Pitching for international committees

ByMichael Ambjorn

Pitching for international committees

Guest post from Past Chair Russell Grossman ABC:


As Chair of the IABC International ‘Nominations Committee’ one of my responsibilities is to ensure we have a good ‘pipeline of talent’ of leaders coming through our organisation.

I’m also keen to ensure that when people finish their terms of office we don’t just dump them, but ensure we value their talent and experience for as long as they want to offer it.

IABC has lots of committees and task forces within the organisation. Having good people on them is what makes us tick.

So we’re now looking for people to put their hand up to join five of these key bodies at the international level.

This is necessarily a competition, but based on objective assessment of competencies against defined criteria for the job.   It’s not a case of “if your face fits”.

As the Association’s most senior international leader last year, it struck me (and has subsequently struck this year’s Chair, Michael Ambjorn) that the best people didn’t always put themselves forward for the key leadership positions J.

It follows that the reverse is also sometimes true.

So this year we’re trying something new, which is to hold what we’re calling an ‘open call’ for people to join these five IABC committees:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Policy Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Editorial Advisory Committee

More detail about all of these committees is linked on the IABC website.

By putting your hat in the ring for these committees you’ll not only be exposed to the communications profession at the international level, you’ll make invaluable connections around the world.  And it could add importantly to your cv.

Yes, you do need to have an aptitude for the subject and yes, you should also be prepared to put in some time, creativity – and obviously – effort.

But the rewards can be huge in terms of meeting new people, gaining new skills…..and then there’s that point about looking good on your cv and on your LinkedIn profile.

You can both nominate someone you think would be great at this (they may not have thought about this themselves) and/or you can nominate yourself.

Deadline for pitching in is Monday, September 14 at 11:59p.m. Pacific Time.

All nominations will be treated confidentially by my Nominating Committee.  You do have to be a member of IABC to apply.

The committee will review all submissions and then submit a list of recommendations to the IABC International Executive Board for approval.

How to apply at https://www.iabc.com/about-us/governance/iabc-committees/

And some of you may find I have nominated you!

Russell Grossman ABC is Past Chair of IABC

About the author

Michael Ambjorn administrator

Michael is a past chair of the International Association of Business Communicators. He is also founder of Align Your Org where – with a participation-centric approach – he and his colleagues enable effective strategic planning, communication – and clarity of execution. He has held leadership roles at IBM, Motorola and the 260–year–old Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. A consummate connector, speaker, facilitator - and mentor - he is also active in a number of further networks. You can follow him @michaelambjorn

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