That’s a Wrap on the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards!

Thank you for joining us in recognizing business communicators from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for their professional achievements and brand campaigns.

About the Event

IABC Nashville broadcasted the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards on November 2 on Facebook Live. Danielle Breezy, Chief Meteorologist from WKRN-TV Nashville News 2, served as emcee, and singer-songwriter and American Idol semi-finalist Sarah Lake was the musical guest. A total of 36 awards were presented in categories ranging from change communications to nonprofit campaigns. Photos from the awards celebration are posted here.

From Our President 

“It is an honor for our chapter to recognize these communications professionals for their outstanding work and campaigns,” said Mollye Dietrich, IABC Nashville president. “From internal communications teams to public relations agencies, this year’s group of winners displayed the very best in business communications throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and are paving the way for our region to be recognized as one of the nation’s top locations to be a communications professional.” 

Congratulations To Our Award Winners! 

The award winners represented a range of industries, including strategic communications, public relations, non-profit, marketing, media relations, healthcare, and more. The teams at GSH Media and Keycom both took home numerous awards for their work in media relations, nonprofit campaigns, publications, audio/visual, social media programs, and special events. Words By Joe Diorio received the Best of Show award for the writing entry “A Few Words About Words” receiving the highest score out of all submissions. This year’s award winners and categories include:

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October Professional Development Event: “Stepping Out of the Box: Working Together to Communicate Effectively Across Cultures”

Join IABC Nashville on Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 PM CDT on Zoom for an insightful conversation on communications and culture with Diana Sanchez-Vega, owner of Sanchez-Vega Communications. Diana will discuss acculturation’s reciprocal process – where host communities and newcomers often find themselves engaged in planned and serendipitous interactions- and how cultural humility can propel effective communication in any multicultural setting. Diana will also address the benefits of stepping out of the box when communicating with limited English proficient speakers to engage in mutually productive dialogue.

Attendees will learn more about the following:

  • How to effectively communicate across cultures in both professional and personal settings
  • How to confidently manage cultural barriers to achieve common goals
  • How to think more broadly in a multicultural scenario to ensure everyone feels included and respected

About the Speaker:

Diana Sanchez-Vega is a bilingual employee trainer, speaker, and Spanish interpreter/translator. She also coaches bilingual individuals to find work. Since 2003, Diana’s business, Sanchez-Vega Communications, facilitates interactions and learning processes to empower others to have more profitable and effective communications.

A twice nationally certified Spanish medical interpreter, Diana holds a Master of Arts in Psychological Studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business. She also speaks intermediate Portuguese and is versed in French.

Raised in the duality of the Anglo-Argentine environment, Diana learned at an early age how to navigate between two cultures, two belief systems, and two social classes. Once in the US, Diana immersed herself in a true process of acculturation by engaging with the communities where she lived. She has served as an advisor for multiple local nonprofit and government organizations, and in 2007, Diana received Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for nonprofit leadership.

Free for IABC Members and $15 for Non-Members

Reserve your spot today!

Recap: “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure” September Professional Development Event

Thank you to those that attended our September professional development event, “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure.” We hope you enjoyed learning some new strategies to maintain your composure and confidence during a conflict or awkward moments. This hour-long panel discussion covered practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace conversations, including:
 
▪ 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
 
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, HCA Healthcare
Moderator:

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 the event just in case someone you know missed it.

 

Webinar Recording

Download Presentation Slides

Membership Month Virtual Networking Mixer

We are kicking off IABC Membership Month in style with a FREE virtual networking mixer for our members and professional colleagues on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30 PM CDT. Get to know fellow business communicators from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, and start building long-lasting connections. It’s the virtual event of the month you do not want to miss!

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: Free

Reserve Your Spot

September Professional Development Event: “Difficult Conversations: Keeping Your Cool Under Pressure”

As professional communicators, it is easy to advise others on how to respond in certain situations. But when we find ourselves in challenging conversations with clients, colleagues, or a crisis, are we equipped to react appropriately and set the right example for those who trust our expertise?
 
Join us Wednesday, September 23, from Noon – 1:00 PM CDT, for an in-depth panel discussion with respected communicators from various industries to learn practical strategies and techniques for maintaining your composure during these challenging workplace conversations. This discussion will include:
 
▪ 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
 
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, HCA Healthcare
Moderator:
Free for IABC members and $15 for non-members.
 

Reserve your spot today!

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