Join us for our January 2015 Luncheon: CMP Certification – What it is. Why it matters. How you attain it.


Certification is intended to support communicators throughout their careers and demonstrate your knowledge and expertise. The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) has identified roles, responsibilities and competencies for four broad career levels: Foundational, Communication Management Professional, Strategic Adviser, and Business Leader. At this time, only the Communication Management Professional (CMP) certification is available.

The Global Standard℠ was developed by IABC through research and consultation with the wider profession and states that “communication professionals around the world embrace a shared career purpose and six core principles as the building blocks of their work.” Those principles are:

  • Ethics
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Context
  • Engagement
  • Consistency

Achieving certification from the GCCC designates that a candidate has professional competence in all these principles.

Join us on Wednesday, January 20 to learn about the certification process and what it takes to obtain the CMP designation. We are honored to have Priya Bates, provide direct insight into CMP exam and requirements.

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Submit Now for Bronze Quill 2016


The IABC Bronze Quill Awards recognize outstanding employee communications, public relations, media relations, community relations, government affairs and marketing communication efforts. The Tulsa Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Bronze Quill Awards is open to all communicators – members and non-members alike – in the corporate, nonprofit, advertising, marketing and government sectors.

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Bronze Quill Awards.

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Early deadline to submit entries: January 8, 2016 at midnight

Final deadline to submit entries: January 17, 2016 at midnight

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Celebrate Holiday Cheer with IABC/Tulsa


IABC/Tulsa will host the annual Gift of Communication event as a way for professional communicators to give back to the community. This event allows IABC members and others to share their expertise with representatives from nonprofit organizations to help them achieve excellence in corporate communications, public relations, employee communication, marketing communication, public affairs and other forms of business communication.

Agencies represented this year:

At the meeting, there will be four areas set up for the agencies. Attendees will be able to join whichever group they wish to help and feel they can make the most difference.

It’s a great time to share your skills and help resolve some of the issues facing these organizations, all while learning from other communications professionals.

RSVP for The Gift of Communication by Monday, December 7

After the Gift of Communication, come over to Mixed Company for our holiday party. What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by sharing drinks and fun at the IABC/Tulsa Christmas Mixer at Mixed Company? Get to know members and learn what IABC is all about. Free for all IABC members and potential new members. Earn raffle prizes just for attending and more for bringing a guest who might be interested in joining IABC.

Join us for an evening of hoilday cheer, complete with:

  • Live Music
  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Photo booth
  • An appearance by the big man himself… Santa!
  • Raffle prizes including bottles of wine and a $100 giftcard to Tallgrass Prairie Table!

RSVP for IABC/Tulsa’s Christmas Mixer by Monday, December 7

Join us for November 18 Luncheon – Tackling Tough Conversations


Everyone comes across tough messages during his or her career. Wouldn’t it be great if you were prepared well in advance to deliver that difficult message?

Join IABC/Tulsa and guest speaker Rhett Laubach, who will share strategies on how to prepare yourself and your leaders to deliver tough, inconvenient and/or emotionally-charged messages to individuals, organizations and/or the public. As you know, carefully chosen words and presentation techniques are critical in these moments. Rhett, a seasoned coach and leadership trainer, will teach us some of his proven methods to easily prepare for those tough conversations.

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Join us October 8th for Communicator’s Summit 2015!


Hear from professionals inside the stories that made headline news and broke the Internet. These professionals represent both sides of the aisle – journalist and PR pros – and will give insight into lessons learned and what you can do next if you or your organization accidentally make the national spotlight.

Keynote Address: Sara Ganim, CNN correspondent

In 2012, Sara Ganim was awarded a Pulitzer Prize after she broke the story of the grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, former Pennsylvania State University football defensive coordinator. She not only reported on the Sandusky grand jury, but also the Penn State Athletic Department and Sandusky’s well-known Second Mile Charity.

Ganim will discuss her dealings with public information officers, communications directors and other PR personnel while working this story – including what she saw as failings and missed opportunities.

Other Speakers:

  • Jabar Shumate, Vice President, University Community, University of Oklahoma, will present Strategies for Improving Diversity and Inclusion at the University Level
  • Russ Florence, President and Chief Operating Officer, Schnake Turnbo Frank, and Chairman, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, will present Threading the Needle: Tough Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion
  • Amanda Clinton, Vice President, Communications, Cherokee Nation Businesses, will present Crisis Communication: Managing the Crisis That Just Won’t Go Away

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Bentonville Professional Development Day – September 10


Join us for a half-day event sponsored by Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas. We’ll have several development opportunities available that day – more details to come soon. The event will be from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, with a happy hour following from 4-5 p.m.

Our keynote speaker, Linda Rutherford, serves as Vice President of Communication and Outreach for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. She will provide a unique perspective on how they built their brand from the inside out – all starting with their People. At Southwest Airlines, they believe that if you to take great care of your Employees, they will take great care of your Customers and your Customers will take great care of your Shareholders. Join us Sept. 10 to learn more about Southwest Airlines’ brand journey and how they integrate their Culture into everything they do.


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Join Us for Our April Luncheon – Beyond the Logo: Rethinking Branding


When you think of brand as the heartbeat of an organization, as the promises you deliver to your stakeholders, and as the reputation you want to have, then it takes on a whole new meaning for an organization. This also elevates the role of the communicator in the process, taking on the brand from implementation to activation and ultimately expanding the role of “brand manager.” Branding is no longer an advertising or marketing function but a leadership function where communication is key.
In this session, we’ll discuss the branding (re-branding) process and how your organization can create and activate a brand that ultimately drives your reputation. We’ll look at case studies, best practices and discuss the importance of culture alignment and cross-walking. Bring your whole marketing team and walk away with some strategies to implement immediately.

About Bonnie
Bonnie Caver is the President of Reputation Lighthouse, a strategic communications firm. The Austin-based firm focuses on leading companies to own their stakeholder relationships internally and externally by collaborating communications channels and activating every brand touch point.
The 20-year communications veteran is a Certified Crisis Manager from the Institute of Crisis Management and is one of few in the world to hold an advanced certification in reputation management through the Reputation Institute. She is currently the Southern Region Chair, is a member of the IABC Branding Task Force and is a Past President of IABC Austin. She has also served as a Chapter Services Director for the Southern Region, representing Texas, and is a Bronze and Silver Quill honoree.
Caver enjoys the role of mentor for young communications professionals and is a frequent speaker on both traditional and social communications topics, focused primarily on reputation management, strategic communications, brand activation, culture development and crisis communications.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m.
Where: OSU-Tulsa, North Hall, BS Roberts Room
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106
Fees: Member Fee $25
Non-Member/Guest Fee $35
Students $15

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IABC Tulsa Honors Top Communications Professionals


TULSA, Okla.March 6, 2015 The Tulsa chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/Tulsa) recognized top local communications professionals on March 5, at the organization’s annual Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony. The event, attended by more than 100 local professionals, was held at the Tulsa Historical Society.

Scott Shepherd, vice president, ONE Gas transformation project, was named the 2015 Communicator of the year for his leadership in implementing a business transformation project at ONE Gas and his commitment to communicating effectively about change management.

Angela Byers, founder and principal of Byers Creative, received the John Hartman Professional of the Year award. Byers, who currently serves as president of IABC/Tulsa, was recognized by her peers as an outstanding leader, communications professional and community supporter.

The Leon Bolen Service Award, which honors an IABC member’s volunteerism and support of IABC’s organizational goals, was awarded to Cody Bromley of Enovation Controls, and Sara Pollard of Walmart.

The “Best of Show” Award, presented to the 2015 entry with the highest total score, was awarded to Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas.

In addition, 34 Bronze Quill awards were awarded to local communications professionals for exceptional work completed during 2014 and 2015.

Awards of Excellence were present to:

  • Becky Carver, Jason Wright and ONEOK Information Security, for: “12 Days of Security Sense”
  • City of Tulsa Communications Department, for “City of Tulsa Safety Transformation Project”
  • Jennifer Rector and the ONE Gas Communications Department for “Standing Up a New Company: Communications, Engagement and Trust”
  • Adam Paluka and Kelli Bruer of EMSA, for “Paramedic Response Time Change”
  • Adam Paluka, Kelli Bruer and Tina Wells of EMSA, for “CPR Education Program”
  • Steve Higgins, Liza Mata, Kelly Cook, Teri Dreyer and Chris Farmer of Williams, for “Connect, Williams’ Customer Magazine”
  • Adam Paluka, Kelli Bruer, Tina Wells and Chris Stevens of EMSA, for “Work at EMSA Week”
  • Kelli Bruer of EMSA, for “EMSA Banner Ads & Videos”
  • Marianne Sicking of ONE Gas, for “ONE Gas Distribution Company Facebook Pages”
  • Tim Landes and Jason Dobson of Cherokee Nation Businesses, for “”
  • Keith Isbell and Steve Higgins of Williams, for “Geismar Update”
  • Kathy Murphy of ONEOK, for “2014 Annual Shareholder Meeting Video”
  • Amy Schiska-Lombard and Joyce Grippi of Walmart, for “Walmart Holiday Greeting Videos”
  • Pam Eaker, Jessica Neal, Trina Moore, Kyle Partridge, Cody Bromley and Ramon Cardiel of Enovation Controls, for “Murphy General Catalog 2015”
  • Anna Raybourn of ONEOK, for “ONEOK Investor Relations Monthly”
  • Tim Rucker of Byers Creative, for “Flintco Proposal for OU Stadium”
  • Brad Borror of ONEOK Partners, for “Lonesome Creek Plant Announcement News Conference”
  • D. Eureste, Megan Lewis and Anna Raybourn of ONEOK, for “ONEOK and ONEOK Partners Annual Investor Conference”
  • Michael McCulloh of ONE Gas, for “With ONE Gas Support, Group Reaches Out to Prevent Youth Violence”
  • Natasha Mitchell of ConocoPhillips, for “Global Expectations: Expatriate Assignments Expand Employees’ Operational Knowledge”
  • Janet Hardy, Phillips 66, for “Chance Meeting Leads IT Employees to Form a Band”

Awards of Merit were presented to:

  • Oral Roberts University Student Media, for “ORU Student Streaming Media Uses and Gratifications Study”
  • Leslie Agee, Linde Process Plants, for “Framing Communications”
  • Phillip Harris of Williams, for “One Williams Live”
  • Janet Hardy and Shannon Stephen of Pillips 66, for “Celebrate 66”
  • Ellen Devereux of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, for “Be Covered Oklahoma”
  • Oral Roberts University, for “ORU Media/Advertising Degree Promotion”
  • Adam Paluka and Kelli Bruer of EMSA, for “EMSAcare Program Name Change”
  • D. Eureste, Megan Lewis and Anna Raybourn of ONEOK, for “ONEOK and ONEOK Partners Annual Investor Conference”
  • Megan Webb of ONE Gas, for “Investor Relations Monthly”
  • Brad Borror of ONEOK, for “ONEOK and ONEOK Partners 2013 Annual Reports”
  • Stephanie Higgins, Ashley Cleveland and Becky Carver of ONEOK, for “ONE in Responsibility – 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report”
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses, for “10th Anniversary of SQ 712 Passage”
  • Trina Moore of Enovation Controls, for “Tige’ Touch 2, 2015 Owner’s Manual”

Sponsors of the IABC/Tulsa 2015 Bronze Quill Awards included Walmart, ONEOK, Williams, Byers Creative, Miller Photography and Allegra.

Contest — IABC Tulsa Student Twitter Contest


We’re giving away 3 free student memberships!

Students may enter from Friday, February 27th-Sunday, March 8th

How to enter

  1. Follow @IABCTulsa on Twitter
  2. Tweet why communications are important to you using the hashtag #WhyCommsMatter
  3. Send @IABCTulsa a direct message containing your school email address.

Contest Details:

  • Students may enter, or tweet multiple times.
  • The 3 students that tweet the most relevant and creative answers will win a free one-year membership to IABC.
  • Winners will be notified via email on Thursday, March 12th.
  • If winners do not reply back by Thursday, March 19th IABC Tulsa will choose another winner to replace them.
  • Current IABC Tulsa members are donating the student memberships to winners. Each student membership annual fee has a value of $49.
  • Please only enter the contest if you are interested in becoming an active IABC Tulsa member.

If you have questions feel free to email Kim Wilson at