IABC Fellow Designation

What is an IABC Fellow?

The IABC Fellow designation is the highest honor we bestow on our members. Becoming a Fellow denotes a body of achievement by a communicator who has had a significant impact not only on her or his organization and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large.

Only 91 of the world’s top leaders have earned this superlative designation.  It is considered by IABC to be the lifetime achievement award for the industry.

Read about the 2018 Winners:

2018.Fellow.JF2018: John Finney

John Finney began his IABC career in 1985 with the London, Ontario, chapter, where he filled many board positions, including chapter president. He went on to become director of Canada District Two, with chapters in eastern Canada and one in the Caribbean. John served as the IABC Chair in 1997–1998 and over the past 20 years has served on IABC’s Ethics Committee and as a Gold Quill Awards judge. His professional career includes serving as director of corporate communications for two healthcare organizations and as a senior communication and change management consultant with Willis Towers Watson, a global human resources firm.


2018.Fellow.TH2018: Todd Hattori, ABC

Todd “Tosh” Hattori, ABC works as an organizational performance consultant for PeopleFirm, LLC and applies his 20-plus years as a communication professional to help leadership teams address business challenges with their people in mind. In his spare time, he serves as a volunteer director for the Technology Access Foundation, a nonprofit leader in providing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to students of color, and improving teacher diversity and retention of teachers of color in Washington state. Todd joined IABC in 1994, which launched his journey through chapter, region, and international leadership roles, including serving as IABC Chair in 2007–2008.

2018.Fellow.SW 2018: Stacy Wilson, ABC

Stacy Wilson, after 10 years in nonprofit communication, needed a new cause. Employees filled the gap when she began focusing exclusively on internal communication. As president of Eloquor Consulting Inc. since 2001, Stacy has counseled many global organizations. She specializes in leveraging technology to improve communication and collaboration, including strategy, governance, usability, content and adoption. Companies with many non-desk employees—her clients include University Hospitals of Cleveland, Pitney Bowes, Newmont Mining and ConocoPhillips—are another specialty. Stacy enjoys biking, hiking, sewing and music. Married for 30-plus years, she has two amazing kids. Connect with Stacy on LinkedIn or Twitter.

 Click the button below to view the 2018 Fellow’s Award press release.

Press Release

The criteria for Fellow nominations:

  1. Contribution to the communication profession
  2. Career achievement
  3. Authorship, speaking and lecturing
  4. Contributions to the community

*Accredited Business Communicator
** Communication Management Professional
***Master Communicator