We are proud to support three Leadership Awards designed to honor outstanding IABC Nashville communicators!

These awards include the IABC Nashville Rising Star, the Communicator of the Year, and the Hall of Fame annual inductee.

Our goal is to recognize and permanently honor our members for their outstanding achievements and positive impact on our profession and our IABC Nashville Chapter. These three professional recognition awards are not to be confused with our Music City Gold Pen Awards, which highlight some of the best communications work in the region created by top business communicators.


Call for Nominations Details

Rising Star

The IABC Nashville Rising Star Award will recognize the efforts of professionals new to the communications profession within IABC Nashville. Join us in saluting a young, dynamic leader who is shaping the future of IABC.

  • Must have five years or less professional experience
  • Must be a current IABC member in good standing
  • Self-nominations allowed

Nominate a Rising Star

Communicator of the Year

The IABC Nashville Communicator of the Year (COTY) award will annually recognize an IABC member from the chapter who demonstrates excellence in professional communication practice and IABC leadership.

  • Must have at least 10 years of professional experience
  • Must be a current IABC member in good standing; chapter leadership/volunteer experience preferred
  • Self-nominations allowed

Nominate a Communicator of the Year

Hall of Fame

The IABC Nashville Hall of Fame Award is a lifetime achievement award and is the highest honor IABC Nashville bestows on an individual.

The IABC Nashville Hall of Fame has been established to recognize outstanding communicators whose work over the years has brought credit to IABC, the profession, their organization(s), clients and communities, and whose contributions have raised the standards of professional communications in IABC.

  • Must be a seasoned communications professional
  • Must have served in past leadership roles with IABC Nashville, IABC Southern Region, or at the international level.
  • Self-Nominations are not permitted for this category

Nominate a Hall of Fame Inductee

Key Dates

  • Call for Nominations: June 1, 2020
  • Nomination Deadline: August 21, 2020, at 11:59 CST
  • Notification of Honorees: October 2, 2020
  • Awards Reception: November 2, 2020, at the Music City Gold Pen Awards Luncheon
Questions? Contact our Vice President of Awards and Communications, Kellie Davie, at kdavie@keycompr.com