Membership Spotlight – Asia Farmer

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Asia Farmer, HIE Communications Specialist II at HCA Healthcare. 

 IABC: What is your background? 

Asia:  I was born and raised right here in Nashville, TN! I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Communication – Go Vols!! I began my journey in healthcare immediately upon graduation from college through a program designed by my company specifically for recent graduates to become acclimated with the industry. I have a background in communications, healthcare implementation and optimization, project management, and clinical health IT regulations

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Asia: I have always had a passion for communications. As a child, I dreamt of career where I could use the power of my voice and technology to make a difference. My first job at HCA Healthcare afforded me the opportunity to travel across the country to help hospitals and leadership teams implement electronic health records. It was a rewarding and incredible experience that allowed me to use my voice and technology to be part of that groundbreaking milestone!

 

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have you been in this role?

Asia: I recently transitioned to a new role as HIE Communications Specialist II, and I am excited to begin this journey! Although I have been in this new role for a month, I have worked within the Clinical Services Group at HCA Healthcare for almost 6 years.

 

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Asia: HCA Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare companies in the United States. Although one of the largest, we still have an unwavering commitment to the quality of care for every patient that visits a facility and the growth and development of every employee.

 

IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?

Asia: I am an extrovert, vibrant, and dedicated.

 

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Asia: I participate in specialty/fun 5k races throughout the year such as The Color Run, The Hot Chocolate Run, and The 5k Foam Fest! If anyone has further suggestions of specialty/fun 5k races, please feel free to share!

 

IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?

Asia:

The following nuggets have helped me tremendously in my career:

  1. Always plan and prepare your work ahead of the scheduled deadline.
  2. Always fearlessly ask questions.
  3. Always cite your sources and give credit to others.
  4. Always edit and check your work multiple times before the final submission.
  5. Always practice and rehearse until you are confident in your knowledge.

 

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Asia: An effective communications leader works diligently to listen and invest in the growth of their team and be willing to take on challenges. In addition, an effective communications leader strives to be adaptable in their approach to train and educate individuals with varying learning styles and experiences.

 

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

Asia: The benefits are endless! But most importantly, connecting with other communications professionals to learn, share, and develop friendships will be quite fulfilling

 

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Asia: I am a major advocate for professional development and continuing education to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices for my role. Through IABC, I hope to learn more about different communications specialties and methods to add to my current role and help others with their brand and message.

 

 

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Julie Davis Presented Chapter’s Highest Honor

Julie Davis, APR

Julie K. Davis APR, Vice President of Communications, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., has been awarded IABC Nashville’s Fellow Award, the highest honor the organization confers upon its members on the international and chapter levels. It is awarded to communications professionals for exceptional leadership and service to IABC, in our case to the IABC Nashville Chapter.

While this is not an annual award, the Chapter was compelled to present this year to a fellow communicator who exemplifies the highest standards of the profession. The honoree has had a long-term positive impact on organizations, professions and the community through her professional and personal contributions and achievements.

Her work has won recognition by several awards programs including IABC Gold Pen Awards, PRSA Parthenon Awards, Social Responsibility Awards from Women Executives in Public Relations, not to mention, by significant advancement of her career and those she has counseled and mentored.

She is a 22-year committed and active member of IABC and IABC Nashville Chapter. Julie has served several years on the Chapter board, including as VP of Programs, VP of Finance, and as Chapter President. And, she has been recognized by previous boards with a Chapter President’s and Fellow Award. 

Julie is always there to pitch in and help the chapter, the profession, and any and all of those, who like her, is committed to help drive communication as a force for good in business and society.

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

THURSDAY May 17th — Creating a Successful Cause Marketing Campaign

Join us THURSDAY, May 17th for IABC Nashville’s Professional Development Luncheon on creating a successful cause marketing campaign. Lauren Reed, of Reed Public Relations and recent winner of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, will lead the discussion followed by a live Q&A. 

Be sure to note this month’s weekday change to THURSDAY and new location at the Amerigo!  

Lauren Reed founded Reed Public Relations in 2012 after nearly a decade at a national PR agency. As president and founder, Lauren has grown the company from a one-woman show to a full-service marketing and PR firm with specialties in cause marketing, crisis management, thought leadership and social media with clients such as Madame Tussauds Wax Attractions, O’Charley’s Restaurants, Orangetheory Fitness, and The Tennessean Hotel, to name a few.

She earned her APR designation in 2010 and is now a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Women Presidents’ Organization, former president of PRSA Nashville and recipient of the PRSA Nashville 2011 Mercury Award.

Most recently, Lauren was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 and RPR was named one of the Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2018.

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

 
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

IABC Nashville Presents President’s Award to Lysa Rigo and Sarah Loeffler

NASHVILLE – (Feb. 27, 2018)  – The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville Chapter presented the President’s Award to board members Lysa Rigo and Sarah Loeffler during its Feb. 20 professional development luncheon. 2017 IABC president Tom Kenley presented the award, which recognizes exceptional contributions by chapter members, to Lysa and Sarah for showing extraordinary commitment to the chapter’s growth and wellbeing in 2017.

 

On the heels of winning an IABC Gold Quill Award for her work at Ingram Barge, Lysa Rigo, vice president of finance for IABC Nashville, successfully reorganized the chapter’s financial affairs and has shared her expertise with chapter members and university students alike. “Lysa is always one of the first to volunteer to help with special chapter projects,” said Tom Kenley. “We couldn’t have done it without her last year.”

Sarah Loeffler, vice president of membership for IABC Nashville, continually reaches out to potential members through mixers and one-on-one networking. “Sarah consistently offers assistance with special projects,” said Kenley. “Fortunately, her commitment has continued as her chapter responsibilities have grown, and we are excited to learn that she has agreed to continue her contribution to the chapter by becoming the chapter’s president-elect this year.”

IABC Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual Music City Gold Pen Awards program.

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally.

Connect here. Go anywhere!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Join & Save: MARCH IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH!!!

Thinking about renewing your IABC membership, or joining for the first time? Do it in March and save!
If you’ve been thinking about joining IABC, or your membership has lapsed and you’ve been debating reinstating – now is the time to act! March is the best month of the year to join or renew your membership because we’re celebrating Membership Month! IABC Nashville was named Small Chapter of the Year! Join or renew by March 31 to receive:
  • 10% off your membership dues
  • Chance to win a VIP grand prize package to World Conference 2018
Already a member, but still want to participate? Refer a colleague to win a $250 Visa gift card!
Become an IABC Champion by referring a colleague or renewal membership! Our members hold the key to our success and we want to make your membership as valuable as possible. As a current member, tell your friends and colleagues to join by March 31 and use you as a referral to receive:
  • The chance to win a $250 Visa gift card
  • Recognition on the IABC website
  • Additional recognition at the IABC 2018 World Conference as an IABC
Join the fun locally – and worldwide! Use IABC Nashville as your passport to connect with communicators around the globe!
 
There are lots of ways to join the fun by participating in any of our upcoming events:
Got questions? We’ve got answers!
 
Contact IABC Nashville’s VP of Membership, Sarah Loeffler, with any questions!
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather