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Taking it all in: Communication at the Crossroads

By Greg McCormick

Marie Kilbane-Seckers, a Heritage Region member-at-large, shared her observations from the 2018 World Conference.


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IABC Heritage Region Conference scholarships offer chapter leaders and members-at-large who have strong volunteering experience a great opportunity to explore the region's signature professional development and networking event. After a careful application vetting process, evaluators chose this year’s winners: Poonam Sharma, a proposal writer for ASSYST and VP of social media for the DC Metro Chapter, and KayAnn Taylor Rutter, AVP of marketing for United Way of Central Ohio and a member of the Greater Cincinnati chapter. Here are their experiences.


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Two of the three exceptional IABC members who were named Fellows this year are from our Heritage Region, a 17-state area that pans from Kentucky to Michigan to Maine to Virginia. Take a look at the accomplishments of Lee Hornick from the New York chapter and Brenda Siler from the DC Metro chapter, as well as Cindy Schmieg, ABC, from the Minnesota chapter (Pacific Plains Region).


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Networking with open, interesting people ... innovative discussion formats ... practical how-to tips and more: This year's IABC World Conference experience was outstanding for our two scholarship winners, Connie Feick from the Greater Cincinnati chapter and Janet Swaysland from the Boston chapter. Swaysland described it as a terrific experience, including the sessions, social and self-discovery aspects. Feick called it "the best professional development event of my life." Find out why—take a look at their recaps.


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IABC leadership development programs

By Amy Miller

Two special programs help IABC members achieve their potential as volunteer leaders at various levels—local, regional and international.

Our Regional Leadership Institute in the fall provides an opportunity to share challenges, ideas and best practices with leaders from across the 17-state U.S. Heritage Region. If you are a chapter leader, a region leader or a member interested in volunteering in the future, this program is for you.

In addition, the International Leadership Institute in February offers networking and best-practice sharing from communication professionals leading IABC chapters and regions around the world.

More details on both are coming soon. If you have questions, contact heritage-region@iabcheritage.com.


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Learning, ideas and exploration ... every year the IABC Heritage Region Conference brings us new professional development and networking opportunities. Here are two experiences from the 2016 conference scholarship winners: Jennnifer Shatwell—CEO and principal consultant at KTNZ LLC and a regional volunteer—and Terri Wellman, who is communication manager at MediSync and IABC Greater Cincinnati Chapter board member.


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As a professional communicator, you have the potential to influence economies and affect lives. This power carries significant responsibility. IABC has a code of ethics that all members agree to when they join or renew.


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Communication professionals around the world embrace a shared career purpose and six core principles as the building blocks of their work. Applying that standard enables us to cross all borders, align with diverse cultures and effectively serve organizations of all types and sizes.


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What does IABC mean to you?

By Amy Miller

This quick video shares thoughts from IABC members around the world who value the international community.


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Winning a regional Silver Quill Award demonstrates strong communication strategy and creativity. Taking your entry to the next level can bring even greater recognition—an international Gold Quill Award.

IABC recently announced the 2016 Gold Quill Award winners, including outstanding entries from the Heritage Region. Several of those winners progressed from Silver to Gold—taking advantage of our aligned award programs designed to help communication professionals build greater success.


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