April News from IABC Asia Pacific


Deadline extended: Board Nominations by 2 May
Full details of the commitments and requirements are included in the information pack (doc). The nomination form (doc) must be lodged by 2nd May 2016.

In this edition:

  • Congratulating our APAC Gold Quill Winners
  • Apply NOW for Scholarships for World Conference
  • Invitation serve on the APAC Regional Board
  • Have your say on the development of the Regional Conference

There are a number of opportunities to apply for this month. Please note individual deadlines for scholarships and Board nominations below.

APAC shines in the 2016 Gold Quill Awards
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the Excellence and Merit winners (PDF) of the 2016 Gold Quill Awards program (#IABCGQ).

There are 31 winners across the Asia Pacific Region, with recipients in Hong Kong, India, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia.

“The Gold Quill Awards are unique in the industry because they recognize work that makes a significant contribution to business or organizational outcomes,” said Monika Lancucki, ABC, Chair of the IABC Awards Committee. “Also, unlike many other awards programs, evaluators review each entry against IABC’s standard of excellence rather than against other entries. This encourages the pursuit of excellence rather than competition.

The diversity of awards and overall high standards of work from entrants is a reflection of the professionalism of communicators across Asia Pacific.

The Gold Quill Awards will be presented at an Excellence Gala, to be held on Monday 6 June, as part of the IABC’s World Conference in New Orleans.

From APAC to New Orleans – Making the Most of World Conference
There will be a strong delegation from APAC at this year’s World Conference. In addition to the full WC conference program, there are two additional events for APAC delegates.

  • Friday 3 June – Evening APAC Welcome Reception
  • Saturday 4 June – 11am – 3pm APAC Delegate Pre-Conference Workshop

Please factor in these opportunities to connect with other APAC delegates in your travel plans. Delegates will be sent additional information closer to the event.

Apply for a World Conference Scholarship by 22 April
We are keen to ensure the maximum participation from the region at World Conference. We are pleased to announce the following support:

  • 2 x Conference Scholarships valued at US$1600 (in the form of reimbursement)
  • 1 x Complimentary conference registration (Value US$1540)
  • 1 x 20% Discount conference registration (Value ~US$310)

Apply for these opportunities by 22 April by completing this form and returning it to [email protected]

You can also check with your local chapter for any additional opportunities.

Priority will be given to applicants who may not have attended a World Conference and/or those who can demonstrate a capacity to build ongoing strong regional and international connections by attending World Conference. Evaluation of applications will take into consideration both financial need and merit.

Invitation to nominate for IABC Asia Pacific Board
Members in good standing are invited to nominate to serve on the IABC Asia Pacific Regional Board for 2016-17.

Becoming an IABC region leader provides members with an opportunity to make a positive difference for IABC chapters and members

Region board leaders make decisions that support the health of the region’s chapters and guide the professional development of our members, the future of IABC and the profession.

Full details of the commitments and requirements are included in the information pack (doc).

The nomination form (doc) must be lodged by 2nd May 2016.

Have your say on the IABC Asia Pacific Regional Conference
Regional Conferences are popular throughout IABC, providing an outstanding opportunity to network and learn from communication professionals throughout your region. As we explore options for an Asia Pacific Regional Conference we would like to gather feedback to better understand your goals and expectations from such an event. Please take the time to complete this short survey. This is an opportunity to help shape the program to best meet your needs. We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.

Print isn’t dead – for CW Online
During IABC Global Chair Michael Ambjorn’s visit in 2016 feedback on the IABC website included the need to be able to print CW articles cleanly. Feedback accepted and acted upon, this is now in place.

Stay in touch
Don’t forget to follow @IABCAPAC on Twitter and visit http://asiapacific.iabc.com/ for more updates and news on events and professional development.