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January ’16 Board Meeting

The IABC International Executive Board – aka #IABCieb – recently held its eigth board meeting of this term and here’s a quick recap of what was on the table in addition to the usual reports from the Chair; Vice Chair Dianne Chase (with a specific focus on the work of the Council of Regions); Financials from Treasurer Ginger Homan ABC and last but definitively not least, the report from our Executive Director, Carlos Fulcher MBA CAE:

The 2014—2017 strategy says, in a paragraph:

“Financial recovery and sustainability is primary, as is the loyalty and development of our members and leaders and consolidating gains from the 2011-14 strategy. Increased reputation in the profession; better brand positioning; and greater interaction with business as a revenue generator are then the big opportunity to be grasped”.

Financial Recovery and Sustainability

HQ Relocation

Terry Cerisoles
Terry Cerisoles
Michael Ambrozewicz
Michael Ambrozewicz
Jan Hoover
Jan Hoover
Ginger Homan
Ginger Homan
Carlos Fulcher
Carlos Fulcher

Carlos Fulcher reported progress on the imminent move of IABC’s headquarters.

This move will save IABC $350,000 in its first year.

In line with strategy, IABC now operates as a virtual organization, with staff located in many places around the US.

This means a smaller office space is required, with the additional benefit of lowering the cost of rent and other overheads.

The relocation process started more than a year ago with the creation of a HQ Relocation Task Force to educate the board on the decision, financial and operational model, and location criteria.

This has been a collaborative effort from staff and the International Executive Board.

Big thanks goes out to Carlos Fulcher and staff – and Terry CerisolesMichael AmbrozewiczGinger Homan and Jan Hoover who also made a significant contribution to this work.

There may be some delays in responding to member queries during the move process, and there will be a phone outage on moving day (29 January 2016) when the phone system is relocated. Your patience is appreciated.


George McGrath
George McGrath

Separately, the Investment Committee, chaired by George McGrath, reported that IABC investments are performing in line with current market expectations.

Loyalty and development of our members and leaders

Leadership Institute

The 2016 Leadership Institute is coming up early February and the board is grateful to the Council of Regions who are the programme advisory committee for this strategic investment in our leaders. If you haven’t already, do register now.


Brad Whitworth
Brad Whitworth
Anna Willey
Anna Willey
Robin McCasland
Robin McCasland

The Fellows Task Force, chaired by ABC and IABC Fellow, Brad Whitworth, made a recommendation that a permanent Fellows Committee be established and:

  • Increase the number of IABC members on the Fellows Committee from five to seven to include two members who are not currently Fellows.
  • Move from the current chair/past-chair governance structure to a more consistent vice-chair/chair/past-chair structure to provide continuity. This is in line with the broader succession strategy IABC is pursuing.
  • Establish a new Fellows Committee Terms of Reference that offers clear governance as well as guidelines for the work of the Committee in supporting IABC year-round.

The unanimously adopted these recommendations – and also took agreed to deliberate on a number of further ideas brought by the Fellows Task Force. Some of these have also been passed to the Membership Task Force.

A big thanks also goes to IABC Fellow, Anna Willey ABC MC and IABC Past Chair, Robin McCasland for their contributions to this work.

Better brand positioning

World Conference

Stacy Wilson
Stacy Wilson

The board charged this year’s World Conference Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) with taking things to the next level.

Stacy Wilson, the chair of the PAC, reported strong progress on the preparations for #IABC16. It is a tough job, and I am grateful for all the hard work being put in by Stacy, staff and the wider PAC.

I’m also encouraged by the number of sponsors and exhibitors signing up to support. We have room for more though! Please help spread the word.

Greater interaction

Up next we have the monthly Leadership Forum. In addition to #IABCLI and the usual Q&A will cover:

Hope to see you there!

Let’s #createconnection like never before.

Michael Ambjorn

Introducing #IABCieb Notes & Queries; a Weekly Venn and more…

David Kistle ABC, IABC Chair 2004-05
David Kistle ABC

The first Chair of IABC to blog was David Kistle ABC – back in 2004 – some eleven years ago. Topical at the time as blog was in fact then the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year.

Russell Grossman ABC, Chair 2014-15
Russell Grossman ABC

Russell Grossman ABC picked up on this precedent as part of his commitment to visible leadership – and I’ll be carrying it on across my 2015-16 term.

I’ll be sharing Field Notes from trips. Also, to keep things regular, look out for a Weekly Venn connecting tools, people and practice related to international communications.

Last but not least, one of the things I’ve heard repeatedly over the years from our leaders across the world is a desire to be kept up-to-date with the broader work of the association’s board. People put in a remarkable amount of time and effort across the globe to advance the profession (and of course our shared organisation) and communication and collaboration are at the centre of making that work.

To that end I am introducing a category on this blog called #IABCieb Notes & Queries.

It has two simple aims:

  1. Share brief notes from board proceedings;
  2. Collate questions, queries – and their answers – for easy access.

Want to geek out and get a bit more of the backstory – and also the basic template I went through to explain this approach in more detail to others?

Continue reading Introducing #IABCieb Notes & Queries; a Weekly Venn and more…