2019 Worthy Award Winners

The city’s top communicators were recognized for their outstanding achievements last night at the GFW PRSA 2019 Worthy Awards dinner.

A total of 58 awards were handed out at the eighth annual celebration, including 32 Awards of Excellence, 16 Awards of Achievement, and ten Worthy Awards–the chapter’s highest honor. The awards recognize the best in strategic communications programs and tactics practiced by professionals and students in the greater Fort Worth area.

Check out the full list of winners, here.

Communicator of the Year
Each year, GFW PRSA recognizes a community member outside the public relations profession who demonstrates leadership and effective communication when involved in a major event or issue affecting the greater Fort Worth region. This year’s award went to Mary-Margaret Lemons, president of Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

As the leader of the city’s independent housing authority, Lemons has worked to build and maintain support for deconcentrating low-income housing in Fort Worth. She was recognized for leading the charge for affordable housing by cultivating relationships with Fort Worth City Council, senior city staff, officials at Housing and Urban Development, as well as social service agencies and private developers.

Previous honorees include Dr. Kent Scribner, Fort Worth ISD superintendent; Paul Paine, Near Northside, Inc. president; Robert Earley, JPS President and CEO; Patsy Thomas, former president Mental Health Connection; Walter Danby, former Fort Worth ISD Superintendent; Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price; and former Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns.

PRSA Professional of the Year
Michelle Gutt, the communications and public engagement director for the City of Fort Worth, is the recipient of the inaugural Douglas Ann Newsom PRSA Professional of the Year Award. The newly introduced honor recognizes PRSA members who have made significant and outstanding achievement in the profession.

Gutt has more than 25 years of marketing and public relations experience in government, corporate and nonprofit work, and currently leads communications efforts for a diverse city-wide audience. Among many accomplishments, Gutt was recognized for her work developing a robust communications plan for the city’s Race and Culture Task Force, launching the MyFW customer service app for the city, and developing and launching an extensive internal communications plan surrounding the city’s pension vote earlier this year.

Join us for our next GFW PRSA luncheon on Wednesday, November 13, at Colonial Country Club!

Newsletters remain among the most common communication tactics. Whether printed or digital, they’re often a significant element of an organization’s overall strategy. Newsletters can provide a way to share information directly with priority audiences, but only if they’re being read. Is your newsletter keeping up with changing reading habits in a social media age?

Join us on November 13 to hear from Kristie Aylett, APR, Fellow PRSA, who will help attendees:

  • Apply industry research and trends to their communication tactics
  • Identify ways to make their newsletters more effective
  • Examine the future viability of newsletters as a PR tool

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:30 A.M.  – 1:00 P.M.

Where: Colonial Country Club

Register, here.

Join us for our GFW PRSA Half-Day Professional Development Event on Wednesday, October 9, at Colonial Country Club!

Ready to be inspired and hear a thought-provoking message from Olympian Johnny Quinn right here in Fort Worth?

You are invited to join the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA on October 9 for our professional development program.

Spend the morning learning the elite action steps of ultra-performers – men and women who find a way to get the job done with the current resources available – with author, leadership speaker and U.S. Olympian Johnny Quinn. Johnny will translate methods for productivity, performance and perseverance that he developed in the Olympics and professional football to help you and those in your organization train to become an ultra-performer in the workplace.

Following the morning session, Johnny will clearly lay out a plan to develop a champion mindset to give you and your team the ability to adapt to change and come out ahead of the competition.

Schedule

8 a.m. – Registration/Networking

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – “Think Like an Olympian” program featuring Johnny Quinn

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Luncheon registration/networking

12 p.m.-1 p.m. – Annual Membership Meeting and “Championship Mindset” luncheon presentation featuring Johnny Quinn

***** Notice of Annual Membership Meeting of Fort Worth PRSA *****

During the annual membership meeting portion of the luncheon, members will vote on the slate of the officers compiled by the Nominations Committee for the 2020 Greater Fort Worth Chapter. (Please note: The full slate will be released prior to the meeting.)

Costs

Morning Program Only – $70.00 (all registrants)

Morning Program and Luncheon – $80.00 (all registrants)

Luncheon Only – $30.00 (members), $35.00 (national members), $35.00 (non-members), $20.00 (students)

Register here.

Join us for our next GFW PRSA luncheon on Wednesday, August 14, at Colonial Country Club!

Two high-profile crises – the Jacqueline Craig incident and the uproar over SB4 – motivated the City of Fort Worth to assemble a task force and launch the Race and Culture Initiative in August 2017.  The 18-month effort required a sustained community engagement and communications strategy.

Hear from Michelle Gutt, the City of Fort Worth’s communications chief, Bob Ray Sanders, a member of the City’s Race and Culture Task Force, and Estrus Tucker, lead consultant, as they share insights on the Race and Culture Initiative from a communications perspective.

When: Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 11:30 A.M.  – 1:00 P.M.

Where: Colonial Country Club

Register here.

Join us for our next GFW PRSA luncheon on Wednesday, July 10, at Colonial Country Club!

The city of Fort Worth has always captured the imagination – and now more visitors are checking out our great city than ever before. Hear from Visit Fort Worth’s Executive Vice President for Marketing & Strategy, Mitch Whitten, on how the organization is sharing the welcome and helping boost our $2.6 billion visitor economy.

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 11:30 A.M.  – 1:00 P.M.

Where: Colonial Country Club

Register here.