Now is the time to enter your best work in one or more of 28 categories.
Awards are available in the following categories:
- Education & Training
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
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
IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Chair
“What’s in it for me?” – Way more than I ever thought! My thoughts and experience at the 2018 IABC Heritage Region Conference
IABC Heritage Region Conference scholarship recipient Shannon McCarthy reflects on her experience at the conference in Richmond, Va. Shannon is the co-director of social media for the Detroit Chapter of IABC. She and the Detroit board can't wait to host the 2019 conference.
I tend to be one of those people that likes to be fully prepared before walking into a new, unfamiliar environment. My nerves run rampant for days leading up to the occasion. I’m not a big fan of surprises or just “going with the flow,” which I guess is a bit ironic considering I’m a communications expert and that’s typically not what happens.
So, when I found out that I received a scholarship to attend my first IABC Heritage Region Conference, you bet I prepared. I had my business cards, my…
Marie Kilbane-Seckers, a Heritage Region member-at-large, shared her observations from the 2018 World Conference.
The power of communication within our organizations and communities was on full display at the 2018 World Conference in Montreal. Approximately1,300 communicators from 30 countries took part, making this one of the best attended World Conferences in recent years. The mix of communicators – from agency owners to communication managers, consultants and other communication pros – made this a special opportunity. Each had an eagerness to share their challenges, gain insights and make a positive…
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.
My top Take-Aways from the 2017 IABC Heritage Region Conference
2017 Scholarship Winner and VP, Social Media, IABC DC Metro
Proposal Writer, ASSYST, Sterling, VA
Attending the IABC Heritage Region Conference in Pittsburgh is an experience I will always treasure. Not only was it my first time attending a regional conference, I also got to attend my very first Leadership institute!
After a short hop flight from Washington, D.C, I arrived in Pittsburgh on a rainy autumn day…
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).
The Heritage region can be extra proud this year that two of the organization's three new Fellows are longstanding members from our region. Let's congratulate Lee Hornick from the New York chapter, Brenda Siler from the DC Metro chapter and Cindy Schmieg, ABC*, from the Minnesota chapter!
The IABC Fellows designation is the highest honor the organization confers upon its members and is awarded to communication professionals for exceptional leadership and service to IABC.
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.
Feick's recap: From AI to zombies, IABC World Conference covered it all
As a first-time attendee at the IABC World Conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been to numerous workshops and conferences during my career, some good, others not so much. By the end of my four days in Washington, D.C., I told anyone who would listen that the 2017 World Conference was the best professional development event of my life.
And it wasn’t an exaggeration. More than 1,000 communicators from around the…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll find a recap of the 2018 IABC Heritage Regional Leadership Institute on our regional conference page. Details on the 2019 regional program will be available in mid-2019.
Be sure to also keep in mind the IABC International Leadership Institute, taking place in February. This program offers tremendous value to chapter and region leaders, as well as members-at-large who would like to become more involved in the association. Breakout sessions, general sessions and international networking…
Learning, ideas and exploration ... every year the IABC Heritage Region Conference brings us new professional development and networking opportunities. Here are two experiences from the 2016 conference scholarship winners: Jennnifer Shatwell—CEO and principal consultant at KTNZ LLC and a regional volunteer—and Terri Wellman, who is communication manager at MediSync and IABC Greater Cincinnati Chapter board member.
How was Heritage Region Conference like Yoga?
The recent Heritage Region Conference in Columbus was my introduction to an IABC conference. I am grateful that I was able to attend on a scholarship, provided by the Region. It was an amazing two days.
Taking part in the conference was like a good yoga session! I came away standing taller and breathing more deeply. While I had to stretch a bit beyond my comfort zone, I am more flexible because of it. Although it wasn’t easy to find…
As a professional communicator, you have the potential to influence economies and affect lives. This power carries significant responsibility. IABC has a code of ethics that all members agree to when they join or renew.
IABC recently updated the code of ethics that all members agree to when joining or renewing. Here's the code:
IABC Code of Ethics for Professional Communicators
As a professional communicator, you have the potential to influence economies and affect lives. This power carries with it significant responsibilities.
The International Association of Business Communicators requires its members to agree to the IABC Code of Ethics. This code serves as a guide to making consistent,…
Communication professionals around the world embrace a shared career purpose and six core principles as the building blocks of their work. Applying that standard enables us to cross all borders, align with diverse cultures and effectively serve organizations of all types and sizes.
Communication professionals around the world embrace a shared career purpose and six core Principles as the building blocks of their work. Applying that standard enables us to cross all borders, align with diverse cultures and effectively serve organizations of all types and sizes.
IABC’s programs and initiatives are aligned to the Global Standard to ensure consistency and credibility throughout all efforts.
Learn more about the Global Standard and professional communication principles…
This quick video shares thoughts from IABC members around the world who value the international community.
What does the IABC communication community mean to you? Members from around the world say IABC brings them freedom, growth, support, a professional "family" and more.
This brief video conveys a range of thoughts from IABC members around the world who value the international community.
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