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Awards Timeline

Entry Deadline:
November 13, 2015

Extended Deadline:
December 4, 2015

Awards Luncheon:
2016

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Mail-In Form

*The 2015 honorees for this program have been announced! View the full list online here.

**The 2016 entry deadline for this program is November 11, 2016. The program will be open for entries in Fall 2016.

Does your organization live and breathe diversity, and not just pay lip service to it? Is there a communications professional on your team who is leading the charge for diversity in your workplace—from new hires to the executive team—and in its greater community? If you answered yes to either question (or both), then switch on the spotlight now by entering your organization or a PR team member in PR News’ Diversity in PR Awards program.

PR News’ Diversity in PR Awards will recognize individual PR professionals, agencies, brands, government agencies, academic institutions, professional associations and nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and excelled at communicating their diversity achievements. (Self-nominations will be accepted.)

We will celebrate the Diversity in PR Award winners at a special event in 2016 and in PR News’ editorial coverage.

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Who Should Enter

Individuals

PR, communications and marketing professionals of all titles and years of experience who have demonstrated over the past year leadership in building a diverse communications team, or leadership in diversity initiatives throughout an organization.

Organizations

Agencies, brands, government agencies, academic institutions, professional associations and nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated commitment to diversity and excelled at communicating their diversity achievements in the past year.

Respondents are not required to answer all questions to be considered (except where indicated), but we encourage you to provide as much information as possible so that we can evaluate each submission fairly and accurately. Both domestic and international organizations are eligible. Please note that the names and identities of all nominators will remain confidential, but the information provided will be used for judging purposes and for coverage in PR News Online.

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How To Enter

Entries may be submitted online or through the following mail-in form.

For Individual Nominations:
Judges will review each organization's and individual’s synopses specific to November 2014 through November 2015.

Please include a 2-3 page synopsis with the following information:

In 1,000 words or less, please cover as much of the following, broken down by criteria:

Name of nominee:
Nominee’s job title:
Organization:
Type of organization (corporation, agency, governmental organization, academic institution, nonprofit):
City/state/country:
Nominee’s email address:
Nominee’s phone number:

Why should the nominee be included in PR News’ Diversity in PR Award list? (100 words max)
List three (3) communications campaigns or initiatives created or led by the nominee in the last 24 months. Include each campaign’s goal, the nominee’s role in the campaign and measures of success. (200 words max per campaign)
How has the nominee’s advancement of diversity issues extended beyond his or her own organization? (100 words max)
Please provide 3 words to best describe this nominee.
Have you worked professionally with the nominee and, if so, in what capacity? (100 words max)

Person submitting nomination:
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Email address:

For Organization Nominations:
Please include a 2-3 page synopsis with the following information:

In 1,000 words or less, please cover as much of the following, broken down by criteria:

Organization:
Type of organization (corporation, agency, governmental organization, academic institution, nonprofit):
City/state/country:
Organization’s email address:
Organization’s phone number:

Why should this organization be included in PR News’ Diversity in PR Award list? (100 words max)
List three (3) diversity campaigns or initiatives created by the organization in the last 24 months. Include each campaign’s goal and measures of success. (200 words max per campaign)
How has the organization’s advancement of diversity issues extended beyond the organization? (100 words max)

Person submitting nomination:
Name:
Title:
Organization:
Email address:

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Deadlines / Entry Fees

Entry Deadline: November 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Late Deadline: November 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
All entries must be finalized by November 30, 2015.

Entry Fees:
The price of each primary entry is $425. There is a late entry surcharge of $275 per entry. Payment in full must accompany the entry.

For entries submitted between November 14 and November 30, 2015 please add a $275 late fee per entry. Finalists will be notified in February 2016 and honored during a luncheon in 2016.

If you would like to pay by check, please mail the check to:

Mary Lou French / Diversity in PR Awards
Access Intelligence
9211 Corporate Blvd., 4th Floor
Rockville, MD 20850

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How are the entries judged?

Entries are judged by a blue-chip panel of PR executives, as well as by the staff of PR News. We evaluate your entry based on the criteria listed in the “Compiling Your Entry” section. The honorees will also be selected by a panel of PR executives, the staff of PR News as well as your peers.

Can I enter by mail?

We accept entries by mail using this form: Mail-in Form. Please send 3 copies of supporting documents.

Who is eligible to win an award?

We are celebrating public relations, marketing and communications professionals of all titles and years of experience, as well as all corporations, agencies, nonprofit organizations, associations and educational institutions committed to the advancement of diversity.

When and where will the Awards Luncheon be held?

The winners will receive their award during a luncheon in 2016.

Where can I find past winners?

This is the first year that PR News is holding this program, so there aren't any past winners online.

What is your tax ID number?

52-2270063

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Contact & Sponsorship Information

For questions regarding PR News' Top Women in PR Awards, contact Assistant Marketing Manager Rachel Scharmann at rscharmann@accessintel.com; 301-354-1713. For sponsorship information, contact Account Executive Lindsay Silverberg at lsilverberg@accessintel.com; 301-354-1716.

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