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.