Letter from the President – February 2018

by Leslie Agee, IABC/Tulsa President

We are already a month into the new year and if your January was anything like mine, it’s been a bit of whirlwind.  Stepping into a new role on the board is very exciting, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to support IABC from another perspective. I’ve been a proud member of IABC/Tulsa for five years and fortunate to be part of the board for four years.  From professional development to building relationships with the most incredible people and everything in between, I am so thankful for what IABC has given me, and I look forward to giving back as the new President.

With a hectic start to the new year and starting something new, it occurred to me how quickly resolutions, goals, good intentions, etc. shift, change and sometimes slip through the cracks of our very busy lives.  As communicators, we are often pulled in a million directions and focused on others more than ourselves.  Our plans slide easily to the back burner and are forgotten.  If you can even remotely relate to this, I urge you to run, not walk, to our luncheon on February 28.  The wonderful Darcy Eikenberg will help us remember how to manage our careers and put ourselves at the front of the line.  Grab your capes and get excited; it’s all about you and shedding some light on your superpowers.

Speaking of superpowers…let’s talk about all of the amazing things you have already accomplished.  The projects implemented with glowing reviews and initiatives put in place that shifted your organizations.  Bronze Quill Awards are here and ready to celebrate YOU!  Extended deadline for entries is Sunday, February 18.  Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight the work you’ve done…you deserve it!

Letter from the President – January 2018

by Hayley Westwood, IABC/Tulsa President

To My IABC/Tulsa Family:

Today, much sooner than planned, I find myself writing my farewell message to all of you. When I accepted the role of presidency, I thought I was signing on for a two-year presidency and third year as past-president. Little did I know that just five months in, my husband would receive a job offer that would take us out of Tulsa – all the way to Salt Lake City!

The last couple months have been a whirlwind, but in just under two weeks, I will be packing up and officially heading west.

I’m very excited for the adventure ahead, but sad to bid you all adieu. My time on the board the last few years has been so rewarding, both professionally and personally. I’ve gained tremendous experience while also building incredible relationships with many of you. Thank you all for making my time with IABC/Tulsa time well spent.

I am proud to announce that taking over as your new president will be Leslie Agee. Leslie has been a board member for many years and is currently serving as the chapter’s special events planner. Last year she was awarded the Leon Bolen Service Award for her dedication and contributions to the chapter. She is going to make an amazing president!

We have an exceptional board full of kind, generous and hard-working individuals, and I know I’m leaving you in great hands. I encourage each one of you to get more involved, as I can attest that the more you put in to IABC/Tulsa, the more you’ll get out of it.

I wish you all the best and know that our chapter will continue to thrive. I look forward to seeing all that you accomplish.

Thanks for the memories!