2022 Music City Gold Pen Awards

 

2022 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Join IABC Nashville on Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. CT at GEODIS WeHo Club–home of the Nashville Soccer Club–for our 2022 Music City Gold Pen Awards! Celebrate the unsung heroes who write, edit, create, and bring to life the many programs, special events, and powerful stories that punctuate life across Middle Tennessee!

With awards categories ranging from complex communications campaigns to single news articles (and much more!), we’ll celebrate Middle Tennessee’s leading communications professionals and their award-winning projects that are shaping our world today.

Even if you decided not to submit an entry this year, the 2022 Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony is an engaging evening event you won’t want to miss.

Join us for a memorable evening of:

  • Tasty cuisine and libations
  • Meaningful networking with Middle Tennessee’s most talented communications professionals
  • Learn about the award-winning communications projects and what made them successful.

We are also thrilled to have the talented and acclaimed Tony Husband, Lead Commentator of the Nashville Soccer Club, as our official EMCEE for this event! 🎉

Help us celebrate the best in business communications! You won’t want to miss this event!

Reserve Tickets Now!

  • Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022
  • 6:00 p.m. – Cocktails & Networking
  • 6:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
 
  • GEODIS WeHo Club 
  • 501 Benton Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
  • Free parking is available on-site.
 
  • IABC Members: $55.00
  • Non-members: $65.00
  • Students: $40.00
  • 4 Ticket bundle: $220.00
  • 6 Ticket bundle: $300.00

 

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Tony Husband, Lead Commentator of the Nashville Soccer Club

With over two decades of broadcasting and commentating experience around the globe, Tony Husband is known and revered as Nashville Soccer Club’s Lead Commentator where he hosts pre, and post-game shows on-site and in studio alongside full commentary on Fox’s affiliate stations across Tennessee and whole of the US on ESPN Plus.

Husband joined Nashville after a 20-year career with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), covering soccer’s biggest competitions and leagues as some of the most iconic BBC Sports programs and major events including the Olympics, the FA Cup Final, Champions League football, World Athletics Series and Wimbledon.

He joined the ranks of the iconic TV sport’s show BBC Match of the Day in 2013 and is also part of the Final Score crew watched by millions of UK television viewers every Saturday afternoon on BBC1. He presented every night across the south of England on the BBC1 show “South Today”.

Tony has a deep connection with American sports and has hosted coverage of both the NFL and MLB for BBC network radio.

 

June 2022: Summer Networking Mixer

 

IABC Presents: Cumberland Happy Hour

IABC Nashville welcomes you to our first of two summer mixers from 5-7 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 30. We’ll meet at Cumberland Creative, located at 5403 Centennial Blvd. Nashville, TN, Unit 105. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Now, let’s toast to summer break and, of course, being back in person for networking events!

Details
  • Thursday, June, 30, 2022
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm CT
 
Location
  • Cumberland Creative
  • 5403 Centennial Blvd, Unit 105, Nashville, TN, 37209
  • Located in the “Boomerang” Building.
  • Free parking is available across the street or behind the boomerang building.
 
Tickets
  • General Admission (for non-members): $10
  • IABC Members: FREE

Note: We kindly ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. If you aren’t feeling well, please adhere to CDC guidance and stay at home.

May 2022: Lunch & Learn

How to Captivate a Crowd:Public Speaking Tips from Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD

We’re back in person for our professional development events—come join us!
 
Join us as in person as we host Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD, as our May professional development guest speaker! Dr. Babb is the Rotary District Governor for District 6760, which serves 58 clubs and 3,200+ community leaders throughout Middle and West Tennessee. Dr. Babb has ample experience presenting to groups ranging from ten people to 500+. When preparing and delivering engaging speeches, he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve. Not to mention he’s also a songwriter–which means he’s up to the challenge of communicating a message with just a few words.
 
You’ll learn:
  • The basics of preparing a speech
  • How to sharpen your presentation skills for both virtual and in-person events
  • Tips and tricks for keeping your audience engaged throughout your whole presentation

About Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD:

Dr. Michael J. Babb, MD, lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a Board-Certified Family Physician practicing hospital medicine at Williamson Medical Center from 2011-present. Before that, he practiced “cradle to grave” family medicine in Cushing, Oklahoma, from delivering babies to going to nursing homes and making house call visits along with his office, hospital, and surgical practice. He has worked in the COVID-19 unit since March 2020. His collegiate degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Phillips University and a Medical Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Babb is married to Tamie, an OB-GYN physician at Hendersonville Medical Center. They blended their families and have eight children and 16 grandchildren.

Dr. Babb’s community and world service include being a Rotarian since 1985. He has held multiple club and district offices culminating in being Rotary International District 6760 Governor. District 6760 is comprised of 58 Rotary Clubs in central and western Tennessee with over 3,200 members.

He is a singer/songwriter who owns Magic Yellow Bird Publishing and has songs streaming on the internet. Dr. Babb has had songs in the top 40 on the country charts in Europe.

Dr. Babb has a passion for serving others in whatever capacity he is occupying at that moment, whether it be personal friend, public speaking, medicine, Rotary, music or family.

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!

Details:
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

Location: Nashville Entrepreneur Center
41 Peabody St.
Nashville, TN 37210

Tickets

  • IABC Members: $35
  • General Admission (for non-members): $45
  • Students: $30

Note: We kindly ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. If you aren’t feeling well, please adhere to CDC guidance and stay at home.

April Lunch and Learn: Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Rallying People for Your Cause: How Sustainable Business Practices Pay Off

We’re back in person for our professional development events—come join us! Take advantage of our discounted ticket prices to celebrate being back together again.
 
Getting people behind your cause isn’t always easy. Luckily, Urban Green Lab—a Nashville nonprofit that helps educate and inspire sustainable strategies for organizations—has some success stories to share with us! Join us in person as Jacqueline Goodwin, Sustainable Workplaces Manager at Urban Green Lab, shares how to develop a business case for sustainability and connects us with resources that make a difference in our local community.
 
You’ll learn:
  • Why workplaces are a good place to start with sustainability
  • Tips for getting others to back your cause and share your same excitement
  • Resources that make a difference here locally

Our discussion will feature:

Jacqueline Goodwin is the Sustainable Workplaces Manager at local nonprofit Urban Green Lab. She manages the Urban Green Lab Certification Program, the Nashville Sustainability Roundtable, and B Tenessee, Tennessee’s association of B Corporations. She went to Dickinson College to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and there, she grew her love for sustainability by living in the Center for Sustainable Living and interning at the Center for Sustainability Education. Jackie also studied sustainable development and urban climate adaptation abroad in Copenhagen and was one of Dickinson’s first recipients of the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate.
 
Prior to her move to Nashville, Jackie worked in the nonprofit world for Ashoka and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Most recently, Jackie was a freelance writer specializing in social impact and sustainability. She has a passion for educating communities on how to live more intentionally and impactfully through a sustainability lens. She especially enjoys helping businesses incorporate sustainable practice into their everyday work through her programs at UGL.

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!

Back in Person Special Pricing

  • IABC Members: $25
  • General Admission (for non-members): $35
  • Students: $20

What’s for Lunch?
Keeping in line with the theme of sustainability, lunch will be provided by the Sunflower Cafe, a local vegetarian restaurant. It’s so good, we bet you won’t even miss the meat! Why a vegetarian meal? Meat and dairy account for around 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email Tayhlor Blackwell, VP of Professional Development.

Note: We kindly ask that all attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event. If you aren’t feeling well, please adhere to CDC guidance and stay at home.

March Log In and Lunch: Wednesday, March 23

Communicating Under Pressure: The Story of @NashSevereWx and How They Grew Their Platform to 235,000+ Followers

You probably follow them on Twitter, and you turn to them in the scariest of times, but have you ever heard their story? Two years after the tornado outbreak in Middle Tennessee, Will Minkoff, Partner for Nashville Severe Weather, joins us to share how he teamed up with a couple of other locals to publicly share weather updates and how it’s “turned into a thing.” 

You’ll learn:

  • The importance of implementing social media into your marketing efforts
  • How to grow a healthy social media following and keep your audience engaged
  • Tips for strategically communicating during such unpredictable times 

Our discussion will feature:

Will Minkoff is an insightful and experienced preparedness planner. He has significant planning and training experience in healthcare, public safety, education, and non-profit sectors. Most notably he has consulted on continuity and emergency operations planning initiatives for nine different state emergency management agencies (EMAs), 14 of the 40 largest cities in the U.S. But this is just a day job. 

Will is also a partner in the time-consuming and difficult-to-manage weather media company, Nashville Severe Weather. The three partners at Nashville Severe Weather have received national attention for their detailed and witty weather analysis. Over their 10-year “career” they have won the Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award from the National Weather Association and a Distinguished Service Award from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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.

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