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!

President’s Column – March 2017

by Megan Patterson, IABC/Tulsa President

It must be awards season. From the Oscars, to the CMAs, to the Bronze Quill Awards – news is buzzing of trophies, fancy dresses and controversy. Admittedly the Oscars have somewhat stole the show, but if you keep reading, I think you’ll see that a couple of other awards programs are creating some local buzz of their own (minus the controversy).

Three of your IABC/Tulsa board members recently attended the 2017 IABC Chapter Management Awards (CMAs), where IABC/Tulsa received awards for its professional development, communications and financial management. Congratulations to all of our board members! Our board is a hardworking group of dedicated volunteers, and they truly deserve this recognition.

I’d also like to give a shout out to the 2017 International Chapter of the Year: “La La Land.”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Actual congratulations go to our friends at IABC/Calgary for taking home this honor.

Another fabulous awards program, IABC/Tulsa’s annual Bronze Quill Awards will be held March 30. I hope you’ll join us for a fun night of celebrating local communications professionals and their achievements. We’ll also announce this year’s Communicator of the Year and Professional of the Year. Whether you’ve entered an award or not, this is an event you won’t want to miss. RSVP by Friday, March 24. 

For any non-members looking to learn more about IABC, this is a great event to attend. And remember, March is Member Month, which means great savings for new and renewing members if you join this month (see below for additional details). Consider joining, and help make IABC/Tulsa an even stronger organization.

For any members looking to get more involved with IABC, we’re accepting nominations for the next IABC/Tulsa board term, which begins August 2017. See more information below about board opportunities, and please reach out to me if you’re interested.