PR News Names This Year’s Top Women in the Biz

PR News Online just released the first-ever list of women named to its new Top Women in PR Awards program–and most of the names won’t surprise you.

Women who made the cut for this inaugural awards program span across all areas of the industry—from representing major media networks like CNN, to behemoth contracting firms like Lockheed Martin, as well as running smaller PR shops with big-name clients.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 11.37.25 AM“Women have long been at the forefront of public relations, creating communications strategies for brands, nonprofits and government agencies—managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms PR News’ Top Women in PR Awards will celebrate those women who have made bold advances in these areas in the last year for their own organizations or for clients,” PR News said in a statement on its website.

Fishbowl DC got tipped off about the award from one of the recipients’ colleagues.

“I honestly can’t think of anyone I have worked with over my career who cares more about getting it right for the client and works as hard as she does to get it done!” SevenTwenty Strategies’ Executive Vice President Vlad Cartwright said in an email about the company’s president and award recipient, Pam Fielding.

Here’s the entire list of 2014 honorees:

  • Shante Bacon, 135th Street Agency
  • Erika Kauffman, 5W Public Relations
  • Sandra Fathi, Affect
  • Huma Gruaz, Alpaytac Marketing Communications/Public Relations
  • Susan Gordon, Bell Helicopter
  • Amber Winans, Bhava Communications
  • Heidi Davidson, BlackBerry Ltd
  • Joie Healy, Cisco Systems
  • Lauren Pratapas, CNN
  • Virginia Devlin, Current Lifestyle Marketing
  • Jody Diamond, Diamond Public Relations
  • Catherine Frymark, Discovery Communications
  • Mory Fontanez, Edelman Digital
  • Amy Call-Well, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Karen Kessler, Evergreen Partners
  • Marty McDonald, Fahlgren Mortine
  • Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, Florida International University
  • Sylvia Tawse, Fresh Ideas Group
  • Maura Corbett, Glen Echo Group
  • Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Goodwill Industries International
  • Hanna Lee, Hanna Lee Communications, Inc.
  • Nicole Mehr, HARMAN International Industries Inc.
  • Cari Brunelle, HBC
  • Kathleen Henson, Henson Consulting, Inc.
  • Courtney Quattrini, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Lynn Gardner, HISTORY
  • Sabrina Horn, Horn Group Inc.
  • Anastasia Khoo, Human Rights Campaign
  • Katreena Salgado, Imprenta Communications Group, LLC
  • Beth Monaghan & Meg O’Leary, InkHouse Media + Marketing
  • Jennifer Connelly, JCPR, Inc.
  • Liz Kaplow, Kaplow Communications
  • Barri Rafferty, Ketchum
  • Jamie Zuieback, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Drisha Leggitt, LCS Technologies
  • Jessica Nielsen, Lockheed Martin
  • Jenn Michaels, MGM Resorts International
  • Karen Murphy O’Brien, Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
  • Carreen Winters, MWW
  • Lisa Hartenberger, Navistar, Inc.
  • Jenna Thomas, Nebo Agency
  • Kelli Parsons, New York Life
  • Anne Brownlee, Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Cessie Cerrato, Palace Resorts
  • Laura Monica, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • Silvie Casanova, Philips Lighting
  • Tina Beaty, Porter Novelli
  • Jennie Day-Burget, Prichard
  • Justine Griffin, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
  • Julia Labaton, RED PR
  • Susan Reilly, Reilly Connect
  • Maura Payne, Reynolds American Inc.
  • Kathy Bloomgarden, Ruder Finn
  • Pam Fielding, SevenTwenty Strategies
  • Trisha Cardoso, Showtime Networks Inc.
  • Camille Johnston, Siemens Corporation
  • Susan Stern, Stern + Associates
  • Judy Whittlesey, Susan Davis International
  • Jessica C. Adelman, Sygenta
  • Sydney Siegmeth, TASER International
  • Aedhmar Hynes, Text100
  • Lauren Thompson, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
  • Susan Leepson, Time Warner Cable
  • Sona Iliffe-Moon, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Diane Pelkey, Under Armour
  • Monica Talan, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Waggener Edstrom Communications
  • Deborah Buks, Ward
  • Allyson Hugley, Weber Shandwick