Member Spotlight: Melissa Boatwright

By Pete Resler Her corporate desk bears little resemblance to a military broadcast studio in Baghdad, Iraq, but Melissa Boatwright approaches her work today with the same discipline, drive and love of storytelling that made her successful in her military career. Melissa will be a featured speaker at the upcoming IABC World Conference, sharing how […]

Member Spotlight: Jeff Leslie

By Pete Resler Jeff Leslie’s career path has been something less than straight and predictable. From his first job as a door-to-door salesman to his current gig as senior manager of worldwide channel sales communications for Autodesk in San Francisco, Jeff has built his value as a communicator by gaining experience outside of traditional corporate […]

Member Spotlight: Joanne Brown

by Pete Resler “Our words, our truths, our imagining, our dreaming may be the best gifts we have to give.” – Pat Schneider, creator of the Amherst Writers & Artists method Words have always been a centering force for Joanne Brown, from her childhood through today, defining who she is, what she does, and how she […]

Member Spotlight: Barbara Templeton

by Pete Resler   “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.” – Maya Angelou Barbara Templeton has never lost her love of learning, of the variety that has kept her work interesting and energizing for more than 40 years. From her earliest days as a reporter, through a […]

Member Spotlight: Joel Fisher

By Pete Resler  “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs Three years ago, Joel Fisher stepped […]

Member Spotlight: Allison Kundu

By Julie McCrady   When SF IABC member Allison Kundu relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from Washington, D.C., three and a half years ago, she not only switched coasts, she changed her perspective on her career goals, too. First drawn to science writing, she had been an active member of the National Association […]

Member Spotlight: Kamna Narain

By Julie McCrady If you have volunteered with SF IABC in recent years, Kamna Narain most certainly helped place you into a rewarding volunteer role. For the last five years, Kamna has been the go-to person for recruiting and engaging volunteers for our chapter. It’s no wonder that she’s so skilled at the task; Kamna’s […]

Member Spotlight: Myra Jolivet

By Julie A. McCrady The term “career pivot “is gaining popularity, as the old rules of mapping one’s career are re-written and new technologies re-define job responsibilities and career possibilities. Myra Jolivet, Vice President for Public Affairs at, has perfected the art of the career pivot. While some of us were contemplating the color […]

Member Spotlight: Diane Gage Lofgren

As Senior Vice President and Chief Communication Officer for Kaiser Permanente, Diane Gage Lofgren, APR, Fellow PRSA, and her team have set an ambitious vision for the organization’s communications: to serve as a model for the future of communications in the way that Kaiser Permanente has become a model for the future of health care. […]

Member Spotlight: Dan Shore

Dan Shore, Sr. Manager of Corporate Communications at Clorox, is the kind of guy you want on your team. As a seasoned communications professional, he’s experienced his share of communications challenges. From trying to renew employees’ belief in their struggling company to communicating change to a population resistant to it, Dan has done it all […]