MEET A MEMBER

IABC Tulsa features one of its members in the “Meet a Member” section of the newsletter. This month, we learn more about Natasha Mitchell, senior analyst, internal communications and HR services at ConocoPhillips.

Why do you love your job? I enjoy collaborating with clients on a global platform and the opportunity to showcase what a communicator actually does to those who aren’t familiar with the profession.

How long have you been a member of IABC? Since Sept. 2012.

What is the best IABC meeting/seminar/conference that you have ever attended? Why? “Crisis Communications: When “IT” hits the Fan” with Gerald Braud (Sept. 2012). A lot of the information he was referring to in regards to the media is accurate. Timing is key before and during a crisis. It is especially important, particularly with the addition of social media and public watchdog groups. It’s interesting to view how a company or an individual’s reputation can quickly go sour in a matter of one tweet.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development? I have networked with other communicators locally; however, I would like expand to meeting others on a national and an international scale.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work? Travel with my husband, reading, and writing.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Jamaica, Mexico – any place with a beach.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Brian Culbertson.

What’s your favorite movie? James Bond franchise.

What’s your favorite restaurant? Hard to pinpoint one – love seafood/Louisiana cuisine (New Orleans style).

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is ever evolving. As with all innovation, the direction we innovate is a combination of what is technically possible and what is socially desirable. Technological developments determine the possibilities, but our needs determine which technology will actually break through and remain a facet of our life.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals? Take advantage of every opportunity possible. Take some time away from the office and attend a conference or participate in a fellowship with other professionals. When collaborating with others, you learn that you aren’t the only one encountering the same problems. What you learn is how to come to a reasonable solution, and in the process, you add another cheerleader to your personal circle of friends.

MEMBERSHIP/ANNIVERSARIES

IABC Tulsa would like to recognize our new members and those who are celebrating anniversaries. Reach out and welcome them or congratulate them on their anniversary!

New Members:
Alison Anthony, Williams

Anniversaries:
Joe Williams, Joe Williams Communications, 38 years
Steve Higgins, Williams, 20 years
Chris Kraft, Walmart, 4 years
Lee Anne Mills, Walmart, 4 years
Brad Borror, ONEOK, 4 years
Justin Rushing, Walmart, 3 years
Lizaimee Mata, Williams, 2 years

If you are interested in becoming a member of IABC Tulsa, contact Summer Austin or Stephanie Cole.

MEMBERSHIP/ANNIVERSARIES

IABC Tulsa would like to recognize our new members and those who are celebrating anniversaries. Reach out and welcome them or congratulate them on their anniversary!

New Members:
Nathan Allen, Walmart

Anniversaries:
Dena Wind, Hilti, 8 years
Angela Byers, Byers Creative, 3 years
Jennifer Pigeon, ONEOK, 3 years
Russell Shafer, Walmart, 2 years
Lisa Thurber, Walmart, 2 years
Jami Lamontagne, Walmart, 2 years

If you are interested in becoming a member of IABC Tulsa, contact Summer Austin or Stephanie Cole.

FEBRUARY IS WORLDWIDE NEW MEMBER MONTH

New or lapsed members who join or re-join IABC during February will get the $40 application fee waived. The deadline to qualify is Feb. 28.

This promotion does not apply to renewing members, students or transitional members who are not required to pay the application fee.

BONUS – Get a Free Month or More
New/lapsed members who enroll in February will also receive one free month of membership for each new member that they recruit (up to one year of free membership). Recruited member(s) must enroll in February. Lapsed members who rejoin and recruit new members must be lapsed six months or more to qualify for the free month(s).

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE WINNER

Thank you to everyone who participated in the December IABC Tulsa Membership Drive! Of course, there could only be one winner for the iPad . . . Congratulations to Ashley Lorence, a new member!