Best Business Communication Work to be Honored at IABC Nashville 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Apr 25, 2016, 12:31 ET from IABC Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville Chapter will present its 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards, recognizing area professionals and agencies for their top communication projects, on Thursday, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Oak Room at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery located at 1414 Clinton St, Nashville. The event’s emcee is April Eaton, host of the long-running popular program “Urban Outlook” on the NewsChannel5 Network.

MCGP FB Event image4The IABC Nashville 2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards reception and ceremony honors Middle Tennessee/Southwestern Kentucky area business communicators and provides an evening of networking, celebration and an opportunity to hear about award-winning projects in diverse categories that demonstrate excellence in creativity, effective strategy, and measurable results. Go to the IABC Nashville website to reserve your spot to attend this prestigious event.

This year marks a relaunch of the prestigious regional awards program, which honors individuals, agencies and companies who are leading the communication profession as measured by international quality and impact standards.

“This year’s awards program, which always showcases impressive entries, also provides an opportunity to connect with industry professionals who are setting new standards for communication excellence,” says IABC Nashville President Philip J. Matisak, ABC. “And, this year, the celebration is in a popular new venue, providing an appropriate setting to recognize the best, as well as providing an opportunity to enjoy a unique, historical and trendy atmosphere in our vibrant and growing city.”

Proudly sponsoring this year’s event is Lellyet & Rogers CompanyStagePost and Bernadette Ruby.

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!






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IABC Nashville Announces 2016 Board

The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the election of new officers for 2016. The new board will officially assume their roles Jan. 1. The IABC/Nashville Executive Board governs the operations of the local chapter, leads strategic planning, professional and member development efforts. This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including senior living, health care, and higher education. The 2016 Executive Board members include:


President – Phil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)

Past President – Jennifer Fuqua, Meridian Surgical Partners

President-Elect– Tom Kenley, The Rogers Group

Secretary – Glenda Betts, TVA (retired)

Vice President of Finance – Paul Ladd, World Christian Broadcasting

Vice President of Membership – Gene Boulware, The Vincit Group

Vice President of Communications – Misty Moore, HCA

Vice President of Professional Development – Genma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC

Vice President, Awards – Tom Kenley, The Rogers Group

Vice President At-Large – Julie Davis, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, Inc.

Vice President-At-Large – Stacey Gish, Western Kentucky University

Vice President-At-LargePaul Lindsley, MA, ABC, Phase 3 Marketing & Communications


“I look forward to working with some of Nashville’s top communications professionals to offer industry insight, outstanding speakers and networking opportunities to Nashville-area communications professionals,” said Phil Matisak, newly-elected president and former Human Resource Manager at UPS. “The IABC Nashville Chapter has established itself as a leader among professional groups for communicators and I plan to focus our chapter’s efforts on enhancing member engagement and continuing to grow this dynamic chapter.”

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Lunch & Learn Oct 21: “How to Respond?” Handling Negative Comments, Controversies and Crisis on Social Media

Crisis gone viral? Catching criticism on Facebook?twitter_breakout1Facebook-broken Learn how to weather the storms of social media at this interactive session featuring Nashville experts in social media, PR and online engagement. Panelists include:
  • Beth Tallent – Vice President of Public Relations, The Dave Ramsey Show
  • David Plazas – Opinion Engagement Editor, The Tennessean
  • Jennifer Brantley – Senior Vice President, McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations
  • Moderated by Mimi Bliss – Owner, Bliss Communications

When: Wednesday October 21, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

Where: Maggiano’s – 3106 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

Click Here to Register Now!

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Diana Marsh to Discuss Marketing Technology at Sept. 16 Professional Development Luncheon

Contact:  Misty Moore, VP Communications,

Diana Marsh to Discuss Marketing Technology at Sept. 16 IABC Nashville Professional Development Luncheon

diana_marsh_the_a_groupNASHVILLE, Tenn.– IABC Nashville welcomes professional communicators to its Sept. 16 professional development luncheon to learn how speaking the language of technology can improve marketing communications. Guest speaker Diana Marsh, executive vice president of The A Group, will share tips and ideas for finding clarity in the convergence of marketing and technology. Register online before Sept. 12 for a reduced rate!

IABC Nashville’s monthly professional development luncheon takes place at Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 3106 West End Avenue. During the 11:30 a.m. presentation,  Marsh will:

  • Identify technology fundamentals for marketing
  • Define practical technology terminology
  • Share ideas for working with a technical team

“We’re excited to have Diana share her presentation on the convergence of marketing and technology, said IABC Nashville president Jennifer Fuqua. “With more than 20 years of marketing, technology and client service experience, she will undoubtedly offer our attendees new ideas for embracing technology and partnering with technology experts to enhance communications.”

Through IABC’s professional development luncheons, members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month, learn from knowledgeable guest speakers and receive integral information on how to improve communication skills. Luncheons are held each month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and the cost to attend is $25 for members, $30 for LinkedIn and non-members, and $20 for students until Sept. 12. The price increases by $5 after that time. Register now or visit IABC Nashville’s website.

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 ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program.

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2016 Music City Gold Pen Awards Celebration

See all of this year’s award winners!

Thanks to our sponsors for this year’s event Lellyet & Rogers CompanyStagePost and Bernadette Ruby.

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Professionalism in the Workplace: It Takes a Village

By Stacey Gish, IABC Vice President at Large

Professionalism is knowing how to do it, when to do it, and doing it.” –Frank Tyger


Professionalism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a professional or a professional person.” Human Resource personnel responding to the 2013 York College Career Development Study define professionalism through the demonstration of a few specific qualities:

* Working until a task is completed

* Demonstrating interpersonal communication skills

* Dressing appropriately

* Arriving on time

* Displaying honesty

* Being focused and attentive

However, according to that same York College study, human resource professionals feel that less than half of their newly hired college graduates display those characteristics of professionalism. Moreover, almost half of those professionals also feel that recent college graduates have an increased sense of entitlement and a decreased work ethic. The influence of these characteristics upon hiring is significant, as 60% of professionals surveyed would not hire a candidate who violated professional qualities during the job interview process. While we know professionalism is important, we often fail at providing resources to students in this critical area.

Equipping college students with the skills needed for success in the modern workplace obviously involves teaching discipline knowledge, but it now includes a curriculum of professionalism. The Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University hosts a program dedicated to the preparation of a more professional workforce called PEAK, which stands for Professional Education and Knowledge.

PEAK serves as a comprehensive resource students may use to complement content knowledge. Resources include career awareness and exploration activities, personal development workshops and events, and real-world experiential learning through job shadowing, mentoring, and internships. Students who participate in PEAK-sponsored events report an increased knowledge of professionalism as well as a confident readiness to handle a variety of workplace scenarios. Through PEAK, students also are developing a network of professional contacts who provide advice and mentoring.

Professional organizations like IABC Nashville can play a role in developing professionalism, as well. Students are looking for professionals who model these behaviors. Students desire the expertise of professionals who are living these qualities every day. Here are a few ways in which professionals can assist the next generation of workers:

* Provide tips to students on how to clean up their social media

* Serve as a mock interviewer

* Offer to provide advice as a mentor – either in person or electronically

* Donate your professional clothing to a college career center

* Invite students to your workplace – for a one-day job shadowing experience or a full semester internship

* Invite students to IABC Nashville luncheons, where they can network with professionals

* Participate in IABC Nashville’s visits to local college campuses

Professionalism is an important aspect of our daily work lives. Consider how you will get involved in ensuring the next generation of our workforce demonstrates these characteristics.

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April 20 Getting Your Business Narrative Told Lunch

Attendees at the April 20 Luncheon had the opportunity to hear Lori Becker, editor in chief at the Nashville Business Journal, share her insights on how to get their business narrative written and told.



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Social, Video and Mobile for Internal Communications Conference

nashville 220x220IABC Nashville is proud to support the Social, Video, & Mobile for Internal Communications conference!

The conference is being hosted by the Advanced Learning Institute, which will be held in Nashville, May 23 – 25, 2016.


Since our Chapter is supporting this conference, IABC Nashville members who register will receive a $200 discount! When registering use the code “IABC Nashville”.

At the event, you will hear case studies and best practices from your peers at eBay, IBM, Maxim Healthcare Services, U-Haul, Walmart, Workday, and many more!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be surrounded by your internal and employee communications peers, learn best practices from leading organizations, and walk away with practical tips and tools to implement when you return to the office! 

Visit the ALI conference website to learn more!

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