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.

2020 Board Members

IABC Nashville

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

News and Updates

Recap: “Is Your Branding Building Loyalty? Using Brand Relevance to Create Genuine (and Long-Lasting) Customer Connections”

Thank you to all that attended our final professional development event of 2020, “Is Your Branding Building Loyalty? Using Brand Relevance to Create Genuine (and Long-Lasting) Customer Connections,” featuring Jeremi Griggs, President of The J. Benjamin Group. We hope you enjoyed learning some new strategies to genuine consumer connections through authentic and innovative brand strategies. Key insights gained from this hour-long presentation include:
  • Move beyond the “curse of knowledge” to dive deeper into potential connections with your desired customer.
  • Develop a framework of discovery to uncover meaningful insights.
  • Utilize those insights to develop a central strategic platform from which growth can occur.

About the Speaker: Jeremi Griggs

Whether working on a single project or launching a fully integrated campaign, Jeremi brings 20 years of strategic marketing and advertising experience – along with a deep passion for connecting consumer behavior with business results – to every client partner.

Working in a wide range of industries from healthcare, travel and tourism, retail, cybersecurity, packaged goods and more, Jeremi understands where and how a brand is relevant to its desired customer and how best to meaningfully speak to them.

He is well known for his ability to bring key stakeholders together and collaborate with cross-functional disciplines to achieve a creative and effective marketing solution. At the same time, he never forgets to remember the joy of finding the connection between brand and consumers and the fun of building lasting connections between the two. He leads the way in passionately developing Brand Relevance for each of his clients, and has the track record to prove success.

As President of The J. Benjamin Group, he leads of team of like-minded creative problem solvers from copywriters and graphic designers to traditional and digital media specialists in order to solve client business challenges.

We are thrilled that the presenter has provided us with slides from the presentation, which can be downloaded in the link below. Also provided is a recording of the event just in case someone you know missed it.

Webinar Recording

Presentation Slides


A Season of Gratitude and Reflection

By Mollye Dietrich, 2020 IABC Nashville President
It’s hard to believe that we have a little over a month left of 2020! With everything that has happened over the past months, it is easy to become jaded and not find gratitude this year. Confusion, loss, and sacrifice: we have all made adjustments to this “new normal” of a global pandemic world. Like many of you, this year has taken a toll on me and has been a test on my patience and optimism. As we approach the “Season of Gratitude” with Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, I have reflected on the “little victories” of this year I have experienced that maybe you have as well.

Here are my Top 8 Things I’m grateful for in 2020:

1) Outdoor Walks: Going on long nature walks has been a saving grace for me during these times of the pandemic. Stepping away from my computer and iPhone to get some fresh air has given me clarity and gratitude for living in the present moment. 

2) Family Bonding: I am very blessed to be a Nashville native and have my parents, brother, and sister-in-law, plus my nieces nearby to lean on during this time. I’ve enjoyed more quality time with them than I have in the past few years, plus I have found an even deeper sense of gratitude for them.

Read More