President’s Column – April 2016

by Megan Lewis, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisHave you ever wondered why New Orleans is nicknamed The Big Easy? Is it the relaxed pace of life? The local music? The ease at which a person can purchase a Hurricane on Bourbon Street?

Whatever the reason, I can’t help but believe the best way to find out is to visit, and there’s no better time to visit than during the 2016 IABC World Conference. Did I hear someone say, Mardi Gras? Ok fine, let’s call it a tie.

This year’s conference is being held June 5-8, in New Orleans. There’s still time to register and potentially win a free registration for the 2017 World Conference in Washington D.C. (register before April 30).

There are so many reasons to attend. This year’s international slate of more than 60 speakers will expand your thinking with new perspectives, useful insights and concrete examples that span the globe. Nearly 70 unique breakout sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics including content and inbound marketing; storytelling; new and emerging technologies; marketing campaigns and crisis communication, just to name a few. The conference also will feature three powerful keynote speakers including Geoff Colvin, Fortune’s senior editor.

If that’s not enough for you, consider these fun New Orleans facts, and prepare yourself to learn even more in June:

  • Canal Street was named for an actual canal that was planned, but never built, on the street’s dividing median.
  • The official colors of Mardi Gras were chosen in 1872 by honored visitor, Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff. The purple stands for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
  • Each seat in the Superdome is a different color than the one next to it, providing the illusion of a full house even when some are empty.
  • The total mileage of New Orleans canals both above and below ground exceeds that of Venice, Italy.

Learn more here, and join me in the Big Easy for a few Hurricanes, fun and unparalleled professional development.

President’s Column – March 2016

by Megan Lewis, IABC/Tulsa President

MeganLewisCan you believe we’re nearly through the first quarter of 2016? It’s even beginning to feel like spring; although, I have a feeling it could be a trick. As the weather has warmed up, so have the IABC/Tulsa events. In February, we held a standout luncheon on the topic of inbound marketing. On March 3, we held our annual Bronze Quill Awards.

The awards ceremony was a huge success with record attendance and winners. We recognized our area’s top communicators for their outstanding work throughout the year including these special award winners:

  • Shagah Zakerion, executive director, Tulsa’s Young Professionals – Communicator of the Year;
  • Kendra Thompson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America – John Hartman Professional of the Year (Get to know Kendra in our Meet a Member article this month);
  • Hayley Westwood, ONE Gas – Leon Bolen Service Award; and
  • Keith Isbell, Williams – Best of Show Award. (See the event recap below and a full list of winners on our website.)

We also presented the first ever IABC/Tulsa Lifetime Dedication Award to John Simmons, a co-founder of IABC/Tulsa, member for more than 50 years and co-creator of Tulsa’s Bronze Quill Awards.

The impressive talent of our area’s communicators never ceases to amaze me. The knowledge, experience and love of the communications field I see every day through IABC/Tulsa is truly inspiring. Thank you to the board members who spearheaded this year’s awards. It was a very special night – we have the photosto prove it.

If you attended the event and were as inspired as I was, and if you aren’t currently a member, I hope you’ll consider joining this amazing group of communicators. March is Member Month, which means great savings for new and renewing members if you join this month (see below for additional details). Consider joining, and help make IABC/Tulsa an even stronger organization.