Meet the winners of IABC's Gold Quill Awards

Meet the winners of IABC's Gold Quill Awards

Earlier this summer, members of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), a professional network of more than 15,000 business communicators, gathered in New York to honor more than 200 of their communications peers at IABC’s 2013 Gold Quill Awards Gala.

Gold Quill is one of IABC’s flagship programs designed to benchmark communication excellence worldwide and offer entrants an exceptional professional development opportunity that builds knowledge and expertise.

Companies like HSBC, Chevron, HarknessKennett and Kumba Iron Ore received accolades for communications successes.

This year’s Gold Quill Awards program received more than 800 entries for consideration by a Global Blue Ribbon Panel of 200 evaluators in categories as diverse as branding research, employee engagement and social media.

In addition to the more than 200 winners recognized for their work, a key highlight of the evening was the revelation of the winners of the Best of Show awards.

Get to know the three winners of these prestigious awards:

The 2013 Jake Wittmer Research Award

The corporate communications team of Hydro One, the largest electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, received this award for outstanding research which was instrumental in ensuring the success of a communication program.

Sharon Berzok Student Award

Aimee Adams, a student at Avila University in Kansas City, MO., received this award for her Glitter Run project which raised money for cancer research and promoted Lee’s Summit, Missouri’s Paradise Park as a place for family fun. This award goes to the student who achieves the highest standard of communication excellence in the student categories.

Business Issue Award

The team of Jo Alexander at HSBC, Jane Mitchell from HarknessKennett and Jenny Robinson at Hinton & Co. received this award for their plan and management of workshops designed to unify employee communications for HSBC. This award recognizes outstanding communication work that addressed a critical business issue that threatened the economic well-being or viability of the entrant’s organization.

Congratulations to all of the winners! For more information about IABC’s Gold Quill Awards, be sure to check out their website here.

Ayele Ajavon is the communications specialist at IABC with access to enterprising communications professionals across the globe. She is completely immersed in the world of communications and eager to learn more! Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Photo credit: Courtesy of IABC

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