We represent the global profession

As the only global communication association, we strive to advocate for the profession, represent best practices, define the global standard and live by a code of ethics.

We create connection

We foster community and learn from each other.

We are a diverse community

We welcome diverse communication professionals of all levels and practices. We embrace diverse viewpoints, encourage conversation and celebrate cultural differences.

We focus on insights and results

We position communication as a strategic function that allows organizations to achieve their goals.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville chapter is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions offering new insights into the latest communication trends, technology, and issues facing the industry. IABC Nashville members and guests enjoy networking opportunities each month through professional development luncheons and more informal social “mixers” during the year. Our chapter is diverse, with members representing regional and national public relations agencies, marketing firms, public and private corporations, government, universities and nonprofit organizations.

Professional development

Professional development

Tap into professional development, recognition and learning opportunities that will elevate your career, expand your knowledge and give you the critical edge you need to succeed. Built on a peer-created Global Standard and a Career Road Map for communication professionals, IABC’s professional development programs offer a variety of outstanding opportunities for life-long career growth.

Networking and member experiences

Networking and member experiences

IABC Nashville meets twice a month to network with other communications professional for professional development luncheons and networking mixers. Topics at our luncheons include: Measuring Communications Success, Internal Communications, Media Relations and Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Corporate Responsibility, Marketing Communications, Digital Communications, and Skills Development.

Recognition and awards programs

Recognition and awards programs

So, you're a game-changer who thinks outside the box? You've done the work and put in the time, now it's time to take center stage at our annual Music City Gold Pen Awards. Take this opportunity to showcase your hard work and creativity for a chance to be recognized as one of Nashville’s best communicators.



Certification is intended to support you throughout your career. The Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC®) has identified roles, responsibilities and competencies for four broad career levels: Foundational, Generalist/Specialist, Strategic Adviser, and Business Leader. At this time, the GCCC offers certification for the Communication Management Professional and Strategic Communication Management Professional levels.



Strong communication is much more than just speaking or writing. Effective communicators can read their audience and make sure their message gets across, whether it be at a corporate presentation or small meeting. Our extensive library of resources and tools can help you develop, practice and perfect the art of communication.

University and Student Support

University and Student Support

We also support several IABC university chapters in the area including Belmont University and Western Kentucky University. We also support other university programs throughout the region and have members supporting initiatives at the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, and Austin Peay State University.

IABC Nashville

Join the best local networking chapter for communicators, and connect with communicators globally.

News and Updates


October Log In and Lunch: Thursday, Oct. 28

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we want to help you learn to be cyber-smart.

Cybersecurity threats can happen to anyone at any time. Are you prepared? Learn how to prepare for potential threats and respond like a pro! Join us on Thursday, October 28, at Noon (CT) on Zoom to learn how to protect your technology from vulnerabilities and how to protect or repair your reputation if you fall victim to a cybersecurity breach.

You’ll learn:

  • Steps to keep your organization and your personal technology safe
  • The right virtual meetings settings to ensure your virtual event is protected
  • Cybersecurity tips for communication professionals
  • How to think like a PR pro to respond and recover from a cybersecurity breach

Our discussion will feature:

This will be an interactive discussion with plenty of time for Q&A. To submit a question in advance, please send us an email.

Get your tickets now!


$5 for IABC Members and $15 for non-members. Events are free for current students.

In an effort to continue to provide quality, engaging virtual professional development programming each month, our member rate for monthly events is increasing to $5. This will grant you exclusive access to the recorded presentation after the event. We recognize the last year has been trying for many of our members and friends, and this increase may be unattainable for some. If you feel this cost will prevent you from participating in our professional development events, please contact us. We appreciate your commitment to our chapter during the last year as we transitioned to a virtual environment and we look forward to returning to in-person events as soon as we are able.

Update: Celebrating our Music City Gold Pen Award winners

A message from IABC Nashville President Kerry Burke:

As you may be aware, we sadly had to postpone our virtual Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony last week due to cyber security issues. This was an extremely unfortunate occurrence, and does not reflect our organization, nor does it take away from the accomplishments of the award winners. I’m proud of our board’s quick response in getting out timely communication and outreach, and we are eager to move forward and celebrate Music City’s top communicators.

To properly honor the outstanding accomplishments of our award winners, we are shifting our virtual celebration from a live Zoom event to a social media campaign Monday, September 20. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as we share individual posts recognizing our community’s award-winning communicators and their entries. Please join us in celebrating our winners by liking, commenting, and sharing with your networks. These winners deserve all the praise in the world, so help let’s spread the word and cheer them on!

As members of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), an organization with an emphasis on learning, we would like to turn our misfortune into a learning and teaching opportunity. We will focus our next professional development event on video conferencing, cybersecurity, and ways to keep your presentations and organizations safe. We will also hear from experts in these fields. Please keep an eye out for details coming soon.

I’ll end by touching on one of the many lessons I am taking away from this experience – that when unexpected challenges arise, people can show up in the kindest ways. Our chapter leadership has received many messages and phone calls over the past few days – not criticizing or blaming, but offering support, compassion, and encouragement. This is a testament to our IABC organization and the support we have for one another in good times and in bad.

Thank you to our communications community for your understanding, kindness, and support. We look forward to “seeing” you soon.