In 2013, PRWeek debuted a Hall of Fame to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the communications industry.
Celebrating its fifth year, PRWeek is set to introduce a new class of inspiring leaders into the Hall of Fame with a night of festivities on Monday, December 4, recognizing these six masters of PR and the profound impact they've made on the industry.
Muriel Fox, former EVP, Carl Byoir & Associates; co-founder, National Organization for Women
- Muriel Fox was EVP of Carl Byoir & Associates and a pioneer in breaking into the then male-dominated world of PR in the 1950s. Business Week magazine once called her "the number one woman in public relations." She also co-founded the National Organization For Women (NOW), which formed in 1966.
Bill Heyman, president and CEO, Heyman Associates
Bill Heyman set up Heyman Associates and its sibling firms around the world in order to place top PR and public affairs talent in executive positions at high-profile corporations, foundations, and academic institutions across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.
Kim Hunter, president and CEO, Lagrant Communications; chairman and CEO, The Lagrant Foundation; managing partner, KLH & Associates
- Multimillion-dollar integrated marketing communications firm Lagrant Communications is the brainchild of founder and president/CEO, Kim Hunter, a long-standing champion and pioneer of diversity in the marketing and communications sectors.
Zenia Mucha, senior EVP and chief communications officer, The Walt Disney Co.
- Zenia Mucha is responsible for global communications for The Walt Disney Co., including acting as chief spokesperson and overseeing communication strategy and media relations for the company, its various business segments, and its philanthropic and environmental initiatives.
Howard Rubenstein, chairman, Rubenstein
- Dubbed the “dean of damage control” by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, Howard Rubenstein is one of the best-known PR practitioners in New York history and founded a family dynasty that is going strong more than 60 years after he started an agency in his parents’ kitchen in Brooklyn.
Posthumous award: Pam Edstrom, cofounder, WE Communications
Best known as Microsoft’s first PR person, Pam Edstrom passed away in March this year at the age of 71. Edstrom had known the technology powerhouse’s legendary founder Bill Gates since Microsoft was a penniless startup. Post-Microsoft, the majority of Edstrom’s career was spent at the agency to which she lent her name, working alongside CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin in a relationship that spanned more than three decades.
Date: Monday, December 4
Time: 6 - 9pm ET
Venue: Grand Hyatt (Manhattan Ballroom), Grand Central, New York
Cost: Table of 10 - $4,700
Half table (seats 5) - $2,400
Individual ticket - $495