Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), the oldest professional society for female communicators in the greater capital area, named its 2019 Emerging Leaders Awards (ELAs) honorees on June 18. The 10th annual ELAs honored rising stars, ages 25-35, who have excelled in public relations and related fields, and given back to the industry by contributing their skills and talents to innovative initiatives and projects. Six winners from different sectors within the communications field were announced at the ceremony to recognize the diverse group of up-and-coming communications professionals.
“The 2019 Emerging Leaders Awards honorees are a diverse group of women who all stand out for their impressive talents, record of achievement and commitment to their communities,” said Amanda Cate, WWPR President. “As change-makers and leaders, these women are a fitting tribute to celebrate the event’s 10th year anniversary. WWPR is proud to recognize their excellence and congratulates all the finalists for their accomplishments.”
The 2019 WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards Honorees are:
Small/Boutique Agency: Thy-Ann Nguyen, CURA Strategies
Thy-Ann Nguyen is the Managing Director and Senior Vice President at CURA Strategies, an integrated strategic communications agency focused exclusively on health and wellness, where she is responsible for managing company operations and leading multiple client accounts at any given time. Thy-Ann has over eight years of experience planning and implementing successful strategic communications programs for clients across the health care spectrum—from large global medical device and pharmaceutical corporations to associations and small non-profits.
Mid-Sized Agency: Jennifer Heilman, Stratacomm
Jennifer Heilman is a vice president at Stratacomm. In her role, Jennifer provides integrated marketing and communication strategy and program management to the firm’s growing roster of government, association and corporate clients within the transportation, energy and environment, and infrastructure sectors.
Global & Large Agency: Jackeline Stewart, Edelman
Jackeline Stewart is a senior brand storyteller at Edelman with experience in creating and disseminating transformative narratives to help organizations advance multicultural engagement. She has invaluable experience working with foundations, national nonprofits, corporations, and thought leaders to develop and execute dynamic strategies that not only reach but engage and activate diverse audiences to create change.
Government: Courtney Cochran, Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman
Courtney Cochran serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), where she manages all forms of communications and outreach and supports the legislative and policy agenda for one Congress’s most progressive members.
Non-Profit: Jackie Marks, Marine Stewardship Council
Jackie Marks is a jack-of-all-trades non-profit communications professional who has dedicated her career to messaging important sustainability, conservation, and natural resources issues. She leads US, Caribbean and Latin America public relations and communications efforts for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an international non-profit focused on making sure seafood is available for generations to come.
In-House: Laura Ransone, Interel US- Women in Government Relations
Laura Ransone currently serves Women in Government Relations (WGR) as Associate Director. Through the creation and delivery of innovative engagement initiatives in education, leadership and networking opportunities Laura works to further the organization’s mission, to advance and empower women in the field of government relations.
A distinguished panel of judges selected the honorees based on their record of excellence and accomplishments in their careers thus far, as well as their leadership qualities and ethical standards. The 2019 judges included:
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director of Public Relations, Goodwill
Jennifer Curley, President and CEO, Curley Company
Carrie Fox, Founder and CEO, Mission Partners
Dani Veira, Director of Communications and Engagement, A Better Chicago
Danielle Hagen, Senior Vice President, Communications, Nahigian Strategies
The ELA winners were announced at a cocktail reception. Kathy Baird, Managing Director at Ogilvy gave the keynote address. The complete list of 2019 WWPR Emerging Leaders Awards finalists can be found here:https://wwpr.org/2019-ela-finalists/
Photo, left to right: Thy-Ann Nguyen, Jennifer Heilman, Jackeline Stewart, Courtney Cochran, Jackie Marks and Laura Ransone.