The 9th annual Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, presented by the PR Council in partnership with PRWeek, are now open. These awards honor excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion within the PR sector.

The Diversity Distinction in PR Awards reward and recognize individuals and organizations that play a key role in facilitating the recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse PR practitioners. They similarly support and inspire professionals of diverse backgrounds, as well as those who strive to encourage and strengthen diversity and inclusion across the PR workforce.

For 2019, efforts continue to present award categories that encourage more participation by organizations of all types and sizes. In addition, Honorable Mentions are being awarded in all categories where judges determine there are entries worthy of such a distinction.

In an effort to further highlight the tangible benefits of a diverse and inclusive staff, the PR Council and PRWeek recently introduced two new categories – one that celebrates extraordinary campaigns executed by diverse and inclusive teams, the other that honors young PR professionals of diverse backgrounds who are excelling for their organizations. Both return for 2019.

This year’s entire submission process is fully online. For all the information and to enter today, go here.

Recognition will be awarded in five overall areas, with two of the categories rewarding winners in two separate divisions:

(open to PR agencies only)
Honorees will be rewarded in these two categories:
1. Firms with $100 million or more in annual revenue
2. Firms with less than $100 million in annual revenue

This award honors an agency’s successful initiative to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

(open to all PR professionals)
Honorees will be rewarded in these two categories:
1. Diversity Champion – PR Agency
2. Diversity Champion – In-House

Recognizes individuals who are role models and champions of diversity and inclusion through both their present actions, as well as throughout their career.

Past Diversity Champions are eligible to enter.

For the In-House category, agencies are encouraged to nominate – and even submit on behalf of – candidates for non-agency entities.

(open to corporations, nonprofits, and any other non-agency organizations)

This award honors an in-house communications team’s success in any one of the following three areas:

1. Increasing diversity and inclusion of its own staff
2. Raising awareness and facilitating diversity and inclusion efforts and staffing organization-wide
3. Leadership of a community project that directly impacts the diverse and inclusive talent pipeline at their organization

We highly encourage PR agencies that are aware of clients that have programs worthy of entering this category to encourage those clients to do so. We further welcome agencies to collaborate with their clients on their submissions in this category. But note: this category is NOT meant to honor joint agency-client programs. Only programs fully led by in-house teams are eligible.

(open to all organizations, including PR firms, corporations, nonprofits, and any other non-agency entities)

PRWeek and the PR Council believe that diverse and inclusive teams deliver the best work. This award honoring the best campaign work by a diverse and inclusive team (cultural/ethnic/gender/sexual orientation) helps us reinforce that. In addition to exceptional campaign results, the direct impact of the diverse and inclusive team on the campaign’s success must be showcased.

This category is open to all organizations: PR firms, corporations, nonprofits, trade groups, and any other non-PR agency entities. Campaign work in any industry sector is eligible.

Collaborative efforts by in-house and agency teams are eligible and encouraged.

Campaigns submitted for other industry awards, including the PRWeek Awards, are welcome to be submitted, provided they meet the criteria.

(open to all PR professionals, including those who work at a PR firm, corporation, nonprofit, trade group, or any other non-PR-agency entity)

Mandatory: Nominees for this category must be under the age of 30 as of July 9, 2019.

This award honors an exceptional young individual from a diverse background who, albeit early in his or her career, has a proven track record of professional success that has notably impacted his or her organization’s business. Any achievements in advancing diversity and inclusion at their organizations or industry-wide are encouraged for submission, as well.

Nominators are welcome to submit colleagues who do not work at their organization.

In each of the seven above categories, one winner will be awarded. An Honorable Mention will also be awarded, pending judges’ determination that there is an entry worthy of the distinction.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 9, at 11:59pm EST.


There will be a late entry period from Wednesday, July 10, at 12am EST to Tuesday, July 16, at 11:59pm EST. (No entries can be submitted after that point.)

$249 (includes a $50 late fee)

Email questions to

The panel of judges for the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards will comprise a diverse group of respected professionals who have all made noteworthy contributions to the communications industry at large, but also specifically to advancing diversity and inclusion in PR. The judging panel will be chaired by a senior PRWeek representative.

Judging will take place in mid-August at PRWeek's offices in New York City.

Winning entries will be written up in a feature in the September/October issue of PRWeek and featured on Winners will also be honored at the PR Council’s annual dinner in New York City on Thursday, September 19.

Enter today!

The 2019 Diversity Distinction in PR Awards entry system is completely online, making it easier than ever to submit your entries. For all the details and to enter today, go here.

2019 Judges

    • Maria Amor
      Havas FORMULATIN

      • Matt Harrington
        Global COO

        • Rahsaan Harris
          President and CEO
          Emma Bowen Foundation

            • Michele Moore

                • Kass Sells
                  Global COO, president of international
                  WE Communications

                    • Jessica Shih
                      Director of strategic communications,
                      Blue Shield of California

                        • Charlene Wheeless
                          Principal VP, corporate affairs

                              • KeJuan Wilkins
                                VP, North America communications

Previous winners

Welcome signs: The 2018 Diversity Distinction in PR Awards

In its eighth year, the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, presented by PRWeek in partnership with the PR Council, provides the strongest example yet that progress is being made across the industry

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2016: Difference makers

For the sixth consecutive year, the PR Council and PRWeek have partnered to honor those who are providing a model for others to follow in terms of facilitating greater diversity and inclusion within individual organizations and across the industry.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2015: Answering the call to change

The PR Council and PRWeek's annual awards celebrate those who are striving to achieve greater diversity and inclusion within the comms industry

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2014: Beacons of progress

For the fourth consecutive year, the Council of PR Firms and PRWeek are recognizing those who are taking true action to ensure greater diversity and inclusion throughout the industry.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2013: Change agents

Societal realities have transformed diversity and inclusion from an admirable desire to a bottom-line necessity. In turn, the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards take on added resonance.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2012: Inclusive effort

The Council of PR Firms and PRWeek present the winners of the second annual awards program recognizing best efforts to promote diversity within the industry's ranks.

Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2011

This year marks the debut of the Diversity Distinction in PR Awards, supported by the Council of PR Firms in association with PRWeek. These awards aim to address the problem of attaining a more ethnically diverse workforce at all levels.