MIAMI, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Helen C. Shelton, M.S., senior partner at leading global PR agency Finn Partners will, receive the 2016 Circle Award from ColorComm, the nation's premier membership organization for women of color in communications. Shelton and six other women are being recognized for their contributions to the communications industry.
The ColorComm Circle Awards will be held during ColorComm's annual C2 Conference at the Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne from July 20-22. The Circle Award ceremony will be held Wednesday evening, July 20. CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield will keynote the event. Nearly 400 women are expected to attend this year's C2 Conference.
"The ColorComm Circle Awards are the highest honor awarded to a select group of women who are changing the face of the communications industry," says Lauren Wesley Wilson, president and founder of ColorComm. "Helen Shelton has been a stalwart and a strong advocate for ColorComm since our founding five years ago. As a respected industry leader, she utilizes her position to positively impact the lives of others through her work. We are therefore delighted to honor her with the Circle Award."
Ms. Shelton, whose career in public relations spans nearly 20 years, is very active in the industry, spearheading diversity initiatives at Finn Partners and serving on the board of ColorComm. She is also a member of the international social service organization The Links Incorporated and has served as an adjunct professor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Over the years, Ms. Shelton has worked on public relations campaigns for major brands including Pernod Ricard USA's Seagram's Gin and Martell Cognac portfolios, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, General Motors and Verizon, among others.
"I am very grateful to receive this recognition from ColorComm, and to be among such a pantheon of women who are a driving force in our industry," says Ms. Shelton.
The Circle Award comes on the heels of multiple honors Ms. Shelton has received in recent months, including a profile on Black Enterprise.com during which she shares her experiences and offers words of encouragement in the Women of Power segment and The Network Journal's 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business Award.
About ColorComm Network and the 2016 ColorComm Conference (C2: Leading The Way)
ColorComm is an essential professional membership organization for women of color in communications. The ColorComm mission is to personally connect women to build a strong network of leaders by creating mentors/mentees, business relationships and friendships. The organization has chapters in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For more information: www.colorcommnetwork.com
C2 (short for ColorComm Conference) is the ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Innovative programs, presented by the industry's top practitioners and thought leaders, will address key issues and predict future trends. C2 2016 is an intimate group of approximately 400 multicultural, professional women. Speakers include: Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post, CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, CEO of the Cannes Lions Festival Philip Thomas, President of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises Edie Rodriguez and many more. For more information: www.colorcommconference.com
About Finn Partners, Inc.
Finn Partners was launched in late 2011 to realize Peter Finn's vision to create a leading communications agency dedicated to shaping a bold new future in which innovation and partnership are strong brand drivers. Finn Partners specializes in the full spectrum of public and corporate affairs services, including digital and social media. Practice areas include arts, consumer, CSR, education, health, technology and travel & lifestyle.
Since inception four years ago, Finn Partners has received six agency awards that are indicators of client and cultural leadership: "Best Midsize Agency" in 2015, "Best Agency to Work For" in 2013 and "Best New Agency" in 2012 from the Holmes Report and Midsize PR Firm of the Year in 2015 and Top Places to Work in PR in 2013 from PR News. Headquartered in New York City, the company has approximately 500 employees, with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and offers international capabilities through its own global network and PROI Worldwide. Find us at www.finnpartners.com and follow us on Twitter @finnpartners.
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