Headliner Award Recipients
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Since the award was created in 1939, the Association for Women in Communications has presented over 200 distinguished professional members with the Headliner Award to recognize their outstanding achievements.
Patricia Anstett, Journalist - 2017 AWC Headliner
The 2017 Headliner, Patricia Anstett, will be the featured speaker at the Headliner Award luncheon on Tuesday, September 19. Patricia’s 40-year career as a journalist has always exemplified the highest professional standards. Patricia is an accomplished journalist, mentor and leader who worked at major newspapers in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, including the last 22 years of her journalism career as medical writer for the Detroit Free Press. In April, 2017 she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
She was a voice for change and gender equality in news coverage and hiring in her own newsroom and within journalism. She mentored more than a dozen interns, mostly minority women, and did classroom teaching around the country as an editor-in-residence at a time when largely male journalism schools were clamoring to bring more women into the classroom to talk to the growing number of women entering the field.
Always honest, courageous and thorough, she is widely recognized for reporting on health issues. Her extensive reporting on all aspects of mammography--compliance with state standards, large pricing differences, insurance reimbursement, access for Medicaid patients and funding for a state and federally-funded program that paid for free mammograms for low-income women-- was distinctive, informative, relentless and meaningful.
Patricia retired in 2012 from the Detroit Free Press, after 30 years there, but remains fully engaged as an author in the most fulfilling mission of her career. She has written two books, including “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,’’ published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Patricia has been an AWC member since her college days and has been active in chapters throughout her career. She is a past president of the AWC Detroit Chapter and was honored by this chapter with the Headliner and Diamond Awards.
Brenda Jones Barwick, President of Jones Public Relations, is a rarity – especially in America’s heartland. She has 35 years of public relations experience at the highest levels in Washington, DC politics, European diplomatic relations and with Fortune 500 companies.
Brenda Jones Barwick, President, Jones Public Relations – 2015 AWC Headliner
In Washington, D.C., Brenda was a writer in The White House West Wing for President Ronald Reagan’s Administration, who later appointed her to the Foreign Service. She served at the American Embassy in Switzerland coordinating ambassadorial-level diplomatic events and developing public outreach initiatives to advocate free enterprise and democratic principles. During President George H.W. Bush’s term, Brenda served on a Presidential Commission at the U.S. State Department that advised the president on foreign aid structure.
After 15 years in Washington, DC and Europe, Brenda became Vice President of Public Relations for the southwest’s sixth largest advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, where she planned and coordinated campaigns for the Dallas Cowboys and Six Flags.
Since establishing Jones PR in 2001, the firm has won a national Clarion Award for the Oklahoma Centennial, two Best of Show Awards by the Public Relations Society of America of Oklahoma City and ADDY Awards from Oklahoma City Advertising Club. She was honored with the Paul E. Dannelly Harmony Award for her achievements in advancing the public relations industry.
Brenda serves on the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors and previously as a Chamber Vice Chair. She is also an active member of the Association for Women in Communications and Women Impacting Public Policy. She served several years as a National Delegate to the Public Relations Society of America International Conference and earned public relations national accreditation in 1999.
Her involvement in AWC spans more than 20 years, joining the organization in 1993. In that time she served nine years on the Oklahoma City chapter’s board of directors, lending her leadership and expertise for the roles of Public Relations Chair, Bosses Breakfast Chair, Byliner Awards Chair, President-Elect, President and Past-President. She continues to assist the chapter as needed, serving many times on the Byliner Selection Committee and recruiting new members to the organization. In 2013, the chapter honored her with a Byliner Award in the communications category for her significant contributions to the communications field, the Oklahoma City community, and the Association for Women in Communications.
Margery Krevsky, President and CEO, Production Plus – The Talent Shop – 2013 AWC Headliner
Margery Krevsky is the co-founder, President and CEO of Michigan-based Production Plus – The Talent Shop. Krevsky, dubbed “The Queen Bee of the Car Show Models” by Forbes, long ago defied the prevailing trend that had models at auto shows draped against vehicles, dressed sexily in tight ball gowns and short skirts and armed with memorized scripts. She took bold steps and outfitted her talent in sophisticated business attire, first for Pontiac, then Nissan and Toyota. She insisted on her models becoming trained as “product specialists,” so they could impress potential customers with vehicle comparison facts and figures as well as glamour.
The consummate entrepreneur, Krevsky took the knowledge gained from working with beauty professionals and, in 2008, launched Purely Pro Cosmetics. She also is the author of the award-winning book, Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models, which served as the muse for the exhibit by the same name, which most recently was on display at the National Automotive Museum in Reno, Nev. Krevsky is part of the Michigan Concours d’Elegance and a member of the Women’s Automotive Alliance International. In 2010 she was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award. Krevsky is a member of the AWC Detroit Chapter and serves as the Vice President of Membership.
Lois Phillips, PhD – 2011 AWC Headliner
Lois Phillips, PhD, a management consultant and trainer, leads seminars in presentation skills, media skills, and organizational communication for companies, agencies, professional associations, and universities. She also facilitates planning retreats and provides coaching services to executives who wish to communicate more effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and the press. Dr. Phillips delivers customized keynote conference presentations for professional associations and staff development events and is frequently interviewed by media.
Dr. Phillips addressed the number one fear of Americans – the fear of speaking to a crowd – by writing the book ‘Women Seen and Heard; Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers.’ The book helps women candidates, advocates, and leaders in every role understand how to gain credibility as the voice of authority.
This formidable woman who earned her PhD in 1986, served as founding executive director at Antioch University, owns her own consulting and training company, facilitates strategic planning processes for colleges and universities, produces television programs about the impact of women’s expanding roles and current events, and last summer started a political campaign consulting company.
The AWC Headliner Award was not awarded in 2010. The AWC National Conference moved to a bi-annual event in odd numbered years, and the award is presented there.
Lorraine Howell – 2009 AWC Headliner
Lorraine Howell started Media Skills Training in 1998 after 12 years as a television news and talk show producer in the San Francisco Bay area. Currently, she coaches top executives and professionals to speak more effectively to the media and she specializes in message development, presentation skills and crisis communications. Her clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Microsoft WIO & EIO, REI, Vulcan, Inc., Group Health Cooperative, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, and many more. In October 2008, she returned for the second year to coach the five finalists in the Forbes.com national Boost Your Business Contest in New York City.
Howell’s book, Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift, helps professionals develop a concise, strategic answer to the question, “What do you do?” and engage the listener’s interest in just a few seconds. In June 2008, she received the AWC Seattle Chapter’s annual Georgina MacDougall Davis Founders Award, which was created in 1976 to honor AWC’s founder as well as a member who has consistently exhibited the highest ethics, professional excellence and personal commitment in everything they do.
As the Senior Segment Producer on the top rated news show “Mornings on 2” at KTVU, the Oakland Fox affiliate, she specialized in booking exclusive, live interviews with top names in the news, public figures and celebrities. At KPIX, the CBS affiliate, she produced live, hour long programs featuring breaking news stories, controversial issues, emerging trends and a long list of celebrities on the number one morning talk show “People Are Talking.” She produced live broadcasts from the White House and from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., from the 1996 Republican & Democratic National Conventions, and from “Camp O.J.” during the Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.
Maria Henneberry – 2008 AWC Headliner
Maria Henneberry and her husband, Phil Vandiver, are co-owners of Contemporary Visuals, a multi-media production company based in Illinois. Henneberry and her husband have grown their business to include a range of clients from nonprofit agencies and universities to Fortune 500 companies. Their video production work has taken them as far away as Ireland to produce news segments that aired in two news markets in central Illinois. They have received significant recognition for their freelance work, including two nationally-recognized “Telly” Awards for educational video projects – one on manners and the other about blended families – each used as teaching tools in junior high and high schools around the country.
Henneberry has also distinguished herself as an award-winning television journalist and anchor. She has worked as a news reporter/on-air personality at WJBC/WBNQ radio in Bloomington, Ill., ultimately becoming the first female bureau chief of CBS 31’s and WCIA-TV’s Bloomington-Normal newsroom. She was the first television anchor for the newly created McLean County-focused FOX 43 News at Nine newscast for two and a half years.
Over the years, Henneberry’s news stories have aired throughout the United States, leading newscasts as far away as Indianapolis and Albuquerque, N.M. She’s been a versatile writer, production coordinator, on-air, and voice-over talent. It’s not only her video work that’s been nationally and internationally distributed, Henneberry has appeared on national media as well. Her on-air credentials include appearances on CBS News and QVC, as well as host of instructional videos in each Eureka Steam Cleaner box and for Electrolux in-store displays.
Henneberry was chosen as a Bloomington-Normal Hometown Hero in her early 20’s for helping bring the Association for Women in Communication’s Regional Conference to town, which helped generate thousands of dollars for the local economy. Years later, as president of that same Mclean County-based AWC organization, Maria received a national award for most improved chapter. Now, in 2008, Henneberry has been named the 2008 AWC Headliner, the highest national award bestowed upon an AWC member.
Henneberry attended Black Hawk College, where she made the President’s list before graduating with an Associate in Arts degree. She graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication, with a Journalism and Public Relations emphasis, in May 1991.
Jami Fullerton – 2007 AWC Headliner
Jami Fullerton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of journalism and broadcasting at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa.
Fullerton recently co-authored a book about an anti-terrorism ad campaign titled “Advertising’s War On Terrorism: The Story of the U.S. State Department’s Shared Values Initiative.” The book cites internal documents and research to assert that the advertising campaign was successful in fostering more positive attitudes toward America in the Middle East and elsewhere, although the campaign was canceled after less than two months.
Fullerton’s research interests include the portrayal of gender in advertising and cross-cultural communication. Fullerton has published studies in academic journals on international and ethnic advertising and advertising education as well.
The College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University named her outstanding researcher in 2001.
Fullerton, who is the recipient of one State Department grant and a participant in two others, often spends her summers abroad teaching and conducting research on cross-cultural communication and media globalization.
Currently, Fullerton serves as the chair of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Academic Committee and is on the AAF Board of Directors.
Anita Parran – 2006 AWC Headliner
Anita K. Parran, associate state director for public affairs for AARP Missouri, has been named the Headliner Award winner for 2006 by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Parran was presented with the award at the Headliner Awards Luncheon Saturday, September 16, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.
Parran works at AARP Missouri, which is based in Kansas City, MO. She is responsible for all of the organization’s communications efforts in Missouri and special projects and events. She is also responsible for supporting AARP’s national communications strategies in the areas of legislative advocacy, economic security, and the organization’s Social Impact Agenda.
Parran has been active in the Greater Kansas City Professional Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications since 1991. She has held a variety of leadership positions within the chapter, including president, vice president-programs, program committee chairman and vice president of membership.
Parran has also served as an International Conference Delegate for the AWC Kansas City chapter. She was the chapter’s 1995 Leading Change Award recipient and the 1999 recipient of the chapter’s Unsung Hero Award.
A native of St. Louis, Parran earned a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
She is involved with several professional groups and devotes much of her time serving on Boards of Directors for organizations including The Central Exchange, Harvesters, Community Blood Center, and is the Public member on the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. She is the immediate past president of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and volunteers for organizations including Junior Achievement and the Urban League.
Laura Moore – 2005 AWC Headliner
Laura Moore, senior vice president and chief communications officer of RadioShack, is the 2005 winner of the Headliner Award, which is presented to an AWC member who has recent national accomplishments, as well as consistent communications excellence.
Her areas of responsibility include internal, store and financial communications; media and community relations; events and recognition; and communications project management. She joined RadioShack’s senior management team in 1998 as vice president for public relations and corporate communications.
Before she joined RadioShack, Moore was vice president of corporate communications for Zale Corp., community relations manager at Fidelity Investments, publc affairs officer with the Texas Department of Transportation, and director of public relations and staff development at Dallas County Schools. Moore began her career as a writer for a financial services trade publication.
Moore is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce. She serves on the boards of Students in Free Enterprise and the Fort Worth Symphony. In 2002, Moore received the Texas Public Relations Association’s Outstanding Practioner Award in honor of her public relations accomplishments.
Margaret Larson – Winner of the 2004 Headliner Award
Margaret Larson is a 25-year veteran broadcast journalist, most notably with NBC News. She served as a correspondent based in Burbank, a foreign correspondent based in London, news anchor for the Today Show and correspondent for Dateline NBC. As an overseas correspondent, she covered the Persian Gulf War, the Kurdish refugee crisis in northern Iraq, Typhoon Thelma in the Philippines, the release of the final four American hostages from the Middle East, British and Eastern European elections, and many other international developments.
At the end of 2002, Larson departed NBC affiliate KING-TV, as co-anchor of the top-rated 11 o’clock news, to accept a position with international aid agency Mercy Corps. She had spent ten years as a volunteer and board member for Mercy Corps, traveling to Lebanon, Albania, Macedonia, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and Iraq, before accepting her current post as Vice President of Communications. While still working periodically with Dateline NBC, Larson devotes her full-time attentions now to the humanitarian work undertaken by Mercy Corps in more than thirty countries around the world.
Larson has garnered several broadcast journalism awards including three Emmys, two national Clarion awards, New York Film Festival awards and a national SPJ award. She serves on the board of Mothers Against Violence in America and is a trustee of the Children’s Home Society, serving families at risk. Larson was also named the 2003 Communicator of the Year by the Seattle Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications and the 2003 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA Olympia Chapter. Margaret Larson lives outside Seattle, Washington with her husband Tim and their 11-year old son Kyle.
Patrice Tanaka – Winner of the 2003 Headliner Award
Patrice Tanaka (“PT”) co-founded PT&Co. in July 1990 upon completing a successful management buyback of her public relations firm from former parent company, Chiat/Day, inc. advertising. Over the past 13 years, Ms. Tanaka has led PT&Co. to become one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent PR firms. During that time, the agency has grown more than 850 percent, won 160+ industry awards for its breakthrough PR campaigns, been celebrated by Inside PR magazine as the “#1 Hot Creative Shop” in the nation, the “#1 Employer of Choice” among mid-size PR firms in America, and the “#1 Most Esteemed PR Firm in New York” by various PR industry trade publications and organizations.
Ms. Tanaka attributes the success of her agency to the fact that the company is wholly owned by a group of six co-founder/owners who are passionate about building a great PR agency brand. She and her five partners – Evelyn Calleja, John Frazier, Maria Kalligeros, Fran Kelly and Ellen LaNicca – have successfully built PT&Co. by focusing on creating: “great work,” a “great workplace” and “great communities that work.”
Some of America’s leading consumer marketers have been attracted by the agency’s high-energy drive to do breakthrough PR, including American Express, Avon Products, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Canon U.S.A., Coors Brewing Co., Duracell, Ernst & Young, Fodor’s Travel Guides/fodors.com, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, Liz Claiborne, Microsoft, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Charles Schwab & Co., Target Stores, among others.
Prior to founding PT&Co., Ms. Tanaka was Executive Vice President & General Manager of Chiat/Day’s PR subsidiary.
Ms. Tanaka has been honored/will be honored by a number of organizations, including: the University of Hawaii, which will honor her with its “Distinguished Alumni Award” (2003); the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which will confer upon her their Paul M. Lund Award for Public Service (2002); Asian Women in Business (AWIB) which saluted her with its “Entrepreneurial Leadership Award” (2001); The Star Group which honored her as one of the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” (2001); Inside PR magazine which recognized her as a “Creativity All-Star” (2000); Asian Enterprise magazine which named her “Asian Entrepreneur of the Year” (1999); Business & Professional Women/U.S.A. which bestowed upon her its “Women Mean Business Award”(1999); New York Women in Communications which presented her with the “Matrix” Award (1997) in Public Relations; Girl Scout Council of Greater New York which honored her with a “Women of Distinction” Award (1995); YWCA which named her to its “Academy of Women Achievers” (1994); and Working Mother magazine with its “Mothering That Works” Award (1994) for creating a family-friendly workplace.
Ms. Tanaka currently serves on the boards of Asian Women in Business, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and New York Women in Communications where she is Immediate Past President. She is also a founding board member of the PR agency trade association, the Council of PR Firms, and the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute. Ms. Tanaka is also a member of the New York Women’s Forum. She was born and raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (1974).
Rita Cosby – Winner of the 2002 Headliner Award
As anchor of FOX News Channels, Rita Cosby continues to out scoop her seasoned colleagues while covering national and international breaking news stories. Most recently, she made international headlines by obtaining exclusive interviews with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and back to back interviews with Mideast leaders Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon.
Currently the youngest senior news correspondent in network television, this three-time Emmy winner for investigative reporting has consistently broken major news stories throughout the world. Live in Belgrade during the bombing, Cosby was first to report that the three American POWs were going to be released; scored the only interview with the Montana Freemen during their 1996 standoff; covered the entire Elian Gonzalez custody battle; and traveled to Cuba to report on the Pope’s historic meeting with Fidel Castro.
Cosby has also interviewed four U.S. Presidents and has been a lead reporter covering the Presidential campaigns of 1996 and 2000. Her political savvy and adept handling of “quips and rips” on the Washington scene have made her a regular guest on national radio.
As a University of South Carolina honor graduate, Cosby has taught numerous college classes, and in 1998 was presented with USC’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in five other languages, she is listed in “Outstanding People of the 20th Century.” Cosby continues to provide her unique and diverse perspective on national and international issues when asked to chair panels or serve as a keynote speaker for industry forums, professional organizations and charitable events.
Ann Liguori Wins 2001 Headliner Award
Ann Liguori, leader in the sports broadcasting and marketing industry, received the 2001 Headliner Award from The Association for Women in Communications at their Annual Professional Conference, held this year in Baltimore, August 1-4, 2001.
The Headliner Award rewards recent national or international accomplishments by members, as well as consistent communications excellence. Since AWC created the award in 1939, the association has recognized some 200 prominent leaders in communications disciplines.
Liguori is a sports talk show host, interviewer, reporter and journalist for radio, television and print. She is also the president of her own television production company and owner of the award-winning “Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori” weekly television series, seen on regional sports cable networks throughout the country. Ann owns the rights to over 500 half-hour interview shows and her company acquires the sponsorships for the show, which has aired weekly since 1989. She has become one of the top inter-viewers in the business and is known for asking tough questions in a respectful way. And in many of her shows, she golfs with major stars while interviewing them, using golf as a ‘window into the souls’ of her guests.
Liguori also hosted the celebrity golf segment on “Golf 2000 with Peter Jacobsen,” a nationally syndicated golf magazine television show. Ann’s weekly half-hour celebrity golf show, “Conversations with Ann Liguori,” aired prime-time on The Golf Channel the first three years of TGC’s inception.
Liguori’s work in radio includes hosting a live, call-in sports show on WFAN-NY every late Friday evening. As one of the original talk show hosts at the station, she features interviews with top personalities in sports including athletes, coaches, columnists and agents, plus a live chat session (on annliguori.com) and calls from listeners. She is WFAN’s golf and tennis correspondent and covers events such as The Masters, the US Open (golf and tennis), and the British Open. Ann has also covered five Olympics for network radio as show host and reporter.
Her book, A Passion for Golf – Celebrity Musings About the Game features a collection of interviews she has done, golfing with some of the most successful celebrities in sports, Hollywood, music and business. A Passion for Life – Celebrity Musings from the Fairways is her new audio book that is distributed by Audio Book Club. Liguori also writes a celebrity golf column in the special golf section of USA TODAY. Ann serves as a spokesperson for Izod Club and, YES!, putters and lectures on a variety of topics.
Ann also organizes the Ann Liguori Celebrity Golf Tournament each year, which benefits the American Cancer Society. She is a National Trustee for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, serves on the Advisory Board of the Women Sports Foundation and volunteers in various capacities for the University of South Florida in Tampa, her alma mater.
Gail Sheehy Wins 2000 Headliner Award
Austin, Texas — Gail Sheehy, author and political journalist, is winner of the 2000 Headliner Award presented annually by The Association for Women in Communications. Founded in 1909, The Association for Women in Communications champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The Headliner Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a professional member and is presented on the basis of recent national or international accomplishments, as well as consistent communications excellence.
Sheehy’s remarkable career is distinguished by more than 25 years of unique commentary on life in the late 20th century. Millions of readers defined their lives through Sheehy’s 1976 landmark work, “Passages,” that documents the adult journey from age 20 through the mid-40s. A Library of Congress survey named “Passages” one of the most influential books of our time. Readers have since followed her continuing examination of the stages of adult life in her 1996 book, “New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time” and other bestsellers, “The Silent Passage: Menopause,” “The New Older Woman: A Dialogue for the Coming Century,” and “Understanding Men’s Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men’s Lives.”
As a political journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ms. Sheehy has written character studies of national and world figures, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher. Her latest book, “Hillary’s Choice,” is an engrossing biography of Hillary Clinton. Richard Reeves, author of “President Kennedy: Profile of Power,” says, “Gail Sheehy is a master at defining the personal as political and the political as personal. Hillary’s Choice is a compelling portrait of a marriage.”
The Headliner Award will be presented to Ms. Sheehy on Saturday, September 16, 2000 during AWC’s Annual Professional Conference being held this year at the Austin Marriott, Austin, Texas. As a keynote speaker at the conference, she will be joining past winners Barbara Sher, Sylvia Porter, Barbara Walters, and Erma Bombeck in accepting this award.
Linda C. Haneborg, Recipient of the 1999 Headliner Award
Linda C. Haneborg, International Vice President of Marketing/ Communications for Express Personnel Services, oversees responsibilities that include corporate communications, advertising, public relations, marketing services, special events and media relations for over 400 Express offices worldwide. She also serves as corporate spokesperson, and has achieved her Certified Franchise Executive designation from the International Franchise Association (IFA). Under Linda’s direction, Express Personnel Services has received over 500 communications and marketing awards. She is also a sought-after speaker on crisis communications, franchising and public relations issues.
Active in numerous national professional organizations, including the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the White House Women’s Information Network, Linda was one of only 40 women internationally who were invited to a women’s issues conference sponsored by the Harvard School of Business at the White House in 2000 last April.
Linda has long been involved in her local community, including serving as past president and board member of the Oklahoma City Chapter for the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). In 1999, she received the national Association for Women in Communications’ Headliner award. Linda has also received the local Oklahoma City AWC chapter’s Byliner Award, in the communications category. Linda Haneborg is a fine example of a dedicated communications professional and we are honored to present her the 1999 AWC Headliner Award.
Author Barbara Sher Wins 1998 Headliner Award
Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft and four other books, won the Headliner Award for her recent publishing accomplishments and consistent excellence in communications. Sher has spent the past 25 years speaking and writing about ways to take charge of one’s life and career.
Lucy Hobgood-Brown, International Communicator, is 1997 Headliner
Lucy Hobgood-Brown has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents. She grew up in Africa and studied journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she joined the student chapter of The Association for Women in Communications. After more than 20 years of international and domestic experience in corporate, academic and nonprofit agency environments, Hobgood-Brown is pursuing a masters degree in international communications in Sydney, Australia.
Her career has included two postings in the People’s Republic of China, where in 1983, she served as the country’s first public relations practitioner since the Cultural Revolution. One of her professional highlights was initiating and managing a volunteer taskforce for the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.
In 1987, Hobgood-Brown reactivated the San Francisco chapter, which now boasts a thriving membership of 350. She also has served on AWC’s national board. She has created affiliations overseas for the association and has actively campaigned to make AWC’s services and programming more international in scope.
Douglas Ann Newsom professor, Texas Christian University, Regent’s College, London, England
Jane Chesnutt Editor-in-Chief/Vice President of Woman’s Day
Jeannine Pirro District Attorney of Westchester County, New York
Anne Durrum Robinson president, Creativity, Communication, Common Sense
Fran Zone president, Zone Communication
Sue Hale assistant managing editor, The Daily Oklahoman
Heloise syndicated columnist, “Hints from Heloise”
Karen Stewart media relations manager, Chrysler Corporation
Camille Keith vice president of special marketing, Southwest Airlines
Barbara Walters ABC News correspondent, host of ABC’s 20/20 and The Barbara Walters Specials
Myrna Blyth editor in chief and publishing director, Ladies Home Journal; publishing director, Metropolitan Home
Cathy Bonner executive director, Texas Department of Commerce
Carolyn Carter senior vice president, account management, Grey Advertising, Inc.
Mary Kimbrough freelance wirter, author, educator
Elynor Williams vice president-public responsibility, Sara Lee Corporation
James A. Autry president, Magazine Group, Meredith Corporation
Charlotte De Armond principal, De Armond Corporation
Bonnie J. Wiley, Ph.D. journalist educator
Barbara Gothard, Ph.D. president, The Gothard Group
Kathleen Larey Lewton president, K L Lewton & Associates
Margaret Sally Keach president, Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project; publisher, Veterans’ Voice
Amy McCombs president and general manager, KRON-TV
Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson justice, Supreme Court of Wisconsin
Gini Laurie editor and publisher, Rehabilitation Gazette
Bee Canterbury Laery chief of protocol, City of Los Angeles
Phyllis Martin columnist, career consultant, author
Nancy Woodhull vice president/news services, Gannett Co., Inc; president, Gannet New Media
Marilyn Moats Kennedy career consultant, author
John C. Quinn editor, USA Today; vice president, Gannett Co., Inc; president, Gannet News Service
Mary Alice Williams vice president, Cable News Network; co-anchor, CNN’s “Newswatch”
Patty Abramson co-owner and vice president, Hager, Sharp & Abramson
Scott McGehee managing editor, Detroit Free Press
Sharon Murphy Journalism dean, Marquett University
Loreen Arbus vice president-development, Viacom Productions
Joyce Beber president, Beber Silverstein & Partners Advertising
Cathleen Black publisher, USA Today
Shirley Bonnem vice president, hospital and public relations, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jean Way Schoonover Barbara Way Hunter chair of the board and president, respectively, co-owners Dudley-Anderon-Yutzy Public Relations
Madeline Karr Amgott independent producer
Judith S. Bagart vice president, public relations, The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati
Kate Rand Llayd editor, Working Woman
Mike Peters editorial cartoonist, Dayton Daily News
Paige Rense editor in chief, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Geo
Rena Bartos senior vice president and director of communications development, J. Walter Thompson
Adrienne Hall vice chair of the board, Eisaman, Johns & Laws, advertising agencey
Eugene Patterson editor and president, St. Petersburg Times
Kay Widht vice president of compliance and administration, CBS Sports
Charlotte Curtis associate editor, op-ed page editor, The New York Times
Jo Foxworth chair and president, Jo Foxworth, Inc., advertising agency, author
Sylvia Porter author, syndicated daily newspaper columnist
Barbara Everitt Bryant group vice president, Market Opinion Research
Dorothy Gregg corporate vice president-communications, Celanese Corp.
Richard Salant vice chairman, NBC
Jo-Ann Huff Albers executive editor, Kentucky Enquirer
Donna Allen director, Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press; editor, Media Report to Women
Mary-Jane R. Snyder principal, M-j Enterprises
Christy C. Bulkeley publisher, Commercial-News
John Mack Carter editor in chief, Good Housekeeping
Mary A. Gardner journalism professor, Michigan State University
Irma Kalish executive producer, “Carter Country”
Barbara Gardner Proctor owner, Proctor & Gardner Advertising
Jane Farley creative coordinator, The Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel
Lenore Hershey editor in chief, Ladies Home Journal
Joan Levine president, Hall & Levine Advertising
Allen Neuharth president and chief executive, Gannett Co., Inc.
Joan Lipton vice president, McCann-Erickson
Marjorie Paxson editor, newsletter for the first UN Conference on Women
Barbara Reynolds author, poet, city reporter, Chicago Tribune
Patricia Carbine editor and publisher, Ms. Magazine
Marguerite Cartwright United Nations correspondent
Hazel Garland editor in chief, New Pittsburgh Courier
Denny Griswold founder and editor, Public Relations News
Susan Davis editor and publisher, The spokeswoman
Doris Luck Pullen editor in chief, UU World; director of publications, Unitarian Universalist Association
Isabella Taves author, syndicated columnist
Mary Andrews Ayers executive vice president, Sullivan, Stauffer, Colwell & Bayles Advertising
Colleen Dishon president and editor, Features and News
Barbara Krohn communications consultant, Barbara Krohn and Associates
Charlotte Montgomery contributing editor, Good Housekeeping
Patricia L. Swenson manager, KBPS Radio and TV
Mary Bates vice president for communications AVCO Broadcasting
Doris Fleischman Bernays public relations counsel
Betty Klaric environmental writer, Cleveland Press
Helen Thomas White House correspondent, United Press International
Eudora Welty novelist
Barbara Garfunkel director of student publications, Miami-Dade Junior College
Phyllis T. Garland New York Editor, Ebony
Sarah McClendon Washington news and radio correspondent
Marlene Sanders network news correspondent, ABC
Margot Sherman senior vice president, McCann-Erickson
Ruth Carlton women’s news editor, The Detroit News
Jean Pearson science writer, The Detroit News
Ponchitta Pierce special correspondent, CBS News
Kirk Polking editor, Writer’s Digest
Erma Bombeck syndicated columnist
Marion Corwell public relations executive, Ford Motor Company
Katharine Graham publisher, The Washington Post
Jane Kesner Ardmore novelist, freelance writer
Georgie Anne Geyer foreign correspondent, Chicago Daily News
Margaret Stephenson Post public relations executive, The Indianapolis Star & News; coordinator, Indianapolis Anti-Crime Crusade
Helen Mateson Rupp assistant managing editor, Wisconsin State Journal
Elizabeth Borton de Trevino author, novels and non-fiction articles
Peggy Guetter Hereford public relations director, Los Angeles department of Airports
Hortense Powner Myers staff correspondent, United Press International
Dorothy Fuldheim Ulmer TV news commentator, author
Gladys Erickson Finston staff writer-reporter, Chicago’s American
May Del Farrington Flagg director, women’s activities, The Houston Post
Bert Kruger Smith assistant to director, Mental Health Association, Hogg Foundation
Esther Van Waggoner Tufty news correspondent and chief, Tufty News Bureau
Pat Penny Bennett public relations executive
Josephine Robertson medical writer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Gay Pauley Sehon women’s editor, United Press International
Shirley Seifert Historic novelist
Evelyn Walker originator, first educational TV network in the US
Marie Anderson women’s editor, The Miami Herald
Ruth Philpott Collins freelance writer
Arlene Dahl actress, syndicated columnist
Kathleen Hite story writer
Agnew McCay fashion and beauty editor, Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Montez Tjaden director of promotion, KWTV
Lois Wille reporter, Chicago Daily News
Sidna Prower editor in chief, The Mississippian, University of Mississippi
Edith Alderman Deen author, religious books
Ruth Millett Lowry syndicated columnist, “We, the Women”
Andre Norton author, juvenile books, historical novels, science fiction
Elizabeth Sutherland Carpenter author; executive assistant, vice president Lyndon B. Johnson
Ann M. Corrick radio-TV news reporter, Westinghouse Broadcast Co.
Hazel Brannon Smith editor and publisher, four Mississippi weekly newspapers
Lucille Doores political and courts reporter; columnist, The Kansas City Kansan
Mary Hirshchfeld reporter, columnist, feature writer, The Plain Dealer
Gretchen A. Kemp assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University
Helen Canfield Wells women’s editor, Chicago Sun-Times
Martha Crane Caris director, women’s programs, WLS Radio and TV
Margaret Richardson Dixon managing editor, The Advocate
Judy Whitson Bonner medical and science writer, Dallas Times Herald
Lucille Saunders McDonald author
Dorothy Rochon Powers feature writer, Spokesman-Review
Clarissa Start Davidson feature writer and columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Drury feelance fiction writer
Lenka Franulic journalism teacher, University of Chile; staff member, ERCILLA
Elizabeth Wright Evans Goldblatt educational director, KING-TV
Bonaro Wilkinson Overstreet author, poet, lecturer, teacher
Mari Sandoz author
Dorothy Misener Jurney women’s editor, The Miami Herald
Bernice Milburn Moore consultant, home and family life education, Texas Education Agency
Marion Lewis Renick author, juvenile books
Marie Margaret Winthrop president and co-owner, TECH ADgency
Ruth Harshaw author, conductor, Carnival of Books, NBC
Sallie Fletcher Hill vice president and home editor, The Progressive Farmer
Jean Mooney director, women’s services, NEA Service
Rebecca F. Gross editor, Express
Nina Mason Pulliam author; co-owner, Pulliam Publications and Radio
Judith Cory Waller director of public affairs and education, Midwest, NBC
Gwenfread E. Allen author
Madelyn Pugh Martin co-writer, I Love Lucy, television series
Catherine Dines Prosser women’s editor, The Denver Post
Marjorie Binford Woods Bost editor, Modern Bride; author
Elizabeth May Craig Washington correspondent, Gannett Newspapers of Maine
Fran Alvord Harris women’s editor and publicity director, WWJ Radio and TV
Marguerite Higgins reporter, New York Herald Tribune
Laura Lane associate editor, Country Gentleman
Nell Snead women’s editor, Kansas City Star
Florence Taaffe writer and public relations specialist, U.S. Department of Interior
Ruth Lovrien Church home economics editor, Chicago Tribune
Doris Fleeson Washington correspondent, Bell Syndicate
Pauline Frederick reporter, ABC
Norma Bickneel Mansfield author, fiction
Caroline Iverson Ackerman travel director, Shell Oil Co.
Bess Furman Armstrong author; reporter, The New York Times
Gertrude Dieken section editor, Farm Journal
Agness Underwood city editor, Los Angeles Herald-Express; author
Genevieve Foster author, children’s books and articles
Eleanor M. Johnson managing editor, American Education Press and Charles E. Miller Co.
Clara Ingram Judson author, children’s books
Mildred Whitcomp associate managing editor, The Modern Hospital, the National Schools and College and University Business
Laura Lou Brookman managing editor, Ladies Home Journal
Frieda Wyandt Everett chief of documentary articles section, International Press and Publications Division, US State Department
Sylvia S. Stone assistant to research director, Committee for Economic Development
Genevieve Callahan author
Margaret Cousins managing editor, Good Housekeeping
Henriette Horak director, WAC publicity, European Theater
Ann Stroffregen Somerhausen author, European correspondent
Helen Patterson Hyde associate journalism professor, University of Wisconsin; author
Katherine Schwaner Kolasa national director, USO Scrapbook
Malvina Lindsay Pyles columnist, The Washington Post
Alice Keith director, National Academy of Broadcasting; author
Marion Spitzer Thompson screen writer, 20th Century Fox; author
Lt. Cmdr. Hazel Benjamin Reavis White public information director, SPARS
Dorothy Ducas Herzog chief of Magazine Division, Office of War Information
Clementine Paddleford fodd markets editor, New York Herald Tribune
Inez Callaway Robb war correspondent, International News Service
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Ruby A. Black staff writer, United Press
Frances Elizabeth Cavanah author, children’s books
Wright Shakespeare Myrick Novelist
Beatrice Blackmar Gould co-editor, Ladies Home Journal
Mary Margaret McBride special reporter, CBS
Daphne Alloway McVicker short story writer
Thelma Strabel Gdwin author, light fiction
Lois Seyster Montross author, light fiction
Martha Cheavans Shuck author, light fiction