Weber Shandwick was honored with the inaugural Leadership in Diversity Award at the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NY)’s 2019 Big Apple Awards gala in New York.
Established in 1987 by the PRSA-NY, the Big Apple Awards celebrate excellence in public relations. The program is regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades – honoring innovative and strategic public relations campaigns and projects.
Weber Shandwick was awarded the inaugural Leadership in Diversity Award, a new award established to honor exceptional companies and public relations agencies leading innovative initiatives that foster diversity in the workplace and champion underrepresented groups.
“Our industry continues to make strides in diversity and inclusion. And while there is still work to be done, Weber Shandwick is committed to creating an environment for its employees that is open, transparent and diverse,” said Judith Harrison, senior vice president and leader of diversity and inclusion at Weber Shandwick. “Receiving this inaugural award is a testament to this imperative and the impact of our initiatives – programs that create a meaningful difference for our employees and don’t just include them, but empower them.”
At the event, Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky was honored with the PRSA-NY’s most distinguished award, the John W. Hill Award, which recognizes professional achievement in public relations. The award has been presented annually since 1977. It recognizes leaders who exemplify the highest standards of integrity and leadership in the development of the practice of public relations, while fostering understanding among people and public service.
“The PRSA-NY awards honor the best of our industry – the work that truly creates impact and the professionals who strive for excellence. As one of the most exceptional leaders in our industry, nobody is more deserving of the John W. Hill Award than Andy Polansky,” said Gail Heimann, president, Weber Shandwick. “Over the twenty years I’ve worked with him, I’ve seen Andy’s commitment to make a difference through our work, with an unrelenting resolve to build an agency culture that attracts and keeps great talent. His business acumen is unparalleled and his capabilities in the craft unmeasurable. I’m thrilled to see Andy so deservedly honored with this award.”