Meet a Member featuring Hayley Westwood

unnamedTitle: Communications Consultant

Company: ONE Gas, Inc.

Why do you love your job? I love that my job allows me to work with so many people across our company, in all three states where we operate. I think building strong relationships is the key to good communication. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to do that on a daily basis.

How long have you been a member of IABC?This is my seventh year as a member.

Have you ever served on an IABC Board? I am currently serving as the Vice President of Recruitment.

What is the best IABC meeting/conference you have attended? Why? I loved last year’s IABC/Tulsa Communications Summit that featured Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim, who broke the Penn State scandal. It was so interesting and inspiring to hear the perspective of a young journalist’s success. I’m proud of what our chapter offers locally to communicators in the surrounding area.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? It has broadened my network and given me opportunities in both leadership and professional development. Having the opportunity to learn from other successful communicators is one of the greatest things IABC has to offer. I love that we all bounce ideas off of each other!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Travel with my husband

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere with mountains and cool weather

Who is your favorite musical artist? I need a top 10, at least…Garth Brooks, Sara Bareilles, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Turnpike Troubadors, NeedtoBreathe, Dolly Parton, Justin Timberlake, Hamilton and Wicked soundtracks… Thank goodness for Spotify.

Which website do you visit daily? Facebook

What is your favorite restaurant? Right now: Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

How will we recognize you at the next IABC function? I’m the blonde in the glasses who smiles and laughs a lot!

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is…always changing, which is what makes IABC so great. It provides constant opportunities to stay informed of the latest and greatest ways to be successful in our field.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Never stop learning. There are always new ways to reach audiences and always opportunities to stop and evaluate what is working, what isn’t and what could be working better. Don’t assume you know what’s best.

President’s Column – August 2016

by Megan Patterson, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisThe Olympics are finally here. Once again, the first few days have not disappointed. With the exciting finishes to the men’s and women’s road races, the unexpected elimination of the Williams sisters in the first round of doubles play, record-breaking swims by Katie Ledecky and the fact that Michael Phelps has still got it – there’s just so much to love about the Olympics. Even as I’m typing this, I’m watching. I’m in awe of our women’s gymnastics team. How can these young women pack that much strength into their petite bodies and show that much poise on the world’s biggest stage?

The Olympics is about so much more than just gold, silver or bronze – it’s 16 days of rallying behind your country, cheering on our best and finding unlikely heroes from around the world along the way. The games are inspiring, humbling and healing. These athletes are symbols of the best in all of us.

The Olympics have a way of bringing people and nations together. For a short while, our world gets a little smaller. Rio doesn’t seem quite so far away.

As I watch, eyes glued to the screen from my couch in Tulsa, I can’t help but think of our fellow IABC members doing the same from their homes in Montreal, Hong Kong or Cape Town. That’s what is so unique about our organization. The “international” in IABC is one of the benefits I value most. We can learn so much from our counterparts from across the country and around the world – through healthy competition and professional collaboration.

Sit back and enjoy the remaining days of the games. And if you’re interested in a little friendly competition of your own, join us for our first ever Adult Spelling Bee(r), where you’ll have the chance to spell your way to victory. You won’t win gold, but there are cash prizes on the line. Go U-S-A!