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

Certification

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.

Resources

Resources

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


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.

 

2021 Music City Gold Pen Award Recap

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Congratulations to our 2021 Music City Gold Pen Awards Winners!

 


IABC Nashville is proud to recognize the professional achievements of these individuals and organizations. We look forward to celebrating their work together in the coming months. Please join us in honoring these groups:

Award of Merit Winners:

  • REED Public Relations, Chabad of Nashville Presents “An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Ben Stern”
  • David Jon Walker on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Holiday Social Media Campaign 2020
  • David Jon Walker on behalf of The Conference of National Black Churches, Vote Georgia Campaign (COVID-19 Category)
  • Paul Ladd on behalf of World Christian Broadcasting, Picasso at the Frist
  • Heather Hunter & Julie Davis on behalf of Brookdale Senior Living, Pandemic CEO Visibility Campaign
  • David Jon Walker on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Holiday Magazine 2020
  • David Jon Walker, Black COVID Crisis Campaign
  • David Jon Walker on behalf of Biden x Design, The Truth Shall Restore Dignity
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of The Ohio State University College of Nursing Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women Children and Youth, Season of Gratitude
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of The Parthenon Chapter of The Links Incorporated with Parthenon Links, Spooktastic Weekend of Treats

 

Award of Excellence Winners:

  • David Jon Walker on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Holiday Magazine 2020 (COVID-19 Category)
  • Heather Hunter & Julie Davis with Brookdale Senior Living, How the Nation’s Largest Senior Living Company Responded to the Global Pandemic
  • REED Public Relations, Campbell Street Services Crisis Communications – COVID-19 Category
  • REED Public Relations, Campbell Street Services Crisis Communications
  • REED Public Relations, Waddell & Associates Speaks to National Audience with Pandemic-Era Financial Advice
  • REED Public Relations, Yelp Boosts Nashville’s Small Business Community
  • Tameka Winston on behalf of the Nashville ATHENA Awards Program, 2021 Awards Program
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Magazine October Issue (COVID 19 Category)
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Magazine September Issue
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Magazine October Issue
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Magazine Veterans Issue
  • David Jon Walker on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Rotary District 6760 Holiday Social Media Campaign 2020 (COVID-19 Category)
  • Genma Holmes with The Ohio State University, International Women’s Day
  • Genma Holmes on behalf of District 6760 of Rotary International, Salute to Veterans
  • REED Public Relations, REED PR Dials Up Giving Initiatives with COVID-19 Hotline

 

Special thanks to our partner IABC chapters for judging our awards entries:

  • IABC Atlanta
  • IABC Central Oklahoma
  • IABC Dallas
  • IABC Houston
  • IABC South Carolina
  • IABC Southern Region

 

Our 2021 Music City Gold Pen Awards are sponsored by: