Announcement Culminates Reception Honoring Rising Stars in Communications


WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 23, 2014 — Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) proudly named Alexandra Dickinson, Danielle Hagen, and Sara Neumann the 2014 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELA) honorees at its fifth annual ELA reception on July 22 at Zentan Restaurant. The signature WWPR accolade honors young women (ages 23-30) who have significantly impacted the communications field and show the potential to make their mark on the industry as a whole for many years to come.

WWPR congratulates the 2014 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees:

Alexandra Dickinson, Account Director, Beekeeper Group, LLC

As an Account Director with Beekeeper Group, LLC, Alexandra Dickinson provides strategic guidance, content support, and other services to a wide variety of clients, and through her work has created and managed numerous award-winning digital campaign s and web presences for associations, advocacy groups, coalitions, small businesses, and educational institutions. She has been Alexandria also serves as Deputy Dean for the DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, an international micro philanthropy organization that devotes funds to innovative, community-based projects


Danielle Hagen, Vice President, Nahigian Strategies

Danielle Hagen leads Nahigian Strategies’ media relations department, serving as an advisor and spokeswoman for private and public-sector clients as well as elected officials. She has designed and implemented award-winning media relations and social media programs for local, regional and national public relations campaigns. In addition to her public relations career, she is an advisor for the Inside Washington Program for Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a national instructor for Elect Her – Campus Women Win – the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office.

Sara Neumann, Senior Director, C Fox Communication

As senior Director at C Fox Communications, Sara works with clients to ensure that their best stories shine through in a saturated, 24-hour news cycle and helped the agency win a 2014 Bronze Anvil award for her work on the Covenant House Washington Executive Sleepout campaign in November 2013. Throughout her career thus far, Sara has worked with clients in a range of sectors, including social entrepreneurs, non-profits, foundations, corporations, and government organizations. She has always prioritized mentoring and coaching others, especially other young women in the public relations field, and regularly advises several former interns and junior staff.

“WWPR is pleased to recognize these exceptional honorees who impressed the judges not only with their professional success and dedication to excellence in public relations, but who also serve as an inspiration to us all through their extensive volunteer work,” said Lauren Smith Dyer, WWPR President. “As the premier organization dedicated to the advancement of D.C. women in public relations, WWPR is honored to celebrate these emerging leaders.”

The honorees were named at a reception held at Zentan Restaurant, and selected from a distinguished group of finalists that included Marcia Newbert, Account Supervisor at Edelman, Christina DiPasquale, Associate Vice President, FitzGibbon Media, and Laura Cilmi, Managing Director, CLS Strategies.




Pictured left to right: Christina DiPasquale, Laura Cilmi, Danielle Hagen, Kim Kingsley, Marcia Newbert, Alex Dickinson, Sara Neumann

The event’s keynote speaker was Kim Kingsley, Chief Operations Officer at POLITICO. Kingsley gave a lively address that focused on pushing through to reach professional goals. She emphasized the importance of having confidence and courage, and urged young professionals to take risks and be willing to make mistakes. Additionally, she said advised the ELA attendees to “follow the people that inspire you,” leaving the audience eager to continue chasing their dreams.


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