The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its eigth 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); Financials from Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last but definitively not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:
The 2014—2017 strategy says, in a paragraph:
“Financial recovery and sustainability is primary, as is the loyalty and development of our members and leaders and consolidating gains from the 2011-14 strategy. Increased reputation in the profession; better brand positioning; and greater interaction with business as a revenue generator are then the big opportunity to be grasped”.
Financial Recovery and Sustainability
Carlos Fulcher reported progress on the imminent move of IABC’s headquarters.
This move will save IABC $350,000 in its first year.
In line with strategy, IABC now operates as a virtual organization, with staff located in many places around the US.
This means a smaller office space is required, with the additional benefit of lowering the cost of rent and other overheads.
The relocation process started more than a year ago with the creation of a HQ Relocation Task Force to educate the board on the decision, financial and operational model, and location criteria.
This has been a collaborative effort from staff and the International Executive Board.
There may be some delays in responding to member queries during the move process, and there will be a phone outage on moving day (29 January 2016) when the phone system is relocated. Your patience is appreciated.
Loyalty and development of our members and leaders
The 2016 Leadership Institute is coming up early February and the board is grateful to the Council of Regions who are the programme advisory committee for this strategic investment in our leaders. If you haven’t already, do register now.
- Increase the number of IABC members on the Fellows Committee from five to seven to include two members who are not currently Fellows.
- Move from the current chair/past-chair governance structure to a more consistent vice-chair/chair/past-chair structure to provide continuity. This is in line with the broader succession strategy IABC is pursuing.
- Establish a new Fellows Committee Terms of Reference that offers clear governance as well as guidelines for the work of the Committee in supporting IABC year-round.
The unanimously adopted these recommendations – and also took agreed to deliberate on a number of further ideas brought by the Fellows Task Force. Some of these have also been passed to the Membership Task Force.
Better brand positioning
The board charged this year’s World Conference Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) with taking things to the next level.
Stacy Wilson, the chair of the PAC, reported strong progress on the preparations for #IABC16. It is a tough job, and I am grateful for all the hard work being put in by Stacy, staff and the wider PAC.
I’m also encouraged by the number of sponsors and exhibitors signing up to support. We have room for more though! Please help spread the word.
- The next Certification level – Q&A with Sue Heuman ABC, Chair of the Global Communication Certification Council
- The latest on the work to revise the IABC Code of Ethics – Q&A with IABC Fellow Barbara Puffer, Chair of the Ethics Committee
Hope to see you there!
Let’s #createconnection like never before.