Catalyst Communications

Mary Ann McCauley, ABC, IABC Fellow, awarded 2014 IABC Chairman’s Award

May 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Robin McCasland, the 2013-2014 international executive board (IEB) chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), has announced that Mary Ann McCauley, ABC*, is one of two recipients of this year’s IABC Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is conferred annually upon select volunteers who have made extraordinary efforts to positively enhance the organization.

Selected by the IEB chair, any current IABC member who has belonged to the association for the last five years can be nominated for consideration for the Chairman’s Award. The award will be presented to McCauley at the opening session of the 2014 IABC World Conference in Toronto, Canada, on the evening of Sunday, 8 June 2014.

“Mary Ann calls IABC her home, and I know why,” said McCasland. “She’s been involved in almost every aspect of our association at one point or another. She is very plainspoken and honest in her communication style, and it is one of the things I have come to admire very much about her. There’s a home here for members like Mary Ann, who have been part of our global neighborhood for decades, and there’s a home here for the newer communication professionals who want to make the most of their membership as well.”

McCauley is principal and founder of Catalyst Communications, a consultancy for business and nonprofit leaders. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Mary Ann is an IABC Fellow, the highest honor awarded by IABC, and is the current regional finance director for IABC Pacific Plains. She has served as a leader of IABC Minnesota for several years, and on various IABC committees this year, including the Fellows Selection Committee, the Executive Director Search Committee and the IEB Nominating Committee. McCauley received the Rae Hamlin Award for Volunteer Service from the IABC Accreditation Committee in 2012, and this is her second Chairman’s Award — she received her first in 2000 from former IABC Chair Dave Seifert.

“I’ve received far more than I’ve given to the IABC community,” said McCauley. “The lifelong learning and networking opportunities have made me a better professional, given my clients additional assets and provided a circle of friends who have had my back many times. I don’t where else I could have gained so much and had so much fun in the process.”

*ABC = Accredited Business Communicator

About IABC:
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world’s best communication practices. IABC is recognized as the professional association of choice for communicators who aspire to excel in their chosen fields. For more information, visit

Melissa Dark
Director Communication & Member Services
(415) 544-4752

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!

Catalyst Communications