2021

The Association for Women in Communications Clarion Awards

PR News
Awardee, Top Women in PR, Changemaker — Crystal Borde

The Telly Awards

American Graphic Design Awards

  • 2021 Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery—Get Ahead of Stroke® campaign videos
  • 2021 Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia—Flu Infographics

Ragan Communications and PR Daily — Top Women in Communications, Class of 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion—Crystal Borde

Washington Women in Public Relations
Emerging Leaders Awards Finalist, Small/Boutique Agency—Brittany Vanderpool

Ragan’s Video, Visual & Virtual Awards
Public Service Video—League of Women Voters Education Fund—VOTE411: Election Information You Need (Video) in English and Spanish

PR News CSR & Diversity Awards
Mentorship Program—Honorable Mention—Comunicadores for the Future program in partnership with The George Washington University’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute.

2020

Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter — Excellence in Communications Awards
Integrated Media Relations – Campaigns on Budget of $25,000 and Up—American Psychological Association—Stress in America™: Stress and Current Events

Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter — Excellence in Communications Awards
Publications, Newsletters and Blogs (Print and Online)—AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia—”First Things First” Member Guide

Digital Health Awards
Silver in Digital Health Media/Publications: Video—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives–Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking

American Graphic Design Awards

  • 2020 Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Communities Talk social media campaign
  • 2020 Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—Vanguard—Women Power the Vote video

The Association for Women in Communications Clarion Awards
Public Relations Campaign, Ongoing–Annual Budget of $50,000 or more—American Psychological Association—Stress in America™: Stress and Current Events

National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards
First Place—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—Tips for Teens series

2019

PR News
Hall of Fame—Maria Rodriguez

American Graphic Design Awards
Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery—Get Ahead of Stroke® Fan Deck

Bulldog PR Awards
Bronze Award, Media Relations Campaign—American Psychological Association—Stress in America™ – Generation Z

National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards
Award of Excellence — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—NPW 2019 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar

Ragan’s PR Daily Awards
Honorable Mention — American Psychological Association— Stress in America™

PR Daily Digital Marketing and Social Media Awards
First Place, Visual Design — American Public Power Association—#CommunityPowered Campaign

PRSA Thoth Awards
Integrated Media Relations Campaigns with a Budget Over $25,000—“Stress in America™ 2018”—American Psychological Association

PRSA Thoth Awards
Events and Observances (fewer than 7 days)—“Night Out for Austin Tice”—The National Press Club

Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards
First Place – Visual Design—Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery—Get Ahead of Stroke® materials

2018

American Graphic Design Awards

  • Graphic Design USA Awards — Vanguard Company Rebrand
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National Prevention Week 2018 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 2017 National Prevention Week Outcomes Report
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 2017–2018 National Prevention Week Annual Report

Bulldog Reporter
Media Relations Award—American Psychological Association: Stress in America™

Digital Health Awards

National Association of Government Communicators
Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards
Second place — SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2018 Planning Guide and Resource Calendar

Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter Thoth Awards
Winner, Media Relations — American Psychological Association and Vanguard Communications: “Stress in America™

PR News
Awardee, Top Women in PRBrenda Foster

The Association for Women in Communications
Clarion Awards—American Psychological Association: Stress in America™

U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
National Small Business Contractors’ Week 2018 Women Contractor Awards—Maria Rodriguez, Women-Owned Small Business, Innovation and Performance

Washington Women in Public Relations

  • Emerging Leaders Awards Winner, Boutique Agency/Independent—Shelby Giles
  • Emerging Leaders Awards Finalist, Boutique Agency/Independent—Kate Fink

2017

American Graphic Design Awards

  • Graphic Design USA Awards—WomenHeart: Native American women and heart disease infographic
  • Graphic Design USA Awards—ZERO TO THREE: HealthySteps logo
  • Graphic Design USA Awards—Vanguard: “30 Years in 12 Months” 2017 Calendar
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—WomenHeart: Native American women and heart disease infographic
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — WomenHeart: Centerpiece donation box
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—ZERO TO THREE: HealthySteps logo
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards—Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery: Stroke Survival: A Patient Comparison

Bulldog Reporter
Bulldog Media Relations Award—American Psychological Association: Stress in America™

Digital Health Awards
Bronze in Web-based Digital Health—MedStar Health: 2016 Report to the Community Microsite

National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards

  • First Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 2016 Voice Awards
  • Third Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Awareness Day 2016

Ragan’s Health Care PR & Marketing Awards
Honorable Mention—Election Stress: American Psychological Association

The Association for Women in Communications
Clarion Awards—American Psychological Association: Stress in America™

2004–2016 Highlights

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, Communicator Awards

  • Communicator Award of Excellence — National Network to End Domestic Violence: “Chefs Take a Stand” Event Signage
  • Communicator Award of Excellence — Campaign for High School Equity: “No Permission Slips to Fail” Op-Ed
  • Silver Communicator Award — National Center for Responsive Philanthropy: Logo (Corporate Identity)
  • Silver Communicator Award — The Consortium for Ocean Leadership: Logo (Corporate Identity)
  • Silver Communicator Award — Vanguard Communications: 2009 Calendar (Materials)
  • Silver Communicator Award — COLAGE, Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere: Strategic Plan (Pro Bono—Brochure)

American Advertising Awards
Silver Award—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “The Sound of Your Voice” Video

American Graphic Design Awards

  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Farm Aid: “Film2FarmAid” Poster Series
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Voice Awards 2016 program
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Voice Awards 2016 Partner e-Kit
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Voice Awards 2016 Partner Animated GIF
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Voice Awards 2016 Partner Portal Website
  • Graphic Design USA Health + Wellness Design Awards — Women and Afib Infographic — WomenHeart
  • Graphic Design USA Awards — WomenHeart: Women, Depression and Heart
    Disease Infographic

American Photographic Artists Short Video Contest
Winner, Best Use of Motion—National Council for Behavioral Health: “The Other Side” 50th Anniversary Video

Bulldog Stars of PR Awards for Outstanding Achievement by Communications Agencies and Professionals
Gold-Level Award Winner, Small Agency of the Year Under $10,000,000—Vanguard Communications

Digital Health Awards
Silver in Web-based Digital Health: Microsite—Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery: Get Ahead of Stroke® Campaign

Graphic Design USA Awards
“For a Healthy Mind and Body, Talk to a Psychologist” Brochure—American Psychological Association

International Association of Business Communicators

  • Gold Quill Merit Award, Branding — Consortium for Ocean Leadership: Brand and Logo Development
  • Heritage Region Silver Quill Award, Graphic Design — American Psychological Association: Mind/Body Health Toolkit
  • Silver Inkwell Award of Merit — Consortium for Ocean Leadership: Brand and Logo Development
  • Silver Inkwell Award of Excellence — Conference, Training, or Meeting Materials— American Psychological Association: Mind/Body Health Toolkit

National Association of Government Communicators
Blue Pencil/Gold Screen Awards

  • First Place — Special Purpose Product — Allegheny County: Use Your Words Educational Toolkit
  • First Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives” PSA
  • First Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives” PSA
  • First Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Salud Mental: Parte De Nuestra Vida” PSA
  • First Place — Federal Trade Commission: Father’s Day e-Card
  • First Place — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 e-Book

National Health Information Awards

  • Bronze Award — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 2011 Voice Awards Event
  • Merit Award — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Wellness Initiative

Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame
2016 Inductee — Maria Rodriguez

Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter Thoth Awards
Finalist, Integrated Media Relations, $25,000 and Up—American Psychological Association and Vanguard Communications: “Stress in America™: Our Health at Risk”

PR News Social Media Icon Awards
Finalist, Twitter | PR Campaign— Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2013

PR News Nonprofit PR Awards
Winner, Digital PR and Marketing— American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: More than a Quick Fix” Initiative

PRWeek Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Small PR Agency of the Year — Vanguard Communications
  • Finalist, Nonprofit Campaign of the Year — Women Chefs and Restaurateurs: “Road to the White House Kitchen”

The Association for Women in Communications
Clarion Awards

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants: Career ComPAnion Manual (Internal Publication)
  • Building Bridges Initiative: Logo
  • Galvin Electricity Initiative: Sad Socket Ad Campaign (Print Advertising)
  • Vanguard Communications: Vanguard Blog (InSites: Blogging for Social Change)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Human Needs: Project on Societal Distress Snapshots/Infographics
  • Women Chefs and Restaurateurs: Calendar (Special Design/Creation)

The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business
Finalist; Best Overall Company of the Year, Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Service Business Up to 100 Employees—Vanguard Communications

The Webby Awards

  • Honoree—Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Website
  • Honoree—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Mental Health: It’s Part of All Our Lives” Website

Working Mother Magazine
25 Best Small Companies—Vanguard Communications