CHICAGO, Illinois (December 2, 2015) – IABC Pacific Plains, a professional communication community with 2,500 colleagues, announced its 2015 Silver Quill Award winners including rising stars Franziska Weber and Crystal Calloway of Gagen MacDonald. Communicators across the region from private agencies, public transportation and a utility cooperative entered their best work last fall to be evaluated by a trained team at IABC. Five professionals won Awards of Excellence, and seven won Awards of Merit.

Communication and Change Consultant Franziska Weber won two Awards of Merit for her exceptional work on Connect – Harmonizing Healthcare at ThyssenKrupp in the Change Communication and Internal Communication categories. “This was a challenging assignment across a complex landscape,” says Jonathan Evans, Senior Vice President, Communications, ThyssenKrupp North America. “Bringing employees together through the Connect theme and harmonizing our healthcare program are key elements in the development of this organization.”

Weber has already this year received three 2015 IABC Chicago Bronze Quill Awards in Internal Communication, Change Communication and Human Resources and Benefits Communication. Weber was also just named a finalist at the 2016 PRWeek US Awards for her ThyssenKrupp work in the Internal Communications Campaign of the Year category.

Gagen consultant and up-and-comer Crystal Calloway also won two IABC awards in the Pacific Plains region. Calloway won an Award of Excellence in the Internal Communication category for her stellar work on Revitalizing Manager Communications at Phillips 66, and a Merit Award in the category of Communications Skills/Digital Communications Vehicles for her phenomenal work on the Phillips 66 eNews Redesign.

Together with Colleen Fiega from Phillips 66, Calloway also won two IABC Silver Quill Awards of Excellence in the Southern Region.

“Whether working on large-scale transformation or ongoing employee engagement projects, Franziska and Crystal are passionate about helping corporations drive meaningful change. Clearly, this award recognizes their thought leadership and best practice work for our clients,” says Sherry Scott, President at Gagen MacDonald. “We’re extremely proud of them both.”

About IABC

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 14,000 members in 90 countries.