Throughout the year, we celebrate and support the members who make us a thriving and diverse organization and resource for Bay Area communicators. 

This month, we’re catching up with our chapter’s Student Membership Manager and indoor cycling enthusiast, Amanda Tran.

  • When did you join the SF chapter as a volunteer?

I joined the SF chapter as a volunteer in 2017. I started helping with events, then managed the chapter’s Twitter account and now run the Student Membership Outreach program!

  • What’s your professional focus or role?

I work in internal communications at a tech company that focuses on application performance management. 

  • How have you grown as a communicator since joining IABC?

When I joined IABC, I was a new graduate who worked as an intern. I didn’t really know what it meant to be a communicator — I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to do in my career! IABC gave me the access to learn from more experienced communication professionals, and I became more comfortable and confident in the field.

  • How can communicators make a meaningful, positive impact in today’s constantly changing world?

People are always looking to feel more connected to each other, no matter how or where they work. Being part of a team is more important than ever! Communicators can use their creativity to engage and bring people together in their organizations.

  • What’s your biggest professional or personal goal right now?

I’m in a small internal communications team (there’s only two of us!), so there are many opportunities for me to try things that I’ve never done before. My goal professionally is to step out of my comfort zone more often and build my skill set. I’m still early in my career, so there’s a lot to learn ahead!

On the personal side, I’m one of those people who got into at-home cycling over the pandemic. I’m trying to hit 2,000 miles this year! 

  • What’s your favorite weekend activity?

I love exploring new Bay Area hiking spots and enjoying brunch with friends!

Iolanthe Denman is a writer and content strategist based in San Francisco. She currently serves as Membership Director on SF IABC’s board and has an enduring passion for crisp, tight copy, live music and hot sauce on everything.