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 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.



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.

2020 Board Members

IABC Nashville

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

News and Updates

Member Spotlight: June D. Patterson, Content Director at HealthStream

By Kristin Appelman

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q & A feature. We are pleased to showcase IABC member June D. Patterson, Content Director, hStream, at HealthStream

When did you join IABC Nashville?

August 2019

What is your current position? How long have you been in this role?

I am a Content Director for HealthStream and have been in this role since March 2019. I provide editorial vision and tactical direction for how digital learning content is created and distributed to healthcare workers.  

How did you get started in this business?

I graduated from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism school at Arizona State University and have been in the communications business in some capacity ever since. I started as a newspaper reporter at the Arizona Republic. I discovered medical writing early in my career and spent 12 years as the Editor-in-Chief of a medical news publisher. Although I have spent most of my career in healthcare communications, I have also enjoyed freelance writing for lifestyle and business publications along the way. 

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

One of the things that I have learned as a communications professional is that people rarely have the time to read (or watch or listen) to everything you have to say. Because I know that, I try to a) answer a reader’s question before they ask and b) keep my communications concise. People also tend to forget what you say. I’m always prepared to repeat my message.

What makes an effective communications leader?

I think two of the greatest attributes of a communications leader is their ability to listen and their ability to empathize with the person or people to whom they are delivering a message. 

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

Organized. Thoughtful. Creative.

Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to learn.

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved cars, particularly sports cars, muscle cars, and big trucks. Ferrari and F-150 are two of my favorites. I attend car shows as often as I can, and I have a goal to attend a Formula 1 race in Europe within the next two years. 

What three (3) things are you most excited to gain from IABC Nashville (in ranking order)?

  1. Making new friends 
  2. Learn a new communication skill or technique
  3. Sharing and learning best practices from other members

Bonus:  What’s your favorite productivity hack that’s kept you successful working remotely in COVID-19? (i.e. favorite app, time-shaving method, a part of your daily routine, etc.)

I found a new app called ‘COVID Coach.’ It’s a free app that was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs, but anyone can use it. It’s meant to support self-care and overall mental health for people during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kristin Appelman is the marketing manager for Concept Technology, Inc., and serves on the IABC Nashville board of directors as Vice President of Membership. 





May Log In and Lunch: “Talking to Strangers is My Self Care” with Lily Hansen

Author and TEDx speaker Lily Clayton Hansen will touch on the benefits of communicating virtually so you can use it to your advantage.

Join IABC Nashville and renowned author and TEDx speaker Lily Clayton Hansen for our first “Log In and Lunch” Professional Development Online Lunch and Learn Series. Hansen will discuss the importance of acknowledging the difference between communicating through tools like Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp and having face-to-face conversations. An essential part of being satisfied with virtual communication, and not resenting it, is realizing that it is unique. Hansen will touch on the benefits of communicating virtually so you can make the best out of the situation and use it to your advantage to communicate with colleagues, network, and keep in touch with friends.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, May 27 from Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online event via Zoom
Cost: Free for IABC Nashville members; $15 for non-members


Lily Clayton Hansen
Writer, journalist, and visual artist
Word of Mouth Conversations

About our speaker: Lily Clayton Hansen

Conversation drives author and interviewer Lily Clayton Hansen. One of the basics in life is communication, and in a digital age, Lily believes we need to re-prioritize it more than ever. Oftentimes referred to as the “people whisperer,” (one who lowers other’s walls and coaxes wisdom out of them) she finds nuggets of insight like no one else. Through her interviews, Lily reminds others to keep an open mind and heart.


In 2013, Lily relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, or rather the “It City.” In 2013, she began compiling interviews and portrait photography for her first book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations. The coffee table book, praised locally and regionally upon its 2015 release, garnered regional press, endorsements by name brands, and partnerships with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Vanderbilt University and Nashville International Airport. The author has spoken about her project at arts organizations and universities across the country. Lily’s second book, Word of Mouth: More Conversations, released in 2018, was the first she published through her own boutique publishing company. She is currently sought after by other cities and companies to create custom coffee table books for them.

Following Word of Mouth: More Conversations, Lily was approached by HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital company in America, to create a custom book for their 50th anniversary that showcased stories with team members at all levels. The book was a hit and said to have brought unity to their 250,000-person organization. In 2019, Lily wrote 233-corporate bios for Gresham Smith, a global architecture and engineering firm who hired her specifically to humanize their company. Through it all, the writer still loves writing about real people who are passionate about what they do. She is grateful to be able to use her empathic nature and curiosity to ask the hard questions—in the kindest way possible. Lily wants to get to know others for who they are and show their best possible self. She has been described as “an artist in all sense of the word”— it just so happens that her favorite medium is the art of conversation. In the fall of 2019, Lily debuted her newest talk “Talking to Strangers Is My Self Care” at Tedx Nashville’s Women’s event.


Reserve your spot for this informative event. See you there.