Category Professional Development

“Let Me Get This Straight”: When Identity Politics Becomes Identity Language

Plenty of articles have been written about achieving gender parity in the PR profession. But what nobody’s talking about is the collision course we’re heading for as communicators when gender parity meets gender neutrality. Can we—should we—be gender-agnostic in the workplace? What are the issues? How can communicators influence the conversation?

Join us Wednesday, January 22, as Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, takes us on a deep-dive into this topic, comparing current AP style guidelines with practical workplace realities. Expect to have your thinking challenged and your perspective broadened as we explore a very timely and provocative issue for today’s communicator.

Event information 

Schedule

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location

The Café at Thistle Farms
5122 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

Meet our presenter:
Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP
Director of Communications and Public Relations, Volkert, Inc.

Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, is at his heart a teacher and a writer but professionally, he has never been either of those. Instead, he has poured his ability into a variety of roles over his 34-year career: editor, missionary, translator, marketing manager, corporate communications manager, and communications director. Currently, Mike leads all internal and external communication at Volkert, Inc., an infrastructure engineering firm based in Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to this position, Mike was an independent consultant with Ideas Abound, LLC, a marketing communications agency that he and his wife Colleen owned and operated.

Mike has been a member of IABC for 23 years, a past president of IABC South Carolina, an Accredited Business Communicator since 2004, and a Strategic Communication Management Professional since October 2018. Mike is also a fluent German speaker and certified translator and interpreter.

His wide range of experience in 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 on the challenges facing today’s communicators.

Reserve your spot for IABC Nashville’s first event of 2020!  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Panel discussion: Entrepreneurship in Communications

With the end of the year fast approaching, many business communicators are reflecting on the next steps for their brands and careers. What does it take to launch a freelance career or establish an agency? How can businesses and in-house communicators benefit from hiring a freelancer or agency to help take their brands to the next level?
 
Join us Wednesday, November 13 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected communications entrepreneurs as they share their insights on what communicators should do when starting their own business, and what in-house communicators should consider when hiring and working with an agency.

Meet our panelists  

 
Janet Kurtz, CHDM
President & Founder, Kurtz Hospitality Marketing
 
Angie Boyd-Chambers
President & Founder, Boyd-Chambers Communications
 
 
 
 
Mike Smith
President, Founder & Chief Marketing Strategist, Conjure
 
 
Moderator: Kellie Davie
Managing Director & Founder, Keycom
Vice President of Professional Development, IABC Nashville

Event information 

Schedule

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location

1918 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
 
Saltine is located in the old Blackstone building. Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.

About the event   

The panel discussion will include:
  • What to consider when starting your own business in the communications field.
  • Balancing creativity and client work with business operations.
  • Client relations: The good, the bad, and the savvy.
  • How companies and in-house communicators can maximize their agencies for long-term ROI. 

Reserve your spot

Register today – we look forward to seeing you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Special thanks to our November 2019 luncheon sponsor: Keycom

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A Pulse Check on Today’s Health Care Industry

HIPAA. The Affordable Care Act. Patient Experience. Artificial Intelligence. These are just some of the many issues facing health care professionals and the stakeholders they serve. In today’s evolving health care industry, what can business communicators do to stay current and be mindful of new regulations, wellness consumerism and changing health delivery systems? 

Join us Wednesday, September 18, for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected health care communications experts as they share their insights on what communicators should do when working with various health care brands.

Panelists

Michael Graham
Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing Services, LifePoint Health

 

Mara Naylor
Public Relations Manager, Centerstone

 

Christopher Foust
Director of Marketing, SpecialtyCare

Joe Hagan
AVP of Public Relations and Communications, HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division

 

Moderator: Mollye Dietrich
Instructional Designer II and Communications Specialist at HCA Healthcare
President-Elect, IABC Nashville

Event information:

Schedule

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location

Center for Medical Interoperability
oneC1TY
8 City Boulevard, Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37209

Parking is available under the oneC1TY building in the garage. Then take the elevators to the 2nd floor and you will arrive at Suite 203. Our luncheon will be held in Boardroom 206 & 207.

About the Event

This panel discussion will include:

  • Using paid and earned media to boost health care communication efforts.
  • Understanding growth trajectory for the future: health delivery systems, advances in medical science and an aging population.
  • Crafting brand messaging that aligns with proper health literacy and risk communications.
  • Addressing ethics in health care communications. 

Reserve your spot

Register today – we can’t wait to see you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor! 

Special thanks to our September 2019 luncheon sponsor: Goldner Associates.

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Upcoming ALI conference in Nashville: Elevating Employee Experience & Cultivating Workplace Culture

November 6 – 7, 2019 | Nashville

Strategies to maximize employee engagement and drive behavior with cutting-edge people programs and culture initiatives

Pre-Conference Workshop Day: Wednesday, November 6 
Main Day Conference: Thursday, November 7

Since our IABC Nashville chapter is supporting this conference, IABC Nashville members who register will receive a $200 discount! When registering use the code “IABCNashville“.

At the event, you will discover proven strategies that work, and how to create an employee experience that engages employees and drives a strong customer experience.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be surrounded by your employee experience and internal 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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Diversity + Inclusion Panel: A Communicator’s Guide to Modern Audiences

Me Too. Transgender Equality. Black Lives Matter. These are just some of the many news headlines we read about that impact our daily relationships. In today’s ever-changing work and social environments, what can communicators do to stay current and be mindful of all audience demographics?

Join us Wednesday, June 19 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected diversity and inclusion experts as they share their insights on what communicators can do to create a positive and welcoming environment for their brands.

Panelists 

Joe Woolley
CEO, Nashville LGBT Chamber

Joyce Searcy
Director of Community Relations, Belmont University

Jade Sampson
Director of Talent Acquisition, AMSURG

Moderator:
Genma Holmes
Owner/Holmes Pest Control and CEO at GSH Consulting

Event information:

Location

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

Schedule

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

Details

This discussion will include:

  • Understanding how current diversity + inclusion topics can impact your brand
  • How to “break the glass ceiling” and support trailblazers within your industry and the community
  • Crafting brand messaging that is organic and welcoming to all audiences
  • Integrating diversity + inclusion strategies to building teams, training employees, and empowering leaders

Parking / transportation 

  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Law Parking Garage on Union Street (58 visitors spots) — validated by Waller Law. 
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel – $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away) 

Reserve your spot!

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Special thanks to our June 2019 luncheon sponsor: Holmes Pest Control.

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