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Celebrate the spirit of giving at the IABC World Conference

Come celebrate heroes of philanthropy — people who believe communication is a force for good — and the organizations they serve.

IABC Foundation Luncheon, Tuesday, 7 June

At this year’s IABC Foundation luncheon, we will learn from a panel of four.

Innovative giving: Sharing time, knowledge and expertise for the greater good

Learn from the best:

  • Innovative approaches to mobilizing and engaging people around giving
  • How to create meaningful and lasting outcomes
  • Embedding a spirit of giving in organizational cultures and in our lives
  • Exemplify the spirit of giving

Join your peers, along with moderator Geoff Colvin, award-winning broadcaster and author, on an inspirational journey with these esteemed guides. Learn more about the IABC Foundation event.

 

2016 IABC Foundation Panel at #IABC16

With thanks for generous sponsorship by Roche and Genentech.

This event is included with a full conference registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase.

Register today!

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

 

IABC announces incoming directors and officers for its 2016-17 International Executive Board

(SAN FRANCISCO) April 18, 2016 — The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced its slate of incoming directors and officers for the 2016-17 International Executive Board (IEB).

IABC draws from the best in the communication field to educate, inform and inspire new communication ideas and strategies. As the governing body of IABC, the International Executive Board leads the organization in its mission to set the global standard of excellence for business communication. The 2016-17 board members come from nine countries in four continents, underlining the cultural and professional diversity of IABC and the IEB.

“Challenging times call for people who step up knowing the challenge at hand. Women and men who are collaborative, accessible, open and professional. Strategic advisors who bring leadership, global perspective and business acumen. Leaders who focus on insights and results,” said Michael Ambjorn, current IABC Chairman.

“That’s what makes for a great board. It is with pride, humility and deep thanks that the outgoing board will hand the baton to Dianne Chase and her incoming board this June. A board that is set to continue to draw on that skill set – and continue to deliver on the 2014-17 strategy. A particularly exciting part of that will be the work to explore where IABC needs to be in 2020.”

The IEB selection process follows a rigorous, competency-based selection approach emphasizing leadership, problem-solving, global perspective, strategic thinking and business acumen.

IABC will ratify the slate at its 2016 Annual General meeting Saturday, June 4, 2016 during the IABC Word Conference in New Orleans.

The incoming Chair for the 2016-17 IEB is Dianne Chase of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Returning directors are Claudia Vaccarone, Ron Fuchs APR, Alain Legault, Shannon Frederick ABC and Olivia Gadd.

The 2016-17 slate for ratification is:

Vice Chair (automatic succession to 2017-18 chair)
Sharon Hunter; Montreal, Québec, Canada

Secretary/Treasurer (one-year term)
Ginger Homan, ABC; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Director (three-year term)
Zora Artis; Melbourne, Australia
Michael Nord; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Director (one-year term)
Daniel Munslow; Johannesburg, South Africa

Further information on these prospective office holders:

INCOMING VICE CHAIR

Sharon Hunter
Sharon Hunter

Sharon Hunter is a marketing communication consultant with more than 20 years’ experience serving an international clientele with a focus on professional services and training across the private and non-profit sectors. As senior communications advisor for student services at Concordia University, she oversees multi-channel engagement strategies focused on the student experience journey to success. An active volunteer, she supports communication skills and career mentoring initiatives for students and young professionals. Hunter served six years at award-winning IABC/Montreal, was named Chapter Leader of the Year 2013 for her community partnerships work and has served three years as a director-at-large on the IEB – the last two as an Executive
Committee member.

SECRETARY/TREASURER (second consecutive term)

Ginger Homan
Ginger Homan

Ginger Homan, ABC, is founder of Zia Communications, a firm specializing in campaigns to change behaviors, build communities and transform thinking. Her award winning communication model has been used by foundations and corporations to grow brands and align cultures. Ginger served as IABC Secretary/Treasurer on IABC’s 2015- 2016 IEB and is the former director of North America for the IABC Accreditation Committee. Her work has been recognized by the IABC Gold Quill program, the Society of Marketers of Professional Services, the Public Relations Society of America and
American Advertising Awards; she is the recipient of the IABC Tulsa chapter’s John Hartman Professional Communicator of the Year award and served in several roles on her local board including president. She is a recipient of Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for her board service with local nonprofits.

NEW DIRECTORS

Zora Artis
Zora Artis

Zora Artis, GAICD, is the founder and managing director of Zora Artis Consulting in Melbourne, Australia. The firm provides business planning and marketing, brand and communication consultancy services from strategic development and workshop facilitation through to tactical implementation and evaluation to brands and agencies alike. Zora is the current Chair of the IABC Policy Committee, Past President of IABC Victoria, a Gold Quill winner and recipient of the IABC 2015 Chairman’s Award. She has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees, and is a Company Directors graduate with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Zora has a Masters of Commerce, a Masters of Marketing and a Bachelor of Business (Tourism).

Michael Nord
Michael Nord

Michael Nord, Principal Consultant with The Fifth Business, lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he advises and steers strategic communications projects in blue-chip companies across the globe. He has previously worked for Philips, Belkin, IAVI, PR-agencies and the Danish Government. Michael was co-founder of the Dutch IABC chapter in 2007 (the year he joined IABC), and is currently immediate-past Chair of the EMENA region. He chaired EuroComm 2015 and is currently working as chair of the Local Advisory Committee for EuroComm 2016. He has served on several World Conference committees, and sits on the taskforce for global sponsorships.

Daniel Munslow
Daniel Munslow

Daniel Munslow heads up the Africa practice of VMA Group – a global recruitment and skills development firm specializing in marketing and communication practitioners. He has 13 years’ experience in business communications and consulting, and has worked across multiple industries in a number of African countries. Areas of expertise include development of internal communication strategies, implementation of internal communication audits, rollout of change management programs, and training of leaders and communicators on communication skills. Daniel is the 2014/16 IABC Africa Regional Chairperson and a judge on the IABC Gold Quills. Daniel speaks at local and international conferences on business communication, and was voted an All Star speaker at the IABC World Conference in 2013. Other senior officers moving into new roles:

INCOMING CHAIR

Dianne Chase
Dianne Chase

Dianne Lynn Chase is senior partner at C4CS, LLC, Leaders in Strategic Communication and Crisis Management, serving client partners from around the world. She oversees development and instruction in crisis communication, planning and management; message development; issues management; and presentation and interviewing skills training for corporate and government clients. She is past chair of the IABC Southern Region, where she’s served five years on the board. She served as vice chair of the 2015 IABC World Conference Program Advisory Committee and as a member of the IABC Brand Taskforce. Chase is also long-standing board member and past two-term president (and first woman to serve in the role) of the Radio-Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (formerly the Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas). She is the winner of numerous local, state, regional and national broadcast journalism awards.

INCOMING IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

Michael Ambjorn
Michael Ambjorn

Michael Ambjorn is founder of Align Your Org which helps boards, chief executives and chairs – and the next generation of talent – with effective strategic planning, communication and clarity of execution. As the facilitator for the 2014–17 strategy, he has worked with IABC’s 1000+ leaders to create connection, engagement and alignment. The latter element has been essential for affecting a turnaround and securing sustainable future for the association; a future where IABC can continue to advance the field of professional communications and achieve a multiplier effect through aligned leadership across the globe. Michael previously served as Chair of IABC Europe & Middle East. He has also worked in various management roles at IBM, Motorola and, the 262–year–old Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) in London.

*ABC = Accredited Business Communicator
*APR = Accredited in Public Relations

About the IEB

The International Executive Board is accountable to IABC members and supervises, controls and directs the affairs of the association. It actively pursues the association’s mission and determines its policy within the limits of the law, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation. It upholds the IABC Code of Ethics for Professional Communicators and supervises disbursement of the association’s funds. The International Executive Board develops the strategic plan and direction for the association under the guidance of the association Bylaws approved by the IABC membership.

About IABC

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world’s best communication practices. IABC has set the standard for excellence since its founding in 1970. This vibrant association has more than 10,000 members, including senior communications executives from global Fortune 500 companies, multi-national  communications agencies, leading non-profit institutions and universities. IABC serves the collective disciplines of business communication professionals through education offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, online resources and Communicators World magazine and through the annual World Conference.

For more information, visit iabc.com

Inspiration: #myIABC

Picking up on the fresh research from the 2016 IABC Leadership Institute, here’s a fresh challenge for the top performers out there.

You know who you are. Keep reading.

We just closed Member Month and it was a real success. You’ve been out there inspiring people like never before. You’ve extended the depth, breadth and impact of our shared work. Our shared work to advance careers and the profession. Thank you.

Now’s the time to gather that energy. Whilst it is fresh.

Bottle it so we can all use it again and again.

How you ask? Well, the good people at IABC UK have an idea… so here is your challenge for April.

#myIABC 

Continue reading Inspiration: #myIABC

Make it count

Both the main IABC World Conference, 5–8 June 2016, and the pre-conference workshops, 5 June, will help you meet the application requirements for Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification. And if you already have your CMP (through the Global Communication Certification Council), those credits will count toward maintaining your certification.

This is the first World Conference where professional development credits can be collected this way. It is an essential part of our strategic commitment to certification—and to lifelong learning opportunities.

See you at #IABC16!

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

P.S. Here’s how you earn points and hours.

Challenge

Leaders need many things to grow.

One thing stands out though: challenge.

This is based on fresh research conducted at the 2016 IABC Leadership Institute:

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You asked for it. So in the run up to World Conference I will be challenging you to go the extra mile.

First up: please help extend the breadth, depth and impact of our shared work. Go recruit a top-performing professional who could benefit from all that IABC has to offer.

Resources to help you abound on the Leader Centre. And here’s where to send your prospects: iabc.com/membership/

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

 

 

#CommChat: Social media analytics & reporting

I missed this week’s #CommChat on Social Media Analytics & Reporting. I was busy prepping for the February Leadership Forum – but the great thing about these good-practice exchanges is that they stick around even after they’ve finished…

This week’s topic was one that is close to my heart. As a past head of digital for a big corporate, and also in my current practice, it is a top topic for the C-suite. Often people get carried away on a wave of ‘big data’ – in reality it is about focusing in on measuring the effect of your actions. Actions that align with your strategy and objectives.

After all, you wouldn’t report to your board that the sun is rising and setting, would you? If  you’re unlikely to deliver value to a board – or indeed win a Gold Quill

All the 100+ tweets from the #CommChat can be found in the Storify from the session.

For the time pressed, here are a few key ones:

And if you want to improve your skills in this area…

Thanks to all who participated and shared – and do look out for next week’s #CommChat – and find recaps of earlier ones here.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

P.S. In a future Weekly Venn I’ll share some of the tools I use myself for analytics and reporting.

2016 Annual General Meeting

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be at 3:30pm (CDT) Saturday, 4 June at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, the day before the World Conference begins.

Because the AGM will take place just prior to the Leaders Reception, it is hoped that it provides easier scheduling, enabling leaders to attend these two key events on the same day.

This change reflects a desire to allow dedicated time to the AGM and avoid placing this important meeting at a time when it competes with other conference activities and programming.

We are looking to make the format more engaging – and welcome input or suggestions. 

AGENDA AND PROPOSALS:

Expect the meeting to include proposed bylaw changes, ratification of the 2016-17 International Executive Board slate of officers, IABC financials, including the audit report, and potential revised Code of Ethics. If you want to propose additional items for the agenda, please get in touch.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

 

2016 #IABCLI in numbers – and immediate next steps

The 2016 International Leadership Institute brought together IABC leaders from around the world. Some 150+ in-person at the scenic Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA – and hundreds more around the world who tuned in virtually:

Participation up 25% on 2015

…and it is not too late to pitch in – have a look at #IABCLI and RT/like you favourites.

Launch of quarterly report

Help spread the word – RT.

Why we invest in leaders

And the winners are…

See all the 2016 winners.

Great Q&A – and next steps…



Here’s the IABC Chapter Leader Group on LinkedIn – pitch in. If a question isn’t answered already, just ask and we’ll cover it. We’d also love to see you on the next Leadership Forum – where we also do Q&A.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

#IABCLI Thanks – and an invitation to attend the February IABC Leadership Forum

We just closed the 2016 International Leadership Institute. Thanks to all who came in person, from near and far. And all who engaged via #IABCLI. It is great to see such global connection in action.

Micayla Felicion-Davin
Micayla Felicion-Davin
Dianne Chase
Dianne Chase

It was a highly interactive, engaging – and ultimately inspiring event. I’m extremely grateful to the Council of Regions, chaired by Dianne Chase – and Chapter Relations Manager, Micayla Felicion-Davin, for their work putting together the programme. An effort that couldn’t have been pulled off without our hard working staff. Big thanks to them too.

Now with fond farewells come an opportunity for a fresh hello. We’re getting the band together again–and soon: the February Leadership Forum is upon us. We’ll recap what happened at the Leadership Institute and take a quick look at the latest Quarterly Report.

Plus special guests

When & Where

Wednesday 17 February: 2pm PST / 5pm EST / 10pm London / 9am Sydney (Thur)
Click here for time zone conversions in your part of the world.

How to connect

The Leadership Forum will be a Google Hangout. If you have a Google+ account, just join IABC there to participate. If you don’t have a Google+ account, just tune into YouTube, where it will be broadcasting live.

The video will be available to view after the call on the Leadership Forum Playlist on IABCLive if you’re unable to watch at the time.

We also always post notes from these sessions.

Interact

You’re welcome to submit questions prior to the call on the IABC Chapter Leader Group on LinkedIn. During the call, if you’re in Google+, you’ll be able to participate through the Q&A feature. If you don’t have a Google+ account, you can add a comment to the YouTube view, or you can tweet using the hashtag #IABCieb.

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn

 

And the winners are…

At the opening reception for the 2016 Leadership Institute we unveiled this year’s award winners – big thanks to the Toronto chapter members, who were the evaluators for this year’s awards. Thank you to all the leaders and staff who worked hard to ensure we have another year of fantastic work to recognise. 

Chapter Leader of the Year

Sherry Boyd
Sherry Boyd

Leading a Chapter takes a lot of work and commitment. Our chapter leader of the year has taken on various chapter leadership roles, and has developed strategies that have contributed to the success of the chapter. This member’s passion for IABC has inspired others to take on leadership roles within the chapter, which have been critical to the chapter.

This members has provided guidance to board members, and spearheaded a volunteer appreciation program to keep board members engaged. She has been instrumental in planning conferences and events. With her leadership, the chapter has begun seeing a profit from each program, and has built strong relationships within the community in order to ensure chapter success.

She drove the rebranding for the chapter and has been instrumental in revitalizing the website and newsletter communications.

This chapter leader is an outstanding ambassador for IABC. I’m proud to congratulate our Chapter Leader of the Year: Sherry Boyd, Colorado 

Regional Leader of the Year

Leanne Joyce
Leanne Joyce

In reviewing nominations for Regional Leader of the Year, one of the things we look for is someone who has gone above and beyond. It is someone who has the ability to rally leaders from around the region, to work together effectively.

The 2016 Region Leader of the Year is someone who has taken a struggling region and built foundations that have allowed the region to grow and prosper. Engagement within the region from chapters, their leaders, and members is extremely high, due to her enthusiasm and passion.

Under her leadership, the region was able to have its first successful regional Leadership Institute in over three years, and coordinate a visit with the IABC Chair to various chapters throughout the region.

The visit programme has received great feedback from chapter leaders and members throughout the region, and has established a stronger engagement among them.

She understands that there are cultural differences among chapter leaders within the region, and has developed relationships with leaders in each chapter in order to ensure she is giving them the support that they need.

Recognizing that not all chapter leaders would have the opportunity to attend the region LI, she organized reports, video and blogging so that chapter leaders would still benefit from the event even in their absence.

This leader has devoted time to creating a connection among chapter leaders in a region that is culturally diverse and geographically challenging, which has led to regional growth. I’m very pleased to announce that our Regional Leader of the Year is: Leanne Joyce, Asia Pacific

Small Chapter of the Year

Newfoundland & Labrador did a fantastic job with Financial Management in 2015. For a small chapter, the team does a good job at setting measurable objectives and goals. The chapter leadership has set policies and practices to ensure transparent reporting, which is an excellent way to build member trust and confidence in board management. Congratulations Newfoundland & Labrador!

Medium Chapter of the Year

With an Excellence Award in Leadership Development, and Merit Awards in Sponsorship, Student Involvement, and Community Involvement, Kansas City had an amazing year in 2015! The chapter has strong practices to develop volunteers, with an aim to prepare them to serve in more senior leadership roles. Leadership is a priority of this chapter, which has paved the way to successful endeavours and a strong overall chapter.

Congratulations Kansas City!

Large Chapter of the Year

The Dallas Chapter did a fantastic job with Communication and Professional Development in 2015. The chapter does an excellent job at reaching outreach. Dallas has implemented strong plans to offer affordable Professional Development opportunities with valuable subject matter for attendees.

Congratulations Dallas!

International Chapter of the Year 

While all our Chapters of the Year are highly deserving of their awards, one chapter did stand out in terms of the scope and comprehensiveness of their approach in 2015.

Please join me in congratulating the International Chapter of the Year: Kansas City.

See all the winners here:

Please join me in congratulating these exceptional leaders: see pictures and more by following #IABCLI – and you could always drop the winners a note, or simply hit like / RT one of the tweets above. 

Let’s #createconnection – like never before.

Michael Ambjorn
@michaelambjorn