In this issue:

President’s Letter
Emerging Leaders Awards Member Spotlight
Articles of Interest
Upcoming Events
Membership News Sponsor Spotlight


President’s Letter

Dear WWPR Members and Friends,

I hope your 2013 is off to a great start! We are excited to get the year started here at WWPR.  The beginning of a year is a great time to get involved in a committee — especially because we already have some terrific events in the works!

In order to ensure we deliver the events and opportunities you need to continue your career development please take a moment to fill out this short survey .  Have your voice be heard!

Finally, I hope to see you all at the Annual Meeting and Board Induction on January 24 featuring a keynote from Geoff Livingston, social media, marketing, technology and social change expert.  The 2013 board slate, which members vote into office during the meeting, will be announced via an email blast next week.  Register here

On behalf of Vocus, all attendees will receive a copy of Geoff’s recent book, Marketing in the Round.  A book-signing will be held following the luncheon.

Wishing you continued success this year and I look forward to working with you!



WWPR President

Join the 2013 Emerging Leaders Awards Committee

Interested in getting more involved with WWPR? The Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA) co-chairs are looking for dedicated members to join the ELA committee.  Join us and help make the 2013 event another great success!  Committee members will support the ELA Co-Chairs with a variety of activities, including:

  • Venue and sponsor liaison
  • Event promotion (including traditional and social media relations)
  • Content development (such as material for WWPR’s monthly e-newsletters, social media accounts and press releases)
  • Onsite registration and day-of coordination

This is a great opportunity to network with DC-area industry leaders and fine tune your event planning and writing skills. Committee members can get involved as much or as little as their schedule permits. Email for more information and to join the 2013 team!


Member Spotlight
By Beth Stewart This month’s member spotlight features WWPR member Julie Strack of Jones Public Affairs.

As an English major at UC Berkeley, Julie Strack found an outlet writing and editing for the college’s newspaper. It was during this experience that Strack realized she enjoyed helping reporters network and meet new people rather than being a reporter herself.

Today, Strack is an account executive for Jones Public Affairs where she is responsible for supporting nonprofit and government healthcare clients.  Her duties include media relations and events support as well as material development.  Outside of JPA, Strack is very involved with the UC Berkeley alumni chapter where she leads the networking and professional development networking events.

Strack says having some experience in journalism is a great skill to have for those wanting to break into the public relations world.  She credits her experience in journalism for honing her skills in working with the media and becoming a poised communicator.

Articles of Interest

Upcoming Events


WWPR Job Board

Post a Job

Membership News

December New Members

Hilary Howes:  Encore Décor, Inc.
Stephenie Fu:  SLF Strategies
Sher Blair:  Consultant
Lisa Miller:  The Glover Park Group
Daria Steigman:  Steigman Communications, LLC
Colleen Dolan:  National Geographic Society
Lai Wei:  Emory University
Sarah Woessner: Maimi University of Ohio
Eileen Collins: C. Fox Communications
Liza Smith: Georgetown University
Kathy King: Fleishman-Hillard

December Renewals

Emily Hughes: National Environmental Strategies
Benjamin Long:  Travaille Executive Search
Susan Apgood:  News Generation, Inc.
Denise Graveline:  Don’t Get Caught


Sponsor Spotlight

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Need help organizing your business in 2013? Check out Core Association Services, run by Sherri Core, providing the core services your association needs, including: financial management, database maintenance, event planning and logistics.  They work with your association volunteers to fill in gaps and make things run smoothly.

Need help finding a good temporary staff?  Check out PRofessional Solutions, Washington, DC area’s temporary staffing agency of choice for experienced hardworking and communications professionals, run by Kate Perrin, CEO, and Melanie Jordan, Managing Director.

Need to cut through the New Year’s media clutter with your messages? Look into News Generation, an issue-driven public relations services company specializing in using broadcast media techniques-from satellite and radio media tours to public service announcements-to earn media placements, run by Susan Matthews Apgood.

Need to understand what the new Congress and second term of the Obama Administration will mean for your organization?  Look into InkWell Duck, Inc. founder, Tracey Wood, a business/government relations and communications strategist that can help you understand today’s political and business climate.

Need help preparing for the unexpected? Don’t get caught off guard-contact Denise Graveline, founder of Don’t Get Caught, a DC-based communications consultant that has experience developing social media strategies, media training, and speaker training, so you don’t get caught unprepared or without a message.