Melissa Waggener Zorkin: Power List 2011

CEO and President, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Seattle-based Waggener Edstrom draws heavily on its heritage supporting Microsoft, but cofounder Melissa Waggener Zorkin has ensured all its client eggs aren't in one basket.

Her alums are sprinkled liberally among blue-chip in-house operation such as Starbucks and Verizon, as well as Microsoft.

In growing their firm from the two of them in 1983 to more than 800 associates globally, Waggener Zorkin and partner Pam Edstrom have created a truly distinct working environment in which women are able to thrive and develop their careers to senior levels not seen at every large agency.

Her commitment to philanthropy also shines through in everything she does, making her a role model for all communicators.

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