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 »

June Newsletter

President’s Column
By Angela Byers, IABC Tulsa President

I just returned from IABC world conference in Toronto, Ontario where communications professionals gathered to learn from the best and brightest in our industry. There were over 2,000 registered attendees with representation from as far away as Africa, South America and Europe. Before the opening session, I joined a walking tour of beautiful downtown Toronto, and explored China Town, Kensington and Dundas districts. Toronto is a beautiful, clean and friendly city that reminded me of NYC in many ways. It was energizing to be around so many communications professionals. Those that I met are articulate, confident, and great thought leaders within their organizations. They are the voice of their companies and often the voice of their leadership. While we were in Toronto we went to sessions that taught us how to enhance our skills, create an authentic culture, generate employee engagement, and apply science to use our brain in new ways.

The keynote speakers included Lesley Jane Seymour from MORE Magazine, Gregg Lederman from Brand Integrity Group, Hayley Wickenheiser from the Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and many more.

Shannon Frederick and Ginger Homan were officially slated into the regional and international board. Joe Williams and John Clemons were a raving success in their circle of fellows presentations. Ginger Homan accepted an Award of Excellence.

One of my favorite keynote speakers Mike Walsh. He is a leading authority on the digital future, the bestselling author of Futuretainment and the CEO of Tomorrow, a global innovation lab in Berkeley, Calif. His opening general session provided the excitement of scanning the near future for the next communication trends. He introduced a fresh, symbiotic way of looking at the relationships we have with our clients and customers. His opening keynote session on Sunday showed us that shifts in human behavior in relation to emerging technologies must inform our business transformations if we’re to truly serve our stakeholders.

Be sure and register for next year’s conference, which will be in San Francisco. You won’t want to miss it.

Proud to represent our great chapter,
Angela [Read more...]

Newsletter – May 2014

May 2014

President’s Column

By Angela Byers, IABC Tulsa President

Hello and happy spring!

You’ll be happy to know some of our IABC Tulsa Chapter members are representing us regionally and globally. We truly have some of the best communications leaders in our chapter, and a few of them have been chosen for VIP roles within IABC.

Ginger Homan, ABC, has accepted the role of Director on the 2014-2015 International Executive Board of IABC. Ginger is the founder and owner of Zia Communications and a founding partner in MODA, a branding and architecture firm. Both firms focus on building communities and creating a thriving culture. Homan specializes in getting a client’s message heard, understood and acted upon. She is a recipient of the 2011 Tulsa Chapter IABC John Hartman Professional Communicator of the Year, former president of the Tulsa chapter and the former Director of North America for the IABC Accreditation Committee. Her work has been recognized with IABC Gold, Silver and Bronze Quills, as well as local and regional ADDY’s, SMPS Marketing Achievement Awards and by PRSA. We are lucky to have Ginger represent IABC Internationally. She will play a vital role in shaping the future of IABC.

Shannon Frederick, ABC, will be on the slate to possibly be voted in as the new Secretary for the IABC Southern Region this summer. Shannon is also the past-president of the IABC-Tulsa Chapter. She has been honored with multiple awards from IABC and PRSA for her strategic communications management, writing, media and internal communications work experience. She joined Walmart in 2006 as a senior manager for Media Relations. Shannon is currently the Senior Director for Global Associate Communications, and her group is responsible for communicating to the company’s over 2 million associates worldwide. I know she will do an incredible job in this new role at the Southern Region. IABC-Tulsa applauds her!

Next month is IABC’s World Conference in Toronto. Joe Williams and John Clemons, ABC, APR, from IABC Tulsa will be two of the 20 IABC Fellows that will be at the Fellows’ Circle of Wisdom at World Conference. The Fellows’ Circle of Wisdom will be the largest group of present IABC Fellows in the history of World Conference. The Fellows’ Circle of Wisdom will be a unique and very personal learning experience for not only the 500 that attend, but also the 20 Fellows involved as well. Each will share knowledge on “What they’ve found to be true” from their careers in communication. Joe Williams will be giving relationship advice to help us make impactful presentations. John Clemons’ main topic will be that great work alone will not get you “there”.

Joe Williams, IABC Fellow and founder of Joe Williams Communications, has been an IABC Fellow since 2009 and has been given 12 Gold Quill awards. To be named as a Fellow is the highest honor in IABC. The association takes into account the applicants’ career achievements, leadership, authorship and overall contribution to the field of communications. Unlike other IABC annual awards, being named an IABC Fellow is a lifetime title. Joe’s achievements are endless, and he’s all-around a great guy.

John Clemons, ABC, APR, and IABC Fellow has served as the Chair of the International Executive Board. At Walmart, John is responsible for development, implementation and measurement/evaluation of internal communication programs, and strategic communication initiatives for the Walmart Leverage organization. Prior to joining Walmart in 2012, John served as the IABC Interim Executive Director. In 2001, he was the Chairman and Chief Volunteer Officer for IABC’s International Executive Board and in 2012, he was named an IABC Fellow. Besides the Fellows’ Circle of Wisdom, John Clemons will also be on another panel at World Conference with two other Fellows. The topic will be Internal Communications Unplugged; there they will be revisiting some internal communication firm rules. We are lucky to have such an incredible communicator in our chapter.

These members have put their hearts and souls into IABC. Be sure to tell Shannon and Ginger congratulations on their new roles, and be sure to sign up to hear Joe and John at the upcoming World Conference.

May Meeting

Whether it’s an ambush interview in the parking lot, or a well-planned press conference, your organization’s top leader needs to feel confident and prepared when talking with reporters. How do you help bring that about?

Join us May 21 when Terri Ammerman of The Ammerman Experience will offer her perspective on media training for executives and give us ideas we can use to help the corner office communicate effectively.

All About Terri

Terri Ammerman is president and chief executive officer of The Ammerman Experience based in Stafford, Texas, near Houston. She joined the company in 1981 and became CEO in 2007. Over the years, The Ammerman Experience has thrived under Terri’s leadership. She provides strategic counsel, communications advice and training for clients around the world, including several of the world’s largest energy companies.

When:        Wednesday, May 21, 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 by Monday, may 19 »

IABC World Conference, June 8 – 11, Toronto, Canada

Our reputation often precedes us. Unfortunately, in the digital era, this isn’t always a good thing. If you’re not conscious of your online and offline image, you might be shocked at what people are saying about you. The anonymous and viral nature of the Internet makes both justified and unjustified reputational attacks a realistic possibility, but with the right strategic communication plans in place, you’ll be protected.

By attending the sessions in the Reputation track at the 2014 IABC World Conference, you’ll be able to:

  • Protect your reputation on and offline
  • Build a foundation of trust with influencers, creating true brand advocates
  • Become a thought leader and brand ambassador through social media
  • Master damage control and recover from a reputational crisis

Register for the 2014 IABC World Conference, 8-11 June in Toronto, Canada on the World Conference website. Book today to make sure you catch the must-attend conference of the year for professional communicators!

Trust and Respect: The Ingredients for Intranet Success

Q&A with 2014 IABC World Conference speaker William Amurgis

IABC: What are the main reasons employees don’t interact with their company’s intranet?

William Amurgis: Here’s the main reason: Employees won’t interact if they perceive that no one is paying attention to them—or, worse yet, that the only attention they’ll get is in the form of a stern reprimand should they share something deemed inappropriate. If they see only downside, and no upside, why should they bother? You’ll still get participation in such a scenario—but only by the very brave and the very reckless.

To defuse these perceptions, you must prove that you’re paying attention by joining in the conversation, by responding to questions (respectfully, and in a timely manner), by highlighting the most responsible contributions, and by alerting your leaders to the value and insight such interaction brings.

The rest of this Q&A is available on the World Conference website.

Job Line – Local and International

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 for interns 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.