National Capital Chapter

August 2021 President’s Message

Dear NCC Members and Colleagues,

This summer, NCC volunteers planned numerous events and activities to benefit our members.

As we plan for the fall, we encourage you to:

  • Submit for the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards to recognize your team’s extraordinary work during an unprecedented time. The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 20 at midnight. Should you have questions or need additional assistance with the entry form, please contact Elizabeth Thiel-Mather, ECAs chair.
  • Serve on NCC’s board next year! Candidates should have a desire to serve a one-year or two-year term and provide input, ideas and counsel on the strategic plan and future of the chapter. Applications are due by Friday, September 17!

In June, we discussed effective inclusive communications with Rachele Kanigel, editor of The Diversity Style GuideIn the fall, we’ll host a follow-up conversation with her entitled: “Right Writing: Inclusive Content Best Practices.” Stay tuned for details as well as a panel event to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, which will be scheduled for mid-October.

We have a number of upcoming events focused on:

Beyond our local opportunities, PRSA ICON is open for registration. The conference will be held virtually, Oct. 4 to 20.

As part of our first-ever partnerships committee, we have exciting opportunities upcoming, including:

  • Serving as one of the festival partners for 2021 Comm(s) Fest, scheduled for October 25-29.
  • Partnering with Hera Hub, the first international female co-worker space enabling female entrepreneurs to build their businesses and their brands.

We’re looking forward to honoring the best campaigns, components and individuals in the greater Washington communications community at the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards (ECAs), formerly the “Thoth Awards,” scheduled for Thursday, November 4. Lori George Billingsley, global chief officer of DEI for the Coca-Cola Company, will be our keynote speaker and Lee Woodruff, best-selling author, public speaker, journalist and trusted advisor will serve as this year’s emcee. Lorie and Lee’s roots began in D.C. where they were part of the PR community and former members of NCC. Take advantage of an early bird discount and register by midnight on Friday, October 15 to save $10.

It will undoubtedly be a busy fall ahead, and I’m looking forward to being there alongside our members, supporting you with opportunities to learn, share, connect and grow.

Leading with integrity and passion,


Lauren Lawson-Zilai
PRSA NCC President