Now more than ever, our communities and our networks are an important way for us to stay connected. This year brings a lot of promise, along with many of the same challenges we saw in 2020. 

What has kept me inspired is the innovation and determination to succeed that I have seen in our communities. Working at a healthcare association, I am continually encouraged by the stories of selflessness and heroism where we least expect it, like the snowmobiles delivering vaccines in rural Alaska. And while it may feel like Groundhog Day, every day, I still find something to look forward to in 2021.

A few of my favorites right now:

Christina Francisco, President WWPR

In celebration of Black History Month, I want to call out a local DC digital media brand, Notedd. Notedd is designed to inform millennial women of color on today’s news and encourage them to be authentically themselves.  Notedd was founded and led by Lauren Strayhorn, a colleague of mine from grad school, and I am so impressed by her work, I had to shout it out.

Looking ahead to March — our Professional Development Co-Chairs are hard at work developing two new event offerings for March. If you haven’t joined WWPR or are considering learning what we are all about, stay tuned for our next newsletter highlighting the details and how to sign up.

Are you a member looking to get more involved in all things WWPR? Check out the WWPR Committees page. We are always looking for members who are interested in taking a bigger role in how we build out our content, programming and network here at WWPR.

Save the Date: Emerging Leaders Awards 2021 is set for May 20, 2021. I am so excited to continue the tradition of honoring our Emerging Leaders under 35. Start thinking of who you want to nominate now. Questions? Reach out to

Sticking with the theme of looking ahead, I hope to see all of you at a WWPR event (virtually) in March!