Public Relations Society, Delhi honored women achievers in PR and Communications on International Women’s Day

New Delhi, India – March 11, 2024 – Against the backdrop of International Women’s Day, the Public Relations Society, Delhi (PRSD) honored women leaders and achievers in public relations and communications at the PRism Awards, 2024. An initiative of PRSD, PRism Awards celebrated and acknowledged 45 women in PR & Communications; leaders across government, corporate, PSU’s, media, and academia.

Public Relations Society Delhi honored women achievers in PR and Communications on International Women's Day

Ms. Sonal Goel, IAS, Secretary, Government of Tripura; Mr. Anuj Dayal, Principal Executive Director (Corporate Communications) at Delhi Metro; Delhi’s favorite RJ Ms. Ginnie Mahajan, Smt. Asha Devi, President of the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust; Smt. Sunita Godara, a renowned athlete and former Asian Marathon Champion; and Dr. Bani Yadav, India’s fastest women rally driver were the guests of honor and they acknowledged these exceptional women professionals.

While delivering the Welcome Address, Dr. Sarvesh Tiwari, Chairman of PRSD, highlighted that “Women have been instrumental in spearheading innovation, nurturing meaningful connections, and crafting narratives that resonate with diverse audiences. Recognizing and appreciating their invaluable contributions to our profession is paramount. The felicitation of women achievers in PR and Communications is our tribute to these exceptional women.

In the category of Community Advocacy in Communication, Poonam Singh Parihar, Secretary of the Sustainable Development Society, was acknowledged for her dedication to promoting sustainable development goals through effective communication strategies. Niddhi Singh, Deputy Manager of Corporate Communication at Mobius Foundation, and Alka Goyal, Founder of Ansh Foundation, received accolades for their outstanding utilization of communication for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

In the Government and PSU category, professionals such as Sushma Gaur, General Manager, NHSRCL, Archana Satpathy, General Manager (PR) , SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant, Anita Guptrishi, General Manager ( PR), MMTC and Pragya Sharma, Chief Manager (CC), POWER GRID Corporation of India were recognized as Communication Maestros and Innovators. Among the Corporate sector, recipients of corporate communication stars were Megha Chhabra, Head of PR & Corporate Communication at Radico Khaitan, and Ekta Bhaskar, Global Head of Corporate Communications at BLS International. Swati Singh, an Independent Consultant, and Cherryn Dogra, Chief Marketing Officer at Bharti Realty, were recognized as Communication. Akanksha Singhal, CEO of Akki Dokie, was lauded as a Digital Strategy Trailblazer while Mamta Dhingra of Lateral Sutraa was celebrated for her Digital Innovation initiatives, demonstrating creativity and effectiveness in leveraging digital platforms.

In the category of Communication Maestros, Nidhi Gulati, Head of Communications at Springer Nature Group, Akansha Jain, Head of PR & Communications at Bharatpe, and Prasidha Menon, Head of Communications for India and Southeast Asia at Airbnb, were honored. Jyotsna Dash Nanda, AVP of Corporate Communications at DS Group, Anu Sharma, Senior Marketing Manager at Yara Fertilizers, and Prianka Kashyap, Partner at Epic Content, were recognized as Innovators in various aspects of communication, including social media engagement and content innovation. In the category of Communication Maestro – Govt, Dr Lata Suresh, Head Knowledge Resource Center , Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Manesar was honored with a Jury’s Special award.

The Rising Stars category acknowledged promising talent, including Tanvi Singhal. Manager (CC) REC, Simran Sandhu from Manav Rachna International School, Noopur Chaturvedi, Assistant Manager,(CC), POWER GRID Corporation of India, and Ms Kabita Padhi, HR & PR Professional MOIL, who demonstrates exceptional potential in public relations, digital media, and corporate communication. In the Media, journalists Namrata Kohli, Dr. Kala Iyer (Genesis Media), and Ms Shalini Sharma (PSU WATCH) have been celebrated for their excellence in journalism, while Ms Aakriti Bhargava received the Media Visionary of the Year award for her innovative contributions to media.

The Jury Special Awards were bestowed upon a distinguished group of individuals, each recognized for their exceptional achievements and contributions to their respective fields. Among the recipients is Ms Shravani Dang, a distinguished Veteran PR Professional, Ruchi Ratna, formerly a General Manager (CC) at NTPC, Nirmala Muralidhar, serving as the Head of Department at Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University, Parul Sharma, a renowned Journalist of seasoned expertise and Former News Editor, JANSATTA, Poonam Shrivastav, former Public Relations Officer at JNU, Saraswati Chakravarty, an Independent Photo Journalist, Rachna Panda, a seasoned PR Professional associated with Bayer, was celebrated for her strategic communication prowess and industry leadership. Nisha Sharma, former Deputy General Manager at SCOPE, and Nirmal Bhatnagar, the former Chief General Manager of the National Textile Corporation Ltd., Esha Guha, known for her career contour, Manju Acharya, former Public Relations Officer at IRCON International, was acknowledged for her adept management of corporate communications in the jury special category.

Through ‘Naresh Kumar Memorial Awards’, PRSD paid tribute to individuals i.e. Neha Bhatnagar, DGM (PR), EESL, Sucharita Pradhan, AGM (CC), RAIL-Tel, and Sukanya Kashyap, Sr Manager, (CC) GAIL, who have made significant contributions to public relations and communication.

G.S. Bawa, Secretary, Public Relations Society, Delhi; placed on record the Vote of Thanks.

The Public Relations Society, a registered body in Delhi, is a body established by a team of professionals with a vision to promote the recognition of public relations as a profession and its key role in managing organizations’ business. The society currently boasts over 250 professionals from disciplines such as Media, Corporate Communication, Corporate Affairs, and individuals associated with CPSUs, Government, Public and Private Sectors, Multinationals, Media Educators, as well as veterans of the PR profession.