WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) today announced six finalists for its second annual Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA). The Awards honors rising stars, ages 21-35, in the public relations and communications industry.

A distinguished panel of judges made the selection based on the nominees’ demonstration of excellence and accomplishments in the communications field as well as leadership qualities and high ethical standards.

The 2011 WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards finalists are:

Veronica Brown, Vice President, Gibraltar Associates
Jennifer Mastin Giglio, Vice President, External Relations, Ogilvy Washington
Katie Lilley, Partner, Hillenby
Amanda Miller Littlejohn, CEO, MopWater PR
Judy Lubin, President, Public Square Communications
Tara Silver, Managing Director, SilverStrategy

“WWPR believes it is critical to honor talented professionals who are leaving a significant mark on the public relations industry so early in their careers,” said Kendra Kojcsich, WWPR President. “We are thrilled to see the way this event has grown in only its second year. Once again, the caliber of honorees is simply outstanding.”

Created in celebration of WWPR’s 30th anniversary, the Emerging Leaders Awards debuted in 2010 to great success, honoring Carrie Fox, C. Fox Communications; Lauren Musiol, GYMR; and the U.S. Army’s Stefanie Pidgeon.

The three 2011 ELA winners will be announced at a cocktail reception on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The Darlington House, located at 1610 20th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Event tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Twitter event hashtag: #ELA2011.

Debra Silimeo, Senior Vice President at Hager Sharp Inc. and 2010 Washington PR Woman of the Year will emcee. ABC7/WJLA-TV reporter Jennifer Donelan will be a featured speaker.

The 2011 Emerging Leaders Awards is made possible by the following local businesses:

Gold Partners: Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs; Gibraltar Associates; The Capital Buzz; and Vocus
Program Sponsors: C.Fox Communications; Cobert Communications Group; Hager Sharp; Ogilvy PR, National Press Club; and Strauss Radio Strategies
Event Supporters: Sprinkles Cupcakes and ABC7/WJLA

To learn more about WWPR partnership opportunities, please email: sponsorships@wwpr.org.

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