Monthly Newsletter - November 2023

2023 Impact Award Winners

Over 125 people attended the PRSA Southern Arizona Impact Awards held at Hexagon downtown. This year’s top honors went to Linda Welter, APR, founder of Caliber Group, who was granted our Career Impact Award. KOLD’s Dan Marries was recognized as the 2023 Media Person of the Year, while Marielle Babb, NüPOINT Marketing, joined Shawnee Wright, Integrated Axis Technology Group, as the 2023 Rookies of the Year. The 2023 PR Professional of the Year award winner was Kathleen Brown, Principal of Brown + Associates. The event was held at Hexagon downtown.

The Gordley Group (pictured above) walked away with this year’s Best in Show Award with the two highest scoring submissions for their 2023 Holiday Card and their work to inform, educate and engage City of Tucson residents in the general planning effort.

Career Impact Award

Linda WelterAPR

Caliber Group

PR Professional of the Year

Kathleen Brown (middle)

Principal of Brown + Associates

Co-Rookie of the Year

Marielle Babb

NüPOINT Marketing

Co-Rookie of the Year

Shawnee Wright

Integrated Axis Technology Group

Media Person of the Year

Dan Marries (left)

KOLD News 13

Read Press Release Listing All Honorees
View Photos from the Event

Register by November 10

Navigating the C-Suite: Comm Strategies for Success

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Noon - 1 p.m. | Zoom Webinar


Join us for our virtual panel featuring professional communicators from a variety of industries. Learn best practices for working with C-Suite executives on communication goals.

Our panel will include:

  • Laura Shaw, Senior Vice President, Sun Corridor Inc.
  • Stefanie Teller, Senior VP, Chief Communications Officer, Sundt Construction
  • Paul Schwalbach, Director, Marketing & Communications, Pima Community College
  • Dolores Durán-Cerda, Ph.D., Interim Chancellor, Pima Community College


$5 for members | $15 for nonmembers| Free for students

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Mingle Bells

Thursday, December 7, 2023

5 - 7:30 p.m.

Union Public House, 4340 N. Campbell Ave.

We will gather with members of the American Advertising Federation Tucson Chapter for the annual Mingle Bells mixer.

Mingle Bells is a great way to reconnect with old friends and network with potential partners. Perhaps even meet a new employer or employee. We can't wait to see you there for fun times and great conversations!

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In Memory of Judith Williams

We recognize the late Judith Williams, a founder and former member of the PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter. She also opened the first full public relations agency in Tucson, the second in Arizona. Read more about this PR icon and legend here.


The family will hold a Celebration of Life for Judith from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2023, at Lodge on the Desert, 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson.

Membership Corner

Courtney Pulitzer

Director of Marketing and Communications        

San Miguel High School

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