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Now is the time to enter your best work in one or more of 28 categories. 

Awards are available in the following categories:

  • Management
  • Research
  • Education & Training
  • Skills

Winners will be recognized with an engraved award, an announcement on the IABC Heritage Region website and a presentation at the IABC Heritage Region Conference, to be held in Detroit, Michigan, Sept. 22-24.  

Silver Quill Award recipients who attend will receive their awards during a Sept. 23 luncheon presentation in front of their peers.

Deadline & Fees
Early Bird Pricing through April 8, 2019
Members: $85 | Non‐members: $110
Full‐time student members: $25

Regular Deadlines & Fees

April 9 - May 13, 2019
Members: $100 | Non‐members: $125
Full‐time student members: $35

Need Inspiration?
Complete information, including past winners and selected work plans, is available at silverquill.iabcheritage.com. Choose Previous Recipients for examples of award-winning work.

How to Enter
1. Visit our website: silverquill.iabcheritage.com.
2. Read "How to Enter".
3. Choose your division and category.
4. Write your work plan and save it as a PDF (or fill in the online questionnaire for Skills Division entries).
5. Gather your work sample(s). You may submit up to five.
6. Upload your entry and submit payment at iabchrsilverquill.awardstage.com

Questions?
Alexandra Hichel
IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Chair
silverquill@iabcheritage.com


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Scholarship and Stipend Opportunities

By Amy Miller

To help develop our volunteer leadership and increase member value, the IABC Heritage Region offers conference scholarships and Leadership Institute stipends to chapter leaders and members-at-large. Here are some details.


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Local chapters in the IABC Heritage Region offer innovative and practical professional development sessions like the inaugural “Challenge Accepted!” program held earlier this year by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, now 40 years strong, using a Ted Talk style format. If your chapter or local interest group is looking for some new inspiration, take a look. If you’d like to share your program success, please don’t hesitate to email us at communication@iabcheritage.com.


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If you are a chapter leader within the IABC Heritage Region or a member-at-large interested in regional leadership opportunities, now is the time to register for the 2019 Heritage Region Leadership Institute (RLI), timed with the 2019 Heritage Region Conference. We encourage each Heritage Region chapter to send at least one chapter leader to RLI this year.


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The IABC Heritage Region offers a variety of webinars on topics related to corporate communication, marketing communication, public relations and more.


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Professional certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise—and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. Here's information on benefits, preparation and steps to becoming certified.


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Registration is open through August 31 for the 2019 IABC Heritage Region Communication Conference. With the theme "Drive the Future," a slate of top-notch marketing and communication keynoters and breakout speakers will share their insights and interact with communication professionals in the Motor City. This year's Communication Conference takes place Sept. 22 - 24 at the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.


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IABC Heritage Region Conference scholarships offer chapter leaders and members-at-large who have strong volunteering experience a great opportunity to explore the region's signature professional development and networking event. After a careful application vetting process, evaluators chose this year’s winners: Poonam Sharma, a proposal writer for ASSYST and VP of social media for the DC Metro Chapter, and KayAnn Taylor Rutter, AVP of marketing for United Way of Central Ohio and a member of the Greater Cincinnati chapter. Here are their experiences.


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Two of the three exceptional IABC members who were named Fellows this year are from our Heritage Region, a 17-state area that pans from Kentucky to Michigan to Maine to Virginia. Take a look at the accomplishments of Lee Hornick from the New York chapter and Brenda Siler from the DC Metro chapter, as well as Cindy Schmieg, ABC, from the Minnesota chapter (Pacific Plains Region).


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Networking with open, interesting people ... innovative discussion formats ... practical how-to tips and more: This year's IABC World Conference experience was outstanding for our two scholarship winners, Connie Feick from the Greater Cincinnati chapter and Janet Swaysland from the Boston chapter. Swaysland described it as a terrific experience, including the sessions, social and self-discovery aspects. Feick called it "the best professional development event of my life." Find out why—take a look at their recaps.


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IABC leadership development programs

By Amy Miller

Two special programs help IABC members achieve their potential as volunteer leaders at various levels—local, regional and international.

Our Regional Leadership Institute in the fall provides an opportunity to share challenges, ideas and best practices with leaders from across the 17-state U.S. Heritage Region. If you are a chapter leader, a region leader or a member interested in volunteering in the future, this program is for you.

In addition, the International Leadership Institute in February offers networking and best-practice sharing from communication professionals leading IABC chapters and regions around the world.

More details on both are coming soon. If you have questions, contact heritage-region@iabcheritage.com.


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Earning an IABC Silver Quill award is a mark of distinction in the communication profession. Complete information is available on our website at https://iabcheritage.igloocommunities.com/silver quill.

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