February 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President
Whew! February is already almost over, but we squeezed a lot of excitement into this short month. Starting with Leadership Institute (LI). This is an annual conference for IABC Chapter leaders to come together, learn from each other and take away best practices on leading their chapters and supporting members. This is also when Chapter Management Awards happen. Just as Bronze, Silver and Gold Quill Awards for individuals, chapters submit entries for our efforts as a board. I am very proud to say we brought home two awards this year for chapter events and professional development. Let’s give the IABC Tulsa board a big (virtual) round of applause for their amazing work.
Noel Freeman, our co-professional development chair represented Tulsa this year. In addition to the awards, she brought back great concepts for our chapter, as well as ideas everyone can use in your organizations. We will share these in upcoming PD events and in our newsletters.
We also confirmed the date and location of the Tulsa CMP/SCMP Certification exam. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. All of the details are noted below. Don’t delay in submitting your application to sit for the exam.
And we’re closing out the month with the final deadline to submit your Bronze Quill entries. This annual awards event recognizes excellence in our field. Showcase all the hard work you’ve already done. It’s your time to shine.

“Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.” – Ginni Rometty
Bronze Quill 2019: Elevate

Still Time to Enter Bronze Quill

We know these can take a little time to pull together, so to help you out, we’re giving you a few more days to finalize and submit your entries for this year’s Bronze Quill Awards. Take a moment to reflect on all the work you’ve done and get your entries in by the new deadline – February 22.  Did you launch a new website or develop a strategy to educate employees about a new program? Was your company newsletter or magazine full of engaging stories? Did your team create an amazing video to support your goals or have a social media campaign that went viral?

You’ve already done the hard work. Now it’s time to be recognized for it.

Our Bronze Quill Awards recognize outstanding employee communications, public relations, media relations, community relations, government affairs and marketing communication efforts. View the full list of categories here, then prepare your work plan and sample communications.

Visit our new entry site at iabctulsa.awardsplatform.com.    

  • IABC members: $50 per entry
  • Non-members: $60 per entry
  • Non-profit and students: $40 per entry

    Once again, we will recognize three exceptional communicators. Review the descriptions below and consider nominating someone for a special award.
  • Communicator of the Year: Honors a member of the community for his or her contributions to the community through communications. This person is not a communicator by profession — but by passion.
  • Professional of the Year: Recognizes the outstanding achievements of an IABC member in his or her career, profession and community.
  • Rising Star: We will once again recognize a dynamic, young professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability and strong leadership within the communications profession.

    Winners will be announced at our awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25, at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available. Bronze Quill is a fun, professional event that gives sponsors exposure to the Tulsa-area’s top communicators from varying industries.

    For questions, sponsorship information or to nominate an individual for one of these awards, email awards@iabctulsa.com or call Ashley Cleveland at 918-947-7251.
  • Why Josh is More Likely to Speak for His Group than Jessica: Breaking Biased Habits at Work

    Co-presented with the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). TAHRA members should register here.
    The next time you’re in a meeting where people are offering updates on a team’s progress, notice who speaks. Chances are you’ll hear from more men than women, even if women were crucial behind the scenes. Why does this happen? Who will get the credit for that group’s work?  And how many women need to be in the room before they typically participate on par with men?
    Therese Huston shows that the “men speak, women listen” dynamic emerges among the most well-intentioned (and well-educated) groups. Therese shares strategies for curbing gender bias in group work and meetings, regardless of the gender ratio. You’ll leave equipped to bring everyone’s best ideas to the table.
    What You’ll Learn:
  • How to recognize and address issues of unconscious bias.

  • How to use data from scientific research to discuss gender habits, perceptions and strategies.

  • Practical strategies you can begin to use today.

  • When: 7:15 to 9 a.m. March 27 (Breakfast starts at 7:15 a.m.; Program starts at 8 a.m.)
    Where: Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills, 1902 E 71st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136 (Council Oak Ballroom)
  • IABC Member fee: $20
  • IABC Non-member fee: $30
    Student fee: $10
  • IABC Certification Coming to Tulsa April 13!

    IABC is bringing the CMP (Communication Management Professional) and SCMP (Senior Communication Management Professional) certification exams to Tulsa on April 13, 2018 at 9 a.m. Here’s what you need to know.

    global communication certification councilInterested in getting certified? Fill out this form andemail it to us with details on which level you’re interested in: Communication Management Professional (6-8 years of experience) or Strategic Communication Management Professional (11+ years of experience or by recommendation). We can share information about how to get the process started and help identify training hours completed with IABC. Also, if you missed our recent professional development event on certification, click here for the helpful slide deck.

    IABC/Tulsa: By the Numbers 

    Think you know all there is to know about IABC/Tulsa? Check out this helpful infographic to get the details about our chapter and our activities in 2018. Thank you to Byers Creative for generously donating the design work.
    Meet a Member

    Meet a Member: Claire Combs 

    Title: Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
    claire-combsCompany: Hilti
    Why do you love your job? It’s cliché, I know, but I love that every day is different. I also work with a really great group of people.
    How long have you been a member of IABC? Brand new! Just since 2018.
    Why are you a member of IABC?
     I joined IABC to build my professional network and because I recognize the tendency to look inward for solutions when, often, there are people outside of our organizations who could provide really invaluable advice and coaching. I love learning from other people.
    What is the value of your IABC membership? So far, I have appreciated the access to all the online learning opportunities. Check back with me when I have few more years under my belt!
    What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
     Cook for our supper club, camp with the family or listen to live music at Cain’s.
    What’s your favorite vacation spot? Santa Fe for its proximity, food, mountains and vibe.
    Who is your favorite musical artist? Impossible to say, but I am listening to a lot of Lake Street Dive at the moment.
    Which website or app do you visit daily? Instagram, always.
    What is your favorite restaurant? Amelia’s to dine in; My Thai Kitchen for takeaway.
    Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is exciting! More practically, I think the trend from social media sound bites back to more long-form content, particularly in podcasting, is really positive. 
    What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Keep your cool, lead with questions not answers, and stay curious about what’s happening in the world around you.

    IABC/Tulsa Wins Chapter Management Awards 

    Congratulations to IABC/Tulsa for bringing home two Chapter Management Awards from IABC International!

    We received Awards of Merit for:

    • Professional Development

    • Chapter Events
    Congratulations to our board members over each of these areas and thank you to our members and event attendees for making our professional development opportunities and chapter events such a success!
    Ginger Homan, Chair of the IABC’s International Executive Board, with Noel Freeman, IABC Tulsa Co-Chair of Professional Development.
    Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries
    Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in February.

    February 2 – Erica May
    February 11 – Summer Austin
    February 29 – Beth Harris
    Posted in Announcements & News.