Donna Allen, vice president of sales and marketing for VisitNorfolk, has been honored by PR News as a Top Woman in PR.  This award salutes the innovation and accomplishments of women in the workforce, sometimes against the glass ceiling, other times against the grain.

Allen has nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality and destination marketing industry, and has been the vice president of sales and marketing for VisitNorfolk since 2008.  She oversees the marketing, public relations and sales departments which position Norfolk as a travel destination for leisure, meetings and conventions.  Allen is active in a variety of community and industry related organizations such as Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Virginia Opera.

The PR News' Top Women in PR list is comprised of the most influential women, the ones driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies—women who have made bold advances in managing crises, developing brand messages, protecting and building brand reputations and creating content for digital platforms, for their own organizations or for clients.

Honorees include such luminaries as Catherine Blades of Aflac, Danielle Devine of Johnson & Johnson, Marcie Klein of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Liz Torrez of  Hill+Knowlton Strategies and many more.

Honorees will be celebrated during an awards luncheon on January 24, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.