In this issue:

Emerging Leaders Awards
Upcoming Events
Pro Bono
Get Involved
Member Spotlight
Articles of Interest
Membership News
Job Board

Emerging Leaders Awards
Join us next Tuesday to discover Washington’s next generation of leaders in Public Relations…

Second Annual WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA)
Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.
The Darlington House
1610 20th Street NW, Washington, DC

ELA honors rising stars, ages 21 to 35, in the public relations and communications industry.

A distinguished panel of judges made the selections based on each nominee’s demonstration of excellence and accomplishments in the communications field, and of leadership qualities and high ethical standards. Judges included Carrie Fox, Kendra Kojcsich, Jennifer Laudano, Lauren Lawson-Zilai and Adam Shapiro.

2011 WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards Finalists
Veronica Brown, Gibraltar Associates
Jennifer Mastin Giglio, Ogilvy Washington
Katie Lilley, Hillenby
Amanda Miller Littlejohn, Mopwater PR
Judy Lubin, Public Square Communications
Tara Chantal Silver, SilverStrategy

Our three 2011 ELA winners will be announced at the July 26 reception. Debra Silimeo, Senior Vice President at Hager Sharp, Inc. and 2010 Washington PR Woman of the Year will emcee. ABC7/WJLA-TV reporter Jennifer Donelan will be a featured speaker. Follow it all on Twitter: #ELA2011

Communication Intern Happy Hour: An hour before the Emerging Leaders Awards, WWPR is helping communication interns meet up at the Darlington House Cantina Pub and Patio. If you are currently an intern in communications, come join other interns for a drink and then head to the event together! For more info email

The 2011 Emerging Leaders Awards is made possible by the following local businesses:

Gold Partners: Boss Women Mean Business, Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs, Gibraltar Associates , Vocus, and Strauss Radio Strategies

Program Sponsors: C.Fox Communications, Cobert Communications Group, Hager Sharp, Ogilvy Washington , and National Press Club

Event Supporters: Sprinkles Cupcakes and ABC7/WJLA

It’s not too late for your organization to get involved! Just contact sponsorships at or call Lisa Newman at 301-233-7677.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the ELA finalists, visit:

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, July 26 as we celebrate the best and brightest communication professionals!


Upcoming Events
For full information about our exciting events and programs, please visit our Events page.

WWPR members receive member rates for PRSA-NCC and AWC events.

August 3: WWPR Executive Communicators- Summer Idea Swap: Discovering Solutions to Your Biggest Challenges

August 6 & 13: Cronkite New Media Academy: Videojournalism for the Web

August 9: PRSA-NCC:   Putting it All Together – Top Tech Trends PR Professionals Need to Consider

August 10: Burson-AWC Breakfast – Monitoring & Analytics

August 24: Workshop: Be an Expert on Working with Experts

August 26: WWPR Professional Development Brown Bag

If you’re coming to a WWPR event, why not bring travel-size toiletries for donation to our pro bono client Thrive DC!



Have you checked-out the WWPR Blog recently? You will find recaps of the monthly professional development seminars, news of upcoming events, and communications insights.

Here’s what you’ll find on the blog this month:

•    Perspectives on how one new grad made the grade
•    Leverage your preferred communication style for success
•    Thoughts on social media enchantment

All members are invited and encouraged to contribute to the WWPR Blog. Please send submissions to


Pro Bono Update

Thrive DC collecting socks in July

Currently the most requested item from Thrive DC is socks. People struggling with homelessness do not have frequent access to washing machines, and often need to replace their socks as these get worn out and dirty. Thrive DC is running a sock drive through August 15 to replenish its supplies.

Here are some ways you can help:
•    Sponsor a drive in your workplace or neighborhood
•    Purchase socks wholesale or when you are out shopping
•    Donate to Thrive DC ($10 will provide 17 pairs of socks)
•    Share this information with your social media network – contact @ThriveDC and @WWPR on Twitter for additional information

Contributions can be dropped off at Thrive DC at 1525 Newton Street NW (Columbia Heights) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information please visit

We love our partners and sponsors! If you’re interested in learning more about the great benefits from partnering with WWPR, please visit our Partners page.


Get Involved with WWPR Today!

Here are a number of great ways to get involved with the premier organization for women in communications in Washington D.C.

  • Join a WWPR committee today and make the most out of your membership. For more information visit our Committees page.
  • Love media relations and want to do some pitching for an upcoming Thrive DC event? For more information, please email
  • We love our partners and sponsors! If you’re interested in learning more about the great benefits from partnering with WWPR, please visit our Partners page.
  • Interested in writing for the WWPR Blog? Members can send submissions to
  • Help plan a high profile event by attending the next Woman of the Year Committee meeting. For more information, please email


Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Carrie Fox, 2010 Emerging Leaders Honoree
by Rebecca Noel

Carrie Fox, Founder and President, C.Fox Communications

Carrie Fox, founder and president of C.Fox Communications, knew right at the start of her college career that she wanted to be in the public relations field. She held internships at a variety of agencies and in-house at Seventeen Magazine before landing her first full-time PR job as director of communications for Cal Ripken, Jr. After three years working in sports PR, Carrie joined Prism Public Affairs, where she supported clients in the nonprofit sector as well as on Capitol Hill. In 2004, Carrie started C.Fox Communications, with a very clear focus on mission-driven organizations – those that can say “what we do, we do for the good of others.”

Under Carrie’s leadership, C.Fox Communications has won an array of national and international clients including AARP, the U.S. Department of Commerce and CHF International. The agency has sustained growth year after year in staff, clients and revenue, including doubling its office space in Silver Spring and adding a newly-opened second office in DC.

Carrie thrives on telling stories through strategic communications that are thought-provoking, issues-based, and that people notice. “To make your mark on this industry, you must be persistent, creative and detail-oriented, yes, but you must also be genuine, and you must never burn a bridge,” says Fox. “But what my mom first instilled in me, and what college and mentors reinforced, is that there’s a story in every person around us-even in the most unlikely of places.”

Fox has been a WWPR member since 2006 and was recognized as an Emerging Leader in 2010.


Articles of Interest “Pitch Edition”

•    5 Reasons a reporter will delete your press release (Ragan’s PR Daily)
•    How to craft a guest blogging pitch that gets noticed (eReleases)
•    The key to catching a reporter’s eye? Pitch like one (Ragan’s PR Daily)


Membership News

New Members
– Christine Deerin, DS Simon Productions
– Sarah Boison, Racepoint Group
– Melissa Mills, Reading Is Fundamental
– Nancy Singer, USDOT / Federal Highway Administration
– Caroline Rana, Strauss Radio Strategies
– Dawn Jakutowicz, URS Corporation
– Katie Goldberg, Zcomm
– Latasha Houston, iPubliclyRelate
– Patricia Watson, Census in Schools
– Jennifer Scungio, Financial Services Forum

– Lisa Newman, Independent Media Consultant
– Joan Carrese Sineni, Zcomm
– Sandra Cutts, U.S. Postal Service
– Carrie Fox, C. Fox Communications
– Bonnie Friedman, Friedman Strategic Communications
-Shannon Andrea, Natl. Parks Conservation Assoc.
– Robin Lane, Zcomm
– Jessie Spielvogel
– Amber DuMont, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers

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: DC Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Our Jobs section offers WWPR members and website visitors a central location to see who’s hiring in PR, communications and related disciplines in the DC metropolitan area.  Positions will remain active on the site for 30 days unless removed by the poster, ensuring the list includes only active job openings.

Post an open position by visiting It’s easy and free to connect with outstanding communications professionals in our area!

Please contact with questions or feedback.