Nominations Open for 2021 Advancing Consulting Awards

Press Release: April 2, 2021

Newly reimagined awards now also honor creativity and innovation

CLAREMONT, CA—The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® (SAC), a leading association of global consulting professionals, announced today that nominations are now open for its an annual award honoring two consultants who have advanced the profession in the previous year.

The Corrie Shanahan Memorial Consulting Awards are named in memory of longtime SAC member Corrie Shanahan, who passed away in 2019. Corrie Shanahan was an expert in rapidly strengthening organizational performance, productivity, and corporate culture.

Change in Focus for Awards

This year, in addition to honoring the consultant of the year, a second award will be given to the individual who has displayed outstanding creativity and innovation.

“Consultants have faced many challenges during the business upheaval of the past year,” said Executive Director Lisa Anderson. “We wanted to identify and reward an individual who has used creativity and innovation to stand out during this time period—either in their own business model or in how they are able to positively impact their clients.”

To be eligible, individuals must be independent business consultants who generate most of their income by working directly with clients, and they must be members in good standing of SAC.

Factors that will be considered in evaluating applicants for the Consultant of the Year will include degree of client success, innovation, advocacy and growth through association, and resilience. Applicants for Creativity & Innovation Award will be evaluated on a consulting innovation or the development of new intellectual property they’ve applied to their own business or to client support. This innovation could benefit clients, the consultant’s business, or both, and it may be completely new, or a bold new take on an existing best practice.

The call for nominations is open from today, April 2 through June 3, 2021 Nomination forms and applications can be found on the SAC website.

A committee of SAC members, led by chair Pam Harper and representing a variety of consulting specialties from four different countries, will review applications and determine the winners who best meet the established criteria.

Previous honorees include Andrew Hollo, Melbourne, Australia, Amy Segami, Chicago, Illinois, and Gene Moran, Bradenton, Florida.

“It’s exciting to see the accomplishments of our membership,” said SAC Executive Director Linda Popky. “We hope this new award category will allow us to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have used the challenge of the pandemic to find new ways to offer outstanding value to their clients.”

The awards will be presented at SAC’s Fall Annual Meeting, to be held virtually on October 5-7, 2021.

Independent consultants may join SAC between now and May 3, 2021 to be considered for the award.

About SAC

The Society for the Advancement of Consulting (SAC), now in its 18th year, is an international association of consulting professionals who subscribe to an industry code of ethics and have provided evidence of significant consulting results among their clients. SAC members hail from 14 different countries. For more information, please go to, write to or call 909-630-3943.