Join us for November 18 Luncheon – Tackling Tough Conversations


Everyone comes across tough messages during his or her career. Wouldn’t it be great if you were prepared well in advance to deliver that difficult message?

Join IABC/Tulsa and guest speaker Rhett Laubach, who will share strategies on how to prepare yourself and your leaders to deliver tough, inconvenient and/or emotionally-charged messages to individuals, organizations and/or the public. As you know, carefully chosen words and presentation techniques are critical in these moments. Rhett, a seasoned coach and leadership trainer, will teach us some of his proven methods to easily prepare for those tough conversations.

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Join us October 8th for Communicator’s Summit 2015!


Hear from professionals inside the stories that made headline news and broke the Internet. These professionals represent both sides of the aisle – journalist and PR pros – and will give insight into lessons learned and what you can do next if you or your organization accidentally make the national spotlight.

Keynote Address: Sara Ganim, CNN correspondent

In 2012, Sara Ganim was awarded a Pulitzer Prize after she broke the story of the grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, former Pennsylvania State University football defensive coordinator. She not only reported on the Sandusky grand jury, but also the Penn State Athletic Department and Sandusky’s well-known Second Mile Charity.

Ganim will discuss her dealings with public information officers, communications directors and other PR personnel while working this story – including what she saw as failings and missed opportunities.

Other Speakers:

  • Jabar Shumate, Vice President, University Community, University of Oklahoma, will present Strategies for Improving Diversity and Inclusion at the University Level
  • Russ Florence, President and Chief Operating Officer, Schnake Turnbo Frank, and Chairman, Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, will present Threading the Needle: Tough Conversations About Diversity and Inclusion
  • Amanda Clinton, Vice President, Communications, Cherokee Nation Businesses, will present Crisis Communication: Managing the Crisis That Just Won’t Go Away

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Bentonville Professional Development Day – September 10


Join us for a half-day event sponsored by Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas. We’ll have several development opportunities available that day – more details to come soon. The event will be from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, with a happy hour following from 4-5 p.m.

Our keynote speaker, Linda Rutherford, serves as Vice President of Communication and Outreach for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. She will provide a unique perspective on how they built their brand from the inside out – all starting with their People. At Southwest Airlines, they believe that if you to take great care of your Employees, they will take great care of your Customers and your Customers will take great care of your Shareholders. Join us Sept. 10 to learn more about Southwest Airlines’ brand journey and how they integrate their Culture into everything they do.


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