AICI has five categories to recognize our members for their achievements:
AICI also recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of image by persons or companies outside the association with the Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence Bravo Award (IMMIE Bravo.)
AICI Pioneer Award
AICA Pioneer Awards were presented in 2006 to AICA Founding Members:
Dominique Isbecque, AICI CIP
To view more details of the nominations and criteria for awards download the PDF here.
Join Us in Congratulating Our 2015 Award Winners
Jane Segerstrom Award
Recipient: Sue Donnelly, AICI CIP
This award is named in honor of the late Jane Segerstrom, an AICI Houston Chapter and AICI International Board member, whose vision and association work set the foundation of AICI's international growth. The Jane Segerstrom Award, first awarded in 1997, is bestowed upon a person who has helped to further our worldwide association/industry vision.
Sue Donnelly, AICI CIP, became the sixteenth recipient of the Jane Segerstrom award for her imaginative approach to expanding the field of image consulting. Sue is known worldwide for her eclectic approach to style and her commitment to sharing her experience and insights with her fellow AICI image consultants.
Rising Star Award
Recipient Neha Malhotra
The Rising Star Award is given to a new member who has achieved accelerated success as a newcomer to the field.
Neha Malhotra has been featured in leading newspapers for her active participation in fashion and lifestyle events, corporate workshops and guest lectures. Her workshops in India have been tailored to diverse audiences, including corporate employees, couture clients and teenage girls. She has leveraged her public speaking skills to grow her business reputation. Additionally, Neha has taken the initiative to connect with all AICI members in India and has enlisted their cooperation to help establish an AICI chapter there.
The AICI Award of Excellence
Awards of Excellence are given to members who, over the years, have served AICI in a variety of capacities, demonstrating outstanding commitment to the growth and well being of the entire association. The two recipients this year have contributed to AICI in many ways.
Award of Excellence for Contribution: Joanne Rae, AICI CIP
Joanne Rae came onto the AICI International Board at a very challenging time in AICI's history, when the administration and financial viability of the organization was in peril. Today, AICI is experiencing a new era, including a strong management company relationship, financial stability, membership growth and a 25th anniversary conference that is an incredible celebration of AICI's achievements to date. All of this has been made possible because of Joanne's dedication to AICI.
Award of Excellence for Participation: Josephine Lui, AICI CIP
Josephine Lui's commitment to AICI has been tireless. As the current President of AICI Malaysia Chapter, she served on the Board as VP Education and President Elect from 2010 to 2014, and she was voted 2013 Chapter Member of the Year by her fellow Malaysia Chapter members. Josephine has worked diligently to showcase the presence of AICI in Malaysia, including her appearance in 2010 as one of the six international speakers at the Business Network International World Conference in Malayisa.
AICI IMMIE BRAVO Award
"I am, without a doubt, the worst-dressed person here tonight." Nevertheless, the young man in denim and sneakers who stepped up to the podium to accept AICI's Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence Bravo Award (IMMIE BRAVO) has made an impact on the development of positive self-image that will be felt by the entire image profession over the decades to come.
Nickolay Lamm is a visionary in the truest sense of the word. At age 26, he has already built a significant career as an artist and researcher creating thought-provoking, vividly designed content on the internet.
One of his passions is a concern with the negative impact on self-image of idealized media depictions of the human form. That led to his asking this question in 2013: What if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions? His project was discussed by Huffington Post, Today, Time, LA Times, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, The Daily Beast and even Cosmopolitan!
Then, people started asking, "Where can we buy these dolls?"
The visionary became an inventor. On March 5, 2014, Lamm launched a crowd funding campaign to produce dolls with typical human body proportions. More than 13,621 backers preordered more than 19,000 dolls. A mere eight months later, Lammily was born. A beautiful "regular" teenager, she now has her own fans, website and Lammily TV.
Lamm says he created "regular Barbie" for one reason, "I wanted to show that average is beautiful.
The President's Award
Recipients of the AICI President's Award are chosen at the end of the President's term and given to individuals who the President deems to have made a very special contribution to the development and growth of AICI. The 2015 recipients of the newly established award include:
Delby Bragais, AICI CIP for the incredible work she did on developing and introducing the FLC live proctor option; introducing the FLC paper exam in Chinese; and achieving the highest number of FLC test registrations in any one year in AICI's history.
Riet De Vlieger, AICI CIP for her hard work and determination in implementing AICI City Circles, a new chapter rebate policy and being the seed to our new Academic Membership program. Thanks to all three of these projects, she has laid the foundations for considerable growth of AICI membership.
Susan Hesselgrave, AICI FLC for her hard work on the AICI Global magazine. She has raised the professionalism of the publication to an entirely new level, resulting in hundreds of thousands of external hits, attracting new Preferred Partners and exemplifying AICI's mission to set and promote the highest professional standards for image consultants.
Manolo Trujillo for his support and contribution to the successful launch of the new AICI Academic Membership project. He has been an incredible force working behind the scenes to bring this idea to fruition. Building relationships with universities, he has helped open the doors to hundreds of students to be a part of AICI's educational programs.
AICI Philanthropy Awards
The AICI Malaysia Chapter donated all profits from their 3rd Educational Conference, plus a contribution from the Chapter, to support PERKIM, a non-governmental organization that works to assist the welfare of patients with ichthyosis in Malaysia. Ichthyosis is a skin disease that is in most cases congenital. Victims of the disease find it difficult to secure education or employment, due to discrimination because of their disfigurement. They are also unable to work in very hot environments as they may get heat stroke due to their skin condition. There are more than 300 patients with this disease in Malaysia. It is their hope that Malaysians will come to accept them as part of the society.
The AICI Washington, D.C. Metro Chapter adopted the Dress for Success Project, which helps women get back into the workforce by providing clothing, coaching and training. During the Chapter's "Donation Drive" in April this year, the Chapter helped in the collection of suites, other business-appropriate apparel, shoes and accessories for the project.
2015 AICI Individual Philanthropy Award
Sunny Wang Yun, AICI FLC, AICI Beijing Chapter, is dedicated to helping children and young people from vulnerable social groups. Her philanthropic efforts have been aimed at promoting their mental health as well as providing practical social skills to have a happy life.
During the past two years, Sunny gave lectures on various occasions to college students who are from extraordinarily poor families. She coached them, individually and as a group, on how to use dress and image skills to make a difference in their lives. As a volunteer in a local school for deaf and hearing-impaired children, she taught children's etiquette, a skill not normally provided for this special needs population.
Chapter Member of the Year Awards
Silvia Guerra, AICI FLC - Guadalajara Chapter
Chapter Award for Achievement
Mexico City Chapter: Exemplary achievements in certification, chapter growth and new initiatives to further the vision of AICI, including the launch of academic membership and their selection as the host chapter for the 2017 AICI Global Conference.
Chapter Award for Certification
Mexico City Chapter: Hosting the first FLC Online Procter (OLP) group test as a chapter.
Malaysia Chapter: Hosting the pilot FLC Paper Test in two languages simultaneously.
Chapter Award for Education
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter: Consistently offering a high quality Education Conference, with members who attended from around the world.
Chapter Award for Growth
Hong Kong Chapter: Chapter growth, with membership increasing by almost 200% in one year.
Mexico City Chapter: Growth for AICI, through the implementation of the academic membership initiative.