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IABC Announces 2021 Class of Fellows

Fellows of IABC are recognized for their achievements in the profession and for the first time, the entire class lives and works outside of North America.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) today announced its 2021 Class of Fellows - Stephanie Griffiths, ABC; Jane Mitchell; and Caroline Sapriel – recognizing each for achievements that have enhanced their organizations, the Association, and the profession in general.

The members of this year’s class join 98 other highly distinguished professionals as Fellows, considered by IABC to be a career achievement award for the industry. This is the first year that the entire IABC Fellows class has come from outside North America.

“The selection process involves many hours of reviewing each nomination against a rubric, individual interviews and vigorous deliberation,” said Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, 2021 IABC Fellows Selection Committee Chair. “These are three remarkable women and we are proud they will join the IABC Fellows of the past 51 years.”

Stephanie Griffiths, ABC

Serving as the first IABC Chair from outside the U.S. or Canada is just one milestone in Stephanie Griffith’s varied and remarkable career. Stephanie’s early experiences in journalism, behavioral research, human resources, and organizational development provided the foundation for contributions to the corporate communication industry, in South Africa and across the globe. Stephanie is the founder and is senior partner of Cohesion, a thirty-year old, full-service communication, behavioral research and development consultancy. Her work on behalf of clients has gained international recognition and she has received numerous national and global awards. In additional to her precedent-setting service as IABC Chair, she served as president of the then South African chapter, was a delegate-at-large on the EMENA Board and the IEB. She led several strategic initiatives during her tenure, as well as being a Trustee of the Research Foundation and a long-time judge of the Gold Quill Awards.

Jane Mitchell

Working with organizations to develop vibrant, ethical cultures, Jane Mitchell has made extraordinary contributions to clients, to IABC and the future of the profession. After beginning her career at the BBC in London, Jane has advised a range of companies including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, BP, Tesco and Airbus. She supports organizations in exploring and uncovering their values, assessing the state of their ethical culture, developing Codes of Ethics and creating communications and engagement strategies to ensure they are successfully embedded. She leads her own consultancy, JL&M, and is also a non-executive Director of Karian and Box, a UK-based engagement agency. Jane has been a leader within IABC, serving as a member of the IEB, heading the international Ethics Task Force and drafting modules for certification programs, among many responsibilities. She is the current Chair of the IABC World Conference.

Caroline Sapriel

An internationally-recognized risk, crisis and business continuity expert, Caroline Sapriel has advised global companies, co-authored two books, and contributed to numerous IABC initiatives while living in different regions. While working for Hill & Knowlton in Taiwan in 1987, Caroline became the first IABC member in the country. In 1991, she founded CS&A in Hong Kong to provide customized risk, crisis and business continuity services to multi-national clients across all industries. She has designed training programs for consultancy teams, clients’ in-house communications staff, and corporate executives around the world. Caroline was a founding member of IABC’s Global Ethics Committee, a contributor to the redrafting of the Ethics Code, a judge for the Public Affairs Asia Awards, a member of the World Conference Program Committee, a Gold Quill winner, and an author in IABC’s Handbook of Organizational Communication (2nd Edition). She works with IABC members and chapters around the world, sharing best practices in risk management and crisis communications. Caroline is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Hebrew and Mandarin, and holds a BA degree in Chinese Studies and a BSc degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Fellows Award will be conferred on the three recipients during IABC World Conference, 28-30 June 2021.

About IABC

IABC is setting the global standard for communication professionals. A diverse, international association connecting communication professionals with the people and insights necessary to drive results, IABC brings together the profession’s collective disciplines. IABC programming, delivered locally and globally through chapters and regions, include certification and awards to provide communications benchmarks for business executives. Focused around the Global Standard (ethics, consistency, context, analysis, strategy and engagement), IABC helps guide careers and advance the profession.


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