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.

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News and Updates

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January Professional Development Event: Through a Glass Darkly: Increasing Transparency in Talent Acquisition

Learn some of the key ways employers and job seekers can be more visible in an unfamiliar job market.

 About the Event

In this COVID era, navigating the job market has created an immense amount of challenges–for both employers and candidates alike. Visibility and transparency have never been more important in order to stay competitive and relevant whether you’re in the job market at this time or not.

Join us to hear from Marketing Manager, Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, as he takes us through his journey from hardship to triumph, and the valuable discoveries he made along the way.

You’ll learn:

  • Tips to be more transparent and visible in your job search
  • How to “stand out” from the competition as a hiring employer or a job seeker
  • Recommended, and not so recommended, tools and platforms to help your success rate

About the Speaker: Michael Deas

Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, has filled a number of diverse roles over his 36-year career: editor, missionary, translator, marketing manager, corporate communications manager, and communications director. Currently, Mike is Marketing Manager for the Lee Company, a $300-million home and facility services firm in Franklin, Tennessee.

Mike has been a member of IABC for 24 years, a chapter president of IABC South Carolina, an Accredited Business Communicator since 2004, and a Strategic Communication Management Professional since 2018. In 2020 Mike served on the board of IABC Nashville and was named IABC Nashville’s “Communicator of the Year.” He has been recognized 15 times with awards for excellence in communication.

His wide range of experience in both internal and external communication roles–for companies large and small, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, on both sides of the Atlantic, in two languages–equips him with insight into the challenges facing today’s communicators.


Free for IABC members and $15 for non-members.


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A look back: IABC Nashville in 2020

An edited and abridged version of this article “IABC World Tour of IABC Chapters: Nashville” was published in the December 22, 2020 issue of The Bulletin, IABC’s weekly newsletter. 

Based in the heart of “Music City,” IABC Nashville is a small – but mighty – chapter that has been accomplishing impressive things, despite the global pandemic this year. Our chapter has showcased that we can accomplish anything, irrespective of our size or circumstances. Our members are diverse, representing an array of industries and backgrounds – from health care companies, public relations agencies, marketing firms, public and private corporations, government, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

Before we entered the “new normal” of Zoom meetings and virtual events, communications professionals could attend our in-person IABC Nashville events and experience true southern hospitality at its finest – something in which IABC Nashville takes great pride. Whether attending in-person or virtual, communicators can continue to make authentic and genuine connections at IABC Nashville events (and you never know, you may even meet a talented musician or songwriter there!)

Our chapter – like many others – had to shift to all virtual events in the early spring of this year, but that didn’t stop us from continuing to offer valuable networking and professional development events just like we normally would. In fact, we embraced the opportunity that virtual events provide to collaborate with others, and reach and support more people in the communications industry.

Here’s a brief recap of some of the remarkable work that IABC Nashville has accomplished this year:

Making the most of virtual reality:

  • We made a seemingly seamless pivot from 100% in-person to 100% virtual meetings and events, overcoming the challenges that accompany a change of this magnitude – like setting up a Zoom account and learning how to use it! Following two successful in-person events in January and February, our chapter hosted twelve successful online-only events this year.
  • Our July professional development workshop, “Write to Win: Mastering the Art of Award Submission Writing,” featured regional IABC awards program leaders as guest presenters, with over 130 attendees from all over the world who learned about award entry best practices. A special thanks to the IABC Southern RegionIABC AtlantaKansas City IABC, and IABC South Carolina for their collaboration and support in making this event happen.
  • In November, we broadcasted our 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards on Facebook Live. A total of 36 awards were presented during the broadcast which was hosted by emcee Danielle Breezy, Chief Meteorologist from WKRN-TV Nashville News 2, and featured special guest singer-songwriter and American Idol semi-finalist Sarah Lake (because #MusicCity). In addition to the communications award entries, we also recognized individuals contributing to our chapter and the communications profession with our 2020 IABC Nashville Leadership Awards. This was our chapter’s first ever virtual awards program, and it was a huge success!

Using social media as a powerful tool:

  • IABC Nashville saw impressive social media growth this year, which allowed us to maintain an online connection with our members during this time of social distancing. Overall, we saw a 14% increase in Facebook followers, a 21% increase in LinkedIn followers, and a 10% increase in Twitter followers. Additionally, we reached almost 4,000 people on a single post: our virtual 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony! We also saw increased engagement on Twitter when we started live tweeting during our professional development events. If you aren’t already, follow IABC Nashville on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter

Retaining a commitment to diversity and inclusion:

  • After the unjust murders and social injustices that have been taking place in our world, IABC Nashville reaffirmed our commitment to supporting and encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in the regional and global communication community. Our chapter promptly developed a statement that was used by the global IABC community as well. Read the chapter’s full statement.
  • Our chapter hosted discussions with experts on critical topics such as gender identity/parity and diversity and inclusion strategy. In August, we facilitated a panel discussion titled “Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk” where local experts shared their insights on strategic ways to create a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion – whether you’re a small business or large company. 

Seeing steady and increasing growth:

  • Despite the difficult economic situation of 2020, IABC Nashville was still able to see growth this year by recruiting new members. In fact, we were proud to be awarded with the Small Chapter Growth and Small Chapter Retention awards as part of the international October Member Month campaign.

IABC Nashville is rightly proud of what we have achieved this year and are looking forward to the future ahead. We look to continue to grow our chapter membership in 2021, and we are excited to continue engaging members, partnering with our IABC colleagues, and trying new things.

As a famous Nashvillian herself, Dolly Parton once said, “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try!”

On behalf of the IABC Nashville executive board of directors, we wish you a safe and happy new year. See you in 2021!