We represent the global profession

As the only global communication association, we strive to advocate for the profession, represent best practices, define the global standard and live by a code of ethics.

We create connection

We foster community and learn from each other.

We are a diverse community

We welcome diverse communication professionals of all levels and practices. We embrace diverse viewpoints, encourage conversation and celebrate cultural differences.

We focus on insights and results

We position communication as a strategic function that allows organizations to achieve their goals.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville chapter is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions offering new insights into the latest communication trends, technology, and issues facing the industry. IABC Nashville members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month through professional development luncheons and more informal social “mixers” during the year. Our chapter is diverse, with members representing regional and national public relations agencies, marketing firms, public and private corporations, government, universities and nonprofit organizations.


Professional development

Professional development

Tap into professional development, recognition and learning opportunities that will elevate your career, expand your knowledge and give you the critical edge you need to succeed. Built on a peer-created Global Standard and a Career Road Map for communication professionals, IABC’s professional development programs offer a variety of outstanding opportunities for life-long career growth.

Networking and member experiences

Networking and member experiences

IABC Nashville meets twice a month to network with other communications professional for professional development luncheons and networking mixers. Topics at our luncheons include: Measuring Communications Success, Internal Communications, Media Relations and Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Corporate Responsibility, Marketing Communications, Digital Communications, and Skills Development.

Recognition and awards programs

Recognition and awards programs

So, you're a game-changer who thinks outside the box? You've done the work and put in the time, now it's time to take center stage at our annual Music City Gold Pen Awards. Take this opportunity to showcase your hard work and creativity for a chance to be recognized as one of Nashville’s best communicators.

Certification

Certification

Certification is intended to support you throughout your career. The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) has identified roles, responsibilities and competencies for four broad career levels: Foundational, Generalist/Specialist, Strategic Adviser, and Business Leader. At this time, the GCCC offers certification for the Communication Management Professional and Strategic Communication Management Professional levels.

Resources

Resources

Strong communication is much more than just speaking or writing. Effective communicators can read their audience and make sure their message gets across, whether it be at a corporate presentation or small meeting. Our extensive library of resources and tools can help you develop, practice and perfect the art of communication.

University and Student Support

University and Student Support

We also support several IABC university chapters in the area including Belmont University and Western Kentucky University. We also support other university programs throughout the region and have members supporting initiatives at the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, and Austin Peay State University.

IABC Nashville

Join the best local networking chapter for communicators, and connect with communicators globally.

News and Updates


May 2022: Lunch & Learn

How to Captivate a Crowd:Public Speaking Tips from Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD

We’re back in person for our professional development events—come join us!
 
Join us as in person as we host Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD, as our May professional development guest speaker! Dr. Babb is the Rotary District Governor for District 6760, which serves 58 clubs and 3,200+ community leaders throughout Middle and West Tennessee. Dr. Babb has ample experience presenting to groups ranging from ten people to 500+. When preparing and delivering engaging speeches, he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve. Not to mention he’s also a songwriter–which means he’s up to the challenge of communicating a message with just a few words.
 
You’ll learn:
  • The basics of preparing a speech
  • How to sharpen your presentation skills for both virtual and in-person events
  • Tips and tricks for keeping your audience engaged throughout your whole presentation

About Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD:

Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD, lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a Board-Certified Family Physician practicing hospital medicine at Williamson Medical Center from 2011-present. Before that, he practiced “cradle to grave” family medicine in Cushing, Oklahoma, from delivering babies to going to nursing homes and making house call visits along with his office, hospital, and surgical practice. He has worked in the COVID-19 unit since March 2020. His collegiate degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Phillips University and a Medical Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Babb is married to Tamie, an OB-GYN physician at Hendersonville Medical Center. They blended their families and have eight children and 16 grandchildren.

Dr. Babb’s community and world service include being a Rotarian since 1985. He has held multiple club and district offices culminating in being Rotary International District 6760 Governor. District 6760 is comprised of 58 Rotary Clubs in central and western Tennessee with over 3,200 members.

He is a singer/songwriter who owns Magic Yellow Bird Publishing and has songs streaming on the internet. Dr. Babb has had songs in the top 40 on the country charts in Europe.

Dr. Babb has a passion for serving others in whatever capacity he is occupying at that moment, whether it be personal friend, public speaking, medicine, Rotary, music or family.

This will be an interactive discussion with plenty of time for Q&A. To submit a question in advance, please send us an email.

Get your tickets now!

Details:
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

Location: Nashville Entrepreneur Center
41 Peabody St.
Nashville, TN 37210

Tickets

  • IABC Members: $35
  • General Admission (for non-members): $45
  • Students: $30

Note: We kindly ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. If you aren’t feeling well, please adhere to CDC guidance and stay at home.

April Lunch and Learn: Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Rallying People for Your Cause: How Sustainable Business Practices Pay Off

We’re back in person for our professional development events—come join us! Take advantage of our discounted ticket prices to celebrate being back together again.
 
Getting people behind your cause isn’t always easy. Luckily, Urban Green Lab—a Nashville nonprofit that helps educate and inspire sustainable strategies for organizations—has some success stories to share with us! Join us in person as Jacqueline Goodwin, Sustainable Workplaces Manager at Urban Green Lab, shares how to develop a business case for sustainability and connects us with resources that make a difference in our local community.
 
You’ll learn:
  • Why workplaces are a good place to start with sustainability
  • Tips for getting others to back your cause and share your same excitement
  • Resources that make a difference here locally

Our discussion will feature:

Jacqueline Goodwin is the Sustainable Workplaces Manager at local nonprofit Urban Green Lab. She manages the Urban Green Lab Certification Program, the Nashville Sustainability Roundtable, and B Tenessee, Tennessee’s association of B Corporations. She went to Dickinson College to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and there, she grew her love for sustainability by living in the Center for Sustainable Living and interning at the Center for Sustainability Education. Jackie also studied sustainable development and urban climate adaptation abroad in Copenhagen and was one of Dickinson’s first recipients of the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate.
 
Prior to her move to Nashville, Jackie worked in the nonprofit world for Ashoka and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Most recently, Jackie was a freelance writer specializing in social impact and sustainability. She has a passion for educating communities on how to live more intentionally and impactfully through a sustainability lens. She especially enjoys helping businesses incorporate sustainable practice into their everyday work through her programs at UGL.

This will be an interactive discussion with plenty of time for Q&A. To submit a question in advance, please send us an email.

Get your tickets now!

Back in Person Special Pricing

  • IABC Members: $25
  • General Admission (for non-members): $35
  • Students: $20

What’s for Lunch?
Keeping in line with the theme of sustainability, lunch will be provided by the Sunflower Cafe, a local vegetarian restaurant. It’s so good, we bet you won’t even miss the meat! Why a vegetarian meal? Meat and dairy account for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email Tayhlor Blackwell, VP of Professional Development.

Note: We kindly ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. If you aren’t feeling well, please adhere to CDC guidance and stay at home.