IABC Names Terry Cerisoles Recipient of 2017 Rae Hamlin Award

Type: News
By mholden
25 July 2017

IABC Names Terry Cerisoles Recipient of 2017 Rae Hamlin Award
Recognizing Volunteer Work in Advancing Business Communication Certification

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) named Terry Cerisoles, CMP, the recipient of the 2017 Rae Hamlin Award, which recognizes IABC volunteers for their work and impact at the grassroots level in advancing certification in their chapter, region or workplace.

“I am honored to accept this award and continue Rae’s legacy to support accreditation,” Cerisoles said. “I strongly believe that basing our communication work on the IABC Global Standard serves to unite us across borders, and align our work globally. I was also honored to lead the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) over the last year and see the launch of the second certification level based on the Global Standard. These certifications are huge milestones in showcasing the value that professional communicators bring to their organizations.”

Past IABC Chair Dianne Chase, who presented the award to Cerisoles at the 2017 Leaders Reception in Washington, D.C., this June stated, “Terry is a long-time IABC leader, beginning with her home chapter in Atlanta where she is still involved, all the way through the Southern Region and to the international level, where she served in a number of key roles, including treasurer. As the 2016–2017 chair of the Global Communication Certification Council, Terry led the advancement of the certification program, including the launch of the new senior-level exam, the Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP). Terry is an inspiration in her intellect, her perspective, her amazing energy and above all her positive ‘can do/will do’ attitude. For all those reasons and more, it is my heartfelt pleasure to award the Rae Hamlin Award for advancement of professional communication certification to Terry.”

The Rae Hamlin Award is named in honor of the late Rae Hamlin, ABC, who was instrumental in the development and success of the ABC accreditation program, which IABC transitioned to a new global certification program, led by the GCCC, in 2015.

In her 25 years with IABC, Hamlin managed and inspired volunteers worldwide to promote this global strategic communication management standard, including holding a role as accreditation staff coordinator at IABC headquarters in San Francisco. Hamlin passed away in 2009.

About IABC
With 10,000 members and more than 100 chapters worldwide, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the only global association that connects business communication professionals with the people and insights needed to drive business results. Founded in 1970 and supporting professional communicators at the heart of every organization, IABC serves the collective disciplines of business communication professionals through professional development offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, online resources, Communication World magazine and the annual World Conference.

About Terry Cerisoles
Terry Cerisoles is senior vice president of corporate communications for the American Cancer Society, the largest nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. A member of executive management and reporting to the CEO, she leads teams in public and media relations, issue management, multimedia, executive and internal communication and strategic planning. Her long history as an IABC member includes serving on the international executive board as treasurer for two terms, chairing the investment committee and serving on the audit, finance and Gold Quill Awards program committees. She is also vice president of membership for her home chapter in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her CMP in the inaugural class of 2015.



  1. So proud to be your colleague Terry! You are an inspiration to us all! We are so very blessed to have your leadership and tremendous expertise in the Atlanta chapter.

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