In This Issue

From the President

WOY Update: Pam Jenkins

WWPR Holiday Party!

WWPR Annual Meeting

PR in Politics

Articles of Interest

Upcoming Events



Sponsor Spotlight


From the President

We are excited to wrap up another tremendous year here at WWPR!  2013 was an excellent year for our members, sponsors and partners.  We saw unprecedented membership growth — we are now a community of almost 400 strong!  We were thrilled to see so many members, and new faces, attend our signature events and amazing professional development workshops this year.  The Washington PR Woman of the Year ceremony was the highest attended to date.  The event was flanked by industry leader

Judy Smith and this year’s award-winner Pam Jenkins.  We also celebrated three young professionals with the WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards.  Congratulations again to Nell Callahan, Lauren Wesley Wilson and Rachel Glaws.  All of the success of WWPR could not have been done without the hard work and dedication of our board members!  We thank you for your passion in moving this organization forward into what it is today.

We would also like to thank our sponsors.  Their partnership and continued support has been invaluable as we continue to grow WWPR to meet members’ needs.

Please join us to celebrate the close of 2013 at the WWPR Holiday Party on Dec 17th and mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting on January 23 to welcome in the new board and featuring a keynote from Martha Boudreau.





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Pam Jenkins Named 2013 Washington PR Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Pam Jenkins, named 2013 Washington PR Woman of the Year, at the annual award luncheon on November 13.

Thank you to all who attended and to our keynote speaker, Judy Smith, our generous in-kind vendors, organization sponsors and table sponsors.

Interested in purchasing a signed copy of Judy Smith’s book, Good Self, Bad Self? Contact Avelyn Austin and Mara Vandlik at

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Celebrate the Holidays with WWPR!

Join Washington Women in Public Relations for our annual Holiday Party! The event will be held in a private space at Tonic, 2036 G St., NW, DC on Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8 PM, featuring delicious appetizers and cocktails.

Enjoy end-of-year cheer, door prizes, a raffle, and tasty treats!  All guests will leave with a delicious cake pop party favor courtesy of Baked by Yael (special discount on holiday cake pop orders for WWPR members) and an early release of the 2014 WWPR schedule of events! Raffle proceeds benefit WWPR’s pro bono client, FLOW–Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls.

Cost for WWPR and PRSA members: $20; Non-members: $35. Two drinks tickets per person and appetizers included.
Space is limited so register today!

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WWPR Annual Meeting and Board Induction

Kick off 2014 at WWPR’s Annual Meeting and Board Induction luncheon with keynote address by Martha Boudreau, DC insider, PR maven and distinguished member of WWPR’s Advisory Council.
The luncheon, a seated three-course affair, will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from noon-2 PM at the beautiful and award-winning Hotel Palomar, located at 2121 P St., NW, 1.5 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station.
Cost for WWPR and PRSA members: $39; Non-members: $50.
Registration is open!


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PR in Politics

The Role of Public Relations in Politics is a monthly column written by WWPR member Margaret Mulvihill, examining the role of PR in politics.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Washington Women in Public Relations


Many of us remember Y2K as the transition year from the twentieth century to the twenty-first.  A major melt-down in financial and other institutions was widely anticipated, with corporations working tirelessly to prevent that from happening, and failing that, to have systems in place as a protective measure.

Against that backdrop, as we successfully transitioned over to the twenty-first century, child advocate Heather O’Neil was working tirelessly to increase awareness of the unique needs of foster children.  Her efforts in pulling diverse people together in common cause were so successful that year that the State of New Jersey designated December 12, 2000 as Foster Children’s Day.  A Senate Joint resolution (#13) of the 29th Legislature, sponsored by Senators John Lynch and Jack Sinagra, and co-sponsored by Senators Vitale, Matheussen and Assemblyman Cottrell, was pre-filed for introduction in the 2000 session.


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Articles of Interest


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Upcoming Events

-12/17/13 — WWPR Annual Holiday Party

-01/23/14 — WWPR Annual Meeting and Board Induction

-02/18/14 — PR and Social Media Measurement Conference

-02/19/14 — 2014 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

-04/02/14 — 2nd Annual Social Media for PR and Corporate Communications Conference


If you have a suggestion for a future program topic, please contact the Professional Development Committee at


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– Associate Director of Communications, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

– Events and Media Manager, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

– Marketing Manager, TorchLight Hire

– PR Manager, Client of Schechter Reed, LLC (international communications company)

– Director of Marketing and Communications, National Catholic Educational Association

– Full-time Traditional and Digital Intern, Environics Communications

– Publicist, Allied Integrated Marketing


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November New Members


– Melissa Springer, Social Driver

– Rae Trotman, Lucas PR & Media LLC

– Tahira Christmon, Goodwill Industries International

– Kelsey Posposil, News Generation, Inc.

– Jasmine Kent, Student

– Jontice Small, Recent Grad

– Kara Frank, Adfero Group

– Lindsey Vaala, Vinson & Elkins LLP

– Colleen Bayus, Cascades Technologies Inc.

– Vel Hernandez, National Treasury Employees Union


November Renewals


– Nancy McCormick-Pickett, American Chemical Society

– Tammy Lemley, North American Network

– Karin Bloomquist, Student

– Candice Mackel, Candice Nicole Public Relations

– Heidi Schoenberger-Cobert, Cobert Communications Group

– Janire Hopkins, Articulate Geek, LLC

– Patricia S McNally, Brand USA


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Sponsor Spotlight

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