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!

IABC Tulsa Honors Top Communications Professionals

TULSA, Okla. – April 3, 2017 – The Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Tulsa) recognized top local communications professionals on March 30, at the organization’s annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by more than 100 local professionals, was held at the Mike Fretz Event Center in Tulsa.

Jeff Stava was named the 2017 Communicator of the Year for his tremendous work as the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer for Tulsa Community Foundation and Executive Director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place. Previous IABC/Tulsa Communicators of the Year include former executive director of TYPros Shagah Zakerion, former TU coach Bill Self, former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage, former Williams CEO Keith Bailey, and former ONEOK executive vice president and ONE Gas CEO, Pierce Norton.

Jennifer Rector, Manager of Communications at ONE Gas, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Rector was recognized by her peers as an outstanding leader, communications professional and community supporter.

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