PR News’PR People Awards Luncheon

December 5, 2017 | Washington D.C.

Also honoring the Rising Stars 30 & Under
and the PR People Hall of Fame



Meet the professionals innovating in the communications field with unique campaigns and cutting-edge practices and toast to their successes at this year's PR People Awards Luncheon on December 5 from 12-2 p.m.

The luncheon event, which will take place at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C., will honor the leaders of the future with the Rising Stars 30 & Under and announce the PR Team Leader of the Year, Crisis Manager of the Year, and more with the PR People Awards. Bring your camera, team and business cards for this community event where you'll network and celebrate!


PR Hall of Fame

Each year, PR News inducts into its Hall of Fame PR professionals who have played longtime leadership roles, serving as sources of inspiration within and beyond the workplace and helping to redefine and expand the roles communicators play. They've poured much talent and many years into the PR discipline, teaching by example. Meet this year's inductees!

PR People Finalists

  • Steven AndersenInfinite Global
  • Brian KelleySage Communications
  • Christy PittmanW2 Communications
  • Lauren HerchertHill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Melissa MuskettAllison+Partners
  • John GuilfoilJohn Guilfoil Public Relations
  • Molly LevinsonThe Levinson Group
  • Carmen CollinsCisco
  • Darius FisherStatus Labs
  • Kristina LibbySoCu
  • Holli BeckmanWC Smith
  • Dawn CallahanBoingo Wireless
  • Luke DeRouenArby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Ed HarrisValley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
  • Christopher PennSHIFT
  • Renee SpurlinARPR
  • Lacey HainesHP Inc.
  • Cameron MartinPAN Communications
  • Lauren PaulRodale Inc
  • Gillian SmallGillian Small Public Relations
  • Christine WeirskyXL Catlin
  • Ashley WimberlySamsung Electronics America
  • Ruja ZagorskaSitemedia Consultancy
  • Delaney LankerHP Inc.
  • Sarah MondelloDrake Community Press
  • Darlene DoylePAN Communications
  • Alia Faraj-JohnsonHill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Katherine HardinRuder Finn
  • Jane P. MaddenBurson-Marsteller
  • Julie MurphySage Communications
  • Rebecca ReeveRsquared Communication
  • Lisa RossAPCO Worldwide
  • Dan SimonVested
  • Valerie CombsIAC
  • Nisha MorrisProvidence St. Joseph Health
  • Franz PaaschePayPal
  • Cameron PottsDeluxe Corporation
  • Vanessa YanezHP Inc.
  • Jeremy ZweigViacom
  • Christine BlakeW2 Communications
  • Jodi BrooksBurson-Marsteller
  • Atle ErlingssonSAP
  • Lauren de la FuenteBoingo Wireless
  • Ben KleinRuder Finn
  • John LaPlaceEY
  • Karl OestreichMayo Clinic
  • Lacey HainesHP Inc.
  • Kirt WebsterWebster Public Relations
  • Maddy GildersleeveDrake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Rachel WillisDuquesne University Media

Rising PR Stars

2017 Finnies Winners

Communications Campaign Finnies

FinTech Launch Finnies

Online Investor Relations Center Finnies

Winner: Tremor Video Tremor Video

Rising FinTech Stars Finnies

Rising FinTech Stars Finnies

Rising FinTech Stars Finnies


The National Press Club

529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

PR News’ PR People Awards Luncheon will take place on December 5 at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event venue is near the McPherson Square, Metro Center and Federal Triangle metro stations and is less than two miles away from Union Station (Amtrak trains). If you need lodging for this event, take a look at these hotels in the area.


  • Luncheon Ticket


    • Luncheon access, a three-course meal, entertainment and the opportunity to network with 300+ communicators
  • Platinum Package


    • 10 reserved seats for your whole team
    • Front row seating so you have the best view of the action
    • Two bottles of champagne 
    • 1/2 page ad in the program guide ($2,000 value!)
    • Luncheon access, a three-course meal, entertainment and the opportunity to network with 300+ communicators
  • Table of 10


    • 10 reserved seats for your whole team
    • VIP seating so you have a great view of the action
    • Luncheon access, a three-course meal, entertainment and the opportunity to network with 300+ communicators

Program Advertising

Winter Awards Luncheon Program

Give a shout out to a finalist or promote your organization, service, or initiative with an ad in the Digital Awards Luncheon program guide. This unique messaging opportunity is distributed to awards luncheon attendees comprised of top communications and marketing professionals at agencies, nonprofits, corporations and government organizations.

Contact Rich Hauptner for rates and availability.

Sponsorship of Luncheon

  • Recognition of sponsorship in all marketing materials and press releases
  • Exhibit table at the awards luncheon
  • Sponsor profile online at
  • Opportunity to announce up to 4 categories during awards ceremony
  • Raffle an item at the luncheon (supplied by the sponsor and optional)
  • Distribution of your materials to all the attendees
  • Full page ad in the program guide
  • Shout-outs on social media
  • 3 passes to the awards luncheon
  • Provision of attendee list with full contact information

Congratulatory Package

  • Includes 1 ticket to the awards luncheon
  • ½ page ad in the awards program guide
  • Social media shout outs to PR News’ 220,000 followers across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram
  • 15% discount on additional awards orders
  • Guaranteed executive Q&A in video series covering the Platinum Awards
  • Digital Ad in the Winner Reveal Follow-Up email

A la Carte

  • Full Page Ad (6.75" x 9.75")
  • Half-Page Ad (6" x 4.5")

View a Sample Program Guide

Contact Us

Registration & Luncheon Questions

For questions about the PR People Awards Luncheon, contact:

Mary Lou French

Sponsorship and Program Advertising

For information on becoming a sponsor or placing a congratulatory ad in the program for the PR People Awards Luncheon, contact:

Rich Hauptner