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Since the award was created in 1939, the Association for Women in Communications has presented over 200 distinguished professional members with the Headliner Award to recognize their outstanding achievements.

Starshine Roshell, Journalist - 2019 AWC Headliner

Starshine Roshell is an award-winning journalist, writing coach and messaging expert in Santa Barbara, Calif. Readers on “The American Riviera” have voted her Best Columnist for 10 straight years for her frank and funny lifestyle column in the Santa Barbara Independent, which reveals the honest and absurd truths about sex, family, politics and culture. Her columns are collected in the books Keep Your Skirt On, Wife on the Edge and Broad Assumptions.


Named for a song in the 1960s musical “Hair,” in which her father starred, Starshine grew up in Tinseltown, graduated from UCLA, and went to work for The Hollywood Reporter. She has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney, Steve Martin and Tom Hanks to Ellen DeGeneres, Gloria Steinem and Samantha Bee.


She spent a decade as a news reporter, theater and music critic, Sunday columnist and deputy features editor at the daily Santa Barbara News-Press, and became an outspoken advocate for journalistic ethics during the 2006 clash between the paper’s reporters and publisher — a well-publicized battle covered by Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the documentary Citizen McCaw.


Starshine has received California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for both column-writing and business and financial reporting. Her work has been published in the New York Post, TheWeek, Roanoke Times, Ventura Star, and more than a dozen magazines.


She has taught journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara City College, and works as both a writing instructor on LinkedInLearning and as media and communications director at Fielding Graduate University.

Patricia Anstett, Journalist - 2017 AWC Headliner

The 2017 Headliner, Patricia Anstett, will be the featured speaker at the Headliner Award luncheon on Tuesday, September 19.  Patricia’s 40-year career as a journalist has always exemplified the highest professional standards.  Patricia is an accomplished journalist, mentor and leader who worked at major newspapers in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, including the last 22 years of her journalism career as medical writer for the Detroit Free Press. In April, 2017 she was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.


She was a voice for change and gender equality in news coverage and hiring in her own newsroom and within journalism. She mentored more than a dozen interns, mostly minority women, and did classroom teaching around the country as an editor-in-residence at a time when largely male journalism schools were clamoring to bring more women into the classroom to talk to the growing number of women entering the field.


Always honest, courageous and thorough, she is widely recognized for reporting on health issues. Her extensive reporting on all aspects of mammography--compliance with state standards, large pricing differences, insurance reimbursement, access for Medicaid patients and funding for a state and federally-funded program that paid for free mammograms for low-income women-- was distinctive, informative, relentless and meaningful.


Patricia retired in 2012 from the Detroit Free Press, after 30 years there, but remains fully engaged as an author in the most fulfilling mission of her career. She has written two books, including “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,’’ published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield.


Patricia has been an AWC member since her college days and has been active in chapters throughout her career.  She is a past president of the AWC Detroit Chapter and was honored by this chapter with the Headliner and Diamond Awards.

Brenda Jones Barwick, President, Jones Public Relations – 2015 AWC Headliner

Brenda Jones BarwickBrenda Jones Barwick, President of Jones Public Relations, is a rarity – especially in America’s heartland.  She has 35 years of public relations experience at the highest levels in Washington, DC politics, European diplomatic relations and with Fortune 500 companies.

In Washington, D.C., Brenda was a writer in The White House West Wing for President Ronald Reagan’s Administration, who later appointed her to the Foreign Service.  She served at the American Embassy in Switzerland coordinating ambassadorial-level diplomatic events and developing public outreach initiatives to advocate free enterprise and democratic principles.  During President George H.W. Bush’s term, Brenda served on a Presidential Commission at the U.S. State Department that advised the president on foreign aid structure.

After 15 years in Washington, DC and Europe, Brenda became Vice President of Public Relations for the southwest’s sixth largest advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, where she planned and coordinated campaigns for the Dallas Cowboys and Six Flags.

Since establishing Jones PR in 2001, the firm has won a national Clarion Award for the Oklahoma Centennial, two Best of Show Awards by the Public Relations Society of America of Oklahoma City and ADDY Awards from Oklahoma City Advertising Club. She was honored with the Paul E. Dannelly Harmony Award for her achievements in advancing the public relations industry.

Brenda serves on the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Board of Directors and previously as a Chamber Vice Chair.  She is also an active member of the Association for Women in Communications and Women Impacting Public Policy. She served several years as a National Delegate to the Public Relations Society of America International Conference and earned public relations national accreditation in 1999.

Her involvement in AWC spans more than 20 years, joining the organization in 1993. In that time she served nine years on the Oklahoma City chapter’s board of directors, lending her leadership and expertise for the roles of Public Relations Chair, Bosses Breakfast Chair, Byliner Awards Chair, President-Elect, President and Past-President. She continues to assist the chapter as needed, serving many times on the Byliner Selection Committee and recruiting new members to the organization. In 2013, the chapter honored her with a Byliner Award in the communications category for her significant contributions to the communications field, the Oklahoma City community, and the Association for Women in Communications.

Margery Krevsky, President and CEO, Production Plus – The Talent Shop – 2013 AWC Headliner

Margery KrevskyMargery Krevsky is the co-founder, President and CEO of Michigan-based Production Plus – The Talent Shop. Krevsky, dubbed “The Queen Bee of the Car Show Models” by Forbes, long ago defied the prevailing trend that had models at auto shows draped against vehicles, dressed sexily in tight ball gowns and short skirts and armed with memorized scripts. She took bold steps and outfitted her talent in sophisticated business attire, first for Pontiac, then Nissan and Toyota. She insisted on her models becoming trained as “product specialists,” so they could impress potential customers with vehicle comparison facts and figures as well as glamour.

The consummate entrepreneur, Krevsky took the knowledge gained from working with beauty professionals and, in 2008, launched Purely Pro Cosmetics. She also is the author of the award-winning book, Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models, which served as the muse for the exhibit by the same name, which most recently was on display at the National Automotive Museum in Reno, Nev. Krevsky is part of the Michigan Concours d’Elegance and a member of the Women’s Automotive Alliance International. In 2010 she was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award. Krevsky is a member of the AWC Detroit Chapter and serves as the Vice President of Membership.



Lois Phillips, PhD – 2011 AWC Headliner

Lois PhillipsLois Phillips, PhD, a management consultant and trainer, leads seminars in presentation skills, media skills, and organizational communication for companies, agencies, professional associations, and universities. She also facilitates planning retreats and provides coaching services to executives who wish to communicate more effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and the press. Dr. Phillips delivers customized keynote conference presentations for professional associations and staff development events and is frequently interviewed by media.

Dr. Phillips addressed the number one fear of Americans – the fear of speaking to a crowd – by writing the book ‘Women Seen and Heard;  Lessons Learned from Successful Speakers.’  The book helps women candidates, advocates, and leaders in every role understand how to gain credibility as the voice of authority.

This formidable woman who earned her PhD in 1986, served as founding executive director at Antioch University, owns her own consulting and training company, facilitates strategic planning processes for colleges and universities, produces television programs about the impact of women’s expanding roles and current events, and last summer started a political campaign consulting company.

The AWC Headliner Award was not awarded in 2010. The AWC National Conference moved to a bi-annual event in odd numbered years, and the award is presented there.


Lorraine Howell – 2009 AWC Headliner

Lorraine HowellLorraine Howell started Media Skills Training in 1998 after 12 years as a television news and talk show producer in the San Francisco Bay area.  Currently, she coaches top executives and professionals to speak more effectively to the media and she specializes in message development, presentation skills and crisis communications.  Her clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Microsoft WIO & EIO, REI, Vulcan, Inc., Group Health Cooperative, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, and many more.  In October 2008, she returned for the second year to coach the five finalists in the national Boost Your Business Contest in New York City.

Howell’s book, Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift, helps professionals develop a concise, strategic answer to the question, “What do you do?” and engage the listener’s interest in just a few seconds.  In June 2008, she received the AWC Seattle Chapter’s annual Georgina MacDougall Davis Founders Award, which was created in 1976 to honor AWC’s founder as well as a member who has consistently exhibited the highest ethics, professional excellence and personal commitment in everything they do.

As the Senior Segment Producer on the top rated news show “Mornings on 2” at KTVU, the Oakland Fox affiliate, she specialized in booking exclusive, live interviews with top names in the news, public figures and celebrities.  At KPIX, the CBS affiliate, she produced live, hour long programs featuring breaking news stories, controversial issues, emerging trends and a long list of celebrities on the number one morning talk show “People Are Talking.”  She produced live broadcasts from the White House and from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., from the 1996 Republican & Democratic National Conventions, and from “Camp O.J.” during the Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.

Maria Henneberry – 2008 AWC Headliner

Maria HenneberryMaria Henneberry and her husband, Phil Vandiver, are co-owners of Contemporary Visuals, a multi-media production company based in Illinois. Henneberry and her husband have grown their business to include a range of clients from nonprofit agencies and universities to Fortune 500 companies. Their video production work has taken them as far away as Ireland to produce news segments that aired in two news markets in central Illinois. They have received significant recognition for their freelance work, including two nationally-recognized “Telly” Awards for educational video projects – one on manners and the other about blended families – each used as teaching tools in junior high and high schools around the country.

Henneberry has also distinguished herself as an award-winning television journalist and anchor. She has worked as a news reporter/on-air personality at WJBC/WBNQ radio in Bloomington, Ill., ultimately becoming the first female bureau chief of CBS 31’s and WCIA-TV’s Bloomington-Normal newsroom. She was the first television anchor for the newly created McLean County-focused FOX 43 News at Nine newscast for two and a half years.

Over the years, Henneberry’s news stories have aired throughout the United States, leading newscasts as far away as Indianapolis and Albuquerque, N.M. She’s been a versatile writer, production coordinator, on-air, and voice-over talent. It’s not only her video work that’s been nationally and internationally distributed, Henneberry has appeared on national media as well. Her on-air credentials include appearances on CBS News and QVC, as well as host of instructional videos in each Eureka Steam Cleaner box and for Electrolux in-store displays.

Henneberry was chosen as a Bloomington-Normal Hometown Hero in her early 20’s for helping bring the Association for Women in Communication’s Regional Conference to town, which helped generate thousands of dollars for the local economy. Years later, as president of that same Mclean County-based AWC organization, Maria received a national award for most improved chapter. Now, in 2008, Henneberry has been named the 2008 AWC Headliner, the highest national award bestowed upon an AWC member.

Henneberry attended Black Hawk College, where she made the President’s list before graduating with an Associate in Arts degree. She graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication, with a Journalism and Public Relations emphasis, in May 1991.

Jami Fullerton – 2007 AWC Headliner

Jami FullertonJami Fullerton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of journalism and broadcasting at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa.

Fullerton recently co-authored a book about an anti-terrorism ad campaign titled “Advertising’s War On Terrorism: The Story of the U.S. State Department’s Shared Values Initiative.” The book cites internal documents and research to assert that the advertising campaign was successful in fostering more positive attitudes toward America in the Middle East and elsewhere, although the campaign was canceled after less than two months.

Fullerton’s research interests include the portrayal of gender in advertising and cross-cultural communication. Fullerton has published studies in academic journals on international and ethnic advertising and advertising education as well.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University named her outstanding researcher in 2001.

Fullerton, who is the recipient of one State Department grant and a participant in two others, often spends her summers abroad teaching and conducting research on cross-cultural communication and media globalization.

Currently, Fullerton serves as the chair of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Academic Committee and is on the AAF Board of Directors.

Anita Parran – 2006 AWC Headliner

Anita ParranAnita K. Parran, associate state director for public affairs for AARP Missouri, has been named the Headliner Award winner for 2006 by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Parran was presented with the award at the Headliner Awards Luncheon Saturday, September 16, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Parran works at AARP Missouri, which is based in Kansas City, MO. She is responsible for all of the organization’s communications efforts in Missouri and special projects and events. She is also responsible for supporting AARP’s national communications strategies in the areas of legislative advocacy, economic security, and the organization’s Social Impact Agenda.

Parran has been active in the Greater Kansas City Professional Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications since 1991. She has held a variety of leadership positions within the chapter, including president, vice president-programs, program committee chairman and vice president of membership.

Parran has also served as an International Conference Delegate for the AWC Kansas City chapter. She was the chapter’s 1995 Leading Change Award recipient and the 1999 recipient of the chapter’s Unsung Hero Award.

A native of St. Louis, Parran earned a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

She is involved with several professional groups and devotes much of her time serving on Boards of Directors for organizations including The Central Exchange, Harvesters, Community Blood Center, and is the Public member on the Missouri Board of Pharmacy. She is the immediate past president of the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and volunteers for organizations including Junior Achievement and the Urban League.

Laura Moore – 2005 AWC Headliner

Laura MooreLaura Moore, senior vice president and chief communications officer of RadioShack, is the 2005 winner of the Headliner Award, which is presented to an AWC member who has recent national accomplishments, as well as consistent communications excellence.

Her areas of responsibility include internal, store and financial communications; media and community relations; events and recognition; and communications project management. She joined RadioShack’s senior management team in 1998 as vice president for public relations and corporate communications.

Before she joined RadioShack, Moore was vice president of corporate communications for Zale Corp., community relations manager at Fidelity Investments, publc affairs officer with the Texas Department of Transportation, and director of public relations and staff development at Dallas County Schools. Moore began her career as a writer for a financial services trade publication.

Moore is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce. She serves on the boards of Students in Free Enterprise and the Fort Worth Symphony. In 2002, Moore received the Texas Public Relations Association’s Outstanding Practioner Award in honor of her public relations accomplishments.


Margaret Larson – Winner of the 2004 Headliner Award

Margaret LarsonMargaret Larson is a 25-year veteran broadcast journalist, most notably with NBC News. She served as a correspondent based in Burbank, a foreign correspondent based in London, news anchor for the Today Show and correspondent for Dateline NBC. As an overseas correspondent, she covered the Persian Gulf War, the Kurdish refugee crisis in northern Iraq, Typhoon Thelma in the Philippines, the release of the final four American hostages from the Middle East, British and Eastern European elections, and many other international developments.

At the end of 2002, Larson departed NBC affiliate KING-TV, as co-anchor of the top-rated 11 o’clock news, to accept a position with international aid agency Mercy Corps. She had spent ten years as a volunteer and board member for Mercy Corps, traveling to Lebanon, Albania, Macedonia, the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and Iraq, before accepting her current post as Vice President of Communications. While still working periodically with Dateline NBC, Larson devotes her full-time attentions now to the humanitarian work undertaken by Mercy Corps in more than thirty countries around the world.

Larson has garnered several broadcast journalism awards including three Emmys, two national Clarion awards, New York Film Festival awards and a national SPJ award. She serves on the board of Mothers Against Violence in America and is a trustee of the Children’s Home Society, serving families at risk. Larson was also named the 2003 Communicator of the Year by the Seattle Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications and the 2003 Woman of Distinction by the YWCA Olympia Chapter. Margaret Larson lives outside Seattle, Washington with her husband Tim and their 11-year old son Kyle.

Patrice Tanaka – Winner of the 2003 Headliner Award

Patrice Tanaka (“PT”) co-founded PT&Co. in July 1990 upon completing a successful management buyback of her public relations firm from former parent company, Chiat/Day, inc. advertising. Over the past 13 years, Ms. Tanaka has led PT&Co. to become one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent PR firms. During that time, the agency has grown more than 850 percent, won 160+ industry awards for its breakthrough PR campaigns, been celebrated by Inside PR magazine as the “#1 Hot Creative Shop” in the nation, the “#1 Employer of Choice” among mid-size PR firms in America, and the “#1 Most Esteemed PR Firm in New York” by various PR industry trade publications and organizations.

Ms. Tanaka attributes the success of her agency to the fact that the company is wholly owned by a group of six co-founder/owners who are passionate about building a great PR agency brand. She and her five partners – Evelyn Calleja, John Frazier, Maria Kalligeros, Fran Kelly and Ellen LaNicca – have successfully built PT&Co. by focusing on creating: “great work,” a “great workplace” and “great communities that work.”

Some of America’s leading consumer marketers have been attracted by the agency’s high-energy drive to do breakthrough PR, including American Express, Avon Products, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Canon U.S.A., Coors Brewing Co., Duracell, Ernst & Young, Fodor’s Travel Guides/, General Motors, Godiva Chocolatier, Liz Claiborne, Microsoft, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Charles Schwab & Co., Target Stores, among others.

Prior to founding PT&Co., Ms. Tanaka was Executive Vice President & General Manager of Chiat/Day’s PR subsidiary.

Ms. Tanaka has been honored/will be honored by a number of organizations, including: the University of Hawaii, which will honor her with its “Distinguished Alumni Award” (2003); the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which will confer upon her their Paul M. Lund Award for Public Service (2002); Asian Women in Business (AWIB) which saluted her with its “Entrepreneurial Leadership Award” (2001); The Star Group which honored her as one of the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” (2001); Inside PR magazine which recognized her as a “Creativity All-Star” (2000); Asian Enterprise magazine which named her “Asian Entrepreneur of the Year” (1999); Business & Professional Women/U.S.A. which bestowed upon her its “Women Mean Business Award”(1999); New York Women in Communications which presented her with the “Matrix” Award (1997) in Public Relations; Girl Scout Council of Greater New York which honored her with a “Women of Distinction” Award (1995); YWCA which named her to its “Academy of Women Achievers” (1994); and Working Mother magazine with its “Mothering That Works” Award (1994) for creating a family-friendly workplace.

Ms. Tanaka currently serves on the boards of Asian Women in Business, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and New York Women in Communications where she is Immediate Past President. She is also a founding board member of the PR agency trade association, the Council of PR Firms, and the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute. Ms. Tanaka is also a member of the New York Women’s Forum. She was born and raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (1974).

Rita Cosby – Winner of the 2002 Headliner Award

Rita CosbyAs anchor of FOX News Channels, Rita Cosby continues to out scoop her seasoned colleagues while covering national and international breaking news stories. Most recently, she made international headlines by obtaining exclusive interviews with former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and back to back interviews with Mideast leaders Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon.

Currently the youngest senior news correspondent in network television, this three-time Emmy winner for investigative reporting has consistently broken major news stories throughout the world. Live in Belgrade during the bombing, Cosby was first to report that the three American POWs were going to be released; scored the only interview with the Montana Freemen during their 1996 standoff; covered the entire Elian Gonzalez custody battle; and traveled to Cuba to report on the Pope’s historic meeting with Fidel Castro.

Cosby has also interviewed four U.S. Presidents and has been a lead reporter covering the Presidential campaigns of 1996 and 2000. Her political savvy and adept handling of “quips and rips” on the Washington scene have made her a regular guest on national radio.

As a University of South Carolina honor graduate, Cosby has taught numerous college classes, and in 1998 was presented with USC’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in five other languages, she is listed in “Outstanding People of the 20th Century.” Cosby continues to provide her unique and diverse perspective on national and international issues when asked to chair panels or serve as a keynote speaker for industry forums, professional organizations and charitable events.

Ann Liguori Wins 2001 Headliner Award

Ann LiguoriAnn Liguori, leader in the sports broadcasting and marketing industry, received the 2001 Headliner Award from The Association for Women in Communications at their Annual Professional Conference, held this year in Baltimore, August 1-4, 2001.

The Headliner Award rewards recent national or international accomplishments by members, as well as consistent communications excellence. Since AWC created the award in 1939, the association has recognized some 200 prominent leaders in communications disciplines.

Liguori is a sports talk show host, interviewer, reporter and journalist for radio, television and print. She is also the president of her own television production company and owner of the award-winning “Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori” weekly television series, seen on regional sports cable networks throughout the country. Ann owns the rights to over 500 half-hour interview shows and her company acquires the sponsorships for the show, which has aired weekly since 1989. She has become one of the top inter-viewers in the business and is known for asking tough questions in a respectful way. And in many of her shows, she golfs with major stars while interviewing them, using golf as a ‘window into the souls’ of her guests.

Liguori also hosted the celebrity golf segment on “Golf 2000 with Peter Jacobsen,” a nationally syndicated golf magazine television show. Ann’s weekly half-hour celebrity golf show, “Conversations with Ann Liguori,” aired prime-time on The Golf Channel the first three years of TGC’s inception.

Liguori’s work in radio includes hosting a live, call-in sports show on WFAN-NY every late Friday evening. As one of the original talk show hosts at the station, she features interviews with top personalities in sports including athletes, coaches, columnists and agents, plus a live chat session (on and calls from listeners. She is WFAN’s golf and tennis correspondent and covers events such as The Masters, the US Open (golf and tennis), and the British Open. Ann has also covered five Olympics for network radio as show host and reporter.

Her book, A Passion for Golf – Celebrity Musings About the Game features a collection of interviews she has done, golfing with some of the most successful celebrities in sports, Hollywood, music and business. A Passion for Life – Celebrity Musings from the Fairways is her new audio book that is distributed by Audio Book Club. Liguori also writes a celebrity golf column in the special golf section of USA TODAY. Ann serves as a spokesperson for Izod Club and, YES!, putters and lectures on a variety of topics.

Ann also organizes the Ann Liguori Celebrity Golf Tournament each year, which benefits the American Cancer Society. She is a National Trustee for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, serves on the Advisory Board of the Women Sports Foundation and volunteers in various capacities for the University of South Florida in Tampa, her alma mater.

Gail Sheehy Wins 2000 Headliner Award

Gail SheehyAustin, Texas — Gail Sheehy, author and political journalist, is winner of the 2000 Headliner Award presented annually by The Association for Women in Communications.  Founded in 1909, The Association for Women in Communications champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.  The Headliner Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a professional member and is presented on the basis of recent national or international accomplishments, as well as consistent communications excellence.

Sheehy’s remarkable career is distinguished by more than 25 years of unique commentary on life  in the late 20th century.  Millions of readers defined their lives through Sheehy’s 1976 landmark work, “Passages,” that documents the adult journey from age 20 through the mid-40s.  A Library of Congress survey named “Passages” one of the most influential books of our time.  Readers have since followed her continuing examination of the stages of adult life in her 1996 book, “New Passages: Mapping Your Life Across Time” and other bestsellers, “The Silent Passage: Menopause,” “The New Older Woman: A Dialogue for the Coming Century,” and “Understanding Men’s Passages: Discovering the New Map of Men’s Lives.”

As a political journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ms. Sheehy has written character studies of national and world figures, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher.  Her latest book, “Hillary’s Choice,” is an engrossing biography of Hillary Clinton.  Richard Reeves, author of “President Kennedy: Profile of Power,” says, “Gail Sheehy is a master at defining the personal as political and the political as personal.  Hillary’s Choice is a compelling portrait of a marriage.”

The Headliner Award will be presented to Ms. Sheehy on Saturday, September 16, 2000 during AWC’s Annual Professional Conference being held this year at the Austin Marriott, Austin, Texas.  As a keynote speaker at the conference, she will be joining past winners Barbara Sher, Sylvia Porter, Barbara Walters, and Erma Bombeck in accepting this award.

Linda C. Haneborg, Recipient of the 1999 Headliner Award 

Linda HaneborgLinda C. Haneborg, International Vice President of Marketing/ Communications for Express Personnel Services, oversees responsibilities that include corporate communications, advertising, public relations, marketing services, special events and media relations for over 400 Express offices worldwide. She also serves as corporate spokesperson, and has achieved her Certified Franchise Executive designation from the International Franchise Association (IFA). Under Linda’s direction, Express Personnel Services has received over 500 communications and marketing awards. She is also a sought-after speaker on crisis communications, franchising and public relations issues.

Active in numerous national professional organizations, including the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the White House Women’s Information Network, Linda was one of only 40 women internationally who were invited to a women’s issues conference sponsored by the Harvard School of Business at the White House in 2000 last April.

Linda has long been involved in her local community, including serving as past president and board member of the Oklahoma City Chapter for the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). In 1999, she received the national Association for Women in Communications’ Headliner award. Linda has also received the local Oklahoma City AWC chapter’s Byliner Award, in the communications category. Linda Haneborg is a fine example of a dedicated communications professional and we are honored to present her the 1999 AWC Headliner Award.

Author Barbara Sher Wins 1998 Headliner Award

Barbara SherBarbara Sher, author of Wishcraft and four other books, won the Headliner Award for her recent publishing accomplishments and consistent excellence in communications. Sher has spent the past 25 years speaking and writing about ways to take charge of one’s life and career.



Lucy Hobgood-Brown, International Communicator, is 1997 Headliner

Lucy Hobgood-BrownLucy Hobgood-Brown has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents. She grew up in Africa and studied journalism at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she joined the student chapter of The Association for Women in Communications. After more than 20 years of international and domestic experience in corporate, academic and nonprofit agency environments, Hobgood-Brown is pursuing a masters degree in international communications in Sydney, Australia.

Her career has included two postings in the People’s Republic of China, where in 1983, she served as the country’s first public relations practitioner since the Cultural Revolution. One of her professional highlights was initiating and managing a volunteer taskforce for the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.

In 1987, Hobgood-Brown reactivated the San Francisco chapter, which now boasts a thriving membership of 350. She also has served on AWC’s national board. She has created affiliations overseas for the association and has actively campaigned to make AWC’s services and programming more international in scope.



Douglas Ann Newsom professor, Texas Christian University, Regent’s College, London, England

Jane Chesnutt Editor-in-Chief/Vice President of Woman’s Day

Jeannine Pirro District Attorney of Westchester County, New York


Anne Durrum Robinson president, Creativity, Communication, Common Sense

Fran Zone president, Zone Communication


Sue Hale assistant managing editor, The Daily Oklahoman

Heloise syndicated columnist, “Hints from Heloise”

Karen Stewart media relations manager, Chrysler Corporation


Camille Keith vice president of special marketing, Southwest Airlines

Barbara Walters ABC News correspondent, host of ABC’s 20/20 and The Barbara Walters Specials


Myrna Blyth editor in chief and publishing director, Ladies Home Journal; publishing director, Metropolitan Home

Cathy Bonner executive director, Texas Department of Commerce


Carolyn Carter senior vice president, account management, Grey Advertising, Inc.

Mary Kimbrough freelance wirter, author, educator

Elynor Williams vice president-public responsibility, Sara Lee Corporation


James A. Autry president, Magazine Group, Meredith Corporation

Charlotte De Armond principal, De Armond Corporation

Bonnie J. Wiley, Ph.D. journalist educator


Barbara Gothard, Ph.D. president, The Gothard Group

Kathleen Larey Lewton president, K L Lewton & Associates


Margaret Sally Keach president, Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project; publisher, Veterans’ Voice

Amy McCombs president and general manager, KRON-TV


Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson justice, Supreme Court of Wisconsin

Gini Laurie editor and publisher, Rehabilitation Gazette

Bee Canterbury Laery chief of protocol, City of Los Angeles

Phyllis Martin columnist, career consultant, author

Nancy Woodhull vice president/news services, Gannett Co., Inc; president, Gannet New Media


Marilyn Moats Kennedy career consultant, author

John C. Quinn editor, USA Today; vice president, Gannett Co., Inc; president, Gannet News Service

Mary Alice Williams vice president, Cable News Network; co-anchor, CNN’s “Newswatch”


Patty Abramson co-owner and vice president, Hager, Sharp & Abramson

Scott McGehee managing editor, Detroit Free Press

Sharon Murphy Journalism dean, Marquett University


Loreen Arbus vice president-development, Viacom Productions

Joyce Beber president, Beber Silverstein & Partners Advertising

Cathleen Black publisher, USA Today

Shirley Bonnem vice president, hospital and public relations, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Jean Way Schoonover  Barbara Way Hunter
 chair of the board and president, respectively, co-owners Dudley-Anderon-Yutzy Public Relations


Madeline Karr Amgott independent producer

Judith S. Bagart
vice president, public relations, The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati

Kate Rand Llayd editor, Working Woman

Mike Peters editorial cartoonist, Dayton Daily News

Paige Rense
editor in chief, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Geo


Rena Bartos senior vice president and director of communications development, J. Walter Thompson

Adrienne Hall vice chair of the board, Eisaman, Johns & Laws, advertising agencey

Eugene Patterson editor and president, St. Petersburg Times

Kay Widht vice president of compliance and administration, CBS Sports


Charlotte Curtis associate editor, op-ed page editor, The New York Times

Jo Foxworth chair and president, Jo Foxworth, Inc., advertising agency, author

Sylvia Porter author, syndicated daily newspaper columnist


Barbara Everitt Bryant group vice president, Market Opinion Research

Dorothy Gregg corporate vice president-communications, Celanese Corp.

Richard Salant
vice chairman, NBC


Jo-Ann Huff Albers executive editor, Kentucky Enquirer

Donna Allen
director, Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press; editor, Media Report to Women

Mary-Jane R. Snyder
principal, M-j Enterprises


Christy C. Bulkeley publisher, Commercial-News

John Mack Carter editor in chief, Good Housekeeping

Mary A. Gardner journalism professor, Michigan State University

Irma Kalish executive producer, “Carter Country”

Barbara Gardner Proctor owner, Proctor & Gardner Advertising


Jane Farley creative coordinator, The Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel

Lenore Hershey editor in chief,  Ladies Home Journal

Joan Levine president, Hall & Levine Advertising

Allen Neuharth president and chief executive, Gannett Co., Inc.


Joan Lipton vice president, McCann-Erickson

Marjorie Paxson editor, newsletter for the first UN Conference on Women

Barbara Reynolds author, poet, city reporter, Chicago Tribune


Patricia Carbine editor and publisher, Ms. Magazine

Marguerite Cartwright
United Nations correspondent

Hazel Garland editor in chief, New Pittsburgh Courier

Denny Griswold founder and editor, Public Relations News


Susan Davis editor and publisher, The spokeswoman

Doris Luck Pullen
editor in chief, UU World; director of publications, Unitarian Universalist Association

Isabella Taves
author, syndicated columnist


Mary Andrews Ayers executive vice president, Sullivan, Stauffer, Colwell & Bayles Advertising

Colleen Dishon president and editor, Features and News

Barbara Krohn
communications consultant, Barbara Krohn and Associates

Charlotte Montgomery contributing editor,  Good Housekeeping

Patricia L. Swenson manager, KBPS Radio and TV


Mary Bates vice president for communications AVCO Broadcasting

Doris Fleischman Bernays public relations counsel

Betty Klaric environmental writer, Cleveland Press

Helen Thomas White House correspondent, United Press International

Eudora Welty novelist


Barbara Garfunkel director of student publications, Miami-Dade Junior College

Phyllis T. Garland
New York Editor, Ebony

Sarah McClendon Washington news and radio correspondent

Marlene Sanders network news correspondent, ABC

Margot Sherman senior vice president, McCann-Erickson


Ruth Carlton women’s news editor, The Detroit News

Jean Pearson science writer, The Detroit News

Ponchitta Pierce special correspondent, CBS News

Kirk Polking editor, Writer’s Digest


Erma Bombeck syndicated columnist

Marion Corwell public relations executive, Ford Motor Company

Katharine Graham publisher, The Washington Post


Jane Kesner Ardmore novelist, freelance writer

Georgie Anne Geyer foreign correspondent, Chicago Daily News

Margaret Stephenson
Post public relations executive, The Indianapolis Star & News; coordinator, Indianapolis Anti-Crime Crusade

Helen Mateson Rupp assistant managing editor, Wisconsin State Journal


Elizabeth Borton de Trevino author, novels and non-fiction articles

Peggy Guetter Hereford public relations director, Los Angeles department of Airports

Hortense Powner Myers staff correspondent, United Press International

Dorothy Fuldheim Ulmer TV news commentator, author


Gladys Erickson Finston staff writer-reporter, Chicago’s American

May Del Farrington Flagg director, women’s activities, The Houston Post

Bert Kruger Smith assistant to director, Mental Health Association, Hogg Foundation

Esther Van Waggoner Tufty news correspondent and chief, Tufty News Bureau


Pat Penny Bennett public relations executive

Josephine Robertson medical writer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gay Pauley Sehon women’s editor, United Press International

Shirley Seifert Historic novelist

Evelyn Walker originator, first educational TV network in the US


Marie Anderson women’s editor, The Miami Herald

Ruth Philpott Collins freelance writer

Arlene Dahl actress, syndicated columnist

Kathleen Hite story writer

Agnew McCay fashion and beauty editor, Los Angeles Herald Examiner

Montez Tjaden director of promotion, KWTV

Lois Wille reporter, Chicago Daily News


Sidna Prower editor in chief, The Mississippian, University of Mississippi

Edith Alderman Deen author, religious books

Ruth Millett Lowry syndicated columnist, “We, the Women”

Andre Norton author, juvenile books, historical novels, science fiction


Elizabeth Sutherland Carpenter author; executive assistant, vice president Lyndon B. Johnson

Ann M. Corrick radio-TV news reporter, Westinghouse Broadcast Co.

Hazel Brannon Smith editor and publisher, four Mississippi weekly newspapers


Lucille Doores political and courts reporter; columnist, The Kansas City Kansan

Mary Hirshchfeld reporter, columnist, feature writer, The Plain Dealer

Gretchen A. Kemp assistant professor of journalism, Indiana University

Helen Canfield Wells women’s editor, Chicago Sun-Times


Martha Crane Caris director, women’s programs, WLS Radio and TV

Margaret Richardson Dixon managing editor, The Advocate


Judy Whitson Bonner medical and science writer, Dallas Times Herald

Lucille Saunders McDonald author

Dorothy Rochon Powers
feature writer, Spokesman-Review


Clarissa Start Davidson feature writer and columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Michael Drury
feelance fiction writer

Lenka Franulic journalism teacher, University of Chile; staff member, ERCILLA


Elizabeth Wright Evans Goldblatt educational director, KING-TV

Bonaro Wilkinson Overstreet author, poet, lecturer, teacher

Mari Sandoz author


Dorothy Misener Jurney women’s editor, The Miami Herald

Bernice Milburn Moore consultant, home and family life education, Texas Education Agency

Marion Lewis Renick author, juvenile books

Marie Margaret Winthrop president and co-owner, TECH ADgency


Ruth Harshaw author, conductor, Carnival of Books, NBC

Sallie Fletcher Hill vice president and home editor, The Progressive Farmer

Jean Mooney director, women’s services, NEA Service


Rebecca F. Gross editor, Express

Nina Mason Pulliam author; co-owner, Pulliam Publications and Radio

Judith Cory Waller director of public affairs and education, Midwest, NBC


Gwenfread E.  Allen author

Madelyn Pugh Martin co-writer, I Love Lucy, television series

Catherine Dines Prosser women’s editor, The Denver Post


Marjorie Binford Woods Bost editor, Modern Bride; author

Elizabeth May Craig
Washington correspondent, Gannett Newspapers of Maine

Fran Alvord Harris women’s editor and publicity director, WWJ Radio and TV


Marguerite Higgins reporter, New York Herald Tribune

Laura Lane associate editor, Country Gentleman

Nell Snead women’s editor, Kansas City Star

Florence Taaffe writer and public relations specialist, U.S. Department of Interior


Ruth Lovrien Church home economics editor, Chicago Tribune

Doris Fleeson Washington correspondent, Bell Syndicate

Pauline Frederick reporter, ABC

Norma Bickneel Mansfield author, fiction


Caroline Iverson Ackerman travel director, Shell Oil Co.

Bess Furman Armstrong author; reporter, The New York Times

Gertrude Dieken section editor, Farm Journal

Agness Underwood city editor, Los Angeles  Herald-Express; author


Genevieve Foster author, children’s books and articles

Eleanor M. Johnson managing editor, American Education Press and Charles E. Miller Co.

Clara Ingram Judson author, children’s books

Mildred Whitcomp associate managing editor, The Modern Hospital, the National Schools and College and University Business


Laura Lou Brookman managing editor, Ladies Home Journal

Frieda Wyandt Everett chief of documentary articles section, International Press and Publications Division, US State Department

Sylvia S. Stone assistant to research director, Committee for Economic Development


Genevieve Callahan author

Margaret Cousins managing editor, Good Housekeeping

Henriette Horak director, WAC publicity, European Theater

Ann Stroffregen Somerhausen author, European correspondent


Helen Patterson Hyde associate journalism professor, University of Wisconsin; author

Katherine Schwaner Kolasa national director, USO Scrapbook

Malvina Lindsay Pyles columnist, The Washington Post


Alice Keith director, National Academy of Broadcasting; author

Marion Spitzer Thompson screen writer, 20th Century Fox; author

Lt. Cmdr. Hazel Benjamin Reavis White
public information director, SPARS


Dorothy Ducas Herzog chief of Magazine Division, Office of War Information

Clementine Paddleford fodd markets editor, New York Herald Tribune

Inez Callaway Robb war correspondent, International News Service


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Ruby A. Black staff writer, United Press

Frances Elizabeth Cavanah author, children’s books

Wright Shakespeare Myrick Novelist


Beatrice Blackmar Gould co-editor, Ladies Home Journal

Mary Margaret McBride
special reporter, CBS

Daphne Alloway McVicker short story writer


Thelma Strabel Gdwin author, light fiction

Lois Seyster Montros
s author, light fiction

Martha Cheavans Shuck author, light fiction