The PRSA-MD Board of Directors and the 2013 Best In Maryland Committee are pleased to announce that Helen Szablya has been named the 2013 PRSA-MD Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Ms. Szablya is a nationally recognized Baltimore communications professional with more than 30 years of experience include key management positions at The Enterprise Foundation, The Fannie Mae Foundation, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office in Baltimore City, several agencies in the state of Maryland and US Treasury. She is currently in private practice providing communications and marketing services to socially invested organizations. Current and past clients include Cleaner, Greener Baltimore; Baltimore Sustainability Commission; East Baltimore Development Inc.; Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore; and the Baltimore Community Foundation.
Ms. Szablya was a member of PRSA for more than 20 years, five of them as a member of both the Chesapeake and DC chapter where she served on the Government and International committees for the DC chapter.
“Helen Szablya is one of Maryland’s top public relations professionals,” said Jacqueline Lampell, a friend and former colleague. “Helen is known for strategic communications planning efforts during her storied career in government as well as the private sector. She has continued to give back to the community in a multitude of ways and her legacy is one of service.”
Her commitment to social change spurs her extensive volunteer work for organizations such as the Red Cross of Central Maryland, Central Baltimore Partnership, Citizens Planning and Housing Association and Maryland Family Network. As a survivor of peritoneal carcinomatosis, for the past four years she has served on the steering committee of the “Heat It To Beat It” walk launched in 2009 to raise money and awareness for research at Mercy Medical Center.
Ms. Szablya will be honored at the Best In Maryland Gala on December 5 at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. We will also honor the Maryland PR Educator of the Year, reveal the New PR Professional of The Year, and present awards for excellence in public relations campaigns in 24 categories. The evening will include a keynote address from Gerry Sandusky, voice of the Baltimore Ravens and sports director of WBAL TV.
Please join us in honoring Helen Szablya.
For more information on the Gala including nominees and ticket information, click here.