Diane Davis Beacon Award

Each year an elite Circle of Honor grows through the addition of one of PRSA Boston’s most accomplished and generous public relations practitioners or academics. The Diane Davis Beacon Award recognizes a PRSA Boston member for his or her example of exhibiting the highest qualities of leadership, generous service, unimpeachable ethics and professional achievement.

The individual stories of the Diane Davis Circle of Honor recipients encompass decades of robust contributions in the areas of career mentoring for future generations of PR practitioners; professional ambassadorship; noteworthy achievements; and exemplary service to the PRSA Boston community that cumulatively transcend years and positions.

  • Mark McClennan – 2016
  • Hank Shafran – 2016
  • Julie Dennehy, APR – 2015
  • Jack Jackson – 2014
  • Vic Beck, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) – 2013
  • Peter Morrissey, APR – 2012
  • Larry Weber – 2011
  • Professor Steve Quigley, APR – 2010
  • Barbara Wellnitz, APR, Fellow PRSA – 2009
  • Ann Getman, APR – 2008
  • Professor Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA – 2007
  • Pat Pollino, APR, Fellow PRSA – 2006
  • Barry Wanger, APR, Fellow PRSA – 2005
  • Professor Otto Lerbinger, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA – 2004

Nomination Instructions, Eligibility + 2017 Deadline

  • Recipient Eligibility: Nominees must be members in good standing of PRSA Boston. They can be a past nominee who has not yet received this award.
  • Nominators: Any active member of PRSA Boston can submit nominations for this award, including self-nominations. The name of the Submitter is redacted from the form prior to judging to keep the focus on the Nominee’s story.
  • Deadline: Nominations are due BY Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
  • Liability: PRSA Boston cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties that impede or prevent the electronic submission. We encourage you to confirm receipt by email.
  • Form Labeling: The Nominee’s name and the Submitter’s contact information should be included in the Header of each page. Every page should be numbered.
  • Ownership: Content of the submission becomes the property of PRSA Boston and may be used for publicity.
  • Judging: Accredited members of the PRSA Boston Chapter by closed ballot.


Questions to 2016 Awards Chair: Josh Gitelson, APR at josh.gitelson@rfbinder.com


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If you are, or know, a standout contributor, we hope you will submit a nomination!

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Meet the 2015 Diane Davis Beacon Award Honoree:

Julie Dennehy, APR  

Julie DennehyThe Diane Davis Beacon Award, PRSA Boston’s highest honor, was presented to Julie Dennehy, APR saluting her as one of our chapter’s most accomplished public relations practitioners, and recognizing her leadership, generous service and professional achievement.

Julie has guided future generations of PR leaders through mentoring, internships, supporting Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) candidates and engaging people in meaningful causes. She donates her time and talents to numerous organizations and philanthropic efforts while managing Dennehy PR, her media relations, promotions, event planning and social media consultancy.

A proud Syracuse University graduate, Julie’s 25-year communications career spans positions as a radio DJ, advertising professional, association staffer, internship coordinator and mentor and independent public relations consultant. She earned her APR in 1995 and has been an active PRSA member for nearly two decades, serving as Boston chapter president and most recently as delegate at PRSA’s Leadership Assembly. Julie also served as president of the Publicity Club of New England, director of the New England chapter of the International Special Event Society and president and director of the national PRConsultants Group.