Fostering excellence in the communication profession. IABC/San Diego and IABC International offers awards to recognize the hard work of you, your team and your peers for their contributions to your organization(s) and communication industry.
IABC San Diego offers awards to local communicators who excel in their profession and inside their community. In 2023, San Diego Metro teamed up with IABC San Diego to bring SoCal the Communicator of the Year Award.
IABC/San Diego's annual Communicator of the Year (COTY) award, launched in partnership with SDMetro, recognizes one greater San Diego area-based leader who demonstrates strategic excellence in communication and the Junior Communicator of the Year (less than seven years of experience in the communication industry) recognizes a young communication professional who is already doing amazing work. COTY award winners serve as outstanding examples to others through their quality of work and contributions to the communication profession. Nominations are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners are named during the annual awards event.
If you know a leader in the communication profession in the Greater San Diego area, nominate them for the COTY award by submitting a short rationale (two pages maximum) about the individual, touching on the criteria listed below. Please note: nominations do not have to be from your own organization. You may submit more than one nomination. All nominations and information contained within is kept confidential.
February 13, 2023: Nomination period opens
March 10, 2023: Nomination period closes EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 17!
April 2023: Annual awards event
Entries are evaluated according to the above criteria with equal weight given to each area. Email nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IABC International offers a premier program to recognize and foster excellence in the field of business communication. For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide.
Distinguish yourself and the work of your team by becoming part of the international best practices the IABC Gold Quill Awards represent. This global competition bestows the highest level of professional acknowledgment within business communication.
The Gold Quill Awards are open to members and non-members of IABC. Join strategists; managers; practitioners; corporate, government, and nonprofit communicators; agency executives; photographers; graphic artists; creative conceptualists; tacticians and students as we find the best examples of thought leadership, strategic management, creativity, resourcefulness, and successful solutions across the globe.
IABC/San Diego has Gold Quill award-winning members. Learn about Gold Quill Awards.
As part of the IABC Pacific Plains region, IABC/San Diego members and non-members have the opportunity to submit their work against the best in the area. Pacific Plains embraces 20 chapters in 19 states from Illinois to Hawaii, from Arizona to North Dakota, including scores of members at-large who live outside local chapter boundaries. The geographic sweep gives members a wide network of colleagues for sharing ideas, asking advice and celebrating successes.
The Silver Quill Awards recognize excellence in business communication and programs that boost revenue, save cost, rally employees, or otherwise contribute to the success of an organization.
IABC San/Diego has Silver Quill award-winning members. Learn about Silver Quill Awards.
Becoming an IABC 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. Just over 100 of the world’s top communication leaders have earned this superlative designation. It is considered by IABC to be a career achievement designation for the industry. Learn about Fellow Award.
Rae Hamlin, ABC, 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. In her 25 years with IABC, Hamlin managed and inspired volunteers worldwide to promote this standard, including a stint as an accreditation coordinator on staff at IABC headquarters in San Francisco. She passed away in 2009. 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. Learn about Rae Hamlin Award.
The Chair’s Award is conferred annually upon 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. The Chair’s Award is presented annually at IABC’s World Conference. Learn about Chair's Award.