Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) recognized three rising communications professionals on June 21 as their 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees: Sarah Hubbart from Michael Torrey Associates, KC Sledd from Atlantic Media Strategies, and Melissa Zuckerman from JPA Health Communications.
The honorees were named at a reception held at Morning Consult, a media and technology company, in D.C. These honorees were selected from six finalists that also included Brittanie Clement from Delucchi Plus, Cait DeBaun from Project: Time Off at the U.S. Travel Association, and Rachel Racoosin from LEVICK.
The Emerging Leaders Awards is an annual WWPR award and cocktail reception that recognizes leaders in public relations and communications, among young women (ages 23-30) who, according to WWPR, have significantly impacted the communications field and D.C. community.
The awards ceremony also featured keynote speaker Jade Floyd, senior director of communications at The Case Foundation.
Here’s more about the 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees:
Sarah Hubbart, director, Michael Torrey Associates, leads the firm’s communications program that includes the development and implementation of government affairs initiatives, issues management efforts and coalition building projects. She also has extensive media relations experience, honed at positions at the Animal Agriculture Alliance, where she helped lead a national coalition of livestock industry leaders, the National Association of Conservation Districts and as a journalist.
KC Sledd, senior manager of strategy, Atlantic Media Strategies, is a strategist who specializes in developing campaigns for leading organizations at pivotal moments of transformation, across philanthropy, social marketing and corporate social responsibility.
Melissa Zuckerman, account supervisor, JPA Health Communications, specializes in health and nonprofit clients. At JPA, she oversees high-profile initiatives for the American Medical Informatics Association, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Lamaze International and Together for Safer Roads.
“Washington Women in Public Relations works to advance communications professionals in the DC area, including recognizing young women who are rising leaders in the industry,” said Mara Vandlik, president of WWPR. “We are thrilled to celebrate Sarah, KC, and Melissa as 2016 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees due to their remarkable talent and accomplishments as young communications professionals.”
(Shown in photo are five of the six finalists, left to right: KC Sledd, Rachel Racoosin, Melissa Zuckerman, Sarah Hubbert and Brittanie Clement.)
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