July 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President

It’s hard to believe this is my last President’s Letter. IABC/Tulsa’s 2017-2019 board term has come to a close and I am so proud of what the team accomplished – new partnerships and programming, hosting a certification exam, updated website, new newsletter and the list goes on and on. Thank you is not enough, but I am extremely grateful for the time and commitment the board members gave to IABC.

Your new fearless leader, Noël Freeman, is full of ideas and energy. I am very excited to see what Noël and the new board will bring to our chapter. We are lucky to have several members staying on, as well as, a number of brand new board members. I think the next board term will be the best one yet, with a winning combination of experience and fresh ideas.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope I was able to give even half of what I will take away from this experience. For anyone considering getting involved, the answer is “yes”. What you will gain professionally and personally is worth it.

Wishing everyone the very best.

“The days are long, but the years are short.” -Gretchen Rubin

Communicating Across Global Audiences Tulsa country club, 701 N Union Ave August 21,2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Communicating Across Global Audiences

Co-presented with the American Marketing Association (AMA). AMA members should register here. IABC members please use the green ‘register online’ button.

Communicating across borders doesn’t get much tougher than what Kim Morgan does every day for the world’s most popular chicken restaurant brand, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

As Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs at KFC, Kim ensures the nearly 80-year-old brand remains relevant, distinctive and easy to do business with in the more than 135 countries where it operates. But it must also respect local customs and cultures while staying relevant to customers young and old.

KFC must coordinate closely with and simultaneously avoid impacting its sister brands, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, as well as its parent company, Yum! Brands. And if all that isn’t enough, Kim must drive communications strategies that fuel KFC’s goal of franchising 99 percent of its restaurants – which now number more than 22,000.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Challenges and opportunities of communicating across cultures and continents.
  • What’s worked well for KFC in a multicultural, decentralized and matrixed environment
  • Where KFC has made some missteps along the way and what the brand has learned through the process

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 21, 2019

Where: Tulsa Country Club 701 N Union Ave, Tulsa, OK 74127


  • IABC Member fee: $25
  • IABC Non-member fee: $35
  • Student fee: $15

Southern Region Pacific Plains Region connect2comms conference October 16 through 18 2019 Kansas City

Certification Exams at Southern Region Conference on October 16

Missed the CMP and SCMP certification exams when they came to Tulsa and OKC this past spring? Here’s your next chance to prove your communications knowledge while also attending an incredible professional development conference.

Find out more about the IABC connect2comms Conference on October 16-18.

Learn more about certification

Meet a Member
Megan Patterson headshot July Meet A Member

Meet a Member: Megan Patterson

Title: Manager, Investor Relations

Company: ONEOK

Why do you love your job?  I never know what each day will bring. Working with the investment community there are always new questions to answer, rumors to dispel and strategic messaging to craft – it keeps us on our toes. Not to mention I get to work with some of the best communicators in Tulsa.

How long have you been a member of IABC? ~10 years.

Why are you a member of IABC? IABC provided me with valuable leadership experience before I was in a leadership role in my day-to-day job. That experience and the numerous connections I’ve made through this organization, both locally and internationally, have greatly benefited me personally and professionally.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why?  I think our local Communicators Summit is always fantastic with high caliber speakers, great topics, and bonus… it’s local!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Anything outdoors (hiking, camping, the lake, etc.) with my husband and our 8-year-old Goldendoodle, Cooper.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? I’ve only been once, but my favorite trip was by far our honeymoon three years ago in South Africa. The people, landscape and wildlife made a lasting impression.

Who is your favorite musical artist? I’m horrible with artists and hardly ever know who sings what. But I will listen to about any artist, style, time-period, you name it… there isn’t much I don’t like.

Which website or app do you visit daily? For work it’s either NYSE or NASDAQ sites for stock trading information. For personal use it’s probably Instagram, although I wish I could tell it was a news site/app.

What is your favorite restaurant? Locally: Stonehorse Café. Not local: KOSAKA in New York… I dream about that meal.

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….. more important than ever. With the speed of information, shrinking attention spans and the clutter of information vying for attention, professional communicators are more important than ever. The ability to craft concise, strategic messages and choose the right mediums for communication are rare and much-needed skills in any business. 

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Professional communication takes technical skill – don’t ever think otherwise. And your skills as a professional communicator are absolutely transferable to other career paths. Always say yes to opportunities, even if they are outside of the “traditional” communications career scope. You never know where an opportunity could take you, and I guarantee wherever it is, you’ll be using communications.

SPELLING BEE(R) September 19th at 6 p.m. Fassler Hall: 304 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120 All are welcome. No cost to attend or participate. Prizes awarded to the top three spellers!

Save the Date: Spelling Beer

  • When: September 19
  • Where: Fassler Hall
  • What: We all love a good copy editing session, but how are your spelling skills without a red pen in hand? How about with a drink in hand? Have fun competing for prizes while you find out at IABC/Tulsa’s fourth annual Adult Spelling Bee(r).

Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries

Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in July.

July 10 – Joe Epperley 
July 21 – Robert Hatley
July 24 – Casey Smith

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