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.

IABC Nashville

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

News and Updates

IABC Nashville’s Vice President at Large Genma Stringer Holmes earns Awards of Excellence in IABC Atlanta Golden Flame Awards

Genma Stringer Holmes of GSH Media and Consulting has earned a prestigious Excellence Flame Award in the IABC Atlanta 2020 Golden Flame communications recognition program. The Cerese D June and August Digital Cover Issues and Stories won in the Publication Category. 


The IABC Atlanta Golden Flame awards program recognizes exceptional examples of advertising, marketing and communication programs as judged by an international panel of peer-professionals. This year, IABC Atlanta awarded thirty-two gold, four silver, sixteen bronze and three Best in Show awards for business communication excellence. 


“This year has been a difficult one for the communications industry as it has for all other industries,” said Eric Berrios, IABC Atlanta VP of Professional Recognition. “It’s been a privilege to watch how communicators have adjusted to the challenges thrown at them in 2020. The winning entries represent the best of Atlanta communications this year. I am proud of these communicators, their exceptional work and our profession.” 


Entries are scored on their own merit, not judged against one another. The awards criteria are based on IABC’s Global Seven-Point Scale of Excellence. Categories include internal communications, social media programs, websites, audio/visual, publications, writing, government relations, and marketing, advertising, and brand communications. A complete list of the IABC Atlanta 2020 Golden Flame award winners can be found at https://atlanta.iabc.com/2020-award-winners/


About IABC Atlanta

IABC Atlanta is the premiere professional communications association that provides professional development, networking, and best practices for a broad range of communication professionals at all career levels. With membership across internal and external communications, as well as executive, marketing and PR sectors, the association provides unique networking events and learning opportunities for communication professionals to advance their careers and build meaningful connections within the Atlanta community. More information about the organization is available at  www.atlanta.iabc.com


About Genma Stringer Holmes and GSH Media 

Genma Stringer Holmes is a recognized award-winning Serial Entrepreneur, Media Influencer, and Editor-in-Chief. She is IABC Nashville’s 2020 Inaugural Hall of Fame Recipient. She has won several awards from the International Association of Business Communicators including the IABC Southern Region’s Silver Quills, IABC Atlanta’s Golden Flames, and IABC Nashville’s Music City Gold Pens for projects as diverse as editorial work for print and digital publications, digital communication branding, and social media management and research. She is the owner of Holmes Pest Control, Executive Producer of Living Your Best Life Radio, and the Editor-in-Chief of GSH Media. Genma has a heart for non-profits and community engagement. She has served on IABC’s boards and committees locally, regionally, and internationally.


About Cerese D

Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after jewelry brands nationwide. Cerese D releases new and exciting designs of jewelry every month. With a passion for color, texture and balance, the founder, Cerese Dolman, strives to provide new fashion-forward designs without compromise.

The deeply admired luxury jewelry brand continues to allure the world with its stylish artistic array of jewelry. Cerese D Jewelry is the new luxury brand that is authentic and unconventional. A style that expresses new forms of elegance, presenting itself as modern and different. The strong identity of the Cerese D Jewelry brand has evolved over the years without ever forgetting its roots. 

Recap: “The ROI of Nice”

Thank you to all that attended our this month’s professional development event, “The ROI of Nice,” featuring Dave Delaney, author, speaker and trainer. We hope you enjoyed learning from Dave how to keep your business prospects engaged, keep your clients happy, keep your revenue increasing, and keep your culture thriving. Key insights gained from this hour-long presentation include:

  • Tools to keep your teams, clients, and prospects actively engaged with you
  • How to lead with empathy and compassion in your communications
  • Proven leadership techniques to build and maintain a thriving culture


About the Speaker: Dave Delaney

Dave Delaney is an author, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker known as a communication connoisseur. He is the creator of the NICE Method and helps fast-growing companies reach their people through comprehensive communication workshops and presentations. Delaney works with brands like Google, FedEx, LinkedIn, and UPS.

Delaney is an American Marketing Association award winner in Nashville. He has appeared in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Inc, Fortune, and Billboard Magazine.

His acclaimed book, New Business Networking, explores online and offline tools, tips, and techniques to grow and nurture your professional network for your business and career by communicating – the nice way.

Dave was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He took a trip to Ireland and ended up living with Irish twins in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a long story, he will happily share.