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A touching aspect of the annual PRSA-NY Big Apple gala program is the recognition of achievement by individual public relations practitioners. Two of the awards that are presented that evening – the Philip Dorf Award for mentorship and the John W. Hill Award for professional achievement – are open for nomination by members of PRSA-NY; a third award is named by the Chapter’s president.
Following a public nomination period, a committee of esteemed PR industry executives presents its recommendations to the chapter’s leadership for confirmation and endorsement. Descriptions of the awards, along with criteria and a list of past award recipients, can be found below.
Questions on the criteria or selection process for individual awards may be directed to PRSA-NY at email@example.com or 212.228.7228.
John W. Hill Award
PRSA-NY’s top honor, The John W. Hill Award, recognizes professional achievement in the practice of public relations. Named for the founder of one of the world’s preeminent PR firms, the award has been presented annually since 1977. Recipients are industry leaders who exemplify Mr. Hill’s beliefs that experience, quality, integrity and judgement are the cornerstones upon which the profession has been built.
To be considered for this award, nominees must meet the following criteria:
Nominees may not be the current PRSA-NY president or a recipient within the past 10 years of the PRSA Gold Anvil or similar award. A recommendation for the 2019 honoree will be made by a selection committee to the PRSA-NY Board of Directors.
Roger Bolton is the president of the Arthur W. Page Society, the premier global professional association for senior corporate communications executives.
He is also a trustee and a past chairman of the Page Society.
Previously, Bolton served as senior vice president of communications at Aetna, a $60 billion provider of health care benefits, with responsibility for all internal and external communications, advertising and brand management. The Aetna Foundation reported to him and he chaired Aetna’s Council for Organizational Effectiveness – a group of senior executives responsible for helping the company achieve high performance through culture change.
Before Aetna, Bolton led IBM’s global media relations and directed communications for the IBM server and software groups.
Prior to his business career, Bolton served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush; assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs in the Executive Office of the President under President Reagan; and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House, with responsibility for the president’s relations with business and labor.
Bolton is a recipient of the U.S. Treasury Distinguished Service Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior from Trust Across the World. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute.
In addition to Page, Bolton serves on the boards of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, the Elon University School of Communications, the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University, the Baruch College MA in Corporate Communication Program and the Ethisphere Institute.
PREVIOUS JOHN W. HILL AWARD RECIPIENTS
Philip Dorf Award
The Philip Dorf Award honors individuals who lead, guide and selflessly counsel and stimulate the careers of PR professionals. Presented annually since its creation in 1995, the award is sponsored by the Dorf family in memory of Philip Dorf who was an inspiration and mentor to many young public relations practitioners.
To be considered for this award, the candidate must meet the following criteria:
Nominees may not be the current PRSA-NY President or a recipient within the past 10 years of the PRSA Gold Anvil or similar award. A recommendation for the 2019 honoree will be made by a selection committee to the PRSA-NY Board of Directors.
In 1995, Shelley and her husband, Barry, founded the Museum of Public Relations, a 501(c) 3 educational institution chartered by the State of New York. It is the world's only Museum honoring the field's history. The archive contains artifacts, film and papers-- plus more than 650 books-- from industry pioneers including, Edward L. Bernays, Ivy Lee, Arthur Page, Paul Garrett, Ofield Dukes and Inez Kaiser, plus a video collection of more than two dozen oral histories. Shelley has given lectures at the Museum to more than 2000 students, scholars and professionals in the four years the Museum has been housed at Baruch College. Her educational postings on Facebook over the past five years has extended the Museum's international reach to nearly 70 countries, with more than 8800 followers.
Shelley has used the Museum as a platform to attract more diverse young people to the field. By showcasing the lives of minorities who have been left on the sidelines of the history books she has provided minority students an historical connection to the field, long portrayed as a profession just for white men. Events such as BlackPRHistory, LatinoPRHistory and PRWomenWhoChangedHistory have introduced hundreds of young people to outstanding PR pioneers of the past. It's the Museum's hope that these events will help inspire young minorities today to become the PR leaders of tomorrow.
For the last decade, Shelley has served as an adjunct professor at NYU and Baruch College, where she has mentored and advised scores of students from all over the world. She has also provided internships at her firm for scores of minority students over the year.
In 2016, she co-authored with Louis Capozzi the book Public Relations for the Public Good, a series of case studies which looks at various social movements-- like civil rights, suffrage and LGBTQ rights-- through the lens of public relations. The book reveals how the field has been used as a force for change, and attempts to "reposition" the field in a way that would attract socially minded students, especially those with diverse backgrounds.
Currently, Shelley is working with the PRSA Foundation to publish Diverse Voices, a book that will feature first hand accounts of more than three dozen diverse leaders in the field. It is hoped that the personal histories of these leaders will resonate with diverse students, and demonstrate how they, too, can find success and fulfillment in the PR profession.
PREVIOUS PHILIP DORF AWARD RECIPIENTS
PRSA-NY President's Award
The PRSA-NY President's Award honors a current or former member of the chapter who exemplifies the highest standards of ethical conduct and outstanding service within the public relations profession and to PRSA and its New York chapter. The award has been presented annually since its creation in 2003.
To be considered, nominees must meet the following criteria:
Nominations for the President’s Award may be submitted by current PRSA members to the NY Chapter president; the 2019 honoree will be selected solely by the current chapter president.