July 2014 Event

The Night the Lights Went Out in Tulsa (Community College)

On the evening of June 17, 2013, Tulsa Community College’s Metro Campus was evacuated due to a fire in the electrical system that supplies power to its cluster of buildings. Summer classes were underway; smoke permeated its three buildings; the sprinkler system provided the added effect of water damage; and the resulting power outage impacted the college’s campus wide information technology system.

TCC immediately implemented its emergency operations plan and the communications team went into crisis management mode. In the hours, days and weeks that followed, TCC had to share accurate, timely information about the unfolding events with 4,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

Join us Wednesday, July 16, as Nicole Burgin provides an inside look at the communications challenges TCC faced and how it managed the process successfully to a re-opening of the campus just five short weeks later. She’ll share lessons learned that she guarantees every communications professional can benefit from – regardless of the industry in which you work.

All About Nicole

Nicole Burgin became the media relations specialist for Tulsa Community College in September 2012 after a 19-year career in broadcast journalism. She handles all media inquires for the college and works with reporters from local and national media outlets to help tell TCC’s story. Nicole’s received a Grand Award from the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association for news writing and received numerous awards from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and Associated Press for her work as a journalist.

When: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM

Where: The Summit Club – Bank of America Center
Governor’s Suite – 30th Floor
15 W 6th Street
Parking ticket validated
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fees: Event Registration
IABC/Tulsa Meeting (Member Fee)  $25.00
IABC/Tulsa Meeting (Non-Member/Guest Fee)  $35.00

RSVP by Monday, July 14 »

IABC Tulsa – June 2014 Meeting

IABC Tulsa  -  June Meeting

How Generational Diversity Is Transforming the Workplace

Today’s workforce ranges from Baby Boomers to Millennials, and the distinctions between generations – their cultures, expectations, communications styles and their “toys” – have never been so sharp and diverse. Join us as Bill Fournet presents the latest information and practical techniques to help your organization harness the strengths of its generationally diverse employees and understand their various drivers and preferences.

All About Bill


Bill Fournet is the founder, president and CEO of The Persimmon Group. He provides business strategy, project management, educational development and information technology consulting to clients in various industry verticals, including energy, financial services, aerospace, telecommunications, government and human resources, among others.

Over the past two decades, Bill has provided leadership for clients in delivery methodology, business process improvement, resource development, project management, business analysis and training for a variety of national, international and multinational organizations.

When:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: The Summit Club
15 W. Sixth Street, 30th floor, Governor’s Suite
Bank of America Center
Parking garage entrance is located on Boulder Avenue; additional parking is available at             the ONEOK Plaza parking garage

Fee:     Event Registration
IABC/Tulsa Meeting (Member Fee) $25
IABC/Tulsa Meeting (Non-Member/Guest Fee) $35

RSVP:  Monday, June 16, 2014


Turn your Mundane Memos into Creative Communications
Peter Seronick, Emerson College
Wednesday, November 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
OSU-Tulsa, Room 140
700 Greenwood, Tulsa

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Do you often feel there is an overload of “stuff” in your communications to the point where the message is lost as well as your target audience? Believe it or not, simplicity and creativity in content and design helps one improve the communications. Learn some common sense secrets from a 40-year veteran of advertising and marketing on how to cut through the clutter and rise above the confusion.

Peter Seronick has spent the last 38 years in advertising and is currently Director of Right Brain Thinking (Creative Director) at North Star Marketing in RI. I am also a part-time instructor at Emerson College in Boston.

Read more about Peter’s career.

July Professional Development Meeting

Digital vs. Print: The new rules to succeed in both mediums in today’s noisy world
by Jason Collington
Wednesday, July 18, at 11:30 a.m.
OSU-Tulsa, Room 140
700 N. Greenwood

How can business communicators continue to have success as the media world goes digital?

Look at how the Internet has changed the rules in news media and how everyone interacts with it. Jason Collington has the perspective of someone who teaches the next generation of communicators and works on the leadership team at a metro news operation.

All about Jason
Jason Collington is the web editor at the Tulsa World, where he is in charge of digital products, and teaches an Internet Communication class at Oklahoma State University. He graduated from OSU and worked for the Associated Press before coming to the World.