WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2011) — For the second year in a row, local professional organization, Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), has begun accepting nominees and entries for the Emerging Leaders Awards. The Emerging Leaders Awards debuted in 2010 to great success, honoring Carrie Fox of C. Fox Communications, Lauren Musiol with GYMR, and the U.S. Army’s Stefanie Pidgeon.

Through the Emerging Leaders Award, WWPR honors three outstanding young women in the Washington, D.C. metro area who have excelled in public relations and related fields. This second annual event recognizes rising stars in the industry, and showcases the field’s most talented young women (ages 21-35) for their professional accomplishments. This award is a special designation for women who have already made a significant impact on the industry and highlights their potential to contribute to the industry for many years to come, making them truly emerging leaders.

“As an industry organization committed to providing growth, development and networking opportunities for local communications professionals, we felt it was critical to also honor talented young stars who are making a splash in public relations early on in their career,” said Kendra Kojcsich, WWPR President. “We are incredibly excited to see the Emerging Leaders Awards prosper and grow in its second year.”

The nomination and entry period for the 2011 Emerging Leaders Awards have officially opened. Interested candidates can enter or nominate a young leader in the DC-area by downloading the 2011 ELA Application and email your complete form to award co-chairs Margie Newman and Courtney Greenwald at ela@wwpr.org. Honorees will be recognized at a cocktail reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, July 26 at the Darlington House.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Awards, entry/nominee qualifications and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.wwpr.org.

Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is the first and only D.C. based professional organization advancing women in the communications industry. WWPR is committed to delivering outstanding professional development, networking, marketplace positioning, and leadership opportunities to area communicators. Visit us at wwpr.org, “Like” us on Facebook.com/WashingtonWomeninPR, and follow us on Twitter @WWPR.