Genma Holmes Among 2018 Influential Black Women In Business

The Network Journal (TNJ; has announced their Twentieth Annual Influential Black Women in Business Awards and unveiled its 2018 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business honorees.

Genma Holmes, Owner/Holmes Pest Control and CEO at GSH Consulting, host of Living Your Best Life, Nationally Syndicated Radio Show, and IABC Nashville Board Member, is among this year’s designees. Congratulations, Genma!

“The women we honor in the 20th year of the awards span occupations, industries and expertise, and they share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus. We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers, and for their myriad contributions to their community,” states TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin.

This select group will be profiled in the spring 2018 issue of the magazine, and will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the 20th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon, presented by Morgan Stanley, on Friday, March 16, 2018 in New York City.

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Genma is also a Woman of Influence with IABC. She was a speaker at the IABC Leadership Institute in San Diego, CA, Feb 8-10. She spoke on “Inclusive and Diverse Chapter Programs.”

“National surveys show that most organizations miss opportunities by not embracing diversity. This session will give insights into infusing diversity into chapter program planning early so opportunities with funders, sponsors, and growing membership are not missed when presented, ” say Genma.  #IABCLI #IABCSoReg #IABCNashville.

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Feb. 21 — Leverage the Power of Social

“Those companies who haven’t reacted to the expectations of swift, useful social media service will see their customers move to their rivals quicker than you can type 140 characters.” – Sir, Richard Branson

IABC Nashville is delighted to have the Frist Center’s Emily Beard, Community Relations Manager, as our guest speaker for February’s professional development luncheon. Emily will be talking about how to leverage the power of social media to more effectively communicate with your customers.

As the Frist Center’s community relations manager, Emily Harper Beard works with a variety of community groups and audiences to help promote the Frist Center’s mission and vision. This includes managing the Frist Center’s online community through social media. For the last 7 years, Beard has  been the voice of the Frist Center’s social and digital media sites: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 Prior to working at the Frist Center, she received her B.A. in graphic design from Middle Tennessee State University and worked at a puppet shop in Nashville creating characters for live shows, film, and television. She continues to be an active artist in Nashville’s growing arts scene.


Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

Join us at IABC Nashville’s January 17th Professional Development Luncheon at Maggiano’s on West End.  

Join our members, and other Mid-South communications and marketing professionals. Be seen — and see who else is in the room.

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally.

IABC Nashville is your passport!


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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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Membership Spotlight – Kerry Burke

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Kerry Burke, Senior Communications Specialist at HCA Healthcare. 

 IABC: What is your background? 

Kerry: I was born and raised in CT, and received my public relations/communications degree from Roger Williams University in RI, where I played NCAA softball – Go Hawks! After graduating, I joined the marketing and communications team at Rushford, a non-profit mental health and addiction treatment center in CT. In 2012 I moved to Charleston, SC, where I managed MUSC Health Medical Center’s employee communications program. I arrived in Nashville last year and am loving it!

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Kerry: I have always loved storytelling, connecting with others and serving a greater purpose. Early in my career, I developed a deep respect for health care professionals and the lifesaving work they do. I wanted to support them by making sure they have the information they need to do their job and feel appreciated, and internal communications was the perfect fit.


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

Kerry: I am a senior communications specialist within HCA Healthcare’s Clinical Services Group. I have been in this role for 14 months.


IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Kerry: HCA is a national leader in health care. As one of the largest health systems in the world, we are fortunate to be able to lead the way in many areas of health care and affect positive change in how care is delivered.


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

Kerry: Friendly, compassionate, quirky


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

Kerry: This may not be surprising (especially to those who know me), but I am pretty obsessed with the Nashville foodie scene – If anyone has restaurant recommendations, I am all ears!


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


  • Know your audience.
  • Always ask for and be open to feedback.
  • Go with your gut.
  • If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”.


IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Kerry: An effective communications leader builds up those around them, and is not afraid to be innovative and try new strategies and approaches.


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

Kerry: Connecting with other professionals in the field personally and professionally. I have developed wonderful professional and personal friendships through IABC, and it is always fulfilling to be able to talk with others who do similar work and “speak the comm language”.


IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Kerry: HCA encourages participation in professional organizations, and after seeing the value in IABC membership, I joined as a member last year along with fellow HCA colleagues.




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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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