President’s Column – April 2017

by Megan Patterson, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisThe first quarter of 2017 is in the books. Are you where you thought you’d be?

If you aren’t quite on track with some of your 2017 goals, don’t stress, there are still more than 250 days to get there. Accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves and our teams is fantastic, but keep in mind the journey is usually the most valuable – whether we end up exactly where we wanted to or not. Celebrating those small wins along the way can be just as important as the end result.

At IABC/Tulsa we think it’s important to stop and recognize the good work we’re doing in our profession – both small wins and huge successes.

On March 30, we celebrated at our annual Bronze Quill Awards ceremony. We recognized our area’s top communicators for their outstanding work throughout the year including these special award winners:

  • Jeff Stava, chief operating officer for Tulsa Community Foundation and executive director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place – Communicator of the Year;
  • Jennifer Rector, ONE Gas – John Hartman Professional of the Year;
  • Leslie Agee, Linde Engineering North America – Leon Bolen Service Award; and
  • Kiley Roberson, Tulsa City-County Library – Best of Show Award.

In addition, 33 Bronze Quill awards were presented to local communications professionals for their exceptional work. See a full list of award winners.

Our area’s communicators are an impressive group, and it’s a pleasure to help celebrate your professional wins.

If professional development is on your list of 2017 goals, IABC/Tulsa is here to help. We have two fantastic events coming up. On April 18, best-selling author Marsha Petrie Sue will present on “The CEO of You” and May 2-4 join us for Crisis Communication Management Certification and media training courses. We’ll see you there!