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The IABC Cleveland Chapter board of directors and Kelly Blazek have mutually agreed that she will return the chapter’s 2013 Communicator of the Year award. The decision was made in the best interest of IABC, its members, and its mission.

Ms. Blazek, who is not an IABC member, agrees she will not use the Communicator of the Year designation in any way going forward, and apologizes to the members of the Cleveland chapter.

IABC remains committed to providing professional communicators with the very best in content, community, and professional-development opportunities.

IABC Cleveland’s Communicator Of The Year

Since 2005, IABC Cleveland has named a Communicator of the Year (COY) as a way to honor an individual within the Northeast Ohio community who has demonstrated excellence in communication leadership. This person, who does not have to be an IABC member, consistently displays leadership in the delivery of information to employees, customers and stakeholders. This year, the Communicator of the Year will be honored at IABC Vision in Communication Awards program, scheduled for this September.

Nomination Criteria

The nominee for the Communicator of the Year must be an individual within the Northeast Ohio community who has demonstrated excellence in communication leadership – within a three-year period* – by accomplishing at least one of the following since the beginning of 2011:  

  • overcoming a communications challenge
  • leading a successful communications initiative
  • focusing attention on an important issue or championing a cause
  • enhancing or advancing the profession through teaching, research, using creative strategy and/or
  • breakthrough techniques, or modeling best practices 
  • demonstrating a uniquely effective personal leadership style

*A three-year period allows consideration for consistently excellent leadership and time for measuring the success of communications. The three-year period should include work done in 2013.

IABC Cleveland members and non-members can nominate a person for Communicator of the Year.  

Questions about the application process may be sent to Betsy DuWaldt, IABC Cleveland President.