The Stevie Awards Blog

Three Reasons to Read International Business Awards Winners

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 @ 11:27 AM

IBA10 CeremonyThe full-text of the most of the Stevie Award-winning entries in The 2010 International Business Awards have now been published at, and there are three reasons why you should read them.  If you're not familiar with the IBAs, it is the all-inclusive Stevie Awards competition that's open to all organizations worldwide.  The "international Stevies" typically receive nominations from organizations in more than 40 nations, in categories ranging from Executive of the Year and Most Innovative Company of the Year to web awards, marketing awards, public relations awards, and more.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey back on September 27 that was attended by close to 300 executives from more than 20 nations.

You'll find the complete lists of honorees, with links to the full text of Stevie-winning nominations, through the following links.

Here are three great reasons why you should explore and read these winning nominations:

  1. Every organization should be adept at summarizing and publicly expressing their achievements, and these are great examples of organizations that have done this well
  2. There are household names galore among this year's Stevie Winners, including Acer, BASF, ING, and Procter & Gamble, among others, but there are many more companies, executives, products, and initiatives that you've probably never heard of, whose stories will surprise, inform and enlighten you
  3. If you're planning to enter the IBAs in 2011, the winning entries from 2010 are great models on which to base the structure and tone of your own entries.

Creative, Advertising, Web Sites & Blogs, Literature, Interactive Multimedia, Video, & Live Event Awards Categories
Categories that recognize excellence in all forms of advertising, web sites and blogs, interactive multimedia, annual reports and other literature, interactive multimedia, video, and live events.

Management Awards Categories
Categories for executive management including Management Team of the Year, Executive of the Year, and Chairman of the Year, among others.

Company/Organization Awards Categories
Categories that recognize the achievements of entire organizations.   Includes Multinational Company of the Year, Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year, and Most Innovative Company of the Year, among others.

PR Awards Categories
Includes Communications or PR Campaign of the Year categories, among others.

Customer Service Awards Categories

Human Resources Awards Categories

Information Technology Awards Categories

Marketing Awards Categories
Includes Marketing Campaign of the Year, among others.

New Product Awards & Product Management Categories
Includes the categories for Best New Product or Service of the Year, among others.

Support Awards Categories

Topics: hr awards, business awards, marketing awards, PR awards, web awards

Q&A with Adelene Perkins, Management Awards Winner

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 @ 03:15 PM

Adelene Perkins won a Stevie Award for Best Executive in the management awards categories of the 2009 edition of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and was a member of this year's final judging committee.

Adelene PerkinsWhat item of news recently caught your eye and why?
The news that has been catching my eye every single day for the past couple of years is the whole healthcare-reform debate in the United States.  What stuns me is that the dialog is so narrowly focused on the issue of coverage.  While that is important, the more complex issue is fixing the system.  We need to focus on ensuring the healthcare system provides high-quality care at a reasonable cost and on how to increase the value of healthcare.  Fixing the system is a much tougher issue.  If we are so stuck on the easier issue, will it ever be possible to handle the tougher one?

What book are you currently reading?
I’ve just started reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  It‘s historical fiction about the treatment of Jews in France during World War II and what an American journalist living in Paris finds out about it 60 years later.  It was recommended to me by a friend, but you’ll have to come back to me when I’ve finished it for my own review.

What was the last movie you saw, and would you recommend it?
The most recent move I saw, which I didn’t love, was The Expendables, featuring virtually all the action heroes of the last decade.  A movie that I did love, however, was Invictus — although I didn’t particularly enjoy the rugby parts because my son plays rugby and they were almost too painful for me to watch!

What is your favorite sport or hobby?
While I love all sports, skiing is my favorite.  In professional life I have to be measured about taking risks and I try hard to keep things under control, but when I’m skiing I take risks and love being on the edge, totally absorbed in the moment and a little out of control, at times.

Who is your favorite historical figure?
Someone who really resonated for me right after I came out of business school was Ronald Reagan. I can hear his voice now saying: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  He was an extraordinary man, who led his nation and the world to a different place.

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Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, adelene perkins, infinity pharmaceuticals

5 Best Speeches at 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 @ 02:28 PM

Video clips of this year's Stevie Awards for Women in Business presentations are now up on the Stevie's YouTube channel.  The presentations took place on November 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.  Women at this event always give the best acceptance speeches, but I think these were the best five this year:

Amanda Welliver1. Amanda Welliver of Paradigm Esteem, winner of the Stevie for Best Canadian Entrepreneur, brings the crowd to its feet - a rare occurrence - with the story of her obstacles overcome

2. Ruth Elliott of R&J Elliott Incorporated, winner of a Best Entrepreneur Stevie,  tells in all of about 30 seconds of going from poverty to riches in just a few years

3. Ann Kaplan of Toronto's Medicard Finance, a Finalist in several categories including Best Entrepreneur, offers a, her mother-in-law

4. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey of Teach for America, a Best Executive Stevie winner, offers the evening's most thoughtful speech

5. Anne Walker of International Dance Supplies in the UK, winner of this year's Stevie for Best Entrepreneur in EMEA, gave a lovely tribute to the power of ambition

Which are your favorite speeches?  View them all on YouTube.

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, women in business awards, awards women

One Big Reason to Enter The American Business Awards Before Thursday

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 @ 01:43 PM

Tomorrow - Wednesday, November 17 - is the first early-bird deadline for The 2011 (9th annual) American Business Awards, and entry fees are discounted by as much as 40% if you enter through tomorrow.

Entry fees will go up an average of $35 per entry on Thursday.  The next early-bird deadline will be December 15.  The final deadline isn't until March 31, but even then late entries will be accepted through April 27 with payment of a late fee.

Get your entry kit for the 2010 ABAs, then submit your entries online - it's very easy to do.

In case you've forgotten, The American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A.  There are categories to recognize achievement in the workplace in every facet of work life:

* Management Awards
* Company Awards
* Public Relations Awards
* Customer Service Awards
* Human Resources Awards
* New Product Awards
* Product Management Awards
* Marketing Awards
* Web Site Awards
* Video Awards
* Live Event Awards
* Annual Report and Other Literature Awards

and more.  Questions about how to enter?  Contact us.

Topics: business awards, marketing awards, American business awards, new product awards, web site awards, public relations awards

Stevie Awards for Women in Business Announce 2010 Winners

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 @ 01:55 PM

Fabi PreslarShining a spotlight on women executives, business owners, and organizations run by women, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business announced the results of its 2010 competition on November 12.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run.   With more than 300 businesswomen and their guests in attendance, the awards were announced at a dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  A portion of each ticket sold for the event will be contributed to Oceana (, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

More than 1,200 nominations were submitted this year for consideration in 54 categories, including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Most Innovative Company and Best Overall Company.

Notable Stevie Award winners from this year’s competition include:

-          Best Executive: Erin Clift, Senior Vice President of Global Sales Development of AOL

-          Best Asian Entrepreneur: Dr. KH Wang, Group Executive Director of Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

-          Best Entrepreneur in EMEA: Anne Walker, founder of International Dance Supplies Ltd

-          Women Helping Women Award: Carolyn Kepcher, President of Carolyn & Co. Media

-          Lifetime Achievement Award: Julia Homer, Founding Editor of CFO Magazine

-          Mentor of the Year: Lorin Beller Blake, founder of Big Fish Nation

-          Blog of the Year: Career Woman, Inc.

-          Website of the Year: by McGraw-Hill Education

-          Fastest Growing Company of the Year:

-          Best Overall Company of the Year: House Party

-          Best New Company of the Year: Apps of All Nations

The 2010 honorees reflect a diverse group of large and small organizations from around the world.  Organizations that won more than one Stevie Award are: Accenture, Apps of All Nations LLC, Big Fish Nation, The BioEngineering Group, BrickFish, DRT Strategies and FuzziBunz. Nations represented in the winners’ circle include Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A.  For a complete list of honorees and more information, visit

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, Accenture, Women in Business, mcgraw hill, aol, carolyn kepcher

More Than 300 to Attend Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 @ 04:49 PM

We're expecting more than 300 women entrepreneurs and executives, and their guests, to attend tomorrow night's Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York.  They're coming from all of the U.S.A. plus Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

A PDF of the awards dinner program is now available on the awards web site.  Look for photos to be available starting Saturday, and video clips of the presentations sometime next week.

Here's the list of organizations that will be represented, as of this past Monday:

Accenture   Chicago IL

Accessibility Partners  Silver Spring, MD               

Advocacy & Consulting for Education  Wayne  PA     

Alacare Home Health & Hospice  Birmingham AL

Anisa International, Inc.  Atlanta GA    

Apps of All Nations LLC  Lynchburg VA       

Artitudes Design Inc.  Issaquah  WA       

Assurant Employee Benefits, Kansas City, MO      

Axis Teknologies  Marietta GA

Backup My Info  New York, NY          

Bhava Communications   Berkeley CA

Big Fish Nation   Solana Beach CA

Bistra Ilkova  Sofia  Bulgaria           

Bloomberg TV  New York NY             

Bowling Green State University   Bowling Green OH

Brickfish  San Diego  CA        

Campus Apartments   Philadelphia PA

Cbeyond  Atlanta  GA           

CFO Publishing  New York NY

CIGNA  Hartford  CT           

Citrix Online San Barbara CA               

Competence Call Center  Vienna, Austria            

Cvent  McLean, VA            

Decipher  Inc. Fresno  CA             

Designs by Lolita  Providence  RI              

Elite Editing  New York, NY                 

EmpowHER/HW  LLC Scottsale AZ         

emTRAiN  Sacramento, CA         

Everything Everywhere  London United Kingdom  

EXIT Realty Corp. International Mississauga ON Canada

EyeMail Inc.   Marietta GA

Farbman Group  Southfield  MI        

Felice Keller Productions  Los Angeles  CA       

GradeGuru by McGraw-Hill Education  New York NY           

GroundFloor Media  Denver CO       

Health Revenue Assurance Associates  Inc.(HRAA) Plantation  FL                               

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA   Dusseldorf Germany   


Holland America Line  Seattle  WA           

IntelePeer  San Mateo  CA

InterContinental Hotels Group Atlanta GA       

International Dance Supplies Ltd  Newton Abbot  Devon  England                              

International Financial Data Services Canada  Toronto  ON  Canada                                 

ITM Group  Inc. Ft. Lauderdale FL           

Kahosha, Inc.  Tokyo Japan

KeyBank Cleveland OH            

Kryon Systems  Tel Aviv  Israel            

Leading Women  Charlestown  RI        

Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio TX     

Loyalty Factor, LLC  Portsmouth NH

Luminex Corporation  Riverside, CA        

Marketing 24/7  Inc.  Trussville  AL    

Martopia  Saint Charles IL

Medicard Finance Inc.   Toronto Canada

Melilea International Group of Companies  Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia                           

Mom Central Consulting  Newton  MA         

MorrisAnderson  Chicago  IL      

MotherNet KK  Osaka Japan          

MWW Group  East Rutherford  NJ           

Northbound LLC  Sunnyvale  CA          

Nu Skin Enterprises  Provo, UT         

ODEL Limited  Rajagiriya  Sri Lanka           

Parties That Cook  San Francisco CA

Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc.   Conshohocken PA

Penmac Staffing Services  Inc.  Springfield  MO       

PetRays Veterinary Telemedicine Consultants  The Woodlands  TX                                  

PK Walsh  Needham MA

Plus Relocation Services  Minneapolis MN

Purry Communications Group Los Angeles CA   

R&J Elliott Incorporated  Normal  IL        

Renu Mobile  Boston  MA           

RockYou  Redwood City CA

Sanofi-Aventis  Istanbul  Turkey       

Savoir Media Co.  Belmont MA

SelectMinds New York NY       Kitchener  ON  Canada    

Smart Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd   Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia                               

Softtek  Monterrey Mexico

South Miami Center for Women & Infants  Miami  FL   

SPARK Publications Mathews NC   

SpellSpace, Inc.  Lake Arrowhead CA

Spoilt Rotten Hair & Beauty Studio  Smeaton Grange Australia                           

Staff Management  Chicago  IL              

Teach For America  Miami FL

TechnoDyne LLC  Wayne NJ

Tenrehte Technologies, Inc.  Rochester NY The Ad Club  Boston MA

The Henker Group   Easton MD

TIBCO Software Inc.  Palo Alto  CA            

Trevena  Inc.  King of Prussia  PA       

Vantage Communications  San Francisco  CA       

VerticalResponse  San Francisco, CA         

What's On? Event Planning  Harrington Park Australia Mooloolaba QLD Australia         

Womenetics  LLC  Atlanta  GA        

Women's Intercultural Exchange  Charlotte NC   

Topics: business awards, stevie awards, women awards, Women in Business, awards women, award women, woman awards

2 Reasons Why Weber Shandwick Is 2010 PR Agency of the Year

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 04, 2010 @ 02:44 PM

Rose de la Paqua and Tanya BeckettNow that we're coming to the end of 2010 and we look back over the Stevie Award winners for the year, it's apparent that Weber Shandwick truly is the agency of the year for its haul of pr awards.

The agency won the Stevie for Public Relations Agency of the Year in The 8th annual American Business Awards back in June in New York.  You can read the full-text of their Stevie-winning nomination on the ABA web site.

Weber Shandwick Europe then won the International Stevie for Public Relations Agency of the Year in Europe in The 7th annual International Business Awards, which were presented in Istanbul, Turkey on September 27.  That award was accepted by Rose de la Pascua, Chair of Weber Shandwick Spain and Executive Vice President for Continental Europe.  Read the full-text of Weber Shandwick Europe's Stevie-winning entry on the IBA web site.

Members of the Weber Shandwick network around the world also won honors in Stevie Awards's public relations awards categories in 2010, including among others AC Sanafor in Finland, McCann PR in Romania, Corporate Weber Shandwick in India, and Weber Shandwick in Dallas, Texas among others.

In addition, the agency won a raft of other awards in 2010.

So who'll be the Stevies' agency of the year in 2011?

Topics: communications awards, PR awards, agency of the year, public relations awards, pr award, public relations award, awards pr, award pr, weber shandwick, communications award

HR Award Winner Jeffrey Shuman Named to NAM Board

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 04, 2010 @ 01:53 PM

CongratulatJeff Shumanions to Jeff Shuman, senior vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Relations for Harris Corporation, for being named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. Read the press release here...

Jeff won the Stevie Award for Human Resources Executive of the  Year in The 2007 American Business Awards, has since then been a judge of the human resources awards categories in the ABAs, and is an all-around good guy. 

You can read Jeff's Stevie Award-winning nomination from 2007 on The American Business Awards web site.

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