Women of Distinction 2023

These 25 honorees join the esteemed club of exemplary, forward-thinking comms leadership.

Meet PRWeek’s Women of Distinction and Women to Watch class of 2023.

The 25 Women of Distinction honorees this year are a cross section of the industry's top women leaders, whose creativity and insight continue to inspire everyone who encounters them. This year's 13 Women to Watch honorees are stellar individuals that set the bar high, both for their peers and generations to follow.  

“Women make up 80% of the increasingly influential PR profession,” said Steve Barrett, PRWeek’s editorial director. “The Women of Distinction and Women to Watch class of 2023 are truly an inspiration to everyone working in PR.” 

The 2023 honorees will be celebrated in New York City on May 31, 2023.

Women of Distinction 2023

Paulette Aniskoff

Bully Pulpit Interactive

Paulette Aniskoff, Bully Pulpit Interactive

Laura Bremer

Citizen Relations

Laura Bremer, Citizen Relations

Maureen Byrne

Evoke Kyne

Maureen Byrne, Evoke Kyne

Kimberly Cohn

Easterseals Southern California

Kimberly Cohn, Easterseals Southern California

Valarie De La Garza


Valarie De La Garza, Fenton

Nancy Elder

New York Mets

Nancy Elder, New York Mets

Nancy Fitzsimmons

Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Nancy Fitzsimmons, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Cheryll Forsatz

Ferrero USA

Cheryll Forsatz, Ferrero USA

Rachi Govil

BCW North America

Rachi Govil, BCW North America

Courtney Gray Haupt


Courtney Gray Haupt, Edelman

Georgia Juvelis

AMC Networks

Georgia Juvelis, AMC Networks

Sarah Meron


Sarah Meron, IBM

Susan Nelson

Dine Brands Global

Susan Nelson, Dine Brands Global

Tamara Norman


Tamara Norman, Ketchum

Jennifer Paganelli

Real Chemistry

Jennifer Paganelli, Real Chemistry

Arielle Patrick

Ariel Investments

Arielle Patrick, Ariel Investments

Ginger Porter


Ginger Porter, Golin

Maria Poveromo

Cisco Systems

Maria Poveromo, Cisco Systems

Una Pulizzi


Una Pulizzi, Kyndryl

Tara Reid

Havas Formula

Tara Reid, Havas Formula

Maria Rodriguez

Vanguard Communications

Maria Rodriguez, Vanguard Communications

Linda Rutherford

Southwest Airlines

Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines

Sandy Skees

Porter Novelli

Sandy Skees, Porter Novelli

Jennifer Skyler

American Express

Jennifer Skyler, American Express

Sandra Waite

Johnson & Johnson

Sandra Waite, Johnson & Johnson

Women to Watch 2023

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