IABC is here to help: A Message to Members from the IABC International Executive Board Chair

Dear Communication Professionals,

On behalf of the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) international executive board (IEB), we hope this email finds you, your families, and your colleagues healthy and well, as the world navigates the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping our community during uncertain times
With many IABC members and professionals in our wider community whose financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, we’re offering relief to those who’ve lost their job, been furloughed, or lost income and are due for renewal between now and 31 May 2020 or wish to join the organization as a new member.

We are providing the following options:
1. A 50% discount on international dues* for a one-year professional membership for any NEW professional member.
2. A 50% discount on international dues* for a one-year professional membership renewal for any active professional member who is due to renew between now and 31 May.
3. A one-month extension of membership, for active members who are due to renew between now and 31 May.

*The discount does not apply to the region and chapter level portion of dues.

If you’re facing a financial hardship, please email member_relations@iabc.com and we can tell you more about these options.

Resources for you, and your work

  • IABC regions and chapters offer support, mentoring, professional development and more. We encourage you to engage in the amazing events and resources they’re organizing online right now, including podcasts, webinars, networking gatherings and more. They continue to #CreateConnection.
  • IABC’s COVID-19 resource page includes templates, webinars and more. This page is updated regularly as new resources become available. Many of them are free.
  • The Hub continues to be a place for IABC members to connect to share resources and support one another. Every day, new discussions are launching there, with many of them focused on topics related to the communication profession during the time of COVID-19. If you’re not able to join IABC at this time, we encourage you to connect with others in our free, 51,000+ member LinkedIn Group.
  • The 2020 IABC World Conference is going virtual. It takes place 14-17 June and registration is opening soon. We’re excited to bring you a world-class virtual experience filled with keynotes, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and fun. Now more than ever, connection and insight are needed. We hope you’ll join us with your peers from around the globe.
  • Along with the IABC World Conference, we’re also moving the Excellence Gala online, celebrating IABC Gold Quill Awards winners, Special Award winners, the 2020 IABC class of Fellows and more. Stay tuned for details on how you can join the celebration.
  • Though we cannot hold exams during this time, we continue to support the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) and their work to offer certification for communication professionals, many of whom are working toward earning it while in isolation.

How you can help

  • The United Nations launched an open brief to creatives everywhere to help spread public health messages about COVID-19 in ways that will be effective, accessible and shareable. We’re encouraging communication professionals to participate in this through the IABC Foundation’s Global Gift of Communication.

Thank you all for the vital work you are doing as communication professionals. Every day we see such impressive innovation and leadership from you, and I continue to be proud and humbled to lead IABC at this time.

Please reach out to us at member_services@iabc.com if you have any questions.

Be well,

Victoria Dew, SCMP
International Executive Board Chair

Victoria Dew, SCMP – Chair | Victoria Dew, SCMP, is the founder and CEOof Dewpoint Communications, a consultancy focused on helping businesses to grow smarter and faster  through strong company culture and employee communication. Dew has 13+ years of corporate communication leadership experience, in more than a dozen industries and sectors, both in the US and overseas. As a consultant, coach, and in-house practitioner, she has worked with diverse businesses, ranging from solopreneurs to some of the world’s largest technology companies. An IABC members since 2006, Dew has served as president of IABC Wellington, chair of the Asia-Pacific region, as well as on the IABC Finance Committee, Boston and Heritage region boards. She holds a B.A. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from King’s College London, and additional business and communication qualifications from Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington.

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