President’s Blog: Consider the Possibilities

J.McCradyBy Julie A. McCrady, SF IABC President

 

“The world’s favorite season is spring.

All things seem possible in May.”

– Edwin Way Teale

 

Great Time to Get Involved

At the end of June, many of us on the SF IABC board will transition into new roles. We are actively looking for members who want to step up and take on an open leadership role. I hope you will consider joining (or re-joining) your chapter’s leadership team.

Volunteering in a board role provides the opportunity to help shape chapter-level offerings and opens the doors to further involvement in IABC at the regional and global level. Roles are tailored to fit your personal volunteer goals and offer a supportive setting for exploring and enhancing new skills.

Please feel free to contact me or Kamna Narain, VP of Membership, with any ideas or questions you have.

May Membership Month at SF IABC

The global IABC organization had its chance in March and now we have ours. I’m delighted to announce that May is Membership Month at SF IABC. Join now and the $40 fee typically charged to new members will be waived. Membership in IABC connects you with the resources and people who can help you further your professional goals.

The benefits of membership include discounts on professional development events, offered locally and globally, and on IABC’s new series of professional certifications. Members also have the opportunity to be recognized for global excellence in communications. IABC’s Gold Quill, awarded yearly at the IABC World Conference, has recognized excellence in strategic communication worldwide for more than 40 years.

At the San Francisco chapter level, membership has its advantages as well – with exclusive access to a mentoring program and Networking Nine evenings, at which Bay Area business communicators share their ideas on a discipline or industry while enjoying a meal at a local restaurant.

World Conference

World Conference 2016 is just around the corner. We will hear keynotes from Andy Gibson, Helen Marriage, Seth Mattison, and Geoff Colvin. I encourage you to spend some time reading more about this diverse and interesting group of speakers. The conference will feature the following session tracks: Leadership and Strategy, Employee Engagement, Communication Skills, Marketing and Brand, and Reputation. In other words, something for everyone.

World Conference is the opportunity to connect with and learn from communicators from across the globe. New Orleans will play host to this year’s event. The best news is that there’s still time to register. There are several registration packages to choose from, and members receive a considerable discount on registration. We hope to see you there.

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