We did the second IABC Leadership Forum on the road: Carlos and I broadcast from the stage at the Heritage Region Conference in Baltimore and Dianne checked in from Charlotte, fresh back from the Canada West conference in Calgary – and Melissa helped with the Q&A from San Francisco.
You can watch the replay here:
It was a great session, but don’t just take my word for it:
‘Love this! Am going to encourage our whole board to join.’ – Mary Foshage, VP Marketing IABC St. Louis
Quick overview of the topics covered
All of the following was interspersed with Q&A – see a run-down of the questions at the end – and the Leadership Forum is all about creating connection between leaders, hence all the people are hyperlinked in case you want to follow up.
Welcome, brief introductions
The core team (above) + special guest Camille Downing who joined to share an update from the Heritage Region conference which gathered a strong contingent of communicators from across the East Coast of the US – and even a couple of Canadians.
Conferences around the world
Chaired by long-time IABC leader Sherry Boyd and hosted by Regional Chair Julie Ludwig it was a great event – and great adoption of the new IABC brand platform. If you’re still on the brand adoption journey, do look for the great toolkit here – including logos for your chapter.
You can find the notes from the workshop Carlos and I facilitated here: an extreme reading / listening list – collated by your global peers.
During the Forum we also talked about Eurocomm which took place in London this April (chaired by Michael Nord) and the Europe, Middle East and North Africa Region’s plans for Rotterdam early next year. Hope to see you there.
One more conference date for your diary: #IABC16 in New Orleans 5-8 June 2016: wc.iabc.com/ – the early bird will open soon. Stay tuned (and do mark up your calendar already).
Leaders connecting around the world
We discussed the top issues coming out of Leadership Institutes in Denver and Baltimore in the days before this session – and also input from the Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) and Southern Africa Leadership Institutes earlier in the year. There’s some great practice being shared out there.
On the latter point, Dianne shared an update from the Council of Regions which is working hard with Micayla Felicion MBA on staff to prep for the 2016 International Leadership Institute in Los Angeles – and with that the opportunity to share good practice – and get recognised. How? Through the Chapter Management Awards.
International leaders in action
Carlos talked through how the opportunity to take the Communication Management Professional Certification is coming to cities around the world. From Sydney to Cincinnati – and a fair few places in between. See all the dates here. And meet the hard-working team behind all this.
I touched on the work of the Communications Committee and other topics from the October International Executive Board meeting. Further notes from that meeting available here. I also briefly touched on the Leader Survey (now underway) and the forthcoming Member Survey (2016), progress on the recent call for nominations – and the calls coming up later in the year.
Your questions answered
As mentioned above, we interspersed all of this with lots of Q&A
Here’s a quick run-down of those that came in during the session (in the order they came up – interspersed into the running order set out above):
Question from Maliha Aqeel from Toronto: You had mentioned pricing and exchange rates earlier. Has IEB given any thought to charging prices for Academy courses in local currency, i.e., Canadian Dollars, Pound Sterling, etc. instead of US dollars only?Answer: Great question Maliha – we currently have the ability for people to pay membership in a number of currencies. We’ll look into broadening that for other items. Do also keep an eye out for more on the word done by the Membership Task Force which is also looking at pricing and affordability in partnership with the Finance Committee.
Question from Casilda Malagon from London: Can you talk a bit more about the Chapter Management Awards? Any advice for leaders considering applying for the first time?
Question from Judy Iannaccone from Orange County: Has IABC leadership heard about any chapters that are having great success with student chapters? Are there any best practices that chapters should be aware of?
Answer: Great question Judy – and whilst IABC’s core market is the Strategic Advisor path from the IABC Career Roadmap (scroll to get to it) – we know that many top-performing chapters have the ability to support to students at the local level too. At the recent Leadership Institutes we came across lots of good practice, including partnering with faculty and also mentoring programmes. Have a look at what Houston, London and Toronto are doing.
Question from Maliha Aqeel from Toronto: Will the location of the Chapter Leaders sub-group change now that LinkedIn is discontinuing the sub-groups feature?
Question from Tami Wendt from Minneapolis: Regarding events, are you aware of any development opportunities in November or December.
Question Casilda Malagon from London: We love the marketing toolkits Melissa! Very useful. Any others planned for the next of year?
Answer: Thanks Casilda – that’s great to hear and yes, plenty more coming. We know there’s strong demand for a kit for Certification as one example. Keep an eye on the Leader Letter which hits your inbox at the end of every month (and if it is not, do reach out).
Question from Casilda Malagon from London: Is the new form to become a member online up and running?
Comment from Mary Foshage from St. Louis: A calendar would be nice! Especially for web events.
That’s it for this time around – see you again on the November Leadership Forum. Got a question and can’t wait? Head over to the IABC Chapter Leader Group on LinkedIn and we’ll get right to it.
Thanks for all you do.
Let’s #createconnection – like never before.