Bronze Quill Awards

The International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Bronze Quill Awards recognize outstanding employee communications, public relations, media relations, community relations, government affairs and marketing communication efforts. The Tulsa Chapter’s Bronze Quill Awards is open to all communicators – members and non-members alike.

Gather your work samples and prepare your work plans. Bronze Quill 2020 is now open for entries. The deadline to submit work is Friday, Feb. 28.

In addition to our entry winners, we recognize three exceptional communicators. Nominate one of your peers. Accepting nominations through March 16th. 

  • Communicator of the Year: Honors a member of the community for his or her contributions to the community through communications. This person is not a communicator by profession — but by passion.
  • Professional of the Year: Recognizes the outstanding achievements of an IABC member in his or her career, profession and community.
  • Rising Star: We will once again recognize a dynamic, young professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability and strong leadership within the communications profession.

Key Dates

  • Bronze Quill 2020 is now open for entries.
    • Early Bird Deadline: December 31, 2019
    • Final Deadline: February 27, 2020
  • Awards Celebration: April 30, 2020 at Tulsa City County Library: Tandy Garden
  • Timeframe of Eligible Work:
    • All eligible work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2017 and the day of submission. If a long-term strategy was developed prior to January 2017 and hasn’t previously been entered, it is eligible for entry. If you entered your work and didn’t win an award, you may revise and re-enter your project. Entries that have won in previous years may not be resubmitted.

    • Those submitting entries must have been directly involved in producing the materials entered. Improperly submitted entries may be disqualified.

For questions, sponsorship information or to nominate an individual for one of these awards, email awards@iabctulsa.com or call Ashley Cleveland at 918-947-7251.


2019 Bronze Quill Winners:

The Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Tulsa) recognized top local communications professionals on April 25, at the organization’s annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by more than 100 people, was held in the Tandy Garden at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa.

Teryl Rose was named the 2019 Communicator of the Year for his passion and outstanding contributions toward creating a strong safety culture at ONE Gas in his role as Vice President of Environment, Safety and Health. Previous IABC/Tulsa Communicators of the Year include ONE Gas CEO, Pierce Norton, former TU coach Bill Self, former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage, former Williams CEO Keith Bailey, and most recently CEO of Tulsa City-County Library Kimberly Johnson.

Becky Carver, Supervisor of Communications at ONEOK, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Carver was recognized by her peers for her exceptional leadership, professionalism and all-around dedication to everything she does.

For just the second year, IABC/Tulsa presented the Rising Star award to recognize a dynamic, young communications professional. This year, Kayla Swan, Communications Specialist at Helmerich & Payne, received the honor.

The Leon Bolen Service Award, which honors an IABC member’s volunteerism and support of IABC’s organizational goals, was awarded to Cindy Bolen  for her continued generosity and efforts to support our chapter.

The “Best of Show” Award, presented to the entry with the highest total score, was awarded to Beth Harris of Walmart for “The Scoop Internal Newsletter”.

In addition to these special awards, 43 Bronze Quill awards were given to local communications professionals for their exceptional work.

Awards of Excellence were presented to:

  • Kiley Roberson of the Tulsa City-County Library for “My Neighborhood Library”
  • Kathy Murphy and Erin Holland of ONEOK for “ONEOK FacilityConnect”
  • Kiley Roberson of the Tulsa City-County Library for “Summer Reading Program 2018”
  • Stephanie Higgins, Brittany Viuf, Becky Carver, Jason Wright and Erica May for “ONEOK’s Corporate Sustainability and ESG Report” – this entry won awards in both the Corporate Social Responsibility and Publications categories.
  • Byers Creative for “AIRIS Wellsite Services Website Development”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation for “Anadisgoi.com”
  • Byers Creative for “Elite Workforce Management: Website Design”
  • Helmerich & Payne Communications for “My H&P Way: Launching a modern intranet for a 100-year-old company.” This entry won three awards, including two awards of excellence in the Digital Communication and Internal Communication categories as well as an award of merit in Employee Engagement.
  • ONEOK Corporate Communications Team for “ONEOK Email Update”
  • Byers Creative for “Tulsa Centerless Website Redesign”
  • June Pennell, Nicole Nascenzi and Outreach Experts of Williams for “WILLCO PAC Recruitment Campaign” – in addition to an award of excellence in Government Relations, this entry also won an award of merit in Internal Communication.
  • Tulsa City-County Library Public Relations Department for “Be All In”
  • Kelli Gebbia, Susan Simpson, Nicole Nascenzi and Saxum for Williams’ “#BringItWilliams” – in addition to an award of excellence in Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communication, this entry also won an award of merit in Social Media Programs.
  • OU-Tulsa Marketing & Communications for “OU Physicians South Opening”
  • Propeller Communications for “Flight Night Space Week”
  • Resolute PR for “Osage Casinos: Tulsa Grand Opening”
  • OU-Tulsa Marketing & Communications for “Professor Paws”
  • Walmart & Byers Creative for “Walmart’s 2018 Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report”
  • Erica May and Marquétta Thompson of ONEOK and Byers Creative for “2019 Open Enrollment Guide”
  • Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Anadisgoi Magazine”
  • Propeller Communications, the City of Broken Arrow and Scrambler Creative for “City of Broken Arrow Bond Issue Voter Guide”
  • Catharine Brierre of ONEOK for “Investor Relations Monthly”
  • Jennifer Rector and Ashley Cleveland for “ONE Gas Annual Report”
  • Tulsa City-County Library Public Relations Team for “Summer Reading Event Guide”
  • Beth Harris of Walmart for “The Scoop Internal Newsletter”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Where the Casino Money Goes”
  • Resolute PR for “Community Brookside Launch”
  • Becky Carver, Noel Freeman, Leah Harper and Michelle Singer of IABC/Tulsa, PRSA and AMA, respectively, for “2018 Communicators Summit”
  • Byers Creative for “Tulsa Regional Chamber 2019 Annual Meeting Event Graphics” – in addition to an award of excellence in the Special Events category, this entry also won an award of merit in Audio/Visual.

Awards of Merit were presented to:

  • Keith Isbell of Williams for “Gulf Connector: Right Way, Right Results”
  • Paige Cole, Kelli Gebbia, Susan Simpson, Nicole Nascenzi, Firethief Productions and Saxum for “Williams Recruiting Videos”
  • ONE Gas Customer Communications Team for “Winter Preparation Campaign”
  • Rachel Weaver Smith of Bailey Medical Center “Bailey Bariatric Kitchen”
  • Resolute PR and Tulsa International Airport for “Fly Tulsa: What’s Non-Stopping You?”
  • Becky Carver and Megan Patterson for “2017 ONEOK Annual Report”
  • Helmerich & Payne Communications for “Social Media Program Launch”
  • Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas for “Life Lessons From Eugene Harris”

Sponsors of the IABC/Tulsa 2019 Bronze Quill Awards included Helmerich & Payne, Cherokee Nation Businesses, ONEOK, Williams, Byers Creative, Miller Photography and Ridgeback Studio.

2018 Bronze Quill Winners:

IABC/Tulsa celebrated outstanding communications and recognized top local communications professionals on April 19, at the annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by over 100 local professionals, was held at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa.

The event honored dozens of professionals in the communications field. Five special awards, 18 Awards of Excellence, 20 Awards of Merit and seven anniversary plaques were handed out throughout the evening.

Kimberly Johnson, CEO of the Tulsa City-County Library, was named the 2018 Communicator of the Year for her tremendous efforts to showcase the amazing work the Tulsa Library system does for the communities it serves.

Megan Patterson, Manager of Investor Relations at ONEOK, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Megan was recognized by her peers as an outstanding communications professional and an exemplary leader.

The Leon Bolen Service Award, which honors an IABC member’s volunteerism and support of IABC’s organizational goals, was awarded to Kim Kuehler, Advertising Sales Manager for the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, for her continued generosity and efforts to support our chapter.

This year, IABC/Tulsa added a new award to recognize a dynamic, young communications professional. The Rising Star Award was presented to Noël Hunt, Client Manager and Digital Marketing Strategist at Byers Creative, for her drive, community support and dedication to integrity of the profession.

The “Best of Show” Award, presented to the 2018 entry with the highest total score, was awarded to Ashley Cleveland and the communications team from ONE Gas for their entry, Safety: More Than Just a Value.

Also new this year, we celebrated several of the chapter’s long-tenured members by recognizing those with more than 20 years of membership. This year, plaques were presented to Kerry Malone (28 years), Kendra Thompson (27 years), Steve Higgins (25 years), Susie Wellendorf (24 years), Joe Epperley (23 years), Tracy Harlow (20 years) and Phillip Harris (20 years).

In total, 38 Bronze Quill awards were awarded to local communications professionals for exceptional work completed during 2016-2018.

Awards of Excellence were presented to:

  • Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Anadisgoi Magazine”
  • Ashley Cleveland and the ONE Gas Communications team for “Safety: More Than Just a Value”
  • Leslie Agee of Helmerich & Payne for “Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa”
  • Stephanie Higgins, Becky Carver, Dusty Darr and Jacob Yokum of ONEOK for “Mustang Pipeline Project”
  • Keith Isbell of Williams for “Gulf Trace: B as in Big”
  • Becky Carver and Information Security from ONEOK for “SecuritySense 2017”
  • Nicole Nascenzi, Rob Hatley, Sara Delgado and Outreach Experts from Williams for “Employee Action Center.” This entry won two Awards of Excellence – one in the government relations category and one for employee engagement.
  • Catharine Brierre and ONEOK Investor Relations for “Investor Relations Monthly”
  • The Tulsa City-County Library Public Relations Office for “Tulsa Library 2017 Annual Report”
  • Stephanie Higgins, Becky Carver, Brittany Anicetti, Jason Wright and Erica May of ONEOK for “ONE in Responsibility”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People”
  • Becky Carver and Megan Patterson of ONEOK for “2016 ONEOK Annual Report”
  • Tulsa International Airport for “PIKEPASS to Parking+”
  • Erin Holland and Brittany Anicetti of ONEOK for “Work at ONEOK”
  • Ginger Renshaw and Jennifer Rector of ONE Gas for “ONE Gas Values – Ted Talk Open”
  • Heather Gowin and Kendra Thompson of Cancer Treatment Centers of America for “Prostate Pep Talk”
  • Resolute PR for “ImpactTulsa Annual Report Video”

Awards of Merit were presented to:

  • Brittany Anicetti, Erin Holland, Erica May, Kathy Murphy and Jason Ashley Wright of ONEOK for “ONEOK’s 2018 United Way Campaign”
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for “Proud to be Blue Campaign”
  • Jennifer Rector, Ashley Cleveland and Hayley Westwood of ONE Gas for “Making Connections: 2016 ONE Gas Annual Report”
  • Erica May of ONEOK for “Open Enrollment Guide”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Cherokee Nation Economic Impact Report”
  • Becky Carver, Brittany Anicetti and Information Technology from ONEOK for “ClickIT”
  • Abigail Loveall and Russell Shaffer of Walmart for “2017 CDI Report”
  • Ginger Renshaw and ONE Gas Communications for “ONE Gas Safe Digging Videos”
  • Resolute PR for “Ogans Circle”
  • Jason Ashley Wright, Brittany Anicetti, Becky Carver and Stephanie Higgins of ONEOK for “ONEOK Quarterly: Weathering the Storm”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses for “Where the Casino Money Goes”
  • Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas for “Meet Your Co-Workers Series”
  • Stephanie Higgins, Becky Carver, Brittany Anicetti, Jason Wright and Erica May of ONEOK for “ONE in Responsibility”
  • Nicole Nascenzi, Sara Delgado and Saxum for “Williams Corporate Social Responsibility Website”
  • Erin Holland of ONEOK for “Mentors Matter”
  • The ONE Gas Communications and IT teams for “Making IT Easy – Video Conferencing”
  • Raven Lining Systems for “Small Town, Big Results!”
  • Michael McCulloh and Ginger Renshaw of ONE Gas for “Journey to Citizenship”
  • Kiley Roberson from the Tulsa City-County Library for “Summer Reading Promotional Ad”
  • Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas for “#WellnessWednesday”

Sponsors of the IABC/Tulsa 2018 Bronze Quill Awards included Cherokee Nation Businesses, ONEOK, Williams, ONE Gas, Byers Creative, Miller Photography, Nothing’s Left Brewing Company and Ridgeback Studio.

Follow these steps to view your scores and the judges’ comments:

1.      Log in to the online award system.

2.      Go to View/Pay Entries, this will bring you to a view with all the entries you submitted.

3.      Click on “Link” in the Details column for whichever entry you would like to review. You will be able to see your scores in each area as well as judges’ comments on your work plan and work samples.

Scores listed in this view may be rounded up to a whole number. However, half numbers were accepted from judges. If you have any questions, email awards@iabctulsa.com.