THE VALUE OF IABC MEMBERSHIP
Read what some current members of have to say about the benefits of joining IABC/Louisville.
“I first joined IABC back in the early 1990s, when I was starting my career in Nashville. I quickly found out that the claim you will ‘find an instant network’ in IABC to be true beyond my expectations. I made fast friends with the folks in the club, and learned something important and new, it seemed, with every meeting. By my second year, I was on the board, and my relationships grew, as my peers began to see me working on behalf of the chapter.
“After a few years in Nashville, I faced the daunting prospect of having to move to Louisville for my husband’s work. I knew no one and had only been to the city once or twice. I wasn’t too afraid. I knew I would find some friends in IABC, and I did. In fact, I met the chapter president, Dave Caudill, before I even had a chance to go to the first meeting. He bounded up to me in the hall of the temporary office building where we both were working, coincidentally, for different companies. He not only somehow knew who I was, but had been called by my Nashville chapter president, who recommended me to fill an open board position in Louisville. I accepted, and within weeks had at least as many professional contacts as I had in Nashville. Soon I was going to district and international conferences, and learning more than I ever dreamed I could.
“A lot of people think of IABC merely as ‘job insurance.’ I don’t. I think of it as my professional support system, a network of people I can call upon for advice or help. It’s a professional ‘finishing school’ that keeps me up to date on the trends that are happening in the industry, helping me to keep my skills fresh. By watching all the wonderful work people in the chapter are doing, it also helps me see what life is like in a wide variety of jobs in the communications field. That helps me set my course.
“I owe a lot to IABC, and the members who make it, in my opinion, the premier organization for our industry. I’m proud to say I’m a member.”
— Susan Gosselin, (Vest Advertising)
Past President, VP of Communications
“What can IABC do for your career? What you get out depends on what you put in. I have been a member for 29 years. For three of those years, I had to pay my own dues, even though I didn”t even have a local chapter and all the benefits that come from programs and networking. It was worth the money. Several years ago, I paid a one-time fee to become a lifetime member. I subjected myself to the challenging accreditation process, and wear the ABC initials with pride. I”ve been a president and board member for many years in two different cities. I have attended an assortment of world and regional conferences. My point is that clearly, I believe in the benefits an IABC membership can provide. I have met dozens — make that hundreds — of colleagues I feel free to call upon when I”m in some professional dilemma. Access to the worldwide directory is one of the most valuable tools members receive.
“I apologize for the commercial, but not for my accolades for IABC. Joining is an investment in your career.”
— Dan Hicks, ABC (Institute for Crisis Management)
Past President, IABC member since 1980
“IABC is a great resource for networking with other communications professionals. The monthly lunch programs are very informative and feature speakers from a wide variety of organizations who speak on an array of topics. I’ve found it invaluable as a professional development tool.”
— Leslie F. Knox (Trilogy Health Services)
Senior Delegate, Past President