December 4, 2018 from 12 to 2 p.m.
National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

Join us as we celebrate the top professionals in PR!

Join us on December 4 for PR News' PR People Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. where we will showcase top talent, the passionate professionals and budding PR leaders who day in and day out are making communications matter in the marketplace. PR News' PR People Awards Luncheon will celebrate all of these individuals who set benchmarks of excellence in public relations.

Attendees will hear from Cheryl Wood, an international motivational speaker, best-selling author and leadership coach who is committed to stretching individuals to play outside of their comfort zone, take bigger risks, and raise the bar on their own expectations for success. Cheryl will speak to how professional communicators can expand their leadership skill set, helping them be better power sources for their employees and colleagues. She will offer actionable tips for staying motivated in a fast-paced digital world, as well as sharing how storytellers can get out of their comfort zones to ensure inspiration strikes as soon as they kick off their next campaign.

Winners will be announced during the awards luncheon and represent those teams that have set industry benchmarks for excellence across all areas of PR.



Keynote Speaker

Cheryl Wood

Cheryl Wood

Author of Success Tips for Speakers

Rising Star Honorees

People Awards Finalists

  • Michael BrownVicarious PR
  • Kellyn CurtisHavas PR North America
  • Jess CliftonAgency Ten22
  • Lauren PozmanterVested
  • Ania TreszczotkoSage Communications
  • Edward HarrisValley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
  • Georjann MorriseauResolute Forest Products
  • Kate MurphyBank of America
  • Sebastien ReyesU-Haul International
  • Jamie BuranichCitrix
  • Catherine CanniffBank of America
  • Sarah FitzgeraldMinnesota Department of Corrections
  • Kristen KauffmanSPM Communications
  • Chris FlooreMacon-Bibb County
  • John GuilfoilJohn Guilfoil Public Relations
  • Deidre StalnakerCity of Tuscaloosa
  • Kelly LangCisco
  • Maria Abyeta MoretaCisco
  • Holly StanleyBank of America
  • Ellen ConverseThe Newseum
  • Ashley ShahidVested
  • Elana ShaulovaEvolveMKD
  • Marian DaniellsVested
  • Craig GreiweRogers & Cowan
  • Mark NardonePAN Communications
  • Melody PleasurePeraton
  • Jillian SullivanBank of America
  • Sheryl VieiraCaldwell Trust Company
  • Tracy BellBank of America
  • Brett CareSpectrum Science
  • William BordenKPMG
  • Victoria GarrodBank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Ella NevillCisco
  • Rachel NewmanSpectrum
  • SuJin OhHavas PR
  • Rachel RileyValley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
  • Curtis SparrerBospar
  • Lisa AstorPAN Communications
  • Linda DescanoHavas PR
  • Eric HazardVested Ventures, a unit of Vested
  • Larry KrutchikHill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Neil MortineFahlgren Mortine
  • Courtney MyersHavas PR
  • Durée RossDurée & Company, Inc.
  • Michelle SchaferMerritt Group
  • Ann-Tyler ConnellBank of America
  • Liza Burnett FeffermanMTV, VH1 and Logo
  • Krys GrondorfVerizon Connect
  • Clint PattersonT-Mobile
  • Michael "Mike" WaldronLyondellBasell
  • Brian FrederickThe ALS Association
  • Matisse Hamel-NelisCNIB
  • Susan McCarthyWorld Wildlife Fund
  • Katrina SlettenDrake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Ashleigh Kathryn WhiteUniversity of Florida-Master's in Mass Communications
  • Liza Burnett FeffermanMTV, VH1 and Logo
  • Matthew McQueenPeraton
  • Selena MorrisBank of America
  • Courtney MyersHavas PR
  • Ryan WallacePAN Communications
  • Julianne BardeleAnn & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Carmen CollinsCisco
  • Ibby HussainVested
  • Ryan MathesonVolunteers of America
  • Chris SmithBank of America
  • Ron BerkowitzBerk Communications
  • Lacey HainesHP
  • Alisa HughleyMPH, enBloom Media, LLC
  • Donald McLeanMMS Holdings Inc.
  • Curtis SparrerBospar
  • Amanda Piccirilli-HallDevine + Partners
  • Marissa SpivakSpectrum


The National Press Club

529 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20045

The National Press Club is known as "The Place Where News Happens." Global leaders in government, politics, business, music, film and sport visit the club every day. They speak here at public and private events because the press is here. The National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. It serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. The Club is where news happens in the nation’s capital and is a vigorous advocate of press freedom worldwide.

PR News does not have a room block for this event, but we do have a list of recommended hotels below that are a ten-minute walk or less from The National Press Club. 


Digital Package

  • 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!)
    • Extra award plaque for your team
    • Luncheon access
    • A three-course meal
    • Entertainment
    • The opportunity to network with 300+ communicators

Table of Ten

  • Table of Ten

    • 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
    • The opportunity to network with 300+ communicators

Luncheon Ticket

  • Luncheon Ticket

    • Luncheon access
    • A three-course meal
    • Entertainment
    • The opportunity to network with 300+ communicators


Are you interested in sponsoring the PR People Awards? This is a unique experiential opportunity to be in front of 450+ awards luncheon attendees comprised of top PR, communications and marketing professionals at agencies, nonprofits, corporations and government organizations. 

If you are interested in purchasing an ad or a package that includes an ad in the program guide, the ad close deadline is Tuesday, November 13 and the materials deadline is Monday, November 19.

Sponsorship Opportunities Include:

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’ 280k 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")

Contact Sales Director Katie Sullivan for Rates and Availability

Previous Winners


Submission Questions

For questions about PR News Awards, contact:

Mary-Lou French
Awards Coordinator, PR News

Sponsorship and Advertising

For information on sponsoring a PR News event, please contact:

Katie Sullivan
Sales Director, PR News