Several communications veterans were honored including Marvet Britto, founder and CEO of The Britto Agency; and Patti Webster, CEO of W&W Public Relations; who were honored with the PR awards.
I spoke with Chelsea Stalling, the corporate communications manager for Johnson Publishing, the publisher of Ebony and JET, who handled PR for the event. The communications team started reaching out to the media about six weeks prior to the luncheon, and invited print, broadcast, and online journalists to attend and cover the awards ceremony. At the event, there were opportunities to interview and photograph the recipients and presenters of the awards, including Patti LaBelle, author Michael Eric Dyson, and Linda Johnson Rice, the president and CEO of Johnson Publishing.
Honorees after the jump.
The Madam C.J. Walker Award:
Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments
Public Relations Awards:
Marvet Britto, founder and CEO of The Britto Agency
Patti Webster, CEO of W&W Public Relations
Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post
Lyne Pitts, VP of strategic initiatives for NBC News
Advertising Agency Awards:
Zeline Kelly Bates, media director of Beaman Incorporated
McGhee Williams Osse, Co-CEO of Burrell Communications
Corporate Leadership Awards:
Susan Banks, EVP of marketing and creative services for TV One
Nadja Fidelia, MD of Lehman Brothers
Carla Harris, MD of Morgan Stanley