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ByZora Artis, GAICD SCMP FAMI CPM

My IABC Story

In 2006, I was a few years into my post-grad study in marketing whilst juggling a management role in a busy integrated marketing communication agency and a young family. I chose an elective unit, Change Communications, where I came across models I still refer to these days and first heard of IABC. It was the source of credible research in the space. Upon reflection, I’d connected with the lecturer, a change practitioner, and respected her opinion and expertise. She planted the IABC seed in the back of my mind.

Jump forward five years and I was at a career crossroad. I’d just walked away from leading strategy in a full service ad agency which was no longer the right fit. I didn’t know what I would do next but I knew I had to build my professional network beyond what I already had. I sought out networking events where I could build my profile and connect with people who might be valuable in my job search.

One of those was an IABC Victoria ‘speed networking’ event facilitated by a recruiter I wanted to reconnect with. At the time, networking made me anxious particularly if I was solo. This event was different. My anxiety quickly dissipated as people engaged with me. I felt welcome. The next IABC Victoria event followed suit. IABC people were friendly, diverse and willing to share their knowledge. It was the right fit and I became a member.

At the same time, I’d started my own strategic consultancy working with agencies and brands alike. My first project for a global pharmaceutical firm involved brand repositioning, employee engagement, internal communication and campaigns. It really was the beginning of the convergence of the disciplines for me. Access to tools, relevant research and knowledge was essential and I found this through my professional associations, including IABC.

During this time, I set myself a long-term career goal to be in paid board director roles by my mid-50’s. I knew I had a learning curve ahead of me, so I pursued board or committee roles with two non-profit charities in areas I was passionate about. One of these was a lead from an IABC connection.

In 2012, the Victorian chapter called for board nominations and I became the Vice-President (President-elect). It was a fertile and safe space to learn and further my director capabilities. It was hard work but incredibly worthwhile. Aside from the professional learning, it enabled me to become a better communicator, leader and connector. This IABC leadership role gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with professionals that I would not have had access to including business leaders in major organisations and subject matter experts in Australia and across the world. Many of these are now friends or colleagues that I can call on for advice without hesitation.

During my time as Chapter President, we worked to build equity in the IABC brand with corporate and individual members through a strong calendar of PD events, content, recognising excellence and bringing the “I” in IABC to life. We reached out to our global connections to deliver content and events. We were fortunate to coordinate member events and corporate visits with IEB Chairs for four consecutive years as well as the brand evangelist and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki for a sell-out event. That was an opportunity that I took upon approaching him at #IABC15. I’m still a little star struck that I negotiated with him directly and drove him around Melbourne a few months after we met in San Francisco. I look back at my chapter board experience and I’m thankful. I worked with some of the most talented and generous people who gave so much to make it work. We took the time to connect and understand with our current and lapsed members to deliver value that was meaningful to each of them.

One thing that is clear about Aussies is that we do look beyond our shores for validation. Connecting with global SMEs for best practice, as well as engaging Australian communicators in the IABC Gold Quills program are how we can see where we’re positioned. I’m in a privileged position where I have won a Gold Quill for my work, but each year I mentor some who enter the Gold Quills as well as evaluate entries as a Blue Ribbon Panel evaluator (obviously not entries by people I know). I’ve seen some incredible examples of work across many categories and disciplines, and I can’t tell you what a wonderful feeling it is to come across an entry that is at the Gold Quill merit or excellence standard. (I do also judge Australian marketing awards and I can attest to the standard and rigor of the IABC Gold Quill awards.) My fellow Aussies should be proud of the standard of their work as it is certainly on par with the best in the world.

Another interesting insight into IABC comes from volunteering at one or more of the international committees or task forces. Before my IEB commitments, I was able to contribute my brand, governance and program management expertise to time-specific task forces and programmatic committees, which deepened my knowledge of IABC and how it operates globally. This has continued to this day through my IEB commitments, where I’ve either been the IEB liaison or chair. The commonalities across all of these has been gaining knowledge, appreciating the diversity of thinking and culture, the professionalism and the energy of the IABC staff and volunteers.

Stepping up to the IEB in 2016 was a significant commitment which ends this June. It’s a well-run board with strong governance principles and clear focus upon the sustainability of the association and delivering value to members. It’s a competency based board so we have a robust mix of skills and experience, and it’s truly international. Of course, being involved in an international organization means being accustomed to early morning video calls or late evening calls.

Like any professional board, we set the strategic direction, evaluate the progress, change course if needed and oversee risk. It’s been hard work with some challenges, but the reward has been immense. It’s no longer about promise and potential, IABC is really moving forward. It’s thanks to our staff, our volunteers and of course our members.

When you’re in the leadership role, whether it is at chapter, region or international, you do need to walk the talk. Sometimes that means stepping outside your comfort zone. For me it was stepping up to lead, entering the Gold Quills, writing the SCMP certification exam, public speaking or undertaking thought leadership research. I’ve learnt every step of the way and validated my expertise.

Challenge yourself and take a risk. That could be as simple as getting involved at a chapter or regional board, the regional or world conference organizing committee, a programmatic committee or task force, speaking at an event or webinar, running an Academy course or contributing content for CW. Make sure it works for you. IABC is a diverse and inclusive organization that has been called a “tribe” – it is in its own way. It will welcome you, help you, develop you and give back.

What’s next for me? Continuing the growth of IABC in Asia Pacific supporting the chapters to deliver value to their members and our members-at-large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ByDeb Hileman, SCMP

Why Seek Professional Certification Through GCCC

My journey to GCCC certification was long but well worth the effort. I’ve been a professional business communicator for more than 30 years, and I had a long-held desire to achieve professional accreditation through IABC or PRSA (I am a member of both). Both accreditation programs’ requirements were tough for me as much of the qualifying work I have done over the years was confidential and proprietary to the companies I worked for. In other words, I could not pull off the portfolio requirements.  But I was confident I had the knowledge and skills, and I am good at multiple-choice tests. And GCCC held a huge appeal (for me) over accreditation from PRSA:  it is a global certification that was built to meet ANSI-ISO standards for such programs.

So as soon as IABC’s new certification program was launched, I was one of the first to apply to sit for the CMP exam. I earned my CMP in February 2016.  Because I wanted to support the program, I volunteered to serve on the Global Communication Certification Council, the appointed board of communicators who oversee the program.  I was chosen as vice chair of the GCCC and began my three-year commitment in June 2017 at the same time that I sat for the first-ever SCMP exam. So I earned my SCMP and became chair of the whole darned thing in 2017!  It has afforded me some great leadership experience and some new friendships I will treasure always.

Professional certifications are held in high regard by many employers. They help earn promotions, better pay and career development opportunities.  Certification gives you an edge in the job market.  It says you are skilled and knowledgeable with the six core principles of the IABC Global StandardSM for Communication Professionals: ethics, strategy, analysis, context, engagement and consistency.

As a consultant and business owner, my certification validates my credentials and skills to prospective clients and colleagues across the profession. More important, it provided self-validation.  Was I as good as I thought?  The certification says ‘yes.’  (Shameless pat on my back- forgive me! LOL).

Maintaining my credential is easy for me, too.  By keeping current with the profession, attending  IABC meetings and training programs and speaking at professional events, volunteering for IABC and delivering training programs to others (which I do for a living), I easily earn the points required to maintain my certification each year.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out this webinar and start working on your application for certification!  Oh, and if you have any questions, reach out to me at dhileman@crisisconsultant.com.

ByMatt Tidwell, Ph.D., APR

Is Your Saw Sharp?

One of my favorite things about working on a university campus is this time of year – back to school time represents a fresh start.  Each year is a new beginning and a chance to learn new things – or maybe make good after a prior year that didn’t go so well (or where too much fun was had!)

They don’t always believe me, but I tell students that, particularly in our business, you never really stop learning.  You could argue that the field of marketing broadly, and especially marketing communications, has changed more with the digital revolution of the past 10-12 years than in several decades previously. The explosion in new technologies coupled with the rise of the empowered stakeholder make it more important than ever that those of us who work in audience communications think about our skills development.

Given this need, the value proposition for IABC should resonate more strongly than ever. Gone are the days when interacting with our broader professional community colleagues is a “nice to do” or a box to check off to make us feel like we’ve networked. The cold reality is that, if you aren’t constantly thinking about what Covey called “sharpening the saw”, you risk being left behind.  The lost opportunity cost of missing a promotion or even losing a job opportunity to someone else who presents themselves as more knowledgeable is too great to ignore.

The good news is that organizations like IABC make the process of life-long learning manageable and cost effective.  As an IABC member, for example, whether you pick up a concept or a tool that can help you on The Lab, attend a professional development session with a local chapter, or take an entire educational course through the IABC Academy, the opportunities are plentiful.

As I participate as a new member on the IABC international executive board, I am thrilled to see the very intentional and deliberate emphasis on professional development offerings. We realize that the high-caliber communications professional who joins IABC understands the need to improve themselves, and that they have careers that require multiple (and convenient) learning formats. I think it may be the most meaningful way we can contribute to the industry.

Enjoy this season and its reminder of our need to keep our saws sharp.

 

 

ByGinger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP

Standing up for a #FreePress

Earlier this week IABC joined eight other communication and public relations associations in issuing a statement in support of a free press globally.

It started with an email from the National Chair of PRSA, Anthony D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, asking IABC to join in support of a #freepress. I’m so glad he initiated this effort — and proud of so many who immediately stepped up.

As a board, we felt it was important to do. Our Code of Ethics states, “I support the ideals of free speech, freedom of assembly, and access to an open marketplace of ideas.”

Every year when we renew our IABC membership, we reaffirm our belief in this code — but everyday when we practice our profession, we live it. While protection of the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution is specific to the U.S., support for the critical role of a free press is universal.

These are the organizations that joined IABC in making this statement:

The American Advertising Federation
The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication
The Arthur W. Page Society
The Commission on Public Relations Education
The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management
The Institute for Public Relations
The Public Relations Council
The Public Relations Society of America
Thank you to everyone who has voiced support and carried the message forward.
BySharon Hunter

Countdown to #IABC1720

Recap on the road to a new 3-year strategy

#longread – it has been a journey!

With the annual gathering of the IABC tribe (aka World Conference) kicking off this weekend, excitement is building to launch a new cycle for the future.

We launched a global listening tour in September using Appreciative Inquiry – to engage our community in creating a shared understanding of what we value most to bring forward into 2020 and beyond.

We shared some great stories, experiences and achievements to bring out the best in us.

“You come for the professional development, you stay for the people”, “IABC peers are like family” and “IABC has honed my leadership skills more than any paid gig” are but three examples of what we value as a united peer community. See #IABC1720 for highlights of this journey.

The strength of passion and purpose to advance the profession within our global network cannot be overstated – and it will take a commitment to collaborative leadership to bring this new strategy cycle to life. Fortunately, IABC leaders have this in spades!

Throughout the strategy development work, the International Executive Board, regional and chapter leaders participated where we:

  • Held World Café sessions in all 8 IABC regions.
  • Leveraged Leadership Institute in February for feedback on our statements of strategic intent, field tested the draft #IABC1720 framework and invited leaders to explore “Freedom in a Framework” to align their strategic plans to collaboratively deliver local value.
  • Conducted interviews with global executives to gauge industry pulse.
  • Drew insights from a range of industry trend reports.
  • Liaised across committees to socialize the strategic priorities and gain input.

We are a diverse global community – it is our greatest strength but also our greatest challenge. How can we deliver relevant value across a broad spectrum of needs?

For associations, this doesn’t change at the core: It’s to continue to help members be successful in what matters most to them – supporting through education and insights, credentialing, community exchange and advocacy for the profession. What changes over time is the format and content of programming – and how we create opportunities for people to access it and engage each other to learn and grow.

For communicators in a rapidly changing business landscape, it means a commitment to adapt and develop new multi-disciplinary skills and demonstrate impact on key business outcomes.

Recall the Top Three Professional Challenges cited in our Global Membership Survey:

  • Being included in the strategy and planning efforts within organizations
  • Demonstrating the value of communications to internal/external clients
  • Keeping up with the rapid pace of change in the field

This, from over 18,000 respondents where 72% have more than 10 years experience in the field.

Business leader interviews we conducted confirmed this familiar story: Communicators need to demonstrate business acumen and prove their ability to drive key business results. This is where we take our cue for advancing the profession over the next three years.

It’s time to prove the impact of strategic communications using #insightsandresults and to develop strategic communicators – through the Global Standard and certification – to become trusted business advisors.

What comes next? We vote at the AGM tomorrow to affirm our strategic intent

Input on these new Vision/Purpose/Philosophy statements was enthusiastic and incorporated into revisions approved by the International Executive Board to go forward to AGM vote. A special thank you to Ginger D. Homan, IABC secretary/treasurer and #IABC1720 co-author for leading this essential exercise to conclusion.

The three elements of the Purpose statement – Advance the Profession, Create Connection and Develop Strategic Communicators – form the pillars of the proposed framework for the 2017-2020 strategic plan.

As we look to the future, IABC’s next three years will aim to advance the profession through a proactive approach to thought leadership and by helping communicators realize their strategic potential as business advisers to prove their impact on the organizations they serve.

With this framework approved,  work to tie strategy to action for the 2017-18 term begins immediately at the International Executive Board meeting on Sunday. Stay tuned here for more as we put our best foot forward – together!

In my role as Vice Chair this year, it has been a privilege to lead this planning process. A note of sincere thanks to the 2016-17 board, regional, chapter and committee leaders for your time and ongoing engagement in this important work – and to our hardworking staff.

And finally, thank you to members and Gold Quill winners whose commitment to professional practice advances our standards of excellence each and every day.

Hope to see you here in Washington! #IABC17 awaits!

Sharon Hunter, Vice Chair

 

ByDianne Chase

Putting a bow on 2016 and opening the gifts 2017 will bring!

As we wind up what has been a year of change and many important advancements for our IABC, the December Leadership Forum offers a reflection on progress we’ve made along with priorities to be addressed in the new year. This month we focused the spotlight on the exciting and valuable work of our newly re-imagined IABC Foundation, and what’s in store for Leadership Institute, World Conference, certification, and more!

To begin, and as we wind up 2016, we take a moment to focus on our overarching 2016-2017 strategic priority:

This board year will be satisfaction-led and focused on achieving financial sustainability and increasing our membership retention.

Retention is one of the key areas of focus this board term and on that note I’d like to share some important updates, a progress review and a look at efforts underway to ensure we provide the IABC value that will keep our members engaged and improves member loyalty:

  • Retention continues to be one of the association’s greatest growth opportunities
  • Retention has increased by 13% over the course of 2016, and is up 21.5% over the end of 2015.
  • This is good news and means we are moving in the right direction, but does not at all mean that we do not still have a lot of room to continue improving.
  • In 2016, several initiatives were rolled out to improve member value and increase retention.  Those include:
    • Implementation of members-only content on the IABC website, which includes the creation and release of new content such as Gold Quill case studies
    • Publication of two e-books free to IABC members
    • Implementation of monthly free to member webinars
    • Implementation of a series of onboarding emails to first time members
    • Implementation, beginning this month, of a monthly email highlighting member only resources at your fingertips
  • As we look forward, we continue to examine ways to provide tangible value to members and drive an increase in retention.   Some items on the horizon include an improved online experience with the new Association Management System (AMS) being implemented in 2017, improved resources for chapter leaders via the AMS and Leader Centre, and exploration of a private social network for IABC members only – on the longer horizon.

Our very special guest for December is IABC Foundation Committee Vice Chair Sherry Boyd. Sherry is helping to lead us into an impactful new era with our re-envisioned Foundation. Sherry provided important updates about the work of the new committee and the exciting initiative of ‘Gift of Communication in a Box’ which will be presented at Leadership Institute! We are thrilled with this offering which will support our leaders by providing tools to help fulfill our IABC mission of driving communication as a force for good in business and society. This is an amazing endeavor and opportunity for all of us to work together to make a positive impact in our communities by offering our time, talent and treasure and seeing our Foundation thrive for the greater good.

Check out other important updates in the December Forum on the Leadership Institute, including a special Foundation session with our host chapter Dallas’s Heroes presentation, a mega #IABC1720 Strategy Planning session, Gold Quill and awards technology updates, reminders of some new members- only features including monthly free to members webinars and member only content including e-books, GQ case studies, videos, podcasts, and more.

Speaking of important updates, the excitement continues to build as we look forward to an outstanding IABC World Conference to be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. 11–14 June, 2017. http://wc.iabc.com/

There are a number of positive changes in the conference agenda and session formats that have been designed to better align with the IABC Brand, including a daily theme that relates directly to activities and content.  Some highlights:

Welcome Reception
The Welcome Reception will be at the magnificent International Trade Center in Washington D.C. – the perfect place to kick off the event with our global community.

Keynote speakers
We have a phenomenal slate of keynote speakers – three of whom have already been announced:

  • Sunday Opening Keynote: Gabrielle Dolan – an Australia native and global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She has run workshops all over Australia, in New Zealand, in Malaysia…and in many other places.
  • Monday Morning Keynote: Jon Iwata, who is SVP of Marketing & Communications for IBM and the architect of IBM’s strategic brand platforms. His global team is responsible for the marketing of IBM’s product and services portfolio in more than 170 countries.
  • Tuesday Morning Keynote: Denise Jacobs, who is an author, speaker and creativity evangelist. She focuses on busting through creative blocks, cultivating collaboration and up-leveling creative productivity.
  • Stay tuned, our closing keynote will be announced in January!
  • The complete slate of the recently finalized slate of breakout sessions and speakers will be posted in January.

World Café & Speed Networking

  • We have added a World Café session on Monday afternoon which will be an opportunity to talk in small groups about topical issues that we as communication professionals are facing.
  • Additionally, there will be an optional lunch and speed networking event on Tuesday.

Super-saver deadline

  • Register by 31 December and save US$400!
  • If you know anyone considering an IABC membership, they can register and become a member simultaneously for an $800 savings!

Important reminders

International Executive Board/Committees #IABCieb

Nominations to the International Executive Board are open until 11 January. I encourage you to give thoughtful consideration to taking your dedication and leadership in IABC to the global level and apply to serve on the IEB or an international committee. IABC needs a strong team of committed volunteers to take us forward to an even brighter and more successful future. How might you be able to add your expertise to advancing our association and the communication profession?

The open call for 2017-2018 IEB nominations closes on Wednesday, 11 January at 5:00pm EST . The call for international committees will open 23 January.

Affiliation Agreements Due

As you know, IABC has introduced an updated Affiliation Agreement, which chapters should submit to headquarters by 31 December 2016. (If your chapter has already done so, Thank You!)

The Affiliation Agreement serves to provide a common understanding of mutual expectations between IABC Chapters and IABC International.  The agreement outlines the services and deliverables that can be expected of International and will serve as a mutually beneficial service level agreement.

There are not any material changes in the ways that Chapters operate under the updated Affiliation Agreement. As always, Chapters must continue to remain in compliance with the IABC Policy Manual, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics.

Certification opportunities and deadlines
Kudos to our 24 new certified Communication Management Professionals! We are so proud of all of our CMPs for demonstrating their skills and knowledge in professional communication. The next exam will be held at Leadership Institute, where we are piloting the first online exam. I hope you’ll step up to become recognized for your skills and expertise in our profession with the CMP designation.

Important certification exam dates:

23 January:  Deadline to apply for eligibility to sit exam
9 February: Deadline to register to sit exam
23 February:  CMP exam

In more important news; the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) is lowering the cost of the CMP certification program.

The GCCC is adjusting the cost associated with becoming a certified Communication Management Professional (CMP) and making the following rate changes:

Application fee (IABC members): US$100
Application fee (non-members): US$400
Examination fee (all): US$400
Maintenance fee (all): US$100 annually

The GCCC adjusted the pricing structure and fees in order to reduce the barrier to entry to certification. Find out more about the program and application process. Please contact Certification Program Manager Sara Fowdy, Ed.D., at sfowdy@iabc.com with any questions.

2017 World Conference – Super-saver rate ends 31 December 2016!

You could save US$400 if you register before the end of the year.
http://wc.iabc.com/

Thank you more than I can express for your support, dedication and leadership which will make our IABC the best it can be as we move forward to a brilliant 2017!

All the very best wishes to you for a wonder-full holiday season and a year of success, joy and peace.

Dianne

Dianne Chase
IABC Chair
chair@iabc.com

Hashtags and links:

#IABC
#IABCleaders
#IABCieb -IABC International Executive Board
#IABCfoundation
#IABCLI
#IABC2017

2017 World Conference
#IABC17
http://wc.iabc.com/

GCCC Certification
https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

Leadership Institute
https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/leadership-institute/

ByMichael Ambjorn

IABC International Executive Board – Applications Now Open

I want you to consider stepping up to serve the profession – by taking a leadership role at the highest strategic level.

I’d like you to consider taking a seat at the table. In the IABC boardroom.

Why?

At IABC we believe in a global standard for professional communication; one that is open, one that knows no borders. Our work is more important today than ever – and the next board year is a crucial one: it’ll see the kick-off of our next three-year strategy.

But I have to be honest with you: serving at this level is demanding, yet that has never put the best people off. It is an opportunity to join our skilled, diverse and gender-balanced board. Supported by a small cohort of full time staff at the International Headquarters, this group is responsible for the effective management and leadership of your Association on both the strategic and executive level.

IABC is now looking for applicants to serve on the 2017-18 International Executive Board, including for the role of Vice Chair.  Applications close on Wednesday, January 11th.

It’s excellent experience that will benefit you in your career. It’ll provide you with invaluable insight into the strategy and operation of a global organisation. You’ll make life-long friends too. I certainly have.

How

To apply, visit the IABC website now and find out more about the process and requirements. Again, applications must be in by Wednesday, January 11th

If you have any question about serving on the IEB, please reach out to current Board members, any of whom will be pleased to give you insights into the challenges and rewards of the role.

And please help spread the word about this opportunity. Here’s your hashtag: #IABCieb.

Thanks for all you do to advance professional communication around the world – and thanks for your continued support of IABC.

Michael Ambjorn
IABC Nominating Committee

ByDianne Chase

November Leadership Forum: A bevy of opportunities and open calls

This is an extremely exciting and busy time of year for IABC, with an abundance of opportunities for shining the light on excellence, stepping up to leadership, and securing your place at upcoming professional development events.

The November Leadership Forum is packed with information about open calls and nominations; it’s that time of year! We also have important updates from our terrific treasurer, Ginger D. Homan, ABC.

First, some kudos.

Congratulations to the October Member Month winners! We had a fantastic Member Month in October, with many new and special perks and prizes. Thank you to everyone who helped make this Member Month a success.

The small, medium, and large chapters that experienced the highest percentage of growth during Member Month will each receive one complimentary registration to the 2017 Leadership Institute that is taking place from 23–25 February in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations go to these winners:
Large chapter
Australia (VIC): 3.17% growth

Medium chapter
Wellington: 17.57% growth

Small chapter
Gulf: 13.33% growth

Congrats and see you in Dallas!

Leadership Institute (#IABCLI)

Speaking of LI: Registration for the 2017 Leadership Institute is now open! As you likely well know, LI is one of the most important and valuable experiences IABC offers to our leaders. We make a significant financial investment in LI every year because we want to ensure we provide professional and leadership development and support to you, our amazing leaders.

Make sure to register soon and mark your calendars for February 23–25 2017 at the Sheraton Dallas. The Council of Regions (COR), working with our excellent chapter relations manager, Micayla Felicion, has crafted a superb agenda and the COR is working on confirming speakers for the sessions. They’re also looking at how a framework for the Gift of Communication can be shared with leaders in a special session involving the newly relaunched IABC Foundation. Stay tuned for more updates.

Some important reminders about the special recognitions which will take place at LI:

  • The Chapter Management Awards submissions period will close on 5 December.
  • It’s also time to nominate for Chapter and Region Leaders of the Year awards. The deadline is 12 December.

See everything you need to know about submitting an award-winning entry and leader nominees on the Leader Centre.

Executive board nominations (#IABCieb)

Nominations to the international executive board (IEB) open on 21 November!

As IABC leaders, please reflect on taking your volunteer leadership forward in IABC and consider serving at the international level—on the international executive board or on an international committee.
The open call for 2017–2018 IEB nominations begins Monday, 21 November, and closes on Wednesday, 11 January, at 5 p.m. EST
The open call for international committees will open 23 January.

IABC Fellows

The time is now to nominate an exceptional IABC leader for our most prestigious award: IABC Fellow. The nomination deadline is Friday, 9 December at 5 p.m. EST.

I encourage you to nominate an IABC icon who has made outstanding contributions to our profession and our association. This is IABC’s most prestigious award, aimed at recognizing individuals who make a positive and lasting impact. There is a new online application form that makes the process more “user friendly.”

IABC Gold Quill Awards

We’re also in the midst of Gold Quill Awards entry time!

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? Share your best work by entering the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spotlight the excellent work you’ve done and get well deserved recognition at what will be a fabulous Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference.

World Conference (#IABC17)

Speaking of World Conference: The conference Program Advisory Committee is pulling out all the stops to secure a not-to-be-missed World Conference in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact.

The website is up and registration is open so I hope you’ll be among the first to secure your spot for the global event for professional communication. Save the dates (11–14 June 2017) and secure your registration and hotel room today!

Among the keynotes will be IBM Senior Vice President Jon Iwata, who will offer expert insight into future global trends.

At #IABC17, our speakers will:

  • Focus on leading communication that makes a real impact in our organizations.
  • Build on the best of what we’ve learned about outstanding communication.
  • Aim high to capture the newest knowledge and ideas in the profession.
  • Lead innovations on how to reinvent our communication practice.
  • Offer new tools and techniques that foster innovation.

Strategic planning: #IABC1720 strategy

The latest session in our 2017–2020 strategic planning process was held at the IABC Africa regional conference. This was the largest session yet with more than 75 participants who offered their insights, which will go toward our next three year strategic plan. I want to say a huge and heartfelt “thank you” to Daniel Munslow, past IABC Africa Chair and executive board member, who co-led the session with me. What an incredible group of engaged, enthusiastic and enlightened communicators at the session and the annual conference. Kudos to all!

The next strategy sessions will be coming up in the Gulf chapter, Asia/Pacific and Canada. We’ll have a “mega” session with leaders at LI. This is an important opportunity to have input in planning for a successful future for our IABC. Many thanks to Sharon Hunter, who as vice chair is leading #IABC1720, along with Treasurer Ginger Homan, ABC.

Save the date!

The next LEADERSHIP FORUM will be 14 December at 2 p.m. PST.

In the meantime, do stay in touch and let me know what I may do for you. Let’s keeping creating connection and engaging to excel. Together we can do great things for our IABC!

With much appreciation for your support and all you do for our IABC,

Dianne

#createconnection

Helpful links

Financial and budget planning –https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/resources/finance/annual-documents/

IABC Fellow Award

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/awards/fellow-award/

Certification (exam to be held at LI)

https://www.iabc.com/professional-development/certification/

IABC Leader Centre (CMAs /Leaders of the Year)

https://www.iabc.com/leader-centre/

IABC Gold Quill Awards

http://gq.iabc.com/

IABC World Conference

http://wc.iabc.com/

ByDianne Chase

September Leadership Forum

Here we are on the cusp of October! Wow- time flies when you’re having fun and everyone is in high gear for our IABC. We’re entering a busy time of the IABC year with three region conferences and regional leadership institutes coming up in the next four weeks, along with the all-important October Membership Month which is going to be stellar this year!

For all the scoop check out our September Leadership Forum featuring our Awards Committee Chair, Lynn Barter, ABC.

Some important links and hashtags for you:

Also, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Leadership Forums. We’re staggering the times for these monthly conversations with leaders so as to engage as many time zones as possible with as little “pain” as possible. We definitely want you to get your sleep!

Here are the dates and times coming up:

26 October at 2 p.m. Pacific Time

16 November at 10 a.m. Pacific Time

14 December at 2 p.m. Pacific Time

25 January at 10 a.m. Pacific Time

In the meantime, please do reach out with any questions, input, suggestions, recommendations and insights. Your contributions are encouraged and most welcomed. Let’s #createconnection and #engage2excel like never before!

With deep appreciation for all you do for our IABC,

Dianne
chair@iabc.com

BySharon Hunter

Bringing out the best in us: #IABC1720 Strategy sessions kickstart in Brussels today

Regional leaders launch our global conversation campaign to shape IABC’s next 3-year strategy at the Europe Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) leadership institute today.

  • What do you value most about IABC?
  • What works?
  • What do you want more of?
  • What brings life to our brand via the engagement and satisfaction you feel from being part of our professional communications community?

These questions frame the appreciative inquiry approach we’re using to create a shared vision of the future into 2020 and beyond.

Michael Nord, IEB member facilitating

Michael Nord, IEB member facilitating

Today we launch the discovery phase of this strategy process. It’s a global listening tour that will travel through a series of world cafes at regional conferences, leadership institutes and select chapter events over the next few months.

These sessions aim to engage our community to explore the best of what we are with an eye toward what more we could be.

Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair

Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair


IABC runs on a rolling three-year strategy cycle.  The #IABC1417 strategy closes out this year.  This new plan for 2017-20 will kick-off at World Conference in Washington, DC. Mark your calendars for 11-14 June 2017!
Alex Malouf

Alex Malouf, EMENA Vice Chair


The new plan will look to capitalize on gains, strive for continuity and build for the future based on the foundational assets we’ve secured. This is thanks to the prudent work of our predecessors. We managed a turnaround these last years through a focus on financial recovery and sustainability.  This guiding principle is one that we will commit to maintain moving forward.

Next steps will include a master session at the International Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas happening February 23-25 2017.  Save the date!  The board will then review three iterations of the new plan before it lands at the AGM next June.

It is the Vice Chair’s role to lead this process. It’s a duty I’m honored to advance in collaboration with co-author Ginger Homan, ABC, IABC Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Dianne Chase and the Executive Committee, the entire board and all who will bring their passion and ideas forward to help us along. I thank you all for the time and energy that you will bring to this community effort.

Follow #IABC1720 for tweets coming out of EMENA today. Fellow IEB member Michael Nord is leading an inspired group including Nikki Edwards, EMENA Chair, Alex Malouf, Vice Chair and dedicated leaders from across the region.

Check back here often for ongoing updates. The conversation will continue through sessions in Heritage, Southern and Pacific Plains regions in October, South Africa in November and other area events to follow.

Have an idea, question or experience to share? Email vicechair@iabc.com – we’re listening!

With appreciation for all that you do,

Sharon Hunter, Vice Chair