2020 Newsmakers Postponed Due to COVID-19

The AWC Board of Directors has postponed the 47th Annual Newsmakers Awards Luncheon scheduled for April 29. "The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation Sunday, March 15, that organizers of events of 50 people or more, postpone for eight weeks to help limit the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus," said President Jillian T. Schillaci in a message to members, honorees, attendees and sponsors. "Our event falls within that eight period and we are following the CDC's guidance and postponing Newsmakers."

AWC is committed to celebrating the achievements of Newsmakers 2020  honorees Aliye Shimi, Lisa Shotts and Kim Teehee, and Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Joy Harjo. "We look forward to sharing a new date when it is safe and appropriate to reschedule," said the announcement.

Proceeds from Newsmakers provide scholarships to young women pursuing degrees in communications, and books to each student at our adopted school, Anderson Elementary. AWC is extremely grateful to its leading sponsors who have committed to Newsmakers 2020: Cherokee Nation Businesses, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, The Williams Companies, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Freedom Electrical Services.


La Semana: News leaders share tips with media professionals

The Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) held a forum Tuesday afternoon for media professionals to learn how to get their messages covered by news outlets. 

The group assembled a panel of leaders from local print, online, and broadcast news outlets who discussed a wide variety of topics, including what makes an interesting story for their respective outlets, how much advance notice should be given to reporters and publishers, the importance of deadlines, and how to craft a message that stands out among the hundreds of emails editors, producers and reporters receive daily. 

Read more from the La Semana article here


Tulsa’s Association for Women in Communications receive national awards

Tulsa’s Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Chapter President Jillian Schillaci and AWC members from Family (F&CS) & Children’s Services and Cherokee Nation were honored this fall with Star Chapter and Clarion Awards during AWC’s National Conference in St. Charles, Mo.

The AWC Chapter Star Award is given to Schillaci, honoring her excellence promoting Tulsa’s AWC chapter as well as actions toward advancement of the communications field.

Schillaci’s believes strongly in helping women become the best versions of themselves. Her goals include bringing more diversity to the Tulsa AWC board. She initiated the idea to invite someone to each event that is different than herself. Immediate Past President, Nicole Burgin said, “This is where we want to be as a local chapter with a more diverse group of members and board members.”

Schillaci has had a huge impact as outgoing education co-chair. This past year, AWC Tulsa had the highest number of scholarship applicants vying for two $2,000 scholarships given during the chapter’s Newsmakers award luncheon.

Two organizations with AWC members also were honored with Clarion Awards during the conference – F&CS and Cherokee Nation. F&CS won for online media new website. F&CS’s Chief Communications Officer Dee Harris and F&CS’s Graphic Design and Creative Services Coordinator Julie Jones were recognized at the event. Cherokee Nation was honored with three Clarion Awards for their existing website, corporate print communications, the national television documentary series Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People.

Clarion Awards honors excellence in more than 100 categories across all communications disciplines. This year’s competition drew entries from 20 states and three countries with 69 Clarions awarded.

AWC is a prevailing communications organization for those working and serving in diverse, but related, communications professions. The Tulsa professional chapter has a longstanding and strong presence in the community with over 100 members representing a variety of communications disciplines in Tulsa and surrounding areas.