In This Issue

Emerging Leaders Awards 2014: Don’t Miss the Big Reveal!

Learn the Secrets of Planning Perfect Events

Communicating Across Cultures: Best Practices Revealed

PR in Politics: War on Women — Real or Media-Driven?

The B Hive: Summer Reading List

Member Spotlight: Laura Keiter of Media Matters for America

Articles of Interest

Upcoming Events



Sponsor Spotlight: Ogilvy




2014 Emerging Leaders Awards: Get Your Tickets Today; Social Media Survey
All nominations have been submitted, and our esteemed panel of judges is well underway in choosing this year’s Emerging Leaders Awards honorees!  Honorees will be announced at the Emerging Leaders Awards reception on July 22 at Zentan Restaurant. Don’t miss the big reveal! If you have not already, get your tickets today


We want to hear from you, so please let us know the social media platform you will use most frequently to share your experience at the event by participating in the survey, here, and remember to use the hashtag #ELA2014 when spreading the word on social media!


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Professional Development Update: Mark Your Calendars!

WWPR, in partnership with Pepco Holdings, Inc., will host a panel presentation, “Secrets of Planning Perfect Events” on Thursday, June 26 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Hear from event planning industry experts about budgeting, creating a project plan, tips on working with caterers and design professionals, how to plan green events, and more.  From 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., there will be networking, a wine tasting courtesy of Total Wine & More and light hors d’oeuvres donated by Geppetto Catering, Inc. To learn how to plan flawless business events, register now for this program.


Cost: Free to WWPR & PRSA members; $20 for non-members.


Join WWPR for a Brown Bag Panel Discussion, “The Best and Worst Advice I Ever Received” on Thursday, July 10, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. at the National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  This intimate conversation will feature some of WWPR’s PR Woman of the Year Award honorees sharing advice they received–good and bad–as they climbed to the top of their profession.  Learn how these bits of wisdom from influential people in their lives motivated and inspired them to succeed. You won’t want to miss a word of the sage advice from these powerful women so register today.


Cost: Free to WWPR & PRSA members; $20 for non-members.


Save the date for a Brown Bag Panel Discussion, “Tips for Building a Winning Resume, Portfolio and Personal Branding for Career Success” on Thursday, August 14, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. at Powell Tate, 733 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.  The panel discussion will be followed by individual resume review appointments for WWPR members only. Registration will open soon.

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Recap: Communicating Across Cultures — May Brown Bag Panel Discussion
By Neveah Bradshaw, WWPR Professional Development Committee Member 

On Thursday, May 15th, WWPR’s Professional Development Committee and Ketchum graciously welcomed a full house for an informed and captivating discussion of culturally sound communications practices.  The awe-inspiring expert panelists included:

  • Mannone Butler, Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Dr. Dionne C. Clemons, Division Director, Communications and Community Engagement Division, United Planning Organization
  • Diane R. Johnson, M.P.H., Vice President/Account Supervisor, Health Affairs, Ketchum Washington
  • Moderator: Avelyn Austin, Managing Account Supervisor, Digital Strategy Ketchum Washington



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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

War On Women — Real or Media-Driven?

Why are politics and public relations so closely linked? The roots of this close linkage are grounded in history, and over the decades, have become so interwoven that it is difficult at times to figure out which is which, especially during active mid-term season.  When it comes to the putative “War on Women,” which the Democratic Party has been accusing the Republican party of waging, it is really difficult to figure out which came first — the media or the politics.




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The B Hive: Summer Reading List
By Beth Stewart, WWPR Marketing Communications Committee Member 

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


4 Books to Read this Summer

With summer in full swing hopefully you are getting some much needed R&R.  And if you are one of the lucky ones, you’re ankle deep in the warm sands of the beach.  Besides a tropical, coconut flavored beverage what’s another great companion to have on hand this summer?  That’s right, a book.


I’ve gathered just a few books from my summer reading list that I think are entertaining, thoughtful and may inspire any public relations professional.




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Member Spotlight
This month’s Member Spotlight interview features WWPR member Laura Keiter of Media Matters for America/WWPR Marketing Communications Committee member. 

Q: How did you get started in communications?

A: I spent the summers after my sophomore and junior years of college as the press intern for a U.S. senator from my home state.  Almost instantly, I fell in love with the idea of working at the intersection of the news media and political news-makers.  After graduating with a Master’s in Political Communications from the London School of Economics, I spent more than four years working in media relations and social media on Capitol Hill and political campaigns before landing my current position at Media Matters for America.

Q: What inspired you to get involved with WWPR?

A: After living and working in Washington, D.C. for several years I was looking for ways to expand my professional network.  On a whim, I dragged a friend to the WWPR Holiday Party at CoCo Sala (who can say no to chocolate?) and I’ve never looked back! WWPR events are a great way to stay up-to-date with the latest PR trends, and I’ve enjoyed getting more involved through my work on the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Q: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment professionally?

A: No matter how often it happens, I always get a kick out of seeing stories that I’ve placed or worked on run in major publications.  But beyond that, I always love learning new skills and seeing the results of my efforts.  For example, when I started on Capitol Hill, I didn’t know the first thing about how to run a website.  I took some HTML training classes to get up to speed and convinced my boss that we needed to do an overhaul of his website.  The resulting website won a Silver Mouse Award (one of 17 awarded to House offices that year) from the Congressional Management Foundation.


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Articles of Interest

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Upcoming Events

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



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– Assistant, Sunshine Sachs

– Account Manager, Sunshine Sachs

– Digital Social Media Associate, Westat

– Event and Marketing Specialist, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

– Managing Director of Digital, CLS Strategies

– Public Affairs Associate, Nahigian Strategies

– Senior Public Affairs Manager, Nahigian Strategies

– Media Specialist, Z Communications Company

– Communications Director, SEIU Local 1

– Communications Specialist, The Hannon Group

– Communications Associate, American Society of Hematology

– Senior Account Supervisor, Health Alliance PR, Edelman

– Web and Social Media Graphic Designer, Edelman

– Senior Account Executive, Energy, Digital, Edelman

– Publicist, Broadcast/Online PR, Z Communications Company

– Director, Executive Communications, National Association of Realtors

– Publicity and Promotions Account Executive, Hager Sharp

– Vice President/Senior Project Leader, Hager Sharp

– Account Executive/Senior Account Executive, Hager Sharp


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May New Members 


Sukyana Sen Room to Read
Michelle Spinnler American Pharmacists Association
LaWanda Stone Connections Education (Pearson)
Joanna Blonska Office of Minority Health Resource Center
Allison Sturma United States Institute of Peace
Deborah Danuser JPA Health Communications
Renita Purvis
Chelsie Pope Georgetown University
Veronica Jeon V. Agency, Inc.
Shannon Andrea National Catholic Educational Association
Jacquelyn Bavaro Georgetown University
Austin Hansen KPMG LLP
Maria Holsopple Georgetown University
Nasreen Hosein Center for Democracy and Technology
Charrose King Georgetown School of Continuing Studies
Cassidy Lawson Racepoint Global
Tracy Morris Student, George Washington University


May Renewals


Laura Cilmi CLS Strategies
Lauren Cohen Natural Products Association
Eileen Collins C.Fox Communications
Grace Courter Atlas Network
La Verne Gordon Montgomery College
Emily Hughes eGlobalTech
Barbara Hyde Hyde Communications
Barb Jump
Anne Kelsey Society for Neuroscience
Kelly Mack Environics Communications
Sandra Wills Hannon The Hannon Group



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Sponsor Spotlight


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