PRSA-NY Announces ‘Exceptionals Under 35’ Winners

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BigAppleAward–PRSA-NY today announced the winners of its Exceptionals Under 35 Awards,
documenting the accomplishments, creativity, and drive that today’s
young communications practitioners show and recognizing those who are
changing the landscape of the industry.

The winners of the 2019 Exceptionals Under 35 are:

  • Eleis Brennan, Assistant Vice President, Lansons Intermarket
  • Sabrina Browne, Account Supervisor, BCW
  • Laura Brusca, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Forbes
  • Max Burns, Communications Director, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Alexandra Oppenheimer Delvito, Vice President, Pollock Communications
  • Shree Dhond, SVP, Co-Head of Institutional Asset Management, Dukas
    Linden Public Relations
  • Alexandra Evans, Senior Account Supervisor, PAN Communications
  • Justin Goldstein, Founder, Press Record Communications
  • Jason Green, Vice President, Global Strategy Group
  • Jennifer Gundersen, Manager of Media Relations, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Lisa Horn, Vice President, Legend PR
  • Ana Rosella Ibarra, Associate Director, d exposito & Partners
  • Sarah Katz, Senior Vice President, Client Services, D S Simon Media
  • Gabie Kur, Partner & General Manager, NYC, BAM Communications
  • Lisa Marzullo, Corporate Communications Manager, WarnerMedia
  • Kerry McGee, Account Director, KWT Global
  • Claire Nance, Director, Corporate Communications, IPG Mediabrands
  • Sara Oxfeld, Vice President, HUNTER
  • Raveena Parmar, Vice President, Digital, Nike Communications, Inc.
  • Gillian Small, President, Gillian Small PR
  • Jen Stratton, Vice President, Allison+Partners
  • Brooke Theiss, Senior Public Relations Manager, WW (WeightWatchers
  • Kristen Thompson, Senior Account Supervisor, 360+ Public Relations

The judges considered a range of factors in deciding the winners, such
as demonstrated service to the PR industry; evidence of strong
initiative, high ethical standards, leadership, and continuing education
efforts; a history of significant career growth relative to age; proven
professionalism and leadership; outstanding performance within the
nominee’s organization; and professional recommendations.

Those recognized all scored top marks in the judges’ objective
evaluations. Because of the unusually large and highly talented pool of
applicants, the Chapter’s Executive Committee chose to expand the number
of winners recognized this year to 23. The Exceptionals Under 35 Awards
has been called the 15 Under 35 Awards in previous years.

“We are thrilled to recognize 23 exceptional young industry leaders with
this award,” said Leslie Gottlieb, PRSA-NY President. “The number of
impressive applications, and the achievements of the ultimate winners,
are both reasons to be excited about the future of the public relations

The winners will be recognized at the 2019 Big Apple Awards Gala at the
Mandarin Oriental in New York City. Tickets can be purchased here.

About the Big Apple Awards and PRSA-NY

PRSA-NY established the Big Apple Awards in 1987 to celebrate excellence
in public relations. Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most
prestigious accolades, the Big Apple Awards honors innovative and
strategic PR campaigns and projects.

The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one
of the oldest, largest, and most prominent public relations Chapters in
the country. Located in the media capital of the world, it offers
top-level professional development, networking, mentoring, and awards.
PRSA-NY serves communications professionals in agencies, businesses,
nonprofit organizations, and government, as well as independent


Andrew Graham
Vice President of Marketing, PRSA-NY
[email protected]
or +1 646 385 0189


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