Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2012)--The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) awarded CSIC graduate John Trybus with its highest student award last month, in recognition of his work on the center's ongoing Social Strategist Project.

The Sharon Berzok Student Award, part of IABC's biennial Golden Quill Awards, honors talented young communications professionals and is judged on overall excellence and creativity. As the winner, Trybus received $500 for education and professional development.

Trybus, who graduated from Georgetown's MPS program in public relations and corporate communications in May, sought to test a hypothesis when he developed the Social Strategist Project--namely, that not every communications professional is a social strategist. Rather, this is an elite group of industry influencers who use the power of communication in unique and innovative ways to help solve some of society's biggest challenges.

Since December, Trybus has interviewed more than 30 inspiring individuals, including Jane Goodall, Annie Griffiths, Beth Kanter and many more.  His podcasts and blog posts offer suggestions for practitioners and organizations on how to best use communications--both strategically and tactically--to achieve goals in impacting society.

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