PR News’ 2017 Top Women in PR

Each January in New York, PR News shines a spotlight on women who not only are best in class in PR and brand communications, they are leaders and team builders who continue to inspire the next generations of women to rise to the C-suite level at brands, nonprofit organizations and agencies. On Jan. 24, 2017, PR News once again celebrated the Top Women in PR at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

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The winners of Top Women in PR Awards span a wide variety of organizations, from Visit Norfolk, Peppercomm, Weber Shandwick, Aflac and Cisco, to Mars Petcare US, NYU Langone Medical Center, Fannie Mae, Havas PR Milan and Bank of America. At the Jan. 24 luncheon in New York, Top Women in PR honorees shared their thoughts on how to attain a true work/life balance, the principal qualities they look for in communications team members, leadership qualities they have long admired in others and what makes for a powerful mentor/mentee relationship.

Attendees also heard a keynote presentation from Maya Nussbaum, founder and executive director of Girls Write Now, which mentors underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community.


2017 Top Women in PR


Ahmad,-Sophia-S._Greater-Des-Moines-Partnership

Sophia S. Ahmad

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Allen,-Donna_Visit-Norfolk

Donna Allen

Visit Norfolk

Barlow, Ann_Peppercomm

Ann Barlow

Peppercomm

Becerra,-Jennifer_H+M-Communications

Jennifer Becerra

H+M Communications

Beseau,-Alana_Weber-Shandwick

Alana Beseau

Weber Shandwick

Best,-Natalie_FWV

Natalie Best

French West Vaughan

Blewitt,-Carrie_Story-Partners

Carrie Blewitt

Story Partners, LLC

Burke,-Donna_Sparkpr

Donna Burke

Sparkpr

Campbell,-Lisa_Mars-Petcare-US

Lisa Campbell

Mars Petcare US

Carnett,-Lindsey_Marketing-Mavnen

Lindsey Carnett

Marketing Maven

Clair,-Allison_NYU-Langone-Medical-Center

Allison Clair

NYU Langone Medical Center

Dallos,-Lisa_High10-Media

Lisa Dallos

High10 Media

D'Antona,-Rosanna_Havas-PR-Milan

Rosanna D’Antona

Havas PR Milan

Davenport_Maureen_Fannie-Mae

Maureen Davenport

Fannie Mae

Davis-McHenry,-Aliah_Consumer-Reports

Aliah Davis-McHenry

Consumer Reports

Devine,-Danielle_Johnson-&-Johnson

Danielle Devine

Johnson & Johnson

Dobrzelecki,-Jen_M&C-Saatchi-PR

Jen Dobrzelecki

M&C Saatchi PR

Frieden,-Regena_Cambia-Health-Solutions

Regena Frieden

Cambia Health Solutions

Gibbs,-Nicki_Beehive-Strategic-Communication

Nicki Gibbs

Beehive Strategic Communication

Goldberg,-Laura_LBG-Public-Relations,-LLC

Laura Goldberg

LBG Public Relations, LLC

Gruensfelder,-Allie_Trendsetter-Marketing

Allie Gruensfelder

Trendsetter Marketing

Guarnaccia,-Tiffany_Kite-Hill-PR

Tiffany Guarnaccia

Kite Hill PR

Hamill,-Mary_Global-5-Communications

Mary Hamill

Global-5 Communications

Henley,-Cristina_Strayer-University

Cristina Henley

Strayer University

Henson,-Kathleen_Henson-Consulting

Kathleen Henson

Henson Consulting, Inc.

Herrick,-Megan_Pluralsight

Megan Herrick

Pluralsight

Jones,-Stacey_Accenture

Stacey Jones

Accenture

Kapner,-Janice_T-Mobile

Janice Kapner

T-Mobile

kelly-rebecca

Rebecca Kelly

Skipping Stone, LLC

Klein,-Marcie_The-Leukemia-&-Lymphoma-Society

Marcie Klein

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Cooper-Lee,-Rita_WGN-America-and-Tribune-Studios

Rita Cooper Lee

WGN America and Tribune Studios

Lund,-Wendy_GCI-Health

Wendy Lund

GCI Health

Lyon,-Kerri_SKDKnickerbocker

Kerri Lyon

SKDKnickerbocker

Lyons,-Amy_SHIFT-Communications

Amy Lyons

SHIFT Communications

Madison,-Anne_Ogilvy-Public-Relations

Anne Madison

Brand USA

Maiman,-Janice_AICPA

Janice Maiman

American Institute of CPAs

Margolin,-Andrea_FleishmanHillard

Andrea Margolin

FleishmanHillard

Martin,-Catherine_Ticketmaster

Catherine Martin

Ticketmaster

McCants,-Cheryl_Impact-Consulting-Enterprises-LLC

Cheryl McCants

Impact Consulting Enterprises LLC

McGee,-Laverne_Orange-County-Property-Appraiser,-Florida

Laverne McGee

Orange County Property Appraiser, Florida

McGinty,-Mary_US-Chamber-of-Commerce-Foundation

Mary McGinty

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Morrison,-Trista_Ironwood-Pharmaceuticals,-Inc.

Trista Morrison

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Neumann,-Bernice_Exponent-PR

Bernice Neumann

Exponent PR

Norris-Smith,-Carol_Princeton-HealthCare-System

Carol Norris-Smith

Princeton HealthCare System

Pace,-Anne_Bank-of-America

Anne Pace

Bank of America

Partoyan-,-Connie_Direct-Impact

Connie Partoyan

Direct Impact

Pride, Nicole_North Carolina A&T State University

Nicole Pride

North Carolina A&T State University

Rashid-Khan,-Selina_Lotus-Client-Management-&-Public-Relations

Selina Rashid-Khan

Lotus Client Management & Public Relations

Rickert,-Diana_Illinois-Policy-Institute

Diana Rickert

Illinois Policy Institute

Risi,-Jennifer_Ogilvy-PR

Jennifer Risi

Ogilvy PR

Rosenblatt,-Rachel_FTI-Consulting

Rachel Rosenblatt

FTI Consulting

Ross,-Duree_Duree-&-Company,-Inc.

Durée Ross

Durée & Company, Inc.

Royer,-Dara_Mercy-Corps

Dara Royer

Mercy Corps

Selcher,-Mel_LinkedIn

Mel Selcher

LinkedIn

Shroy,-Megan_Approach-Marketing

Megan Shroy

Approach Marketing

Sigler,-Jamie_J-Public-Relations

Jamie Lynn Sigler

J Public Relations

Simms,-Mary_The-Mary-Simms-Public-Relations-Agency

Mary Simms

The Mary Simms Public Relations Agency

Baron-Tamraz,-Cathy_Business-Wire

Cathy Baron Tamraz

Business Wire

Topalanchik,-Meredith_CooperKatz-&-Company,-Inc.

Meredith Topalanchik

CooperKatz & Company, Inc.

Torrez,-Liz_Hill+Knowlton

Liz Torrez

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Twomey,-Christina_S&P-Global

Christina Twomey

S&P Global

Van-Syoc,-Kim_Banfield-Pet-Hospital

Kim Van Syoc

Banfield Pet Hospital

Webster,-Krista_Veritas-Communications

Krista Webster

Veritas Communications

Whelley,-Beth_Fahlgren-Mortine

Beth Whelley

Fahlgren Mortine

Wilson,-Jill_Gray-Construction

Jill Wilson

Gray Construction

Wisehart_Melissa

Melissa Wisehart

Moore Communications Group