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WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards

Washington Women in Public Relations’ (WWPR) Emerging Leaders Awards honors six outstanding young women in the Washington, D.C. metro area who have excelled in public relations and related fields. WWPR is the only professional society for female communicators in the greater capital area.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Nominee must be no younger than age 25 and no older than age 35 on June 1, 2017 and reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • Nominees must work in one of the following disciplines: media relations, crisis communications, event planning, social media, digital media, website communications, strategic communications, community relations, internal communications, speechwriting, public affairs, public relations, marketing communications, government communications, investor relations communications, consumer/lifestyle communications, branding, and writing/editing.
  • Nominee cannot be a current WWPR board member.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated leadership, including contributions to the field, post-college.
CLOSED: Nomination Instructions

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting nominations for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Awards.

More About the ELAs

The ELAs recognize rising stars in the communications industry, and showcase the field’s most talented young women (ages 25-35) for their professional accomplishments. These honorees implement innovative communications strategies that go above and beyond – achieving impressive and extraordinary results.



The ELAs were created in 2010 as a special accolade for young women active within the communications field that were making a significant impact on the industry but were not being recognized due to age or years of experience. The Emerging Leaders Awards ceremony is an opportunity to hear from these up-and-coming leaders that will inspire and educate, and celebrate the value of public relations. The honorees will be promoted in WWPR materials and on the website. Honorees will be named at the awards ceremony based on their contributions as well as their potential to contribute to the industry for many years to come, making them truly emerging leaders. For the first time, honorees will span from different industries and will be honored in the following categories: nonprofit ELA honoree, corporate ELA honoree, association ELA honoree, agency ELA honoree, and an independent/PR practitioner ELA honoree.

Eligibility requirements and nomination instructions are detailed below. Please direct questions about nominations to Sara Tuman and Sabrena Pringle, WWPR board members and Emerging Leaders Awards co-chairs, at

Meet the 2017 Emerging Leaders Awards Honorees

Washington PR Woman of the Year Awards

The Woman of the Year luncheon, established in 1990, is WWPR’s signature event.  It is an annual experience fostering camaraderie among women in public relations, culminating in a must-attend event that honors the achievements of those who have reached a pinnacle in the profession.

Eligibility Requirements

Selection Criteria:

• Nominee’s demonstrated abilities should include, but are not limited to, creativity, management skills and contributions to the growth of her organization, unique or prestigious job held, and major accomplishments.
• Nominee exemplifies true characteristics of a leader in PR — a visionary, standout representative of her company or organization, has the perseverance to face any challenge and can strategically link a program to lasting results.
• Nominee makes it a priority to devote her time to community causes and activities, which may or may not be community oriented.
• Nominee’s community contributions may include, but are not limited to, board positions, volunteer work, activities that promote professional advancement of women.
• Nominee is actively involved in leading industry membership associations and has greatly contributed to those associations through board leadership or mentoring.
• Nominee has received acknowledgement or previous awards for her contributions to the public relations industry or other related work.

Nominee Qualifications:

• The nominee must be a female professional with a minimum of 20+ years of experience in the public relations field, at least five of which have been in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (she must also currently reside in this area).
• The nominee does not have to be a member of WWPR.
• Nominations must include (1) PDF resume (up to two pages) and (1) PDF recommendation (up to two pages) to be considered.
• Nominations are CLOSED.

CLOSED: Nomination Instructions

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting nominations for the 2017 Washington PR Woman of the Year Luncheon.

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