hall of femme
The PRWeek Hall of Femme honors trailblazers in the communications industry. PRWeek's second Hall of Femme class includes nine talented women who challenge the status quo, push for the big idea, and strive to make a difference. Whether for client or colleague they are up for every challenge, ready to go above and beyond to ensure results exceed business goals and achieve creative excellence.

The honorees

Kathy Bloomgarden

Kathy Bloomgarden
CEO, Ruder Finn

Kimberley Goode

Kimberley Goode
VP of communications and corporate affairs, Northwestern Mutual

Catherine Hernandez-Blades

Catherine Hernandez-Blades
SVP of corporate communications
Aflac

Margery kraus

Margery Kraus
founder and executive chairman
APCO Worldwide

Marian Salzman


CEO, Havas PR North America
and chair, Global Collective

Barby Siegel

Barby Siegel
CEO, Zeno

Pam Wickham

Pam Wickham
VP of corporate affairs and communications and CCO, Raytheon

Renee Wilson

Renee Wilson
president, PR Council

Melissa waggener zorkin

Melissa Waggener Zorkin
founder and CEO
WE Communications

Champions of PR

Here are 40 reasons the communications and PR industry is ready and more than able to take center stage among the marcomms disciplines. These women come to the table with new, innovative ways of doing business and are helping define their companies as sought-after employers of the future. They are mentors for women on their teams, creating a solid foundation of leaders for years to come.
Virginia Devlin
Founder and president, Current Marketing
Sarah Engel
CMO, DynamicAction
Tricia Ewald
EVP and director of account management, Olson Engage
Darlene Hollywood
Principal, Hollywood Public Relations
Malana Joseph Mitchell
Director of PR and community engagement, Spears Group
Mandy Mladenoff
President, Matter
Caroline Nolan
U.S. PR and social media leader, PwC
Barbara Nonas
VP and director, corporate comms, DigitasLBi
Kelly O’Malley
Principal, O’Malley Hansen Communications
Connie Partoyan
CEO, Direct Impact
Suzanne Philion
Senior director, corporate comms, Yahoo
Brienna Pinnow
Head of marketing, Experian Marketing Services
Lia Reich
VP, communications and marketing, PrecisionHawk
Julianna Richter
U.S. chief operating officer, Edelman
Lisa Rosenberg
Partner and chief creative officer, Allison+Partners
Cynthia Rude
Global chief operating officer, Citizen Relations
Tracey Santilli
EVP, director of PR and social media Tierney
Michele Schimmel
MD, RX Mosaic Health
Jennifer Scott
MD, Ogilvy PR, New York
Sherry Scott
President, Gagen MacDonald
Jamie Tinsley
VP, media relations, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Katy Varney
Partner, MP&F Public Relations
Vanessa Wakeman
Founder and CEO, The Wakeman Agency
Christie Williams
Creative and technical marketing manager, Beckwood
Lisa Wolleon
EVP, Coyne PR