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2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Photos from this year’s event are available here.

Come celebrate the wins!

Maggiano’s Little Italy
3106 W. End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203
Thursday Sept. 20
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards Luncheon

The Nashville chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) invites you to join us for the 2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. The “Voice of the Predators” Pete Weber, who is beginning his 21st season as part of the Nashville Predators broadcast crew, will be calling the play-by-play as we recognize top communications projects and professionals in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

The Music City Gold Pen Awards recognize exceptional efforts of area communicators by highlighting best practices in business communications, management skills, thought leadership, and creativity. Judged by other IABC chapters, a Music City Gold Pen Award is one of the most prestigious awards a communicator, designer or marketing strategist can earn.

About Us

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 Music City Gold Pen Awards program.

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Questions? Email Vice President of Awards  Tom Kenley

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Mix It Up Aug.23 @ Diskin Cider

Join us on Thursday, Aug.23 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for IABC Nashville’s Networking Mixer! The mixer will be a fun evening of networking, food, and  drinks with fellow communications professionals and industry leaders from the middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky areas.

We’ll meet at Diskin Cider, located at 1235 Martin Street in the booming Wedgewood-Houston Nashville neighborhood!

Enjoy the first drink on us, light appetizers, authentic conversation, and great networking! Get to know new members and strengthen your network the right way. Be seen – and see who else is in the room! 

Members are FREE and non-members are $10 to attend! 

Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door.

 

IABC is the only place to connect with Communicators globally!


Wednesday August 15th – Your Next Story

Identifying Signature Strengths To Support The Career You Truly Desire

Do you ever feel stress at the intersection where “life meets work,” having to choose one or the other? This session will help you effortlessly merge WHO YOU ARE with the WORK ROLE that needs YOUR UNIQUE GIFTS. Come find out how to identify and bring your Signature Strengths to work. Create a map and a plan for happiness and excellence, doing work that plays to your “genius” and unique gifts. 

Learn how to use the plan to 1) find more energy, meaning and purpose at work, 2) grow your influence that leads to your next desired role and 3) become truly re-engaged in your own career growth.

Hear from two successful senior leaders who have done just that. Page Boyd and Traci Clayton provide coaching and advising servies to leaders and top-performing global organizations. Learn from them what other engaged leaders already have… that the ticket to individual happiness and organization success is alignment with the real you. Leave the session re-energized to make a difference – for yourself and your workplace.

Traci Clayton, PhD is a trusted leadership advisor and executive consultant in Nashville, TN.  She’sdone  extensive work at the CEO, Board, and Executive Team level with global leaders in multiple industries, including the Fortune 500.  Traci is known for her deep insights about individuals and organizations, bringing together multiple perspectives to solve some of the toughest leadership, career, culture and business challenges.  As an author, speaker and business owner, she uses her expertise to support organizations most passionate about meaningful change and growth.  Her work includes Strategic Leadership Development, Executive Team Development, Executive Coaching, Organizational Culture Change, Leadership for the Top 100  and Leadership Transformation.  More about Traci at www.DrTraciClayton.com. 

 

Paige Boyd is a trusted coach, consultant and speaker in the Nashville business community.  Known for her authenticity and business acumen, she has collaborated and consulted with executives, leadership teams and professional organizations across multiple industries.  Her corporate & non-profit life includes a 10-year sales and consulting career before moving to Senior HR roles at the invitation of clients who valued her insight and capability.  After 13 years in Senior Leadership of Corporate HR at Asurion and Nissan, she coaches and consults with organizations and individuals focused on growing their networks, careers and business.

 

 

 

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

 

Join us at IABC Nashville’s Wednesday August 15th Professional Development Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy.  

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 connectwith communicators globally.IABC Nashville is your passport!

New to the area or IABC Nashville? Let us know when you register, and we’ll make sure to connect you with others working in the Communications, Advertising, PR and Marketing fields.

$30 for members and just for $40 for non-members. Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door.

Membership Spotlight – Joe Diorio

On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Joe Diorio, freelance writer, editor and proofreader. 

 IABC: What is your background? 

Joe: 30-plus years in writing, editing, proofreading. I have worked in marketing communications for corporations (IBM, DuPont), agencies (Ketchum and smaller independent agencies), and higher education (Harcum College (www.harcum.edu), The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication (www.asc.upenn.edu), and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development (https://peabody.vanderbilt.edu).

I returned to freelance writing in 2017 after deciding to retire early. I say “returned” to freelance writing because I worked for myself as a freelancer from 1991 – 2000.

IABC: How did you get started in this business?

Joe: Completely by accident. I had been a newspaper reporter in Connecticut and a friend and co-worker had left newspapers to take a job in corporate P.R. with IBM. He convinced me to send IBM my resume. I was convinced they wouldn’t hire me, so I sent them a resume that I know for certain had at least two typos in it. IBM called me in for an interview anyway, and eventually placed me in a job in Washington, D.C. doing product publicity for IBM. Personal computers were brand new then so doing product P.R. was easy for someone new to the business.

 

 

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

Joe: I am a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. My work covers all three categories. For example, I’m presently writing about PET/CT scanners for a healthcare client, I’m editing a lot of academic articles, and I am proofreading coaching materials for the USTA.

I’m also the editor and writer of a free monthly email newsletter focusing on good writing called “A Few Words About Words.”

 

IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?

Joe: I like to say I sell peace of mind. My clients will get good, clean, accurate copy that is very readable. My proofreading and editing work is thorough and reliable.

 

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

Joe: An editor’s editor. (A client used that term to describe me and I liked it a lot.)

 

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

Joe: I turn old, broken guitars, banjos, and mandolins into functional art (shelves, decorative items). I sell them through Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/POGOGuitars   I have exhibited them at Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry interdisciplinary research center.

 

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

Joe: A person who is 15 or 20 years younger than you can teach you as much as someone 15 or 20 years your senior.

 

IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?

Joe: Call me at 9 p.m. on any night; I’ll be at my desk working and can try to answer you.

 

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

Joe: It’s a powerful network of smart and dedicated communications professionals.

 

IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?

Joe: Same reason as the greatest benefit of IABC. Also, as a sole proprietor it’s important to have a connection to other professionals.

 

 

 


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