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.

Meet A Member

Each month, IABC Tulsa features one of its members in this section of the newsletter. This month, we learn more about Ward Mankin, who is an EMMY award winning video production manager for T.D. Williamson.

Why do you love your job?  I get to travel the world videotaping our global company, so the days are never the same. I get to learn many different ways of life and work. Not everyone works 8 to 5.

How long have you been a member? I once was a member in the late 90’s working for Williams, 3 years. I recently re-joined in May of this year – 2012.

What is the best IABC meeting/seminar/conference that you have ever attended? Why?  I have the old guy syndrome and only know that every meeting is the best.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development?  Besides it being the best networking tool! I enjoy IABC for how it shows me others communicate in the business, how local companies utilize different forms of communication to benefit their customers and employees and how those that don’t try to keep up.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work? Workout, Ride Bicycles, and eat.

What’s your favorite vacation spot? Destin Florida, Maui Hawaii and the couch at home.

Who is your favorite musical artist?  Dave Matthews Band

What’s your favorite movie?  August Rush, because music is the base for all things.

What’s your favorite restaurant?  Pei Wei

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications is: short, simple and visual.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals?  Listen, listen, listen then be proactive and less reactive.

I would like to note that I have a Bronze Quill Award, A Best of Show, and my most favorite is my two EMMY nominations I received while working at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City during the Oklahoma City Bombing. I do hold an EMMY for editing a half-hour show called “The Photojournalists of KOCO-TV” It was a behind the scenes look at what video photographers endure during the course of any given day.

Meet a Member

Each month, IABC Tulsa features a member in this section of the newsletter. This month, learn more about your new IABC/Tulsa president, Shannon Frederick. She has been an active member for many years and has never been featured for our Meet a Member section, so what better way to learn about her as she transitions to her role as president!

Shannon Frederick, ABC
Director, Global Associate Communications – Walmart

Why do you love your job?
Hands down, the best thing about my job is my team. I am blessed to work with an amazing group of professionals. They’re smart, creative and side-splittingly funny.

How long have you been a member of IABC?
I think 12 years. Other than my stint with Dallas/IABC from 2003-2006, I’ve been affiliated with the Tulsa chapter.

Have you ever served on an IABC board?
I’ve served the Tulsa chapter in four different capacities: VP of student relations, professional development, communications and now president. In Dallas, I was the Bronze Quill co-sponsor and the communications chair.

What is the best IABC meeting/seminar/conference that you have ever attended? Why?
 It’s hard to name just one, but I really enjoyed the 2010 World Conference in Toronto. It was a great opportunity to network and, as a result of the top-notch speakers, I left feeling very inspired.

How has IABC played a part in your professional development?
This is another tough question! IABC has been such an integral part of my corporate career – helping me to learn new skills, meet new people and push my own limits. When I completed the ABC process in January, it was one of the most rewarding accomplishments in my life.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Travel with my husband, snuggle my kids, drink a nice glass of wine with a tasty dinner, spend a day on the lake, read a good book, support my beloved OSU Cowboys, and laugh with my family and friends.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Hot Springs, Ark. I spent every summer during my childhood on Lake Hamilton with my grandparents and cousins.

Who is your favorite musical artist? I don’t have one.

What’s your favorite movie? I like nearly every chick flick featuring Southern women, and “Steel Magnolias” is definitely my favorite.

What’s your favorite restaurant? It depends on where I am. In Tulsa, it’s McGill’s.

Complete the following: The future of the field of communications . . . will still revolve around one fundamental skill: writing.

What advice would you give to new communications professionals?
Join IABC and get involved!