Membership Scholarship: Applications Open Through June 1

The world has changed this spring, and IABC/Tulsa is supporting communicators in our region by extending the deadline for membership scholarship applications through June 1. 

We will be selecting two winners who will each receive a year of IABC/Tulsa membership at no cost. Chapter membership includes all of the perks that come from being a member of the International Association of Business Communicators: savings on professional development events, conferences and certifications; access to webinars and other online learning offered through IABC; opportunities for mentorship and networking; job postings; and much more!    

Read on for details and how to apply.

Scholarship Details:
– Good for one year from membership start date
– Includes all resources available to members
– Includes free access to one IABC professional development event per quarter
– Mentoring from IABC membership

Eligibility: 
– Any business or communications professional or student in the region
– Preference given to students or members who have been displaced/currently seeking employment

Requirements for scholarship:
– Attend at least one IABC event each quarter
– Participate in newsletter development
– Volunteer to help at one IABC event
– Judge at least one Bronze Quill entry from a different chapter
– Demonstrate a commitment to communications and supporting its value

Application process:
To apply, submit a written application to our VP of Membership that outlines how the scholarship will help you to support IABC’s three pillars: (1) advance the profession; (2) create connection; and (3) develop strategic communicators. 

Please make sure to include your contact information and a short bio that outlines any relevant professional details including place of residence and current student/professional status.

Applications should be emailed to membership@iabctulsa.com with ‘Membership Scholarship’ in the subject line no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1.

The VP of Membership will share all applications with the IABC/Tulsa Board of Directors, who will vote on scholarship recipients. In the event of a tie, the past president will be the deciding vote. Winners will be notified by the end of June. Please note that there is a maximum of one scholarship per individual. This year’s scholarship winners will not be eligible to apply for future membership scholarships offered through IABC/Tulsa.

March Membership Month Savings

Save 10 Percent When You Join or Renew In March, And Get A Chance For FREE Registration To The World Conference In Chicago! 

March is Member Month at IABC and there’s no better time to join, renew your membership or recruit others to get plugged into our international network of communication professionals.

You’ll receive 10% off international dues when you join or renew using the code MARCH10 during March. Plus, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a standard registration to the 2020 IABC World Conference in Chicago where we’ll continue celebrating IABC’s golden anniversary in style! As a bonus, you’ll be entered into the drawing again for every new or reinstated member you refer.

Learn more about IABC/Tulsa membership on our website, or reach out to Vice President of Membership Lainie Harber at membership@iabctulsa.com.  

Applications Now Open: Announcing Our New Membership Scholarships

IABC/Tulsa is celebrating the 50th anniversary of March Membership Month with an exciting milestone – the launch of our new Membership Scholarship Program! Now through the end of the month we will be accepting applications to be consideredfor a free year of membership in IABC/Tulsa.

We will be selecting two winners who will each receive a year of IABC/Tulsa membership at no cost. Chapter membership includes all of the perks that come from being a member of the International Association of Business Communicators: savings on professional development events, conferences and certifications; access to webinars and other online learning offered through IABC; opportunities for mentorship and networking; job postings; and much more!    

Read on for details and how to apply.

Scholarship Details:

  • Good for one year from membership start date
  • Includes all resources available to members 
  • Includes free access to one IABC professional development event per quarter
  • Mentoring from IABC membership

Eligibility: 

  • Any business or communications professional or student in the region
  • Preference given to students or members who have been displaced/currently seeking employment

Requirements for scholarship:

  • Attend at least one IABC event each quarter
  • Participate in newsletter development 
  • Volunteer to help at one IABC event 
  • Judge at least one Bronze Quill entry from a different chapter
  • Demonstrate a commitment to communications and supporting its value

Application process:

  • To apply, submit a written application to our VP of Membership that outlines how the scholarship will help you to support IABC’s three pillars: (1) advance the profession; (2) create connection; and (3) develop strategic communicators. 
  • Please make sure to include your contact information and a short bio that outlines any relevant professional details including place of residence and current student/professional status.
  • Applications should be emailed to membership@iabctulsa.com with ‘Membership Scholarship’ in the subject line no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 31.

The VP of Membership will share all applications with the IABC/Tulsa Board of Directors, who will vote on scholarship recipients. In the event of a tie, the past president will be the deciding vote. Winners will be notified by the end of April 2020. Please note that there is a maximum of one scholarship per individual. This year’s scholarship winners will not be eligible to apply for future membership scholarships offered through IABC/Tulsa. 

Join IABC/Tulsa February 19 For ‘Values-Driven Crisis Communication Strategies’

Values-Driven crisis communication Tulsa Country club, 701 N Union Ave Feb. 19, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Communicating during time of crisis is difficult. Every good communication strategy begins with preparing how you will react before something happens. Sheila Curley, Owner of SixPR

Communicating during times of crisis is difficult. Every good communications strategy begins with preparing how you will react before something happens. In May 2019, Oklahoma was tormented with ongoing rains and severe weather causing significant flooding throughout the state. As many parts of Green Country was dealing with the fallout of Mother Nature, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation also found many of its citizens and its popular River Spirit Resort under threat from flood waters.

This values-driven tribe came together to communicate in a way that highlighted its focus on being a family-driven, people-first nation while also managing to keep the public updated on a significant disruption to its core business.

Sheila Curley, owner of SixPR, joins us to kick off the first event of 2020 with a look at how the tribe married the nation’s values with good PR practice.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How the tribe developed its strategy and prepared for response.
  • How the values of the nation led efforts to communicate with employees first, and then the public.
  • How the resort was able to open back up with the help of its citizens and employees.
  • What we can all take away from values-driven crisis communication strategies

August 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the president, Noel Freeman SCMP IABC/Tulsa President

What a great year; it’s only August and there is so much to be thankful for! Let’s begin with a virtual round of applause to Leslie Agee for her phenomenal reign as Madame President! Leslie jumped in as president in a time of need and went above and beyond to accomplish amazing things. I am so thankful for all she has done and will continue to do for IABC.

Prior to joining the board a year and a half ago, I started coming to IABC events as a non-member to gain professional insight. It changed my life. I have been blessed with relationships with people who add value to my life both personally and professionally. I enter this term hoping to continue to learn, and with the help of the board and our members, I plan to shake things up for another spectacular year!

Part of my vision for the chapter is continued partnerships with AMA, PRSA, TAHRA and AWC. Together, we have created a culture of innovation and professional growth. We are so excited to have our annual Spelling Bee(r) event at Fassler Hall along with PRSA, AMA and AWC coming right up in September! Last year’s event was a blast and not a single person left without a smile.

One item of business: my writing usually includes a lot of exclamation points because I am so excited! Just wait until you meet me; it’s much worse in person.

I look forward to getting to know you all more!

Noel Freeman signature

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen


SPELLING BEE(R) September 19th at 6 p.m. Fassler Hall: 304 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120 All are welcome. No cost to attend or participate. Prizes awarded to the top three spellers!

Join Us For The Spelling BEE(R)!

When: September 19 at 6 p.m.

Where: Fassler Hall, 304 S. Elgin Ave., Tulsa, OK 74120

What: We all love a good copy editing session, but how are your spelling skills without a red pen in hand? How about with a drink in hand? Have fun competing for prizes while you find out at the fourth annual Adult Spelling Bee(r). All are welcome. There is no cost to attend or participate, and prizes will be awarded to the top three spellers!


Southern Region Pacific Plains Region connect2comms conference October 16 through 18 2019 Kansas City

Certification Exams at Southern Region Conference on October 16

Missed the CMP and SCMP certification exams when they came to Tulsa and OKC this past spring? Here’s your next chance to prove your communications knowledge while also attending an incredible professional development conference.

Find out more about the IABC connect2comms Conference on October 16-18.

Learn more about certification.


Save The Date: Gift of Communication is December 12

As a way to give back to the community, IABC/Tulsa is hosting its annual Gift of Communication. This event allows IABC members to provide their expertise to help nonprofit organizations achieve excellence in communications, public relations, employee communication, marketing communication, public affairs and other forms of business communication.

You can volunteer your time to help local nonprofits reach their communications goals, while learning from other communication professionals in the area.

When: Thursday, December 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (light breakfast provided)

Where: Tulsa City-County Library, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103


Meet a Member
Amanda Black and family

Meet A Member: Amanda Black

Title: Communications Coordinator

Company: Helmerich & Payne

Why do you love your job? It allows me to work with many people/organizations across the company to make a difference for the future.

How long have you been a member of IABC? Just approached a year

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? Communication Across Global Audiences with Kim Morgan – KFC. She provided great insight on several topics and wasn’t afraid to discuss the “not so good” times and how to recover from them.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Being active (working out/running/hiking) and spending time with family

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere on a beach!

What is your favorite restaurant? Keo

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Build your network, continue to learn and never be afraid to ask questions.


Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries

Happy membership anniversary to the communications pros who joined us during the month of August!

August 1 – Emily Perkins
August 12 – Kimberly Kuehler
August 15 – Kiley Roberson
August 17– Micah Laney
August 17 – Amanda Black

July 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President

It’s hard to believe this is my last President’s Letter. IABC/Tulsa’s 2017-2019 board term has come to a close and I am so proud of what the team accomplished – new partnerships and programming, hosting a certification exam, updated website, new newsletter and the list goes on and on. Thank you is not enough, but I am extremely grateful for the time and commitment the board members gave to IABC.

Your new fearless leader, Noël Freeman, is full of ideas and energy. I am very excited to see what Noël and the new board will bring to our chapter. We are lucky to have several members staying on, as well as, a number of brand new board members. I think the next board term will be the best one yet, with a winning combination of experience and fresh ideas.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope I was able to give even half of what I will take away from this experience. For anyone considering getting involved, the answer is “yes”. What you will gain professionally and personally is worth it.

Wishing everyone the very best.

“The days are long, but the years are short.” -Gretchen Rubin


Communicating Across Global Audiences Tulsa country club, 701 N Union Ave August 21,2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Communicating Across Global Audiences

Co-presented with the American Marketing Association (AMA). AMA members should register here. IABC members please use the green ‘register online’ button.

Communicating across borders doesn’t get much tougher than what Kim Morgan does every day for the world’s most popular chicken restaurant brand, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

As Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs at KFC, Kim ensures the nearly 80-year-old brand remains relevant, distinctive and easy to do business with in the more than 135 countries where it operates. But it must also respect local customs and cultures while staying relevant to customers young and old.

KFC must coordinate closely with and simultaneously avoid impacting its sister brands, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, as well as its parent company, Yum! Brands. And if all that isn’t enough, Kim must drive communications strategies that fuel KFC’s goal of franchising 99 percent of its restaurants – which now number more than 22,000.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Challenges and opportunities of communicating across cultures and continents.
  • What’s worked well for KFC in a multicultural, decentralized and matrixed environment
  • Where KFC has made some missteps along the way and what the brand has learned through the process

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 21, 2019

Where: Tulsa Country Club 701 N Union Ave, Tulsa, OK 74127

Fee:

  • IABC Member fee: $25
  • IABC Non-member fee: $35
  • Student fee: $15

Southern Region Pacific Plains Region connect2comms conference October 16 through 18 2019 Kansas City

Certification Exams at Southern Region Conference on October 16

Missed the CMP and SCMP certification exams when they came to Tulsa and OKC this past spring? Here’s your next chance to prove your communications knowledge while also attending an incredible professional development conference.

Find out more about the IABC connect2comms Conference on October 16-18.

Learn more about certification


Meet a Member
Megan Patterson headshot July Meet A Member

Meet a Member: Megan Patterson

Title: Manager, Investor Relations

Company: ONEOK

Why do you love your job?  I never know what each day will bring. Working with the investment community there are always new questions to answer, rumors to dispel and strategic messaging to craft – it keeps us on our toes. Not to mention I get to work with some of the best communicators in Tulsa.

How long have you been a member of IABC? ~10 years.

Why are you a member of IABC? IABC provided me with valuable leadership experience before I was in a leadership role in my day-to-day job. That experience and the numerous connections I’ve made through this organization, both locally and internationally, have greatly benefited me personally and professionally.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why?  I think our local Communicators Summit is always fantastic with high caliber speakers, great topics, and bonus… it’s local!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Anything outdoors (hiking, camping, the lake, etc.) with my husband and our 8-year-old Goldendoodle, Cooper.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? I’ve only been once, but my favorite trip was by far our honeymoon three years ago in South Africa. The people, landscape and wildlife made a lasting impression.

Who is your favorite musical artist? I’m horrible with artists and hardly ever know who sings what. But I will listen to about any artist, style, time-period, you name it… there isn’t much I don’t like.

Which website or app do you visit daily? For work it’s either NYSE or NASDAQ sites for stock trading information. For personal use it’s probably Instagram, although I wish I could tell it was a news site/app.

What is your favorite restaurant? Locally: Stonehorse Café. Not local: KOSAKA in New York… I dream about that meal.

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….. more important than ever. With the speed of information, shrinking attention spans and the clutter of information vying for attention, professional communicators are more important than ever. The ability to craft concise, strategic messages and choose the right mediums for communication are rare and much-needed skills in any business. 

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Professional communication takes technical skill – don’t ever think otherwise. And your skills as a professional communicator are absolutely transferable to other career paths. Always say yes to opportunities, even if they are outside of the “traditional” communications career scope. You never know where an opportunity could take you, and I guarantee wherever it is, you’ll be using communications.


SPELLING BEE(R) September 19th at 6 p.m. Fassler Hall: 304 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120 All are welcome. No cost to attend or participate. Prizes awarded to the top three spellers!

Save the Date: Spelling Beer

  • When: September 19
  • Where: Fassler Hall
  • What: We all love a good copy editing session, but how are your spelling skills without a red pen in hand? How about with a drink in hand? Have fun competing for prizes while you find out at IABC/Tulsa’s fourth annual Adult Spelling Bee(r).

Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries

Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in July.

July 10 – Joe Epperley 
July 21 – Robert Hatley
July 24 – Casey Smith

June 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President
Fair warning…I am fresh off IABC World Conference and I. AM. PUMPED! This is an amazing experience every year, but I think they upped the ante this time. Settle in for a minute, I have plenty to share with you.
 
If you have not seen it yet, there is a brand new IABC International website. New layout, new career mapping tool and new ways to connect. AND everyone (members and non-members) have full access to everything on the site for the next couple weeks. Go check it out!
 
There was also the big reveal of Catalyst, the newly transformed print and online content source. Beginning this month, the magazine will be mailed to members twice annually; utilizing sustainable paper and ink.
 
Considering certification? If the financial investment has caused any hesitation, there are scholarships available through IABC International, details here. If you have questions about certification, please do not hesitate to reach out to any IABC board member. We are very proud to have several newly certified members in Tulsa, and they would be thrilled to lend their support.
 
Now for the conference speakers. This year’s slate did not disappoint. I’ve been bubbling over with what I learned and still have this insatiable need to share with everyone I come in contact with. From my pages and pages of notes and key takeaways, I thought I would give you the highlights. Jot down these thought leaders to check out; you won’t regret it. Celeste Headlee is a force and on a mission to bring back conversations, actual listening and how to have conversations that matter. I was buying her book as we walked out of the session. Corporate Rebels are starting a revolution. Imagine an organization with no managers or one where you pick your manager and salary. It exists and more importantly, it’s working. Peter Sheahan is an innovative business thinker and thought leader. I honestly could not write fast enough; everything he said was brilliant, but one point really resonated: organizations need alignment, not agreement. Let that sink in a little. How would you pivot your communication plans to reach for alignment, instead of agreement or even just awareness? He has a series of videos that may be very useful in how you engage and support your organizations.Mark your calendars for June 2020; World Conference is heading to Chi-Town! In the meantime, we have an exciting slate of speakers for you right here in Tulsa. Look forward to connecting with you at the July event!
 
“It only takes one good conversation to change your understanding of someone else’s world, your world, and the world at large.” ― Celeste Headlee

How to Stay Positive and Turn Negativity into Possibility 

Co-presented with the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). TAHRA members should register here.

The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.
Registered attendees will receive a copy of Sarita’s book “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?”

What You’ll Learn:
Find out if your glass is half empty or half full.How to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control.Twelve motivators that can keep you motivated at work.Five ways to rekindle passion for your career.How to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire.How to effectively protect yourself from the negativity of others.How to use your “resiliency resources” to bounce back from adversity.
When: 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – Warren Place, 6110 S Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136
Fee:
IABC Member fee: $25
IABC Non-member fee: $35
Student fee: $15

Congratulations to our Leon Bolen Service Award Winner

Long-time IABC/Tulsa member, Cindy Bolen, was honored at our June 19 professional development lunch with the Leon Bolen Service Award. This award is given to the IABC/Tulsa member who has contributed or volunteered the most to the chapter over the past year.

“I personally believe Cindy possesses magical powers, because anytime her name is mentioned or she walks into the room, everyone’s face lights up. She is at every event and usually the first to greet our members and guests. She always makes everyone feel welcome and fills the room with pure joy…and sometimes candy. Her company has generously donated door prizes, sponsorships and services on numerous occasions over the years – with more donations of time than we’d ever be able to count,” said IABC/Tulsa President Leslie Agee.
 
And… something tells us there may not be a Leon Bolen Service Award without her supporting Leon over all the years he contributed so much to IABC.

Congratulations Cindy and thank you for your service to IABC/Tulsa!

Did you Know? IABC Job Line IABC/Tulsa distributes local job leads as a free service to our membership and community. Have a position that needs to be filled? Submit your organization’s position to our Job Line today!

Missed IABC/Tulsa’s June professional development lunch on Research and Communications? Enjoy this takeaway from presenter Leah Wietholter on the importance of the investigative process. 

Meet a Member

Meet a Member: Erica May, CMP 
Title: Communications Consultant
 
Company: ONEOK
 

Why do you love your job? I love communicating complex topics in interesting ways, finding patterns, making meaningful connections, creative problem solving and learning about the work people do at ONEOK. To top it off, I work with a strong communications team that is inspiring and fun to work with every day.
 
How long have you been a member of IABC?Three years.
 
Why are you a member of IABC? IABC keeps me professionally “in check.” Through articles, monthly events and annual conferences, I feel confident I am up to date on new trends, technology and strategies in the industry.  
 
What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? Last year, I especially enjoyed the Communicators Summit “Where PR, Marketing and Communication Professionals Meet” at OU Tulsa. I liked that IABC, PRSA and AMA collaborated on the event to bring in a variety of relevant and forward-thinking topics.
 
How has IABC played a part in your professional development? IABC introduced me to to the Communication Management Professional certification (CMP) through the Global Communication Certification Council. After attending a luncheon to learn about the process and benefits, I was motivated to study and complete the exam within the year. After passing the CMP last month, I’ve already noticed a positive shift. I have gained confidence in my work and professional decision-making skills since studying the handbook and reviewing a variety of case studies in preparation for the exam. I plan to maintain my certification by continuing to participate in IABC events throughout the year.
 
What is the value of your IABC membership? IABC offers a quality network and knowledge base on a local and international level. There are multiple ways to get involved and having a professional sounding board in reach is invaluable as I continue through my career.
In addition, I look forward to the Bronze Quill awards each year. It’s a fun event that showcases and recognizes the best work from local communications, public relations, media relations and marketing professionals. Seeing projects from other organizations is inspiring and motivates me to try new approaches.  
 
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Explore new places with good people and good food.
 
What’s your favorite vacation spot? Santa Fe is the hardest place for me to leave.
 
Who is your favorite musical artist? That’s tough to narrow down, but Perfume Genius opening for David Byrne was probably my favorite concert. My sister and I saw Hans Zimmer one time as well, I think about that show often…
 
Which website or app do you visit daily? Zillow, Airbnb, you name it – I love looking at different architectural home styles and ways to live. To me, real estate and vacation rental apps are as addictive as social media.
 
What is your favorite restaurant? The Shed in Santa Fe. When they ask if you want red or green chilies on your enchiladas, the answer is both. 
 
Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….versatile!
 
What advice would you give to new communications professionals? 
You’re not limited to one specialization in communications. In fact, you’re encouraged to find a combination of professional hats that suit your strengths.
 
You may be a writer, podcaster, brand manager, crisis consultant, graphic designer, content strategist, email marketing coordinator, social media specialist or any combination. The list continues to grow as technology progresses and business needs change.
 
I have found that successful communicators are “whole brain” thinkers who can strike a balance between analytical and creative problem solving.   

Save the Date: August Professional Development


When: August 21
Speaker: Kim Morgan with KFC Global
Location: Tulsa Country Club

Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries
Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in June.

June 13 – Tom Droege 
June 14 – Claire Combs
June 15 – Brittany Anicetti 
June 16 – McKensie Garber
June 22 – Dan Kneeshaw
June 29 – Shannon Frederick
June 30 – Becky Carver
June 30 – Jason Wright

May 2019 Newsletter

Research and Communication: The Investigative Process

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all attendees will be entered into a drawing to win $100!

Objectivity is the goal of most communication, but it’s often difficult to separate drama from facts. A helpful tool in maintaining the objectivity standard is the investigative process, which is where speaker Leah Wietholter excels.

The investigative process isn’t reserved for just investigators and accountants, though. It can be used in any profession where you need to understand facts; decide what’s true and what’s not; and translate the story for an audience. 

What You’ll Learn: The investigative process and where information intersects.The best evidence to rely on for analysis.When to use the investigate process through case studies on actual events.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19
Where: Tulsa Country Club, 701 N. Union Ave., Tulsa, OK 74127
Fee:
IABC Member fee: $25
IABC Non-member fee: $35
Student fee: $15

About Leah Wietholter
Leah Wietholter is the Managing Director of Workman Forensics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A private investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner, she is an expert in following patterns.

While working for the FBI, Wietholter discovered an interest and talent for forensic accounting. She then worked as a Senior Certified Fraud Examiner at a public accounting firm before opening Workman Forensics where she helps each client become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

Using her 15 years of experience, Wietholter has created a new interactive continuing education experience – The Investigation Game (investigationgame.com). The game-based trainings allow attendees to not only hone their investigative and data sleuthing skills but also work a real-life case study in a collaborative team environment.

Wietholter serves is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Advisory Board and volunteers as Treasurer for the Tulsa Crime Stoppers. She holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.

Congratulations to the 2019 Bronze Quill Winners

IABC/Tulsa celebrated outstanding communications and recognized top local communications professionals on April 25, at the annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by 100 local professionals, was held at the Central Library in downtown Tulsa for the second year in a row.

The event honored dozens of professionals in the communications field. Four special awards, 31 Awards of Excellence and 12 Awards of Merit were handed out throughout the evening. 

  • Teryl Rose, ONE Gas Vice President of Environment, Safety and Health, was named the 2019 Communicator of the Year for his passion and outstanding contributions toward creating a strong safety culture at ONE Gas.
  • Becky Carver, Supervisor of Communications at ONEOK, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Carver was recognized by her peers for her exceptional leadership, professionalism and all-around dedication to everything she does.
  • For just the second year, IABC/Tulsa presented the Rising Star award to recognize a dynamic, young communications professional. This year, Kayla Swan, Communications Specialist at Helmerich & Payne, received the honor.
  • The “Best of Show” Award, presented to the entry with the highest total score, was awarded to Beth Harris of Walmart for “The Scoop Internal Newsletter.”

There were entries in 15 of the 24 categories and in total, 43 Bronze Quill awards were awarded to local communications professionals for their exceptional work. This year, the awards were evaluated by judges from chapters in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix, South Carolina, Nashville and Central Oklahoma.

Congratulations to all the winners (see the full list)! To view more photos from the evening, please visit our Facebook page.

Save the Date for July 17: How to Stay Positive and Turn Negativity into Possibility 

Co-presented with the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). 

The ability to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertain times is essential for career success. In this interactive presentation, you will learn how to stay motivated, respond to workplace challenges and rekindle passion for your career.
Registered attendees will receive a copy of Sarita Maybin’s book “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?”

What You’ll Learn:

  • Find out if your glass is half empty or half full.
  • How to cope with workplace situations that are beyond your control.
  • Twelve motivators that can keep you motivated at work.
  • Five ways to rekindle passion for your career.
  • How to communicate concerns in a way that will get the results you desire.
  • How to effectively protect yourself from the negativity of others.
  • How to use your “resiliency resources” to bounce back from adversity.

When: 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton – Warren Place, 6110 S Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136

Congratulations to the these IABC/Tulsa members on their recent certification! For more information on how to obtain certification, go to https://gcccouncil.org.

Meet a Member

Meet a Member: Michele Chiappetta

Title: Owner

Company: Chipper Muse Creative

Why do you love your job? I have always loved writing, but when I moved to Oklahoma, I finally had the opportunity to write and edit full-time for a local nonprofit. That’s when I realized that sharing messages with the right words is a way to influence the world around me for good. It helps people. It helps businesses. And I love that.

How long have you been a member of IABC?Less than a year.

Why are you a member of IABC? I joined to meet other communications specialists that I might not otherwise meet in my normal day-to-day experiences. Working as a solopreneur can get lonely. IABC is a way to counter that solitude and be part of a community.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? I loved the meeting with Tulsa City-County Library’s CEO, Kimberly Johnson. She is so inspiring, has a great story, and really exemplifies the way that women can help women succeed in the work place. I’d listen to her speak again in a heartbeat.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? It has helped me make connections with other professionals, giving me ways to expand what I do. It also allowed me to give back through the Gift of Communication event, which is where I first connected with the Assistance League. I’m now doing some volunteer work with them, all because of IABC.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? I enjoy gardening, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? All of them! I like exploring new places, preferably warm ones.

Who is your favorite musical artist? I like a good mix, anything from classic rock to R&B and jazz.

Which website or app do you visit daily? Facebook, Instagram, the Weather Channel. Lol

What is your favorite restaurant? I’m a fan of Molly’s Landing in Catoosa – so fun, kitschy, and great steak. I also really like Bluestone Steakhouse, Smoke, and The Tropical. All of these places have great food and great service.
 
Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….
 Finding new ways to be heard and capture people’s hearts and minds, balancing the fact that the marketplace is noisier than ever and yet makes so much more available to us than ever before.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Meet as many people as you can. Network. Communications is about people as much as anything else. Also, continually look for new things to learn and ways to grow your skillset. There’s always something you don’t yet know, but that is worth knowing.

Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries

Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in May.

May 8 – Jill McCune Burt
May 26 – Cody Bromley
May 13 – Joe Williams
May 15 – Brad Borror
May 25 – Angela Byers

April 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President
We’re ready to celebrate! Are you? Every year we have the privilege of honoring your work at our annual Bronze Quill Awards: an event that allows us to showcase the talent, passion and creativity of our local communicators. Find inspiration from each other and elevate the field of communications.

We look forward to hosting you and your guests at the wonderful Tulsa City-County Library in the Tandy Garden.  Whether you submitted an entry or not, join us for a fun evening of networking and celebrating each other’s successes.

Remember all Bronze Quill entries are judged by other IABC chapters across the country.  Which means, those chapters need judges too.  Volunteering to judge is a great way to volunteer at your convenience and gain some professional development along the way. Don’t forget time spent judging counts towards development hours for the CMP and SCMP certifications. If you are interested in joining our Judges Circle, please let us know.

“If you just communicate you can get by. But if you communicate skillfully you can work miracles.” – Jim Rohn

Cheers to all the miracle workers out there.
Bronze Quill 2019: Elevate

Join Us for the 2019 Bronze Quill Awards Celebration


The annual IABC Bronze Quill event is a celebration of communications. Bringing a diverse network of communication professionals together for a fun evening of networking and recognition of outstanding work in our field. This event is open to all communicators – members and non-members alike – plus their friends and family. Join us as we celebrate those who elevate the communications profession.
Don’t forget to invite your spouse, friends and coworkers to help us celebrate!
When:
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – Check in and cocktail hour (wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres included)
7:00 p.m. – Dinner (dietary restrictions accomodated, including vegetarian and gluten free) and Awards
Where:
Tandy Garden at Tulsa City-County Library
400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103
(Free parking available in garage)
Attire: Business formal or cocktail (note: event will be held outside)
Thank You Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Helmerich & Payne
Platinum Sponsors: ONEOK, Cherokee Nation Businesses
Gold Sponsor: Williams
In-Kind Sponsors: Byers Creative, Miller Photography, Ridgeback Studios
Using PR and Marketing to Create a Destination

Mother Road Market: Using PR and Marketing to Create a Destination


In November 2018, one of the area’s most anticipated new destinations opened. Mother Road Market – Tulsa’s first food hall – was a labor of love led by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, and just six months after its grand opening, the space already is a “go-to” for gathering, community and really awesome food.

Join Chief Communications Officer Ashley Van Horne and Communications and Events Coordinator Breckyn Hudelson of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation to learn about the communications efforts behind Mother Road Market. From branding and marketing to PR and internal communications, we’ll learn about everything that goes into placemaking.

And … you’ll get to see and sample what the Mother Road Market is all about!

What You’ll Learn:
The role of community development in placemaking, including how to build an audience and leverage brand champions. Lessons learned from creating a brand from scratch.The role of communications at the executive leadership level.Planning and executing an influencer campaign, growing a following from zero and the importance of voice in earned and social media. The importance of messaging and managing communications between teams.
When: 
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 7
Come early to grab food from the Mother Road Market vendors. Attendees will receive a food voucher to order their own food. Program will start promptly at noon.
Where: 
Mother Road Market (Demo Kitchen), 1124 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK  74104 (parking instructions here; Mother Road map here)
Fee:
IABC Member fee: $25
IABC Non-member fee: $35
Student fee: $15

How to Curb Gender Bias


If you missed last month’s professional development event, here is a quick tip from March’s speaker on how to curb gender bias in meetings:
Meet a Member

Meet a Member: Noël Freeman

Title: Marketing Strategist
 
Company: Byers Creative
 
Why do you love your job? I love my job because I get to meet and interact with interesting and diverse people; relationships are vital to a prosperous life. My co-workers and business contacts bring so much joy to what I do, and I also love the problem-solving aspect of my job. New challenges arise daily, and I love finding innovative solutions.
 
How long have you been a member of IABC? 1 year
 
Why are you a member of IABC? I am a member of IABC because of the relationships that help grow me both personally and professionally. I love the speakers IABC hosts, and how each topic gives me insight into the solution for another challenge. I also love seeing people move up in their careers because of connections they made through IABC. 
 
What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? 
The 2018 Communicators Summit in Tulsa. There were so many awesome speakers in a one-day conference, and I love gleaning new ideas from professionals who are more experienced than I am.
 
How has IABC played a part in your professional development? Every IABC event gives me better perspective and equips me to make better decisions as a professional. I serve on the board and work with some awesome people from a variety of different industries. We all work seamlessly together bouncing ideas off one another coming up with concepts and ideas to make a better Tulsa Chapter.

What is the value of your IABC membership? The food. Kidding. I am a people-person, so I really love getting to know different people in the communications sector. My IABC membership allows me to get out of my comfort zone and forces me to learn about other industries and positions.
 
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Since we are not Tulsa natives and have only been here for 3 years, we are still exploring so many cool things Tulsa has to offer. I am happily married and a privileged mom to two little boys, Rylan (age 11) and Kaynen (age 8). We go to sporting events, theater productions, movies, ice cream and tons of new adventures and places we have never seen. We have a physical list that we mark off each time we do something new.
 
What’s your favorite vacation spot? I am tied between the mountains and the beach! I love them both equally. I think my favorite would have to be Venice, Italy, though. I love the ambiance of Europe. 
 
Who is your favorite musical artist? My childhood favorite is Mariah Carey. My current favorites are Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger and the Civil Wars. Sorry I cannot choose one.
 
Which website or app do you visit daily? Trello! I LOVE my Trello boards. They keep me organized in both my professional life and person life. They are SO easy to use and take a huge burden from me.
 
What is your favorite restaurant? Fish Daddy’s. We try new restaurants every day, and I think we have a new favorite every month.
 
Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….. unpredictable… in a good way. If you look back 30 years ago, you will notice huge changes in communication…mostly because of the internet and social media. Everyone now has a voice to say anything they want at any time. With great power comes great responsibility. Use your voice to promote ethics, best practices, kindness and integrity. Remember also, that sometimes there are instances where you need to hold your tongue: “People often forget that what they post today is still going to be around tomorrow and for years to come. Social media is also unpredictable and not private, so be mindful about what you’re sending out there because chances are it can come back in the future and bite you in the butt,” psychologist and author Dawn Michael, PhD says.
 
What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Find mentors and always continue to seek knowledge and grow. If you don’t know anyone or where to start, join a board you feel passionate about! There are so many untapped resources and organizations to explore. I love gleaning new ideas from professionals who are more experienced than I am.

We Need Your Input: Help Us Pick the Topic for an Upcoming Event


We’re already hard at work planning the fall professional development lineup, but we want to know which topic interests you? Pick the topic you are most interested in learning more about:
How Google and other search engines work, how they view your website vs. how searchers view it, and tips on how to improve your website for both.
Google Analytics: What it is, what to look for in the data and how you can use information to your advantage.
Major SEO elements (such as metadata, alt text, on-page vs. off-page content), how they work, what they do and how to improve them.
Improving your SEO through better website content and strategy (writing for improved SEO). 

IABC/Tulsa Member Wins Gold Quill

Congratulations to IABC/Tulsa member Beth Harris of Walmart, who will receive a 2019 Gold Quill Award of Merit, Publications at the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, this summer. In total, 202 entries earned awards, with 86 receiving Excellence Awards and 116 receiving Merit Awards. Ten countries are represented among the winners, which come from a cross-section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. View a list of the 2019 Gold Quill Award winners here.
Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries
Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in April.

April 6 – Whitney Dittman
April 10 – Phillip Harris
April 10 – Tracy Harlow
April 14 –Stephanie Higgins

March 2019 Newsletter

Letter from the President
I’ve been thinking about vulnerability a lot lately. What that means personally and professionally. How often it impacts our decisions or even indecision. With my curiosity piqued, I started poking around a bit more. Of course you have to start with the definition:

vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty
noun
The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
 
“Exposed…attacked or harmed” sounds intense, but everyone has their own perceptions of what that means for them. And overcoming that meaning can feel easy or even impossible.
 
I felt vulnerable when I applied for the SCMP certification exam. Will it be accepted? If it is, will I pass? There’s even vulnerability in crafting a Bronze Quill entry. This is my work, energy and time that I’m putting out there to be reviewed and judged. I’m feeling vulnerable just writing this down. It can all be scary, but what is the alternative?
 
To elevate ourselves and our work, to think forward, to speak up in a meeting, to impart change, you have to be vulnerable. It can be a very powerful thing, and the beauty is we all have it within us to harness that exposure we are feeling and use it. 
 
“Most people believe vulnerability is weakness. But really, vulnerability is courage. We must ask ourselves…are we willing to show up and be seen?”  – Brene Brown
Bronze Quill 2019: Elevate

Join Us for the 2019 Bronze Quill Awards Celebration


The Annual IABC Bronze Quill event is a celebration of communications. Bringing a diverse network of communication professionals together for a fun evening of networking and recognition of outstanding work in our field. This event is open to all communicators – members and non-members alike – plus their friends and family. Join us as we elevate the communications profession. Don’t forget to invite your spouse, friends and coworkers to help us celebrate!
When:Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Check in and cocktail hour (wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres included)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Dinner (dietary restrictions accomodated, including vegetarian and gluten free) and Awards

Where:Tandy Garden at Tulsa City-County Library
400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103
(Free parking available in garage)
Attire: Business formal or cocktail
Thank You Sponsors:
  • Presenting Sponsor: Helmerich & Payne

  • Platinum Sponsor: Available
    Gold Sponsor: Williams

  • In-Kind Sponsors: Byers Creative, Miller Photography

Once again, we will recognize three exceptional communicators at the celebration. Review the descriptions below and consider nominating someone for a special award. 
All nominations are due by March 22.
  • 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.
For questions or sponsorship information or to submit a special award nomination, 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

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)
Fee:
  • IABC Member fee: $20
  • IABC Non-member fee: $30
  • Student fee: $10

Member Month: Expand your impact with IABC


Get ready, it’s Member Month! Take advantage of this special twice-a-year offer to rake in the incentives when you join or renew your IABC membership. Here’s what you need to know: 


Why join IABC?
  • Regardless of your career stage, IABC membership expands on your ability to deliver a higher standard of professional communication.
  • IABC membership allows you to stay on top of business communication trends and critical developments. This expands your ability to ensure your organization’s voice remains relevant, informed and proactive.
  • Membership in IABC helps you increase the effectiveness of your business communication to expand the impact you have on your organization’s business results.
  • Expand your impact by expanding your access to business-building ideas and best practices through peer-to-peer networking, engagement and knowledge sharing among a global community of communication professionals.
How can we sweeten the pot?
  • Existing Members for Renewal or New/Lapsed Members: 10% discount on International dues when renewing in March
  • PLUS: Entry into a drawing to win one of three prizes: World Conference VIP Prize Package, IABC Academy All Access Pass, three free bonus months of IABC membership.
  • Referrals:
  • All members who refer 4 or more new/reinstating members during March receive a year of free IABC membership.
  • All members who refer any new/reinstating members during March will receive a $50 IABC Academy credit for each member who joins.
Meet a Member
Meet a Member: Monica Johnson 
Title: Internal Communications Specialist
 
Company: TTCU Federal Credit Union
 
Why do you love your job? I enjoy partnering with a wide variety of colleagues every day to ensure employees are heard, engaged, and aware of business priorities and progress. Whether it’s a 1:1 conversation, a coordinated campaign, or an all-staff event, it’s fulfilling helping people connect with information (and one another) in creative ways. Coming into communications, my graphic design and video editing techniques were quite basic. It’s exciting looking back and seeing growth in those areas, all because this field is ever-evolving.
 
How long have you been a member of IABC? I finally joined in January 2019.
 
Why are you a member of IABC? The local programming has long piqued my interest, and I have enjoyed attending various events and meeting local members over the last few years. I am glad to be an official member now! The additional member resources available through The Hub, Communication World, and webinars are already enhancing my strategic communications goals.
 
What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? I learn something from every IABC event I’m able to attend, and I recently appreciated the timeliness of the February meeting regarding intranets and digital workplaces. My organization is tackling a revamp in the near future (and it seems many other IABCers are, too).
 
How has IABC played a part in your professional development? I am looking forward to continued growth, thanks to IABC! From tips and tricks learned through webinars to learning from other members at meetings, I find my time spent here very valuable. The CMP certification will also hopefully be part of my future.
 
What is the value of your IABC membership? Priceless!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? My favorite hobbies include running on our fabulous River Parks trails, building community with friends and family, attending concerts, and playing with my dog, Hudson.
 
What’s your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere with mountains, sea and ideally not even a hint of Wi-Fi. 😊 The Rock Boat is pretty hard to beat: It’s a music festival at sea.
 
Who is your favorite musical artist? Ben Rector. He is seriously underrated. Also, he is from Tulsa!
 
Which website or app do you visit daily? Pinterest. My life there is quite perfect. 😊 Spotify and Strava are also close behind.
 
What is your favorite restaurant? Calaveras, El Guapo’s, Fabulosos Mariscos– let’s be real: anywhere with chips and salsa.
 
Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is….. versatile! We have such power to benefit our organizations, whether through driving employee engagement, supporting strategic initiatives, or simply enabling needed conversations across the entire organization. The biggest challenge I see? Having enough peopleresources to gather and deliver relevant, timely information throughout the numeroustechnologies and channels we are responsible for these days!
 
What advice would you give to new communications professionals? How can we help you? No question is too small. There are immense resources available through IABC and this savvy network of communicators in our area and beyond. Take advantage of the knowledge around you, but also please don’t undervalue the unique skills and knowledge you bring into this group and your organization as well!
Save the Date
Friday, April 12: Join IABC/Dallas for their Spring Professional Development Conference. Register here!
Saturday, April 13: If you are planning to sit for the CMP or SCMP exam in Tulsa on this day (must have applied prior to March 13), please send us an email to let us know!
Saturday, May 4: Missed the deadline to register for the CMP or SCMP certification exam in Tulsa? OKC will host their exam on May 4. Application deadline to sit for the exam is April 4. Don’t miss your chance to get certified in Oklahoma!
Tuesday, May 7: Mark your calendars to join us for a special professional development lunch at Mother Road Market.
Celebrating Our Membership Anniversaries
Send a shout out to these members celebrating anniversaries in March.

March 2 – Jennifer Rector
March 7 – Russell Shaffer
March 7 – Jami Lamontagne
March 11 – Lisa Powell
March 12 – Noel Freeman
March 24 – Megan Patterson
March 27 – Katy Hall
March 28 – Steve Wilson
March 29 – Barbara Hasbini
March 29 – Megan Washbourne
March 29 – Andrew Nestor
March 29 – Melissa Silvia
March 29 – Elaine Harber