Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion “Talk the Talk AND Walk the Walk”

From starting as a social media campaign to transforming into the civil rights movement of this generation, Black Lives Matter has shifted our conversations about racial injustices from the boardroom to the dinner table. Business communicators from all over the world are releasing statements condemning racism, but how can we become better allies in implementing change beyond our words?

IABC Nashville would like to invite you on Wednesday, August 19 from Noon – 1:00 PM to join us in a conversation about creating a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion while learning more about the racial injustices and prejudices that have impacted our modern world. We’ll be joined by a panel of experts who will share their personal stories and invaluable insights including:

  • Best practices on diversity and inclusion verbal and written communications
  • Strategies on building and working with diverse teams
  • Discuss actionable steps needed to create an inclusive corporate culture and maximize leadership team potential
  • Highlight the positive impact that a diversity strategy can have on an organization’s long-term success with its key stakeholders

We encourage all business communicators and members of our online community to join us for this important conversation.

Free for IABC members, $15 for non-members

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Recap: “Write to Win: Mastering the Art of Awards Submission Writing” Workshop

Thank you to all that attended our July professional development event, “Write to Win: Mastering the Art of Awards Submission Writing.” We hope you enjoyed some of the key takeaways to help take your awards entries to the next level. A special thanks to IABC Southern RegionIABC Atlanta, Kansas City IABC, and IABC South Carolina for their support in making this event happen!

In this hour-long workshop, we learned how to avoid common pitfalls and ways to make your entries stand out in front of judges, including:

  • Identifying common mistakes and writing problems
  • Understanding judges and what they are looking for
  • Proactive planning to avoid late deadlines
  • Crafting entries that tell a story and demonstrate results

Alison Shuman, Vice President of Awards, IABC Southern Region, Vice President of Finance, IABC South Carolina
Eric Berrios, Vice President of Professional Recognition, IABC Atlanta
Maliha Khan, Vice President of Communications and Director of Awards, Kansas City IABC

Kellie Davie, APR, Vice President of Awards and Communications, IABC Nashville

We are thrilled that the presenters have provided us with slides from the presentation, which can be downloaded in the link below. Also provided is a recording of yesterday’s workshop, just in case someone you know missed it.

Webinar Recording

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Write to Win: Mastering the Art of Awards Submission Writing Online Workshop

Are you entering award nominations for your organization, but not getting the results you deserve? The problem could be the way you are filling out your application. Successful award entries take time, strategy, and dynamic storytelling.

Join us on Wednesday, July 22, for an in-depth panel discussion on award writing best practices with some of the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) professional recognition leaders. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and ways to make your entries stand out in front of judges. This workshop will include:

  • Identifying common mistakes and writing problems
  • Understanding judges and what they are looking for
  • Proactive planning to avoid late deadlines
  • Crafting entries that tell a story and demonstrate results

These best practices will prepare you to submit any type of award entry, regardless of industry and award type. This online event is free for IABC members and non-members.

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July Virtual Networking Mixer: Half-Year Celebration

Celebrate the half-year mark of 2020, and join us for our July Virtual Networking Mixer! We are bringing together Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky’s finest communications professionals for a FREE virtual happy hour to share ideas, support, and best practices regarding our profession during this “new normal” of social distancing. Log in and bring your own tasty libations, delicious bites, and engaging conversation. Get to know fellow business communicators and start building long-lasting connections. It’s the Zoom meeting of the month you will not want to miss!

When: Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: Free

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June Log In and Lunch: “Creating Brand Experiences in an Age of Social Distancing”

Creating Brand Experiences in an Age of Social Distancing

As social distancing forces us to reevaluate plans for in-person meetings and events, providing meaningful, valuable experiences for your audiences is as important as ever. Shifting from face-to-face to a virtual platform requires more than simply scheduling a Zoom call.

Join us Wednesday, June 17 as Lindsay Bertelli, president and owner of REACH, guides through the strategy, tactics, and technology of creating valuable brand experiences in our new virtual environment. If your 2020 events have been moved online or you are exploring creative ways to reach participants virtually, this presentation will help you figure out how to get started and set you up for a successful shift.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, June 17 from Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online event via Zoom
Cost: Free for IABC Nashville members; $15 for non-members


Lindsay Bertelli
President and Owner

About our speaker: Lindsay Bertelli

As Owner and President of REACH, Lindsay has over 15 years of in-depth experience in tour and event production as well as sponsorship management. Her work with top entertainment and corporate clients has made her a well-known force in the industry giving her the knowledge and expertise needed to navigate the growing, and increasingly interactive, sponsorship environment. With the launch of REACH, Bertelli combines her years of experience with novel and progressive sponsorship methods to create effective tactics appropriate for each client’s individual needs.

A graduate from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business, she began her career as a concert promoter at Moore Entertainment Group, ultimately affiliated with both TBA Entertainment and AEG Live. As Senior Project Manager, she managed eleven years of production and sponsorship for CMT On Tour – which involved artists Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, and Jason Aldean. 


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