Dear WWPR Community,

Happy 2024! January seems to have catapulted many of us into a busy season with overloaded calendars and email inboxes, with illness and snowstorms piled on top. I hope you all are staying safe, warm, and healthy as best as you can. And when in doubt, remember to give yourself grace.

As we dive into 2024, it’s impossible not to reflect on the incredible journey we shared last year: we increased our membership by 32%, we hosted 18 in-person and virtual events, and we had a record number of nominations for our Emerging Leader Awards and Woman of the Year Awards. We couldn’t have done all of this without YOU, our fabulous community of powerhouse women in communications, so I thank you.

Continuing on the theme of “you,” that’s what I want this year to be about. Every WWPR President has her own vision and priorities for the year ahead, and mine is all about improving the experience you have with this organization. If you become a member, I want you to find incredible value in our member benefits. If you attend an event, I want you to enjoy the programming and make meaningful connections. If you join a Committee, I want you to feel like you’re part of a team that’s contributing to something important. If all you do is get our emails, I want them to be helpful and motivating! I would love for every touchpoint that you have with WWPR to be a great one, and that’s what I’m going to prioritize this year.

So now that I’ve dubbed 2024 the year of “you,” why don’t you make this your year for WWPR? If you’ve been on the fence about joining (or rejoining!) or going to a membership happy hour or volunteering for a Committee…what are you waiting for? Now is the time to join us. We want you with us on this journey, shaping the path forward and having fun along the way.

Cheers to an incredible 2024!

Chelsea Echavarria

WWPR President