The San Francisco chapter of IABC seeks to ignite our brand, provide growth and visibility opportunities to our members and establish a relevant, diverse, inclusive voice and point of view in our businesses and communities. Above all, we are built on foundational principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our purpose and focus are to serve our members through these principles.

We have several programs to provide variety and to serve the diverse interests of our members. Of course, we have stayed nimble over the last year; starting online meetings before the pandemic gave us a head start in continuing our programs online.

Supporting and learning from each other

Our Independent Communicators’ Roundtable meetings provide a forum for independents to network and learn from each other. At the Roundtable, independent communications consultants exchange information on open positions and opportunities and discuss and problem-solve a challenge related to managing and marketing their independent business. Topics at the Roundtable range from business finance and taxes to marketing, managing a client and writing contracts.

The pandemic did not slow down our Networking 9 gatherings. Usually a dinner meeting with nine people covering a wide variety of topics, the gatherings switched to an online format where members from the chapter still meet to share stories and best practices spanning industries and disciplines.

We are looking forward to restarting our CuppaComms small group gatherings, where members meet at a coffee shop in the Bay Area to discuss whatever is on their mind, enjoy conversation, company and coffee.

SF IABC has partnered with several other chapters along the West Coast to offer the 2021 Communication Management Pro Series, with each virtual session led by a seasoned communications leader who knows what today’s C-suite and employers are looking for.

Sharing with others

Our mentoring program offers our members the opportunity to be mentored by another chapter member in any of several areas affecting the communication profession. Members pair up and spend two or three months at regularly scheduled meetings providing feedback, brainstorming and helping each other.

To fulfill our strategic goal of expanding our brand and being a valued part of the community, we recently started an outreach program with San Francisco State University, talking with juniors and seniors majoring in Communication Studies about our profession and the benefits of belonging to the chapter. Our outreach continues with opportunities at two other colleges in the Bay Area.

SF IABC has partnered with several other chapters along the West Coast to offer the 2021 Communication Management Pro Series, with each virtual session led by a seasoned communications leader who knows what today’s C-suite and employers are looking for and what’s needed to pass the IABC Communication Management Professional (CMP) and Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) exams.

And SF IABC has continued co-presenting virtual events with other chapters, recently holding a mentoring and networking evening for members, students and non-members up and down the West Coast. We are grateful to the Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Seattle chapters for their collaboration and partnership.

Our chapter continues to grow, with increases in membership from the last two member months. Our members and our creative, dedicated board offer programs that attract and intrigue our members and non-members alike. 

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Jeff Rader is president of the San Francisco chapter of IABC and an Internal Communications Consultant specializing in strategic employee communication.