BurrellesLuce, who will discuss:

  • The paradox of emerging media and the challenges facing content providers and media professionals.
  • Hyperlocal initiatives and mobile apps that are shaping communications.
  • How to actively listen to transform your engagement process — and your business.
  • How to measure social media and use the information gathered to drive your business goals.
  • Tips and tricks for PR professionals looking to succeed in the digital age.
  • The future of the media and its impact on PR, marketing, and communications.
  • Price:
    $10 for WWPR and PRSA-NCC members
    $20 for non-members
    $95 for Join WWPR and Go! Membership

    If you have questions, contact Kim Ash, Executive Communicators Chair, at

    Other Upcoming Events:
    May 5: PRSA NCC: Leverage Your Communication Style
    May 11: AWC Burson Breakfast: Get Optimized! – SEO and SEM Insights


    Pro Bono Update

    Thrive DC: Need for Travel Size Toiletries
    Thrive DC, WWPR’s pro bono client, has an urgent and ongoing need for travel size toiletries. If you have them stockpiled from your previous trips, why not bring them to a WWPR event or take them to Thrive DC at 1525 Newton Street, NW (Columbia Heights Metro). For more information, please email

    For more information about Thrive DC, visit their website at, “like” them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter (@thrivedc).


    Partnerships and Sponsorships Update

    We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Washington, DC chapter of Association of Women in Communications (AWC-DC) to co-sponsor the “Burson Breakfast Series” from April until September. This is a two-hour workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. covering social and digital media. WWPR members will receive a discounted rate to attend the breakfast series. Please RSVP to for additional details and be sure to mention that you are a member of WWPR. Thank you AWC-DC!

    Looking for ways to promote your business effectively to Washington-area communicators? Be on the lookout for our official WWPR sponsorship opportunities! In the meantime, please contact


    Volunteer with WWPR

    Pro Bono Committee
    Join the Pro Bono committee at our next meeting, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. To get more details and location, email Deborah at

    Women of The Year
    Join the Woman of the Year committee for meetings as we plan our signature Washington PR Woman of the Year event! Meetings will typically be held the last Wednesday of every month (this month it will be held on April 27). Please contact Emily and Laura at with any questions.

    Whether you’d like to contribute content, help manage existing content, or provide strategic input on website features and functionality, we’d love your help! For more information, please contact Kate at

    Professional Development
    Join the Professional Development team to plan and facilitate monthly speaker panels and events. For more details, please contact Stacey and Elise at

    Marketing & Communications
    Looking for a leadership role or materials for your portfolio? Work with our team to promote WWPR through our online outlets and monthly newsletter. For more details, please contact Pheniece and Melinda at

    WWPR Blog
    Do you have a blog post idea for the WWPR blog? Please send your ideas and posts to Debbie at On the blog you can find recaps of WWPR professional development events and learn about new trends and ideas for our industry. Please visit the blog and subscribe for the latest PR, communications and WWPR news.


    Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight: Joy Stevenson
    By Elisa O’Halloran

    Joy Stevenson

    Joy Stevenson, founder and CEO of Catch Them Young, Inc. (CTY), is passionate about her work. In 2003, Stevenson established CTY, a nonprofit youth advocacy program that provides mentoring, workshops, and seminars within local school systems, colleges, and community centers.

    “We address the societal ills that are plaguing today’s youth and aim to instill the morals, values, and social skills that this generation lacks,” says Stevenson about her work.

    Stevenson performs marketing and public relations tasks to keep CTY’s name out in the public. She has found that in the non-profit arena, companies are not successful due to the lack of exposure. In order to promote her organization, Stevenson networks avidly. “I network all the time to create opportunities to speak. One tip is to always keep in touch and follow up with the contacts that you make. You don’t want them to ever forget you. Add contacts to your mailing list, send emails or cards to say hello or to just let contacts know you’re thinking of them. I have found that those small gestures go a long way,” states Stevenson.


    (Left to right): Cindy Atlee, The Storybranding Group, Danny Harris, People's District, Nancy Belmont, Belmont Inc. Photo credit: Lisa Newman

    Event Recaps

    The Art of Storytelling Recap
    By Stacey Price, Professional Development Co-Chair

    Donna Savarese moderated the March Professional Development Brown Bag, “The Art of Storytelling: Selling your Company, Your Product, and Yourself through Stories,” and set the tone for the luncheon with the question “What is a story, and how can it be used everyday?” Before letting the panel answer the question, she introduced the three building blocks of storytelling: challenge, struggle and resolution. “If the lion doesn’t tell his story, the hunter will,” explained Savarese. The panel used this to segue into the importance of using storytelling to support organizational messaging. Read the full post on the WWPR blog.

    Having Women in the Boardroom Means More Revenue: Women in the Boardroom Recap
    By Kim Ash, Executive Communicators Chair

    On April 4, 2011, Women in the Boardroom held their second annual Washington, D.C. meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda. For a second year, WWPR was one of the proud co-sponsors of the event, and was represented by several of its members.

    After a welcoming speech from Sheila Ronning, CEO and President of Sharp UpSwing, Kelly Nakamoto, Partner at PwC, introduced the panel and acted as facilitator. The panelists were Ginna Gemmell, President and Founder of GlidePath, Inc., Dr. Ellen H. Yankellow, PharMD, President and CEO of Correct RX Pharmacy Services, Inc., Edie Fraser, Senior Consultant of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson, and Bonnie Phipps, President and CEO of St. Agnes Hospital.

    (Left to right): Kelly Nakamoto, Ginna Gemmell, Dr. Ellen H. Yankellow, Edie Fraser, and Bonnie Phipps. Photo credit: Lisa Newman

    The 160 attendees heard how it is now statistically proven that organizations that have female board members earn more revenue than those organizations that do not, and while some positive change has occurred, work still needs to be done to increase the percentage of women and minorities in the board room. Serving on a board may be the most rewarding part of their careers, attendees were told, and they were also advised of the rewards and risks of serving, as well as the importance of pursuing seats only with those organizations they strongly care about.

    The panelists emphasized that having operational experience, strong financial skills, and a complete understanding of the time commitment, are essential to becoming a member of any board, be it publicly-traded, private, advisory, or non-profit. Mentoring and sponsoring women really make a difference, panelists said, in assuring that search committees are looking beyond male CFOs for their board slate. For more information about Women in the Boardroom and their events, visit

    To read more event recaps, visit the WWPR blog and also make sure to check out past event photos on our Flickr page.


    Articles of Interest

    Eight Google Tools for Brainstorming
    Great Links Are Like New Yorkers
    Four Tips to help PR Managers Manage


    Membership News

    March New Members
    – Jennifer Dunn
    – Maria Ibanez
    – Margaret McClain

    April New Members
    – Deidre Parris
    – Christina Miller
    – Jeffrey Yates
    – Jennifer Lindamood

    – Anna Goth
    – Benjamin Long
    – Jennifer Murphy

    Membership has its benefits! Members do not pay for most WWPR monthly professional development brown bag lunches. To learn more, please contact Leslie Rutledge, Membership Chair, at


    Job Board
    We’re excited to announce a new Jobs section on WWPR’s website, offering WWPR members and website visitors a central location to see who’s hiring for jobs in PR, communications and related disciplines in the D.C. metropolitan area. Job postings are submitted by hiring managers for each company or organization. Positions will remain active on the site for 30 days unless removed by the poster, ensuring that the list includes only active job openings.

    If you have an open position that you’d like to post on the WWPR Job Board, please visit today and click on the “Post a Job” button. It’s easy to use this free service, which will connect you with many outstanding communications professionals in our area!

    Please contact with questions or feedback on this new feature.