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Founder of Women & Girls in Politics to receive international award

10 Mar 2020 18:00 | Katie Deards (Administrator)


Dr Barbara Gibson, founder of Women & Girls in Politics CIC, has been named as one of five awardees this year to become Fellows of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). 

The IABC Fellow designation is the highest honour bestowed on an IABC member by the association, according to Mark Schumann, 2020 Fellows Committee Chair. “Becoming a Fellow denotes a body of achievement by a communicator who has had a significant impact not only on their organisation and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large. With these five new Fellows, only 98 of the world’s top leaders have earned this superlative designation. It is considered by IABC to be a career achievement award for the industry.”

A relative newcomer to politics, Gibson is a highly experienced global business professional with more than 25 years in public relations, corporate communication, strategic planning, and leadership. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication, on the topic of "Intercultural Competencies Needed by Global CEOs” and served as IABC’s International Chair in 2008/9, as well as serving as President of IABC UK in 2003. 

“Throughout my career, I’ve looked up to IABC Fellows as my role models and mentors,” said Gibson. “So I’m honoured to be joining their ranks now, and especially pleased that I know and admire the other members of the 2020 Class of Fellows.”

Other honourees include Adrian Cropley (Australia), Ritzi Villarico Ronquillo (Philippines), Dr Rajeev Kumar (India), and Dr Diane Gayeski (USA). 

Schumann said “This year’s IABC Fellows represent the diverse contributions that communication professionals make around the world. We are thrilled to celebrate how these people inspire us to bring our best to our work every day." 

The Fellows Award will be conferred on the five recipients during the 2020 IABC World Conference in Chicago, 14-17 June 2020.

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