NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2013) – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s Public Affairs and Government (PAG) Professional Interest Section has awarded its 2013 Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Service Award to Julie Wilson, APR, president and founder of Reasons Group. The award was presented by PRSA 2013 Chair and CEO Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, at the PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.Wilson has been a leader in specializations such as public policy, government relations and marketing. Most recently Wilson served as vice president for the Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy, spearheading its Barnett Shale initiative. Wilson re-entered the consulting world this summer, establishing her own company, Reasons Group. Her expertise in public policy and political issues allows her to assist her clients in navigating through the regulatory and permitting process in local venues, securing public support for land use and other public impact issues.
Wilson was described as “arguably the most powerful woman in the area’s natural gas industry” by Fort Worth Business Press. She is an active community leader in North Texas. The 2013 Chairwoman for the United Way of Tarrant County, she also serves on the board of directors of the TCU Energy Institute, North Texas Commission, Petroleum Club of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. She is a founding member of Leadership North Texas and received her accreditation from PRSA in 1985.
The Lloyd B. Dennis Award recognizes an exemplary individual who has used his or her public affairs skills to promote truth, has demonstrated high standards of integrity and honesty in business dealings, and has helped affect positive change within an organization. The award was established in honor of the late Lloyd B. Dennis, whose career included work as a speechwriter and public affairs officer for three secretaries of the U.S. Treasury in the Johnson and Nixon administrations, a senior public affairs officer for a major banking institution, and a journalist for theNew York Times, Baltimore Sun and Congressional Quarterly.
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