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Washington, D.C. – October 22, 2019 Last night at a reception at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center organizers of the PWIA Conference announced the Awardees for the 2019 Excellence in Advocacy Awards. Author and journalist Anna Palmer of Politico gave keynote remarks.
There were eighty-one nominees this year. Peer judges, women working in government relations, advocacy and public affairs, narrowed down the list to just three finalists in each category. The final round of judging was conducted by the leadership of the esteemed Bryce Harlow Foundation. This is the only awards program that recognizes everyday women advocates.
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And the awardees are:
Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
2019 – Bethany Aronhalt, Senior Director, Media Relations, National Retail Federation
For her leadership on a public affairs ad campaign surrounding trade and tariffs that garnered national media attention and positioned the NRF as the leader on the issue.
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
2019 – The team of Kristin A. Hellquist, MS, CAE, Emily Besser and Jenny Zales from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA)
For creating the SUNucate Coalition and its model legislation designed to give school aged children access to sunscreen for outdoor activities. The Coalition has grown to 60 members and 23 states now have SUNucate laws in place, with three additional states and D.C. poised to adopt the law.
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women – An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
2019 – Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network/ Coalition for Public Safety
For establishing the Women Unshackled campaign and passage of state and federal legislation called “dignity laws” to address issues faced by incarcerated women including lack of health care, hygiene, sanitary products and the shackling of women during childbirth.
Excellence in Advocacy on a Controversial Issue – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on an issue that was controversial or not very popular.
2019 – Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, The Government Accountability Project
For her work at the oldest whistleblower advocacy organization in the U.S. representing whistleblowers who disclosed serious risk of harm to immigrants at Department of Homeland Security facilities.
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career.
2019 – Lissa Druss, Founder / CEO, Strategia Consulting
Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time.
2020 – Hannah Holloway, Policy Specialist, Urban League of Portland
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