Excellence Gala

The 2020 Excellence Gala will become a fully virtual event, happening 16 June at 6 p.m. PDT and replayed again at 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, 17 June. The broadcast is open to everyone. Held each year in celebration of the highest achievements in communication, the Excellence Gala is the communication profession’s celebration of the year honoring all of IABC’s 2020 award winners.

2020 Excellence Gala Awards

Excellence Gala award winners come from all over the world and exemplify outstanding achievements that showcase the very best of the communication profession. We will proudly be featuring the following awards categories. Please join us in celebrating their incredible contributions, campaigns and programs.

2020 Chair’s Award

The Chair’s Award is conferred annually on volunteer IABC members whose efforts, which include positively enhancing the organization’s reputation and image, have gone above and beyond that of what volunteers may usually undertake. Selected by the international executive board (IEB) chair, any current IABC member active for the previous five years may be nominated for the award.

2020 Rae Hamlin Award

Rae Hamlin, ABC, a staff member with 25 years of service who passed away in 2009, was instrumental in the development and success of IABC’s long-standing accreditation program, a mark of excellence in strategic communication management for over 40 years. This award is bestowed at the IABC World Conference annually in her honor, continuing to recognize exemplary service in advocating the new Global Standard of the Communication Profession.

2020 IABC Fellows

The IABC Fellow designation is the highest honor we bestow on our members. Becoming a Fellow denotes a body of achievement by a communicator who has had a significant impact not only on their organization and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large. Over 80 of the world’s top leaders have earned this superlative designation.  It is considered by IABC to be a career achievement award for the industry.

2020 Gold Quill Award winners

For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Gold Quill is the only awards program that honors the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale. Since 2008, more than 4,451 projects have been entered in the Gold Quill Awards.

While the style of the Gold Quill logo has changed through the years, the golden feather symbolizing a quill writing pen is a universal icon recognized throughout the industry.

All IABC Gold Quill Award entries are evaluated by international professional communicators with more than 10 years of experience. The majority of evaluators have earned Gold Quill Awards. Many are either IABC accredited or certified by the Global Communication Certification Council. And, all are trained to evaluate entries against established criteria aligned to IABC’s Global Standard of the communication profession. Specific awards to be celebrated at the Gala include:

  • Excellence and Merit Winners
  • Special Awards
  • Team/Agency of the Year Awards

Save the date! 16 June 2020 6 p.m. PDT.

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