Charlene Prounis Receives "Highest Leaf Award" From Women's Venture Fund

   Charlene Prounis Receives "Highest Leaf Award" From Women's Venture Fund

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 11, 2013

NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of her business
leadership and commitment to helping other women succeed, Charlene Prounis,
CEO and managing partner of Flashpoint Medica, has been selected by the
Women's Venture Fund to receive the organization's Highest Leaf Award.

The award is given annually to women executives who contribute significantly
to their respective industries while assisting other women in developing the
skills and resources for attaining their own business goals.

An entrepreneur who co-founded two successful healthcare advertising agencies,
Prounis has been active in healthcare her entire professional life. Working
first as a nurse, then as a pharmaceutical sales representative, she entered
medical advertising in the 1980s, steadily working her way up within Grey
Healthcare Group. In 1999, she and another woman ad executive co-founded Accel
Healthcare, which they developed into a top-20 agency before merging it into
Corbett Accel New York in 2004.

Today, Prounis heads up her second successful agency, Flashpoint Medica, which
opened shop in 2005, the same year PharmaVOICE magazine named her one of the
100 most inspiring leaders in the life sciences. Just three years later,
Flashpoint was named Agency of the Year by the editors of Med Ad News.

Steadily evolving and innovating, the company continues to distinguish itself
as one of the nation's leading multichannel healthcare agencies. In 2012,
Flashpoint grew to 85 employees, substantially expanded its digital expertise,
and won 20 major creative awards for its work.

Prounis' business leadership and mentoring activities extend beyond her
company. A past president of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association and
long-time member of its board, she initiated several major HBA initiatives,
including the annual Leadership Conference, Rising Stars program, and
groundbreaking 1999 POWER Study, which documented women's experiences and
career prospects in the pharmaceutical business. In addition, she started the
organization's Metro Chapter and co-chaired the Woman of the Year fundraising
committee for three successive years.

Prounis is also active with the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame, recently
helping establish a series of educational programs for the next generation of
healthcare communicators.

"I love the work I do and I love helping other women succeed, so the Highest
Leaf Award holds a lot of meaning for me," Prounis said. "The Women's Venture
Fund provides extremely valuable services, and I'm honored to be associated
with the group."

This year's awards will be presented at a breakfast ceremony hosted by NBC
correspondent Lynda Baquero on Wednesday, June 12, at the Harvard Club in New
York City. Honorees were announced at the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony on
April 25, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed as Women's Entrepreneur Day
in honor of the work done by the Women's Venture Fund.

About Flashpoint Medica
Flashpoint Medica, a member of the Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC), is a
multichannel healthcare communications agency that combines the traditional
healthcare marketing disciplines -- strategic, medical, account and creative
services -- with innovative digital communications. The company's clients
include some of the most respected names in the pharmaceutical and biotech
industries. For more information, visit

About the Women's Venture Fund
Founded in 1994, the Women's Venture Fund (WVF) is a nonprofit organization
that helps women establish thriving businesses in urban communities. Under the
leadership of Maria Otero, founder and president, WVF offers training,
small-business loans and consultations with successful business advisers to
help women reach their business goals. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Julie Laitin (646) 568-1877    Cynthia Amorese (908) 665-8072
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