Archives March 2020

A message from IABC Nashville: COVID-19

As many of you are aware, President Trump declared a national state of emergency over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak last week, and the CDC issued guidance on in-person gatherings, including a recommendation of social distancing of groups of 10 or more. The number of people affected is rising fast and has begun to impact those in our region. The IABC Nashville Board of Directors is actively monitoring the situation with the health and safety of our communications tribe as our top priority. As a result, the following actions are being taken:

  • Effective immediately, all in-person IABC Nashville networking events, professional development luncheons, and the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards will be postponed until further notice. The threat of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and one that we must take seriously. Our Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation and will rely on guidance from federal, state, local governments, and the CDC.
  • We live in a digital age and now is the time to embrace the technology that we utilize in our day-to-day lives. Our Board of Directors will be strategizing on ways we can potentially offer professional development opportunities to our members digitally. For the latest updates on these developments, be sure to check our website and social media channels, including Facebook and LinkedIn. In the meantime, we recommend visiting the IABC Academy website offering excellent online training programs and courses on various topics.
  • Several of you have already registered for events in March and April. As previously stated, all proceeds from our networking mixer that was to be held on March 12 will be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle TN to help with Nashville tornado relief efforts. IABC Nashville will provide a full refund or a credit toward any other IABC Nashville event that you may have already registered for. We understand the importance of in-person meetings, but we must be vigilant in doing everything we can to mitigate the risk associated with COVID-19 – and that means keeping our community safe.

This is a challenging time for our city, our nation, and our world but we are #NashvilleStrong and will get through this together. Please continue to take care of yourselves and take care of each other. We look forward to networking with you in person soon. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email

Warmest Regards,

Mollye Dietrich
2020 IABC Nashville President

POSTPONED: Difficult conversations – Keeping your cool under pressure

March 12 1:30 pm CT update:
In light of the most recent updates related to COVID-19, we will be postponing this month’s luncheon. We hope to reschedule this panel for a future date.
We will continue to monitor the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance for our future events and will update you accordingly.
Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe out there! 

As professional communicators, it is easy to advise others on how to respond in certain situations. But when we find ourselves in the midst of challenging conversations with clients, colleagues or a crisis, are we equipped to respond appropriately and set the right example for those who trust our expertise?

Join us Wednesday, March 25 for an in-depth panel discussion with respected communicators from a variety of industries sharing their insight into managing difficult conversations. Learn practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace discussions.

Meet our panelists

Teresa Bailey
Wealth Strategist
Waddell & Associates

Kristin Story Baron, PHR
Director, HR Business Partner, Corporate Shared Services
Loews Hotels

Judith Meyer
Assistant Vice President, Business Risk Solutions, Information Protection and Security
HCA Healthcare

Moderator: Lauren Reed
Founder and President
Reed Public Relations

Event information


11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Panel Discussion and lunch


Waller Law, Nashville City Center
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219 

About the event

The panel discussion will cover:

  • Protecting valuable professional relationships despite personal disagreements or challenging interactions.
  • Managing challenging discussions with peers, colleagues and superiors in the workplace.
  • Taking accountability for our role in the direction and outcomes of difficult conversations.
  • Overcoming fear and misunderstanding about financial matters. 

Reserve your spot

Register today – we look forward to seeing you there! 


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