Weber Shandwick’s Judith Harrison Elected as President of New York Women in Communications

by | Sep 13, 2018

New York Women in Communications (NYWICI), a leading professional organization for women in the communications industry, announced its new board of directors for the 2018-2019 year, effective September 1. Judith Harrison, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick, will serve as president.

Her goals for the upcoming year include increasing diversity and inclusion for the 2,000-plus member organization, working with the board of directors to reach all segments of the rapidly changing marketing communications business and provide important programming for women at any stage of their career, by offering professional education, engaging panel discussions, networking opportunities and mentoring.

Harrison will bring her professional role and experiences to attract more racial and ethnic diversity into NYWICI, which will be a priority for the organization in the coming year and beyond. She is also the first African American president of the organization.

“I am tremendously excited to continue to grow NYWICI as a must-join organization for any woman involved in the communications field,” said Harrison. “I look forward to further expanding diversity and inclusion in membership, which are essential to broadening our thinking, enabling us to communicate authentically and resonantly with changing audiences, and maintaining mindsets that are the foundation of breakthrough work.”

At NYWICI’s Annual Meeting held on September 6th to introduce the new board, Harrison also noted that the organization will seek to attract more diversity in terms of the communications disciplines of its members, citing, “to do our best work helping women navigate the ever-changing world of communications, we need to make sure we’re speaking to women in every corner of that world.”

New York Women in Communications is one of the largest foundations for communications scholarships for women in the country, with denominations of monetary scholarships in total of more than $100,000. Since the Foundation began awarding scholarships in 2000, it has issued more than $1.7 million in scholarship support. Many of NYWICI’s events raise funds which go towards a full range of scholarships and educational programs for women, whether they are just beginning or are embarking on a career transition.

Key NYWICI events not to miss this year include the WiCi Awards on October 23, the Student Communications Career Conference on November 10, and the Matrix Awards.

The full list for the 2018-2019 New York Women in Communications board of directors can be found here.

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