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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.


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.


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

ByMichael Ambjorn

Help shape the future of the IABC Foundation

Looking for an opportunity to pay-it forward – and give back to the profession? Here’s a way you can do just that: step up and serve on the new IABC Foundation Committee.

At the 2016 World Conference in New Orleans, the IABC Foundation was re-launched – focused on driving IABC’s mission to drive communications as a force for good in business and society.

What is the IABC Foundation?

The mission of the IABC Foundation is to generate resources to fund and support strategic initiatives in line with IABC’s mission and to demonstrate the power of professional communication as a force for good in business and society.

Your opportunity to lead at the strategic level

The Foundation Trustees are now seeking to establish a new committee that will provide strategic guidance and execute the activities of the IABC Foundation. Specifically across the development of these four pillars as part of the revitalization plan::

  • Gift of Communication – Providing the tools and funding for chapters to give back to their local communities.
  • Gift of Experience – Invest in experience-gaining activities for the next generation and those in transition. Includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and more.
  • Gift of Excellence – Support certification of professional communicators around the world
  • Gift of Insights – Grants for targeted research that results in case studies, white papers or other publications supporting member needs, IABC thought leadership and advocacy for the profession.

Who are we looking for?

To implement the revitalization plan, committee members need to have an understanding of:

  • Philanthropy and fundraising
  • Strategy setting
  • Finance and marketing.

Vacant Positions: Chair, Vice Chair – and Committee Members-at-Large.

How to apply?

We are inviting IABC members in good standing to apply, or nominate a colleague. Read more here – and please help spread the word.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 16 August at 5:00 p.m. EDT

This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference.

Michael Ambjorn
IABC Nominating Committee

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