PRSA College of Fellows Honors Joan Capelin with its First-Ever Award for Outstanding Leadership

Capelin Communications is honored to announce that Joan Capelin has been named the first recipient of the Public Relations Society of America [PRSA] College of Fellows’ Outstanding Leadership Award.

Joan was admitted in 1993 to the College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of senior practitioners and educators, who go through a rigorous screening by their peers.  She later served as the Chair of the college in 1999.  She established its motto of “Leadership and Legacy” and created the “GoodFellows,” a program that identifies and coaches candidates to the College through the application process, and has over the last decade formalized the policies and procedures for the selection process – in essence, setting the standards for acceptance.

“I’ve got a close-in understanding of Colleges, what they look for in candidates, and how they operate – particularly AIA’s as much as PRSA’s,” Joan remarks.  “Fellows usually have garnered all the awards around.  It’s so rare that a College creates an award all its own, I was totally taken by surprise.”

The award was presented to her by Michael L. Herman, 2009 Chair of the College, at the annual dinner for new Fellows last November in San Diego. Referring to Joan as the “College’s Godmother,” Herman remarked that, “Not only is she a unique personality, [she] travels her own road and speaks her mind. She deserves a place in the cadre of the Grand Dames of Pubic Relations.”

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