IABC Tulsa Newsletter – December 2013

IABC Tulsa



President’s Column
The Myths of Creativity
Upcoming Webinar – Getting Strategic with Social Media
Communication World: Crisis, Key Stakeholders and Your Brand
Job Line

By Angela Byers, IABC Tulsa President

We recently held our third annual Gift of Communications event where we select three nonprofit organizations from the community and offer communications-specific ideas to boost their organization. I would like to thank Dena Wind, our Special Events chair, who organized our recent Gift of Communications event.

We had some great leaders, volunteers and IABC members take part this year. I would especially like to thank Bard Hasbini, Summer Austin, Janet Hardy, Kim Wilson, Megan Lewis, Jacqi Davis, Sara Reynolds and Peggy Striegel for offering their expertise and advice to the non-profits, I’m sure it was much appreciated.

This year the three participating nonprofits were Good Samaritan Health Services, Truckers Against Trafficking and Child Care Resource Center. Each group told us about their organization, their goals and what advice they needed.  We then broke up into groups and held brainstorming sessions. Some of the topics that the groups focused on were branding, event planning and gaining media attention.

Not only is this event great for the nonprofits that we advise, but we get to learn so much about these organizations.  These professionals do great work for their organizations, and often with very small budgets.  We were all taking notes from them too!  It shows how creative and dedicated people can be when they believe in a cause.

This is becoming one of my favorite events now. We all left with such a warm and fuzzy feeling, and I’m already looking forward to next year.

I also want to take this time to thank our incredible board for their hard work, dedication and input this year:

-Phillip and Kiley made the Ann Wylie event a great success,

And they also planned the Communicator’s Summit with finesse.

-Megan and Lucia made the Bronze Quill Awards such a fun event,

and I know finding judges is seriously torment.

-Dena has worked hard lately to better our community

with the Gift of Communications as her priority.

-Summer and Barb have been handling membership like such pros,

and where would be without our past president, Shannon, who knows…

-Jennifer and Brad make sure that we are all informed,

and our secretary, Sara, has really performed.

-Thank you to Meggan and Liza for always being there,

and also to Joanne, our new hospitality chair.

Our student intern Kim is anything but a beginner,

She does it all – she’s the multi-tasking winner.

-I just want to thank everyone for their hard work and time.

I think we have made 2013 completely sublime!


When our jobs challenge us to be creative on demand, we must develop novel, useful ideas that will keep our organizations competitive. For anyone who struggles with creativity, or who makes excuses for delaying the work of innovation, David Burkus will help you overcome your obstacles to finding new ideas with his presentation, The Myths of Creativity.

Based on the latest research into how creative individuals and firms succeed, David will highlight the mistaken ideas that hold us back and show how anyone can embrace a practical, grounded approach to finding the best new ideas. He’ll answer questions such as, “What causes us to be creative in one moment and void in the next?” and he’ll debunk several common myths about creativity.

All about David

David Burkus is assistant professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. He is the founder and host of LDRLB(pronounced “leader lab”), a podcast that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation and strategy.

His work on leadership, creativity and innovation has been published in numerous scholarly journals and practitioner publications. He also is a contributing writer for 99U, Creativity Post and the Harvard Business Review blog. As a presenter, he has spoken on leadership and innovation to a diverse set of audiences, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Naval Academy.

David is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

When:          Wed., Jan. 15, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:        The Summit Club
15 W. Sixth Street, 31st floor, Renaissance Room
Bank of America Building (parking garage entrance located on Boulder Avenue)

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

RSVP:           Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

UPCOMING WEBINAR – Getting Strategic with Social Media

There’s more to successfully using social media than just learning the ins and outs of a social network, and the rapid rise of digital channels has made strategic online communication a must-have skill for the modern communicator.

This eight-week online workshop, beginning January 9, 2014, and hosted by Shel Holtz, ABC, and Joe Thornley, will teach participants how to integrate goals and objectives into strategic execution of digital and social media communications.

Find out more and register for “Getting Strategic with Social Media.”


The December issue of CW is out! This month, learn how to safeguard your reputation in a crisis by identifying and addressing key stakeholders.

For reading on-the-go, members can download the magazine through dedicated apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices. You can share the web edition of CW with colleagues and friends.

You can also print or download an entire issue or individual articles through the web edition. Just look for the print and download buttons in the top right.

Have questions or comments about the digital CW? Let us know at cwmagazine@iabc.com.


Looking for local, regional or international career opportunities? Have an open position and looking for a talented professional to fill it?

IABC Tulsa and IABC International both have career listings available.

IABC Tulsa has new listings available this month!

The IABC Job Center is the definitive career resource for the communication profession, serving job seekers and employers in all industries and communication functions.


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

Kendra Thompson, Cancer Treatment Centers, 22 years
Janet Hardy, Phillips 66, 3 years
Lucia O’Connor, O’Connor Ink, 3 years
Jacqueline Davis Soh, Phillips 66, 3 years
Hayley Westwood, ONEOK, 3 years
Derald Riley, ONEOK, 3 years