September ’15 Board meeting

The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its fourth board meeting of this term and here’s a quick recap of what was on the table in addition to the usual reports from the Chair; Vice Chair Dianne Chase (with a specific focus on the work of the Council of Regions (#IABCcor); Financials from Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last definitively but not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:

Portfolio Review & Organisational Alignment

At the 2015 AGM I talked about the commission of a comprehensive review of our portfolio of programmes, products and services to ensure that each and every one of them makes a return. Whether in the form of impact in line with out mission, or financially, to fund impact elsewhere.

Ginger Homan ABC
Ginger Homan ABC

I am extremely pleased that thanks to the hard work of our Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and our Executive Director Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE

Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE
Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE

this work has now been completed.

The IABC Executive Committee recently convened in San Francisco to review this and we brought our findings to the full board for an initial generative discussion. The Council of Regions is also being asked to give input.

The board will convene one more time this month to focus in on this topic further with the aim of making IABC more than the sum of its parts.

Gold Quill

Monika Lancucki ABC
Monika Lancucki ABC

The Gold Quill Committee – led by Monika Lancucki ABC – shared an  update on their work to prepare for this year’s #IABCgq season – which includes a consolidation of categories to make the awards process simpler. It is also a timely opportunity to thank long-standing board member

Cindy Schmieg ABC
Cindy Schmieg ABC

Cindy Schmieg for her hard work and dedication in supporting this committee as their board liaison.

Also, do see a couple of new appointments related to Gold Quill right at the end.

Global Communication Certification Council

The GCCC presented their quarterly report – and the board recorded a vote of thanks for the excellent follow-on work from the Communication Management Professional exam piloted at this year’s World Conference.

A range of locations around the world are stepping up to host exams which is really exciting. The GCCC is also working on expanding the certification portfolio with an additional level. Stay tuned for this.

Ethics

Barbara Puffer ABC
Barbara Puffer ABC

Members sign the IABC code of ethics at the point of joining – and whenever they renew. This is an important instrument, yet one that hasn’t been reviewed for quite some time.

Olivia Gadd
Olivia Gadd

The Committee is working on simplifying the code (it is currently on the long side) and will be leading a conversation around this. It’ll culminate, if all goes to plan, with adoption of a revised version fit for the 21st century at the International Leadership Institute.

Big thanks to the committee – and especially IABC Fellow Barbara Puffer ABC who leads this work and Olivia Gadd for her board liaison work here.

Leader Visit Programme & Travel Policies

In line with good practice, the board regularly reviews its outreach work and the policies that support that. During continuing times of austerity, the policy has been tightened to focus on travel to places where there is a critical mass of leaders: IABC conferences and leadership institutes. Visible leadership continues to be a top priority for the board – both in-person – and virtually.

New appointments

Lynn Barter
Lynn Barter
Michael Nord
Michael Nord

I excited to report that the board unanimously approved the appointment of Lynn Barter as Vice Chair of the Gold Quill Committee and Michael Nord as the lead for the 2016 Gold Quill Gala at World Conference.

Sarah McLaughlin
Sarah McLaughlin

The board also unanimously accepted the nomination of Sarah McLaughlin as the Chair of the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) for the 2017 World Conference in Washington DC – aka #IABC17. Sarah is currently Vice Chair of the #IABC16 Programme Advisory Committee and this is a further step in bringing solid leadership succession planning to our strategic international committees.

Please join me in congratulating all three leaders stepping up to advance the profession – and the association.

 

You can read more about our Open Call policy here – and if you’ve got appetite to lead, why not step up?

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

P.S. A couple of ready-made tweets for you in case you want to help spread the word about some of the topics mentioned above:

 

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