In this issue:

Emerging Leaders
Upcoming Events
WWPR around the Town
Get Involved
Member Spotlight
Articles of Interest
Membership News
Job Board

Emerging Leaders

Would you like to catch a glimpse of the next generation of leaders in Public Relations?

Next month, Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) will announce its top finalists for the second annual Emerging Leaders Awards, which honors three outstanding young women (ages 21-35) in the Washington, D.C., area who have excelled in public relations and related fields.

Honorees will be recognized at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 26 at Darlington House. To purchase tickets please visit We look forward to seeing everyone on July 26 as we celebrate the best and brightest emerging communication professionals!

Interested in sponsorship or partnership opportunities for ELA?  Please contact Lisa Newman at


Sponsorship and Partnership

Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to promote your business and connect with Washington communicators? Whether your goal is to increase your customer base, develop new partnerships, or align your company with industry leaders WWPR and its two widely anticipated events – Emerging Leaders Awards reception and PR Woman of the Year – will provide unparalleled exposure and help you reach your company’s outreach goals. Year-long involvement with WWPR will provide ongoing exposure, greatly increase your brand presence, drive web traffic, and generate qualified leads. Please join us in partnership along with influential movers and shakers..

We invite you to sponsor WWPR industry events and showcase your company in partnership with WWPR. For more information, please email us at We look forward to helping you meet your business goals!


Upcoming Events

WWPR Intern Event: Calling All Interns (Soon to be announced!)
Attention communication interns!  During the month of July, Porter Novelli summer interns Kelly Dumke, Parnia Ghazanfari and Rachel Krasnow will be planning fun, exclusive events just for you in collaboration with WWPR. Join us for networking, socializing, and learning in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in helping plan email us at We hope you can join us!

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.

– July 13: Burson-AWC Breakfast – Unleashing the Twittersphere

– July 20: PRSA-NCC – When Crisis Strikes: Scenario-Based Training to Avoid Communication Regrets Before, During and After a High Stakes Event

– July 26: WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards

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:

Making the most of networking events

Who needs newspapers? A report on the status of newspapers in America

Social Media and Crisis Communications: A Recap of the May Professional Development Event

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


WWPR Around the Town

WWPR Helps Thrive DC to Publicize New Partnership with Zipcar DC
The Pro Bono Committee did a great job reaching out to the press regarding Thrive DC Day, which took place May 26 at the Freshfarm Market near the White House. Thrive DC receives food donations from various sources including the Freshfarm market, but has trouble getting them back to their location in Columbia Heights. As part of the partnership, Zipcar DC will be encouraging its members to use their cars to pick up and deliver food for Thrive DC.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Capitol Communicators
Capitol Communicators hosted their annual Cinco de Mayo event at Local 16 restaurant on U Street, N.W. For a second year, WWPR was an event sponsor. It was a stellar event with great networking, and we all loved the MingleStick – a small keychain-like device that keeps a digital record of each person’s event connections. Thank you Capitol Communicator and WWPR members!

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
  • Attend the next Woman of the Year Committee meeting. For more information, please email


Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Kate Connors

Kate Connors

Kate Connors, associate at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (CLS), was drawn to Washington for its thriving political environment, the wealth of historical information and educational sites, and of course – the amazing restaurant scene. And like many Washingtonians, Kate has a deep interest in history – it was her major at the George Washington University. Her interests progressed as she realized her love for research, communications, marketing and media outreach at several internships at organizations including the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project; Sapers and Wallack; National Public Radio; and, most recently, CLS.


At CLS, Kate’s primary work has been on the agency’s wine accounts. She has assisted in the re-design of several websites and blogs, which helped with search engine optimization (SEO) increased user traffic. Kate also initiated several digital campaigns to help increase the number of followers and online engagement.

Kate joined WWPR and right away became involved with the Woman of the Year committee, where she is able to contribute her event planning experience. She worked with graphic designer, Alziro Braga Graphic Design, to create the digital Save the Date. She is always working to garner sponsorship opportunities for the event.


Articles of Interest

Five Myths PR Pros Have About the Media (Ragan’s PR Daily)

How Google’s Larry Page Thinks about Search (Business Insider)

PR Industry Sets Top Four Measurement Priorities (AMEC)

Nick Kristof: Making a Difference with Tweets (Social Times)


Membership News

New Members
– Theresa Harrison
– Michelle Cragle
– Christine Mitchell
– Candice Mackel
– Jennifer Bernisderfer
– Marilyn Stackhouse
– Pam Fielding

– Stefanie Pidgeon
– Allison Zemanski
– Michelle Lancaster
– Donna Savarese

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
Post a job with WWPR to connect with outstanding communications professionals in our area! The posting is free and will run for 30 days. You can visit today and click on the “Post a Job” button.

Please contact with questions or feedback on this new feature.