Simone Toth’s Excellent IABC Adventure

By Ayanna N.S. Anderson Simone Toth loves being in perpetual motion. Simone and her family have moved around, “more times than folks would believe.” Recently, when Simone’s husband was offered a job in San Francisco that he couldn’t turn down, the wheels of motion began to turn again—time for the coast. Braving the winter elements, […]

Lessons Cancer Taught Me

By Julie Knight Stacy Lavilla already had meaningful work before her breast cancer diagnosis five years ago. Her cancer battle only intensified her search for meaning and life balance. At the time, the 43-year-old, a single mother of two kids, was working as communication director for AAPCHO, a nonprofit whose mission is to help communities gain […]

At the Pentagon on 9/11

By Julie Knight Anne Skelly will never forget one of the most harrowing days of her career — working inside the Pentagon when Flight 77 hit the building. At the time, she was an Air Force major and a speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as well as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. […]

New City. New Job. New Life.

By Julie Knight After a childhood spent in the suburbs of Chicago and her entire adult life and professional career in the city, Maureen Thompson decided to embark on a new chapter by moving halfway across the country to the Bay Area in October of 2015. To accelerate her transition into the local market, she […]

Todd Nelson Finds a Niche in the Cannabis Industry

By Julie Knight You could say Todd Nelson is building his own cannabis empire as the “Pot PR Guy.” After 17 years of award-winning marketing, communications and PR experience, in 2015, Todd decided to re-open a business he ran years ago, TNTpr. Only this time, the business would specialize in cannabis PR. How did a […]

Member Spotlight: Phillip Sontag

By Julie Knight His claim to fame? Phillip Sontag was one of the masterminds behind the “Campaign for Real Beauty from Dove,” one of PR’s most successful and talked-about campaigns. The campaign, which began about 10 years ago, started with a study of more than 10,000 women in 10 countries to learn what women’s priorities […]

Member Spotlight: Suki Baz

Membership-based organizations thrive when their members feel welcome, engaged, and intrigued, and this year our board is dedicated to creating the best possible member experience. To that end, we’d like to introduce you all to Suki Baz, our new VP of Membership. A long-time IABC member, Suki joined the San Francisco chapter just this year […]

Member Spotlight: Ed Kamrin

By Shayna Keyles It’s been quite an exciting month of transitions for SF IABC. Our new board has assembled and grown quite a bit, Kamna Narain has taken the reins as SF IABC president, and one of our own, Ed Kamrin, has ascended to the role of IABC chair for the entire Pacific Plains region! […]

Member Spotlight: Jeff Rader

By Shayna Keyles After 10 years honing internal messages for the multinational corporation Chevron, Jeff Rader is considering how best to leverage that experience in the next chapter of his career. He reflected on his experience at Chevron, shared his views on the nuances of communications, and discussed his strategies for looking forward. You have […]

Member Spotlight: Corey Connors

By Shayna Keyles Corey Connors views communications as a hybrid discipline, which is apparent both in the way he approaches his role as communications director at Fehr & Peers and in his exemplary efforts to make IABC more accessible to all of its Bay Area members. Though he deviated from the world of communications to […]