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Congratulations to our NEO Communicators

Wednesday night, October 7 brought together area communicators who were ready to recognize marketing and communications excellence in our region. Please help IABC NEO congratulate the following individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to our profession:

Communicator of the Year - Connie Schultz

Excellence Awards:

Gay Eyerman, freelance writer / media consultant for "Bringing Back the Black River"

Medical Mutual of Ohio for "Cause and Effect: Our 2014 Report to the Community"

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for "Launching the Next Generation Goodyear Blimp"

Company Spotlight Awards:

Cleveland Clinic

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Girls with Sole



Schultz Named 2015 Communicator of the Year

Pulitzer Prize winner Connie Schultz is the IABC Northeast Ohio 2015 Communicator of the Year! Schultz is being recognized for the effects her writing – which frequently focuses on Cleveland, common sense, and social justice, often at the same time – has on the Northeast Ohio community. In addition to her fresh and topical writing, this year Schultz was the guest interviewer of Michelle Knight, one of three women held captive by a Cleveland man for almost a decade, at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center annual luncheon. She interviewed Ms. Knight in front of an audience of 1,500 people and humanized the story, showing compassion and caring through a professional and thoughtful lens. Schultz's work through print, online, and social media tells stories that are part of the daily discourse.

Join Us October 7 to Celebrate Our Communicator of the Year
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, join area communicators for a night of conversation, great food, and celebrating Communicator of the Year, Vision Award winners, and others recognized for their outstanding communication efforts starting at 6:00PM at Chinato, 2079 E. 4th, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. The early-bird cost of $10 for IABC members and $15 for non-members, and $15 for students and professionals-in-transition. Register Now!

More About Connie Schultz
Schultz is currently a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and a contributor to Parade Magazine. She worked at The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1993 to 2011, where she won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Schultz has won a number of additional honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award's Best of Show and journalism awards from both Harvard and Columbia universities. In 2004, Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog." She also is the author of two books, Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths and ...and His Lovely Wife.