Write to Win: Mastering the Art of Awards Submission Writing Workshop

Are you entering award nominations for your organization, but not getting the results you deserve? The problem could be the way you are filling out your application. Successful award entries take time, strategy, and dynamic storytelling.

Join us on Wednesday, July 22, for an in-depth panel discussion on award writing best practices with some of the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) professional recognition leaders. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and ways to make your entries stand out in front of judges. This workshop will include:

  • Identifying common mistakes and writing problems
  • Understanding judges and what they are looking for
  • Proactive planning to avoid late deadlines
  • Crafting entries that tell a story and demonstrate results

These best practices will prepare you to submit any type of award entry, regardless of industry and award type. This online event is free for IABC members and non-members.

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July Virtual Networking Mixer: Half-Year Celebration

Celebrate the half-year mark of 2020, and join us for our July Virtual Networking Mixer! We are bringing together Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky’s finest communications professionals for a FREE virtual happy hour to share ideas, support, and best practices regarding our profession during this “new normal” of social distancing. Log in and bring your own tasty libations, delicious bites, and engaging conversation. Get to know fellow business communicators and start building long-lasting connections. It’s the Zoom meeting of the month you will not want to miss!

When: Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: Free

Reserve Your Spot

June Log In and Lunch: “Creating Brand Experiences in an Age of Social Distancing”

Creating Brand Experiences in an Age of Social Distancing

As social distancing forces us to reevaluate plans for in-person meetings and events, providing meaningful, valuable experiences for your audiences is as important as ever. Shifting from face-to-face to a virtual platform requires more than simply scheduling a Zoom call.

Join us Wednesday, June 17 as Lindsay Bertelli, president and owner of REACH, guides through the strategy, tactics, and technology of creating valuable brand experiences in our new virtual environment. If your 2020 events have been moved online or you are exploring creative ways to reach participants virtually, this presentation will help you figure out how to get started and set you up for a successful shift.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, June 17 from Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online event via Zoom
Cost: Free for IABC Nashville members; $15 for non-members


Lindsay Bertelli
President and Owner

About our speaker: Lindsay Bertelli

As Owner and President of REACH, Lindsay has over 15 years of in-depth experience in tour and event production as well as sponsorship management. Her work with top entertainment and corporate clients has made her a well-known force in the industry giving her the knowledge and expertise needed to navigate the growing, and increasingly interactive, sponsorship environment. With the launch of REACH, Bertelli combines her years of experience with novel and progressive sponsorship methods to create effective tactics appropriate for each client’s individual needs.

A graduate from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business, she began her career as a concert promoter at Moore Entertainment Group, ultimately affiliated with both TBA Entertainment and AEG Live. As Senior Project Manager, she managed eleven years of production and sponsorship for CMT On Tour – which involved artists Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, and Jason Aldean. 


Reserve your spot for this informative event. See you there.

Call for Entries Now Open: 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards

IABC Nashville is on a quest to recognize Middle Tennessee professionals who exemplify excellence in strategic business communications, management skills, thought leadership, and creativity. Each year, the Music City Gold Pen Awards showcase leading-edge work from area communicators – members and non-members alike – from various sectors.
Submitting an entry will help you develop your professional knowledge and skills, and prepare for entry into the international Gold Quill Awards program. Judged by professionals in other IABC chapters, a Music City Gold Pen Award is one of the most prestigious awards a communicator, designer, marketing strategist, or student can earn. 


Call for Entries Begin
Monday, June 1: Call For Entries Open
Wednesday, July 22: Professional Development Event 
  • Best Practices in Award Submissions from a panel of seasoned IABC judges


Friday, August 14: Early Deadline
  • IABC Members: $110 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $150 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $30 Per Entry
Friday, August 21: Grant Me Some Slack Deadline
  • IABC Members: $150 Per Entry*
  • Non-Members: $190 Per Entry
  • Nonprofits/Students: $45 Per Entry
Mid/Late September: Winners Notified
Monday, November 2: Awards Celebration Luncheon+
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Thompson Nashville Hotel
Tickets (Includes 3-Course lunch):
  • IABC Members: $45*
  • Non-Members: $55
  • Nonprofits/Students: $30
*Must be an active IABC member to receive rate. +Subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


IABC has now added Category 17: Diversity and Inclusion to Division 1 – Communication Management. Entries in this category should highlight campaigns or programs of work aimed at building a culture of inclusion for an organization, with internal or external stakeholders (or both).
IABC Nashville is proud to support three Leadership Awards designed to honor outstanding communicators in our region. These awards are designed to recognize members for their outstanding achievements and positive impact on the profession and IABC Nashville. Categories include:
  • Rising Star: Salutes a young, dynamic leader who is shaping the future of IABC Nashville.
  • Communicator of the Year: Recognizes a communication leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Hall of Fame: Lifetime achievement as an outstanding communicator whose contributions have raised the standards of professional communications.
Sponsors of the Music City Gold Pen Awards gain visibility and recognition from the region’s top business communicators. Showcase your company to event attendees by becoming a sponsor and reach a group of decision-makers and influencers in the business community. 


A BIG thank you to our official award partners, IABC Atlanta and KC IABC, for providing judges for the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards. As part of this partnership, members from IABC Nashville will be judging the KC Quills and Golden Flame Awards.

We hope you will consider entering your best work! If you have questions regarding the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards, please reach out to Kellie Davie, APR, Vice President of Awards and Communications, at kdavie@keycompr.com. Good luck and thank you for your support!


Kellie Davie, APR,  is the managing director and founder of Keycom, a marketing communications firm in Nashville dedicated to providing businesses with the creative strategies they need to reach their goals. Kellie also serves on the IABC Nashville board of directors as Vice President of Awards and Communications. 

May Log In and Lunch: “Talking to Strangers is My Self Care” with Lily Hansen

Author and TEDx speaker Lily Clayton Hansen will touch on the benefits of communicating virtually so you can use it to your advantage.

Join IABC Nashville and renowned author and TEDx speaker Lily Clayton Hansen for our first “Log In and Lunch” Professional Development Online Lunch and Learn Series. Hansen will discuss the importance of acknowledging the difference between communicating through tools like Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp and having face-to-face conversations. An essential part of being satisfied with virtual communication, and not resenting it, is realizing that it is unique. Hansen will touch on the benefits of communicating virtually so you can make the best out of the situation and use it to your advantage to communicate with colleagues, network, and keep in touch with friends.

Event Information

When: Wednesday, May 27 from Noon – 1 p.m.
Location: Online event via Zoom
Cost: Free for IABC Nashville members; $15 for non-members


Lily Clayton Hansen
Writer, journalist, and visual artist
Word of Mouth Conversations

About our speaker: Lily Clayton Hansen

Conversation drives author and interviewer Lily Clayton Hansen. One of the basics in life is communication, and in a digital age, Lily believes we need to re-prioritize it more than ever. Oftentimes referred to as the “people whisperer,” (one who lowers other’s walls and coaxes wisdom out of them) she finds nuggets of insight like no one else. Through her interviews, Lily reminds others to keep an open mind and heart.


In 2013, Lily relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, or rather the “It City.” In 2013, she began compiling interviews and portrait photography for her first book, Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations. The coffee table book, praised locally and regionally upon its 2015 release, garnered regional press, endorsements by name brands, and partnerships with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Vanderbilt University and Nashville International Airport. The author has spoken about her project at arts organizations and universities across the country. Lily’s second book, Word of Mouth: More Conversations, released in 2018, was the first she published through her own boutique publishing company. She is currently sought after by other cities and companies to create custom coffee table books for them.

Following Word of Mouth: More Conversations, Lily was approached by HCA Healthcare, the largest hospital company in America, to create a custom book for their 50th anniversary that showcased stories with team members at all levels. The book was a hit and said to have brought unity to their 250,000-person organization. In 2019, Lily wrote 233-corporate bios for Gresham Smith, a global architecture and engineering firm who hired her specifically to humanize their company. Through it all, the writer still loves writing about real people who are passionate about what they do. She is grateful to be able to use her empathic nature and curiosity to ask the hard questions—in the kindest way possible. Lily wants to get to know others for who they are and show their best possible self. She has been described as “an artist in all sense of the word”— it just so happens that her favorite medium is the art of conversation. In the fall of 2019, Lily debuted her newest talk “Talking to Strangers Is My Self Care” at Tedx Nashville’s Women’s event.


Reserve your spot for this informative event. See you there.


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