Banner Brunch

The Annual Awards & Scholarship Ceremony and Celebration of Women in Communications

Save the Date

Saturday, May 4, 2024
at The Austin Central Library

See you soon!


Austin Central Library

Join more than 100 brilliant communications professionals for a day of celebration, connections, and networking. Attendees enjoyed food, drink, and some extra-special surprises while celebrating award honorees and scholarship recipients.

Banner Brunch 2023 Award Winners

2023 Banner Brunch wrapped with grand success!

Held on Saturday, April 29, 2023

Together we raised over $5,200.00 toward our scholarship fund. Thank you to all sponsors, volunteers and guests!

2023 Banner Award Winners

Outstanding Austin
Communicator Award

Jessica Scanlon

Hot Dog Marketing

About Jessica

Jessica is “Top Dog” at Hot Dog Marketing, helping service businesses and tech companies build stronger brands.

Hot Dog Marketing serves 150 businesses a year, and the company continues to grow because of our loyal customers and great referrals. Hot Dog Marketing has been named a top rated agency on several lists including #12 digital/website agencies by The Austin Business Journal. We were also named one of the nation’s best branding agencies in the nation by

Jessica is a Forbes Council Member and Austin Under 40 award winner.

Outstanding Austin
Communicator Award

Michele Glaze

Samsung Austin Semiconductor

About Michele

Michele is Head of Communications & Community Affairs for Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

She is a business leader who leverages communications and marketing strategies to achieve impactful results. She has proven success in economic development, strategy, thought leadership, executive advisement, PR and marketing campaigns, digital channels, internal communications, community relations, special event planning, employee engagement programs and talent building. Her talents include consulting with companies of all sizes (global Fortune 500, SMB, Nonprofit) to create & launch strategic platforms that demonstrate business, customer or community value that aligns to business priorities.

Gene Barnwell Waugh Mentor Award

Kirsten Longnecker

About Kirsten

Kirsten is the VP of Marketing at Plinqit.

Kirsten is on a mission to transform visionary ideas into actionable, digestible, memorable content. B2B and B2C marketing executive with 20+ years of experience in corporate communications, content creation, lead gen, business strategy, events management, and PR.


Outstanding Member Award

Fabiana Meléndez Ruiz

Banner Winner Fabiana
About Fabiana

Fabiana is Director of Marketing and Communications at HEXAH, and a seasoned public relations (PR) professional and strategic storyteller. Even as a seasoned public relations professional, Fabiana has never stepped away from her joy to mentor colleagues of all levels as she has progressed in more senior roles. Fabiana uses her expertise in the field of communications for good. She has been featured in multiple articles, podcasts and more, giving industry advice and a voice of mentorship to readers and leaders on topics ranging from how to advance in your career while working remotely to how you can amplify LatinaX voices.

Anne Durrum Robinson
Creative Initiative Award

Elizabeth McQueen and Miles Bloxson, KUT’s Pause/Play

Elizabeth and Miles Pause Play Hosts - Winners
About Elizabeth and Miles

Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the host of the podcast This Song, as well as the producer for The Breaks, a hip-hop podcast. Before moving to public radio and podcasting, McQueen was a professional musician who started and played for the band Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands and a member of the legendary Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel.

Miles Bloxson is a producer and host for KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. The Austin native and UT Austin graduate has a passion for technology, music and pop culture. She has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Cee-Lo Green, Forest Whitaker and Robert Townsend.

She is the host and creator of the podcast and lifestyle brand Miles To Mogul.

Information provided by KUT / KUTX

2023 Scholarship Winners


The Julie Tereshchuk Scholarship


Melanie Salazar


The Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship


Ava Motes


Megan Harvey

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you so much to our annual sponsors and this year’s Banner Brunch sponsors and partners! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or partner, please contact our VP of Development at

Darling Promo
Austin Woman Magazine
Monarch Media & Consulting, Inc.
Matthew Lemke

Cocktails specially underwritten
in honor of Julie Tereshchuk

Julie Tereshchuk Student Scholarship

And Special Thanks to 

HAI Hospitality Restaurant Group
Let's Roam Sponsor


Recognize the outstanding Austin communicators, distinguished lifetime achievements, and amazing mentors in the Austin community.


Currently pursuing an education in the field of communications? Apply to be considered for our  scholarships (deadlines apply each year).


Assist with the selection for awards and scholarships, organize the event, and ensure guests have a fantastic time at Banner Brunch.

Sponsor & Donate

Place your organization at the forefront of one of Austin’s most celebrated communications events. Sponsor, donate, or contribute raffle items!