2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards

IABC Nashville is proud to present the 2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards, recognizing effective communications projects by firms, departments and individuals.MCGP FB Event image7

Are you in it to win it?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a communications star, we want to see your work! The best part about the IABC Music City Gold Pen Awards is that when you submit an entry for evaluation, you are not competing with anyone. Every entry is judged individually, not comparatively. You can even submit the same project to multiple categories to increase your chances of winning! Check out the call for entries  to learn more about how to join the stars and get your own Gold Pen Award!

There will be dozens of categories available, ranging from writing a simple e-mail to designing a corporate brochure to building a comprehensive communications plan or campaign.

The Music City Gold Pen Awards offers you the opportunity to earn:awards

  • Recognition for your team
  • Bragging rights for your clients
  • Feedback from qualified communication professionals

See  Call for Entries & Award Categories. Entries will be accepted online through August 6. Watch for more information about our exciting 2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards Celebration in September 2018.

We also invite you to attend the 2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards in September, watch for details!

About Us

IABC Nashville is the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.  The only place to connect with communicators globallyConnect Here. Go Anywhere!

Questions? Email Vice President of Awards  Tom Kenley

 

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Membership Spotlight – Joe Diorio

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Joe Diorio, freelance writer, editor and proofreader. 

 IABC: What is your background? 

Joe: 30-plus years in writing, editing, proofreading. I have worked in marketing communications for corporations (IBM, DuPont), agencies (Ketchum and smaller independent agencies), and higher education (Harcum College (www.harcum.edu), The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (www.asc.upenn.edu), and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development (https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu).

I returned to freelance writing in 2017 after deciding to retire early. I say “returned” to freelance writing because I worked for myself as a freelancer from 1991 – 2000.

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Joe: Completely by accident. I had been a newspaper reporter in Connecticut and a friend and co-worker had left newspapers to take a job in corporate P.R. with IBM. He convinced me to send IBM my resume. I was convinced they wouldn’t hire me, so I sent them a resume that I know for certain had at least two typos in it. IBM called me in for an interview anyway, and eventually placed me in a job in Washington, D.C. doing product publicity for IBM. Personal computers were brand new then so doing product P.R. was easy for someone new to the business.

 

 

IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have you been in this role?

Joe: I am a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. My work covers all three categories. For example, I’m presently writing about PET/CT scanners for a healthcare client, I’m editing a lot of academic articles, and I am proofreading coaching materials for the USTA.

I’m also the editor and writer of a free monthly email newsletter focusing on good writing called “A Few Words About Words.”

 

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Joe: I like to say I sell peace of mind. My clients will get good, clean, accurate copy that is very readable. My proofreading and editing work is thorough and reliable.

 

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

Joe: An editor’s editor. (A client used that term to describe me and I liked it a lot.)

 

IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.

Joe: I turn old, broken guitars, banjos, and mandolins into functional art (shelves, decorative items). I sell them through Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/POGOGuitars   I have exhibited them at Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry interdisciplinary research center.

 

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

Joe: A person who is 15 or 20 years younger than you can teach you as much as someone 15 or 20 years your senior.

 

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Joe: Call me at 9 p.m. on any night; I’ll be at my desk working and can try to answer you.

 

IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?

Joe: It’s a powerful network of smart and dedicated communications professionals.

 

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Joe: Same reason as the greatest benefit of IABC. Also, as a sole proprietor it’s important to have a connection to other professionals.

 

 

 

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Join & Save: MARCH IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH!!!

Thinking about renewing your IABC membership, or joining for the first time? Do it in March and save!
If you’ve been thinking about joining IABC, or your membership has lapsed and you’ve been debating reinstating – now is the time to act! March is the best month of the year to join or renew your membership because we’re celebrating Membership Month! IABC Nashville was named Small Chapter of the Year! Join or renew by March 31 to receive:
  • 10% off your membership dues
  • Chance to win a VIP grand prize package to World Conference 2018
Already a member, but still want to participate? Refer a colleague to win a $250 Visa gift card!
Become an IABC Champion by referring a colleague or renewal membership! Our members hold the key to our success and we want to make your membership as valuable as possible. As a current member, tell your friends and colleagues to join by March 31 and use you as a referral to receive:
  • The chance to win a $250 Visa gift card
  • Recognition on the IABC website
  • Additional recognition at the IABC 2018 World Conference as an IABC
Join the fun locally – and worldwide! Use IABC Nashville as your passport to connect with communicators around the globe!
 
There are lots of ways to join the fun by participating in any of our upcoming events:
Got questions? We’ve got answers!
 
Contact IABC Nashville’s VP of Membership, Sarah Loeffler, with any questions!
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IABC Nashville Announces 2018 Officers

The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is proud to announce that our members have elected new officers for 2018. The new board members will be introduced at IABC Nashville’s January luncheon at Maggiano’s on West End.

This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including health care, public relations, media production strategy, transportation, consulting and higher education.

·      President – Gene Boulware, the Vincit Group
·      President-ElectSarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
·      Past-PresidentTom Kenley, Rogers Group Inc.
·      SecretaryMollye Dietrich, HCA
·      Vice President-FinanceLysa Rigo
·      Vice President-Membership – Sarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
·      Vice President-Professional DevelopmentRyan Stout, Astute Communications
·      Vice President-CommunicationsBrandon Mize, Treeline Bamboo Partners
·      Vice President at LargeGenma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC
·      Vice President at LargeMisty Moore, HCA
·      Vice President at LargeJennifer Fuqua, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock
·      Vice President at LargePhil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)
·      Vice President at Large – K. Dawn Rutledge, Tennessee State University
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Digital Workplace Strategies for Employee Communications | Nashville

November 7 – 9, 2017 | Nashville, TN

Using the latest tools to drive engagement, strengthen your culture, improve productivity, and re-energize your organization

Pre-Conference Workshop Day: Tuesday, November 7
Main Two Day Conference: Wednesday, November 8 – Thursday, November 9

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 learn about the latest tools and technologies that are engaging employees across various organizations in NEW ways – to help you get better results tied to your organization’s business strategy and goals.

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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