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

Sophia S. Ahmad

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Donna Allen

Visit Norfolk

Ann Barlow


Jennifer Becerra

H+M Communications

Alana Beseau

Weber Shandwick

Natalie Best

French West Vaughan

Carrie Blewitt

Story Partners, LLC

Donna Burke


Lisa Campbell

Mars Petcare US

Lindsey Carnett

Marketing Maven

Allison Clair

NYU Langone Medical Center

Lisa Dallos

High10 Media

Rosanna D’Antona

Havas PR Milan

Maureen Davenport

Fannie Mae

Aliah Davis-McHenry

Consumer Reports

Danielle Devine

Johnson & Johnson

Jen Dobrzelecki

M&C Saatchi PR

Regena Frieden

Cambia Health Solutions

Nicki Gibbs

Beehive Strategic Communication

Laura Goldberg

LBG Public Relations, LLC

Allie Gruensfelder

Trendsetter Marketing

Tiffany Guarnaccia

Kite Hill PR

Mary Hamill

Global-5 Communications

Cristina Henley

Strayer University

Kathleen Henson

Henson Consulting, Inc.

Megan Herrick


Stacey Jones


Janice Kapner


Rebecca Kelly

Skipping Stone, LLC

Marcie Klein

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Rita Cooper Lee

WGN America and Tribune Studios

Wendy Lund

GCI Health

Kerri Lyon


Amy Lyons

SHIFT Communications

Anne Madison

Brand USA

Janice Maiman

American Institute of CPAs

Andrea Margolin


Catherine Martin


Cheryl McCants

Impact Consulting Enterprises LLC

Laverne McGee

Orange County Property Appraiser, Florida

Mary McGinty

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Trista Morrison

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Bernice Neumann

Exponent PR

Carol Norris-Smith

Princeton HealthCare System

Anne Pace

Bank of America

Connie Partoyan

Direct Impact

Nicole Pride

North Carolina A&T State University

Selina Rashid-Khan

Lotus Client Management & Public Relations

Diana Rickert

Illinois Policy Institute

Jennifer Risi

Ogilvy PR

Rachel Rosenblatt

FTI Consulting

Durée Ross

Durée & Company, Inc.

Dara Royer

Mercy Corps

Mel Selcher


Megan Shroy

Approach Marketing

Jamie Lynn Sigler

J Public Relations

Mary Simms

The Mary Simms Public Relations Agency

Cathy Baron Tamraz

Business Wire

Meredith Topalanchik

CooperKatz & Company, Inc.

Liz Torrez

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Christina Twomey

S&P Global

Kim Van Syoc

Banfield Pet Hospital

Krista Webster

Veritas Communications

Beth Whelley

Fahlgren Mortine

Jill Wilson

Gray Construction

Melissa Wisehart

Moore Communications Group