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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.


Sept 24 Luncheon: Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands

Do you know how to capture the attention of your audience when you send out your email or other electronic communication? Learn from Melissa Nelson, an internal communications manager at Deloitte. In her Sept. 24 presentation, Developing Compelling Messages for an Electronic Audience of Thousands, she'll share her internal communications challenges, successes and best practices when communicating to 165,000 busy professionals. Arrive for networking and lunch at 11:30 am, and be ready to learn from one of the best at noon, when the program starts.

Who should attend this event: Anyone charged with the task of sending interesting and informative communications to a large organization.

When: Sept. 2411:30-1:30 program

Where: Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, 6393 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence

Cost: Cost includes lunch; parking is free.

Early-bird (until Sept. 18). $10 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $15 non-members

After Sept. 18: $15 for IABC members, students, and professionals-in-transition; $20 for non-members

Join us for this exciting luncheon. Register today.

About Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson, an internal communications Manager for Deloitte, has more than 20 years of experience across the technology and communications arena. She spent much of her career managing the IT department for the Deloitte Cleveland and Columbus offices providing technology leadership and support for more than 450 professionals. Currently, she is the communications leader for the IT function in the United States. Her role includes writing and publishing technology related information under time constraints, tight deadlines, and incorporating the input of many stakeholders.