Letter from the President – November 2017

by Hayley Westwood, IABC/Tulsa President

Is it just me, or does the gap between Halloween and Christmas seem to be getting shorter and shorter each year? This year, I’m pretty sure I even saw Christmas trees on the same aisle as the Halloween candy.

I love the holidays as much as the next person, but no matter how much I prepare, they always seem to sneak up on me.

You might feel like this about work sometimes, too. Deadlines and projects always sneaking up and time slipping away. Imagine if you’re a non-profit with very little, or even no, communication support.

So many valuable non-profit organizations in our community struggle with this lack of support, which is why IABC/Tulsa hosts our annual Gift of Communication. This event provides a chance for local non-profits to spend time with professional communicators in the Tulsa area coming up with ideas, working on deliverables and developing a game plan to communicate their value and initiatives for the year ahead.

If you’d like to give back this holiday season, I invite you to consider participating in this year’s event! Read more below to learn how to get involved. Let’s work together to make our community better for everyone in the coming year.




President’s Column – October 2017

by Hayley Westwood, IABC/Tulsa President

Over the last several years, I’ve had the privilege of meeting IABC members from Australia, Tanzania, Scotland and more, and they all say the same thing about membership: that the greatest benefit comes from the people they meet along the way.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of learning from the conferences, webinars and other professional development opportunities that membership provides. But the best learning comes from the relationships you build. Getting to meet and know communicators from across the world is IABC’s greatest benefit. Having the chance to learn from people who do the same work you do, but in different capacities, in different industries and in different countries. Sharing real-world experiences to help one another be more successful and push our industry forward together.

IABC membership helps us advance a global standard for business communicators. It allows us to share ideas and experiences so that we can raise the collective value of communications across our organizations, no matter where we are in the world.

I’m incredibly thankful for the relationships I’ve built because of my involvement with IABC/Tulsa. I’ve gained mentors and friends, and those relationships continue to benefit me in both my professional and personal life.

If you’ve been considering membership in IABC, I hope you’ll explore the opportunity to join during the month of October and take advantage of our Member Month discounts (and the chance to win great prizes)! See more information below about Member Month and why our members love IABC/Tulsa.

Always feel free to reach out if you want to know more about membership or getting more involved!