In this issue:

PR Woman of the Year
Upcoming Events
Partner with WWPR
Get Involved
Member Spotlight
Articles of Interest
Sponsor Spotlight
Job Board

WWPR is now accepting nominations of female public relations professionals for the 2011 Washington PR Woman of the Year. The award honors and celebrates the professional accomplishments of women in the public relations field, as well as their community involvement. Nomination materials must be received no later than midnight on Friday, September 30, 2011.

Please view the complete nomination and submission details here. Email your questions to PR Woman of the Year Co-Chairs, Laura Cilmi and Emily Hughes at

The 22nd annual 2011 Washington PR Woman of the Year award will be presented at the Capital Hilton on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

It’s not too late for your company to sponsor this signature event! Contact Lisa Newman at for more information.


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.

WWPR and Tara Styles DC Fall Fashion Preview – Styled for Success event: September 29

PRSA-NCC Georgetown Art Gallery Tour: September 28

WWPR PR Woman of the Year Award Luncheon: November 15


5 Reasons to Partner with WWPR
Here are 5 great reasons to partner with WWPR:

  1. Align with industry leaders.
  2. Increase your exposure to the “right” audience.
  3. Establish new relationships and partnerships.
  4. Promote your company directly to decision makers and stand out from your competitors.
  5. Multi-platform partnership: brand your company onsite, online, and on an ongoing basis.

If you’re looking for an ideal way to network and connect with Washington’s movers and shakers in the communications industry, consider sponsoring our annual PR Woman of the Year Award Luncheon.

Need additional information? Please contact Lisa Newman at or 301-233-7677.


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:

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


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.
Here are a number of great ways to get involved with WWPR and make the most of your membership. For more information visit our Committees page.

Support Thrive DC, WWPR’s pro bono client

Thrive DC distributes nearly 2,000 toiletry items per month, and would give out even more if it had additional inventory. Your contribution makes a difference! Thrive DC’s clients need the following: razors, travel-size deodorant, travel-size soap, travel-size shampoo travel-size conditioner, feminine hygiene products and Depends undergarments. WWPR will be collecting toiletries for donations at all of our upcoming events.

Save the Dates! Thrive DC will be having two special fundraisers in October. The first will be on Saturday, October 15, when Mio Restaurant will be giving part of its proceeds to Thrive DC. Additionally, two of Thrive DC board members will be guest chefs that day.

Volunteer on one of WWPR’s committees

  • Looking to showcase your graphic or web skills? Join our website committee and leave your mark on the WWPR website. Volunteers would help manage the WWPR website, contribute content, and plan for future website enhancements. Knowledge of WordPress, HTML and photo editing software would be helpful but not required. For more information, please email Kate Barrett, website chair, at
  • Want to do some good for a deserving DC nonprofit while using your PR/media relations skills? Get involved with the Pro Bono Committee. Please email
  • 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: Jackie Dilworth, WWPR Marketing & Communications Committee Member
By Pheniece Jones

Jackie Dilworth studied marketing and psychology at American University, where she was intrigued by the intersection of consumer motivation and behavior. Questions such as: “What ultimately drives someone to watch a certain TV program?” and “What makes someone pay attention to your message?” inspired Jackie to pursue a career in public relations.

After graduating from college, Jackie started her career at Leadership Greater Washington. Currently, she is the Director of Communications at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. In this role, she develops and maintains all online communications, publicizes new community partnerships and initiatives, drafts scripts and key messages for all association-wide events, oversees the production of various internal and external newsletters, and ensures that all of their branches are upholding the Y’s new brand standards. She’s most proud of finalizing her first Annual Report where she oversaw content, design and publication.

Jackie’s interests include sushi, wine, and country music. She’s an avid live theater-goer who attends NSO concerts and Woolly Mammoth Theatre plays.


Articles of Interest


Membership News

New Members

– Bonnie Piper, USEPA

– Katie Gommel, American Association for Justice

– Cecilia Sepp, CS Association Services

– Lauren Wesley Wilson, Hill and Knowlton

– Carrie Sessine, Grace PR

– Cynthia Martinez, ZGS Communications

– Emmie Lancaster, The Liaison Capitol Hill

– Jennifer McLennan, SPARC

– Amy Cuddy, KCCT Architects

– Janiré Hopkins, Education Week

– Katie Connell, Gannett Company, Inc.

– Deborah Ager, ClickWisdom, LLC

– Lauren Condoluci, Rational 360 PR.

– KayAnn Schoeneman, Ketchum

– Nikki Salzman

– Jennifer Gradnigo, Graphite Connections, LLC


– Jennifer Schleman, International Food Information Council

– Deb Fiscella, Center Stage Marketing

– Sarah Harrell, Qorvis Communications

– Margaret Ferry, MAF Global Communications

Interested in joining or renewed your membership? Simply complete the online membership form.

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.


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