IABC announced 2014 Gold Quill Special Award winners to be awarded at IABC World Conference in Toronto
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) have announced their 2014 Gold Quill Award recipients, including the “Best of the Best,” Sharon Berzok, Jake Wittmer, and Business Issue Award winners. The program, sponsored by Towers Watson, received nearly 800 entries in 2014. Of those, 109 entries achieved an Award of Excellence while 171 were named Merit Award winners.
“We look at the global standard and we want the best of the best, but it’s part of building the profession and giving people the encouragement they need to be better at what they do,” said Gold Quill Awards Chair, Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, ABC, APR.
The Sharon Berzok Student Award is given to those who achieve the highest standard of communication excellence in Gold Quill Awards student categories. The winning entrant receives a US$500 scholarship to be directed toward professional development, education or training.
The Jake Wittmer Award recognizes outstanding research undertaken by an organization that was instrumental in ensuring the success of a communication program.
The Business Issue Award recognizes outstanding communication work that addressed a critical business issue that threatened the economic well-being or viability of the entrant’s organization. It shows strategic involvement and presents an effective, innovative resolution that has measurable results. It serves as a model for other communication projects that focus on similar business issues.
The winners will be presented with their awards at the Excellence Gala, part of the annual IABC World Conference in Toronto, Canada on Monday, 9 June.
The 2014 Best of the Best winners are:
- Margaret Loughead from the Volkswagen Group South Africa (Uitenhage, South Africa) won in the Communication Research Management division for her entry, Research for Improved Shop Floor Communication.
- Rebecca McIntyre from Cabrini Health (Malvern, Australia) in the Communication Management – Internal Communication division won for her entry, Together We Can Meet the Standards: Accreditation at Cabrini.
- Petra Muth Zupanc from Pristop d.o.o. (Ljubljana, Slovenia) won in the Communication Management – External Communication division for her entry, Rhyme with Zlatko and Get More from Life.
- Brenda Tilke from F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland) won in the Communication Skills division for her entry, From Words to Action: The Value of Storytelling at Roche.
- Sandra Hilmer, Matt Trewin, Lucinda Tippett, Caroline Souvannavong, and Geoff Taylor from Telstra Corporation (Melbourne, Australia) won in Communication Education and Training for their entry, Connecting with Words.
Source: IABC news