WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2018 – Grace Fenstermaker, Senior Account Supervisor, and Shannon Quinn, Senior Account Executive of Qorvis Communications were honored with the prestigious PR Rising Star 30 & Under Award on Tuesday, December 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Fenstermaker and Quinn were recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to innovation in communications over the past year. The PR People Awards, sponsored by PR News, one of the industry’s leading trade publications, has been a benchmark in the Public Relations field for the past 5 years, heralding winners from the most distinguished organizations around the country.
“I am proud that PR industry leaders are recognizing the performance of Grace and Shannon today,” said Michael Petruzzello, Founder and President of Qorvis. “It is because of this talent that we continue to provide exceptional client service and capitalize on our expanding new business opportunities.”
Each year, this award ceremony brings together more than 300 prominent communications professionals to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals who have demonstrated excellence and a passion for advancing the communications field. In their acceptance statements, Fenstermaker and Quinn were asked to address one essential question: What skill do communications professionals need to cultivate in 2019?
“The essential part of making positive change in America is not isolating yourself in your bubble,” said Fenstermaker. “A necessary step in the communications field is to reach out to those we do not necessarily see eye-to-eye with. Our goals are achieved by engaging with all sectors of American society.”
“In 2019, it will be critical to cultivate strategic thinking on how to meaningfully incorporate a diversity of voices and perspectives into client approaches and narratives,” Quinn told the audience. “We’re in a historic moment of rapid cultural evolution, and PR leaders should be creative, flexible and inclusive when planning who to include in the conversation.”
Grace Fenstermaker, Senior Account Supervisor
Grace Fenstermaker is a public affairs specialist at Qorvis, where she works on behalf of international banking, finance and energy clients including Alexander Ponomarenko, Alexander Skorobogatko, Mercuria Energy Trading, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait Finance House. Grace also has extensive experience in newsrooms around Washington, beginning her career at Fox News.
Shannon Quinn, Senior Account Executive
Shannon Quinn specializes in international affairs and public diplomacy, using media and political analysis to drive effective message development for her clients. In addition to her client work, Shannon founded and co-chairs the Washington chapter of Égalité, Publicis Groupe’s business resource group for LGBTQ+ professionals, where she works to promote equality in the workplace through educational initiatives and support for the local LGBTQ+ community.
About Qorvis Communications
Qorvis, a part of MSL, is Publicis Groupe's bespoke public affairs and services offering. The team of specialized individuals develops comprehensive communications strategies that go beyond traditional public relations, advertising and social media concepts. The corps of highly qualified consultants deploys Publicis resources to provide the personal one-on-one service and public diplomacy expertise that is essential for providing positive outcomes to both domestic and global challenges.