PRWeek Names 2022 Women of Distinction

Nijha Diggs is one of 24 women being recognized for her ability to innovate and inspire

Nijha Diggs wearing scrubs and holding a Smile Train sign before observing a free cleft surgery.

NEW YORK, NY – PRWeek’s Women of Distinction and Women to Watch honors communications pros who set the bar higher within their organizations. Out of almost 250 nominations, PRWeek selected 24 women to be inducted into the 2021 Women to Watch class, including Nijha Diggs, Senior Director, Public Relations, Smile Train. As a member of this prestigious group, Nijha has proven she is up for every challenge and ready to go above and beyond to ensure results exceed business goals and achieve creative excellence.

“We knew Nijha was a woman to watch from the moment she joined our team six years ago,” said Susannah Schaefer, President and CEO of Smile Train. “Since then, she has grown our social media presence into a global, multi-platform brand; nurtured a huge range of celebrities to get more involved with our lifesaving cause; spread the word about our work to millions of people around the world; and served as a mentor to the next generation of women PR professionals. All with her trademark style, class, and infectious smile. On behalf of the entire Smile Train family, I congratulate Nijha on this well-deserved honor and look forward to many more to come.” 

Now in its seventh year, PRWeek selects women who have achieved success within their own organization, inspired colleagues and, through innovative and transformative work, elevated the practice of public relations to new heights.

“Every single Women of Distinction and Women to Watch honoree is a role model. They have proven themselves to be tireless, fearless, compassionate, and effective business leaders — especially in recent times of crisis; but even more important, they are, quite simply, good people. Many spend their spare time raising up other women in the industry by educating, empowering, and advocating for them,” says Diana Bradley, associate news editor at PRWeek.

The 2022 Women of Distinction will be profiled in the March-April print issue of PRWeek and honored at a celebratory event on June 9 in NYC. This event will feature networking and panel discussions with experts providing women with the tools and insights needed to help them chart a path all the way to the C-suite.

About Smile Train:
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children's lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit