March 2014

March 8, 2014
Contact: K. Dawn Rutledge
VP for Communications
(615) 293-3304

IABC/Nashville to present “Code Red: Communicating Effectively in a Crisis!”

NASHVILLE – The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) will welcome a panel of communication experts to share their insights on how organizations can minimize the impact of a crisis. The monthly professional development luncheon program – “Code Red: Communicating Effectively in a Crisis!” – is being offered at a new venue and on a different date, March 19, 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, located at 3106 West End Avenue.

“Any savvy organization knows that it’s just a matter of time until it faces a crisis situation,” said Julie K. Davis, IABC/Nashville president, and participant on this month’s panel. “Some issues smolder for long periods of time, while others burst into brand-threatening, full-blown crises.”

Among the topics to be addressed are effective communication strategies to extinguish the fire, examples of best-and-worst case scenarios from the situation room, and answering the critical questions of “who, what, when, where, why and how fast?”

Mimi Bliss, founder of Bliss Communications, will moderate the panel, and panelists will share tips on reputation management and protection in an interactive format designed for attendees to learn what has and has not worked in the organizations they represent. Panelists are:

  • Julie K. Davis, vice president of strategic communications, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
  • David Green, vice president, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, and principal in David Green Communications
  • Elizabeth Latt, assistant vice chancellor for news and communications, Vanderbilt University
  • Ronald Roberts, president and CEO, Dye Van Mol & Lawrence Public Relations

Through IABC’s professional development luncheons, members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers and receive practical information on how to improve communication skills. Luncheons are held each month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and the cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information, visit

IABC/Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC/Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program.


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