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Pictured from left to right: KC Sledd, Rachel Racoosin, Melissa Zuckerman, Sarah Hubbart and Brittanie Clement


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Washington Women in Public Relations

Washington Women in Public Relations Honors Rising Communications Leaders Honorees Announced at Signature Awards Reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21) – Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) proudly announced three rising communications professionals as the 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees: Sarah Hubbart from Michael Torrey Associates, KC Sledd from Atlantic Media Strategies and Melissa Zuckerman from JPA Health Communications.

The Emerging Leaders Awards is an annual award and cocktail reception that recognizes leaders in public relations and communications, among young women (ages 23-30) who have significantly impacted the communications field and DC community.

The honorees were named at a reception held at Morning Consult, a media and technology company. These honorees were selected from an impressive group of finalists that also included Brittanie Clement from Delucchi Plus, Cait DeBaun from Project: Time Off at the U.S. Travel Association and Rachel Racoosin from LEVICK. The awards ceremony featured keynote speaker Jade Floyd, Senior Director of Communications at The Case Foundation.

Learn more about the 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards Honorees, below:

Sarah Hubbart, Director, Michael Torrey Associates
Sarah Hubbart leads the firm’s communications program that includes the development and implementation of government affairs initiatives, issues management efforts and coalition building projects. She also has extensive media relations experience, honed at positions at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, where she helped lead a national coalition of livestock industry leaders, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and as a journalist.

KC Sledd, Senior Manager of Strategy, Atlantic Media Strategies
KC Sledd is a leading strategist who specializes in developing campaigns for leading organizations at pivotal moments of transformation, across philanthropy, social marketing and corporate social responsibility.

Melissa Zuckerman, Account Supervisor, JPA Health Communications
Melissa Zuckerman is an account supervisor at JPA Health Communications where she specializes in health and nonprofit clients. At JPA, Melissa oversees high profile initiatives for the American Medical Informatics Association, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Lamaze International, and Together for Safer Roads.

“Washington Women in Public Relations works to advance communications professionals in the DC area, including recognizing young women who are rising leaders in the industry,” said Mara Vandlik, President of WWPR. “We are thrilled to celebrate Sarah, KC, and Melissa as 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees due to their remarkable talent and accomplishments as young communications professionals.”

About Washington Women in Public Relations
Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is a member-based professional society cultivating and inspiring female communicators to reach their full potential in the DC market and beyond. The organization is committed to providing leadership opportunities, professional development, mentorship, and industry networking.

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