2019 Music City Gold Pen Awards

Come celebrate with the stars at the Music City Gold Pen Awards Luncheon! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 11:30am – 1pm

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St, Nashville, TN 37209

Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members, and $30 for students 

Register today

Join IABC Nashville for the 2019 Music City Gold Pen Awards luncheon, where we recognize the often 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 over 25 awards categories, ranging from complex communications campaigns to single news articles (and much more!) you’ll get to celebrate with leading communications professionals and learn about their award-winning projects! 

Why should you attend? 

Even if you decided not to submit an entry, the Music City Gold Pen Awards ceremony is an event you won’t want to miss. Here’s why you need to be there:

  • Mix and mingle with leaders in communications, public relations, marketing, etc. from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky
  • Learn about the award-winning communications projects and what made them successful
  • Gain exclusive insight about current communications trends, best practices, and how the industry’s stars are shaping our field for the future

 

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

Check out our 2018 MCGPA photo gallery and see why this is an event you don’t want to miss! 

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United We Stand: Celebrating Local Diversity & Inclusion

IABC Nashville is excited to partner with Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, and Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, for our June 2019 networking mixer

Join communications professionals from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky (and bring a friend!) as we celebrate diversity and inclusion over tasty libations, delicious bites, and engaging conversation. 

Where:
Union Station Hotel
1001 Broadway,
Nashville, TN 37203

When:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

Reserve your spot

It is $10 to attend, benefiting the Nashville LGBT Chamber! Prepay only. Registration will not be taken at the door.

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally. 

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Diversity + Inclusion Panel: A Communicator’s Guide to Modern Audiences

Me Too. Transgender Equality. Black Lives Matter. These are just some of the many news headlines we read about that impact our daily relationships. In today’s ever-changing work and social environments, what can communicators do to stay current and be mindful of all audience demographics?

Join us Wednesday, June 19 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected diversity and inclusion experts as they share their insights on what communicators can do to create a positive and welcoming environment for their brands.

Panelists 

Joe Woolley
CEO, Nashville LGBT Chamber

Joyce Searcy
Director of Community Relations, Belmont University

Jade Sampson
Director of Talent Acquisition, AMSURG

Moderator:
Genma Holmes
Owner/Holmes Pest Control and CEO at GSH Consulting

Event information:

Location

Waller Law
511 Union Street, Suite 2700 
Nashville, TN 37219 

Schedule

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion and lunch

Details

This discussion will include:

  • Understanding how current diversity + inclusion topics can impact your brand
  • How to “break the glass ceiling” and support trailblazers within your industry and the community
  • Crafting brand messaging that is organic and welcoming to all audiences
  • Integrating diversity + inclusion strategies to building teams, training employees, and empowering leaders

Parking / transportation 

  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Law Parking Garage on Union Street (58 visitors spots) — validated by Waller Law. 
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel – $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away) 

Reserve your spot!

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

Thank you to our sponsor!

Special thanks to our June 2019 luncheon sponsor: Holmes Pest Control.

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Love That Heals + A Brand That Delivers: A Case Study on Thistle Farms

Since its founding in 1997, Thistle Farms has become one of the region’s fastest growing nonprofit social enterprises dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. From providing a two-year residential program and medical services to offering on-the-job training and employment opportunities, Thistle Farms has empowered hundreds of women to overcome their past adversities through the most powerful force in the world: love. 

Join us Wednesday, May 15, for an in-depth conversation with Thistle Farms CEO Hal Cato, as he shares his insights on one of Nashville’s unique and beloved nonprofits.

Event information:

Schedule:

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

Location:

The Cafe at Thistle Farms 
5122 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

About the event: 

This interactive presentation will include an overview of:

  • Thistle Farms’ recent brand refresh
  • Evolution of Thistle Farms’ business model and financial structure 
  • Understanding nonprofit audiences 
  • Brand messaging and authenticity 

About our presenter: 
Hal Cato, CEO, Thistle Farms 

Thistle Farms’ fearless leader since 2015, Hal embraces the ever-changing nature of his day-to-day role as CEO. Whether leading a board meeting, weighing in on product development, getting to know the new women at one of the residences, or driving the mission in any number of ways, Hal keeps his eyes on the end goal: healing and employing survivors. Hal is uniquely qualified to address both the mission and the business of Thistle Farms given this extensive experience in the nonprofit and private sector, which includes founding Hands On Nashville, The Youth Opportunity Center, The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, Zeumo, as well as serving as CEO for the Oasis Center from 2001-2011. Hal has been recognized as “Nashvillian of the Year” by the Nashville Scene and “Best in Business – Nonprofit Sector” by the Nashville Business Journal. 

Reserve your spot! 

Register today – we look forward to seeing you! 

  

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Telling the Nashville Story: How top communicators “sell” our city

From Broadway to Bellevue and everywhere in between, Nashville has become one of the top destinations in our country for commerce, leisure, and creativity.

What are the factors that have made Nashville the “It City” in America over the past few years, and how can we tell that story to our audiences to elevate our local brands? 

Join us Wednesday, April 17 for an in-depth panel discussion with some of Nashville’s most well-respected communicators as they share their insights on how to maximize our city’s unique attributes to benefit your brand.

Panelists

Heather Middleton
Vice President of Public Relations
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Dawn Cornelius
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Bright
Vice President
Nashville Downtown Partnership

Moderator:
Nekasha Pratt, PMP

Director of Marketing
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Event schedule:

11:30am-12pm – Networking
12:00pm-1pm – Panel Discussion and lunch

This lively discussion will include:

  • Understanding current audiences visiting and relocating to our area
  • Highlighting Nashville’s unique attributes
  • How to maximize our city’s resources for your brand

Parking / transportation information 

  • Ride share options: Uber / Lyft 
  • Waller Law Parking Garage on Union Street (58 visitors spots) — validated by Waller Law. 
  • Open Lot (as part of the Waller Law building) on 6th Avenue
  • Valet at the Hermitage Hotel – $13 up to 2 hours, $18 over 2 hours.
  • Parking garages at the Library or McKenzie Methodist Church (one block away) 

Reserve your spot!

Register today – We can’t wait to see you there! 

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