May 28, 2015 – Share the Wealth with Best Practice Round-table Discussions

Enjoy a lively, interactive program format on Thursday, May 28, featuring round-table discussions on communication trends and best practices. Everyone is encouraged to bring a best practice insight to share with their table. It’s all about communication contributing to business goals and, ultimately, business success. Table seating is first come, first served, and each table will be assigned one of the following disciplines for you to choose: Internal/Employee Communications: Share trends, measurement tools and best practices Corporate PR: Compare tools and best practices, identify your growth goals Executive Communications: Share creative approaches, discuss barriers to excellence, and take away new ideas Proving Your Value: Learn how your peers are building relationships and proving the value of communications to senior management Communications Planning: Discuss successes, failures, and lessons learned in developing and selling your plans Feel like you might miss out on useful information because you can only sit at one table? Don’t fret! The second half of the meeting involves a table facilitator sharing cumulative best practices from that table with the entire group. The round-table meeting format was organized in response to IABC member survey feedback this spring encouraging alternative luncheon formats. Date: May 28, 2015 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Maggiano’s Little Italy 2 The Boulevard Richmond Heights, MO 63117 Meeting Fees: $30 – Members $40 – Non-members $20 – Students *No-shows will be billed their registration fee to reflect the per-person meeting cost unless contacting IABC St. Louis prior to 48 hours before the event.   Register...

April 30 – Networking Happy Hour

April Showers Bring (almost) May Happy Hours! Celebrate Spring and Build Your Professional Network  For many, the word ‘networking’ evokes feelings of anxiety and dread. Others view networking as an opportunity to meet new people and build long-term relationships. If you would like to be among those in the second category, join the St. Louis chapters of IABC, PRSA and AMA in a fun and relaxed environment where you’ll learn new networking tips, and at the same time grow your professional network. Date: Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks (beer, wine, water and soft drinks) will be provided. This event is FREE to IABC, PRSA and AMA members; $10 charge for non-members. It’s hosted by the St. Louis Arts and Education Council located in the Centene Center for Arts and Education Building at 3547 Olive Street – 4th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103-1014. Parking: A paid lot is located next the building. There also is ample street meter parking. Note that street meters operate until 7 p.m. Register...

March 26, 2015 – Cutting Edge Social Media Strategies that Work

Whether you’re a novice at social media or an expert looking for some new ideas, two experts will be presenting their best tips and tricks for attracting and holding followers, engaging with your audience, managing reputation and measuring your results. Date: March 26, 2015 Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Register Now About Our Presenters: Mandy Manley, a Duchess of Paducah and graduate of the University of Kentucky, is a communications specialist at Reliv International. She’s a Kentucky Press Association award-winning journalist, and was chosen as the winner of the St. Louis Publisher’s Association’s “Get Ready, Get Published” contest in 2010. Her novel, Foundations, a work of historical fiction, has been a real hit with her family. Read Mandy’s advice for social media success, hilarious videos and tips for being and all-around likeable person at www.mandymanley.com. Bethany Prange started her career in 2000 as a journalist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Today she writes a weekly parenting column for an independent newspaper, but social media strategy for nonprofits is now her specialty. She served as the social media strategist at the St. Louis Area Foodbank for five years, initiating a blog and building the food bank’s social media platforms from a few hundred followers to thousands. Bethany also helped the nonprofit win a new Toyota Highlander and grants totaling $105,000. In 2011, she developed and launched an innovative team of social media ambassadors whose primary goal was to devote their expertise in social media, brand management and marketing strategy to the cause of hunger relief. This new method of “creative volunteerism” helped the Foodbank boost...

February 26, 2015 – Change Management ROI

Join us on February 26 as Annie Rzepecki, Communication & Change Management Consultant at Towers Watson, shares client stories and insights from their ten-year study on the role that internal communication and change management play in business success. During this session, you will learn how communication practices have evolved over the years and how effective communication and change management can impact financial results and engage key talent. At this event, you will learn how to: Utilize effective change management and communication to unleash discretionary effort and superior performance Motivate and engage employees Apply examples from relevant case studies to your own organization or business Register Now Meeting Fees*: $30 – Members $40 – Non-members $20 – Students About Our Speaker Annie Rzepecki is a Change Management and Communication consultant in the Minneapolis office of Towers Watson. Annie helps her clients facilitate and sustain organizational and cultural change and motivate employee behavior across a variety of topics, including benefits, mergers and acquisitions, talent management and organizational alignment, and employee engagement. Annie’s clients include 3M, Charter Communications, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, CNH Industrial, Maritz, Medtronic, Monsanto Company, Post Foods, Thrivent Financial, and many more. *No-shows will be billed their registration fee to reflect the per-person meeting cost unless contacting IABC St. Louis prior to 48 hours before the...

January 21, 2015 – How to Think Like A CEO

Join PRSA and IABC for our annual joint meeting on Wednesday night January 21st from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the BJC Learning Institute. As communicators, we’re often so busy helping others that our own development falls to the bottom of the priority list. During this interactive session, attendees will hold a mirror up to themselves to discover – based on criteria of successful CEOs – how to be more effective. By understanding the Top 10 CEO Care-Abouts and the practical behaviors and skills that work for the most effective leaders, attendees will be able to decide which strategies will help them lead better and differentiate themselves. The session covers key development opportunities such as: Staying focused on the top business priorities Articulating the value of the communications function Managing your time Developing your team You don’t need to be a CEO to take some of these best-practice strategies and apply them to your job. In the end, understanding these Care-Abouts can help any person – from entry-level to senior leader – be more effective, productive, and more content with work. About Our Speaker A leading consultant, speaker and author, David Grossman is one of America’s foremost authorities on communication inside organizations. Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, helps leaders drive productivity and get the results they want through authentic and courageous leadership and communication. When: January 21, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Where: BJC Learning Institute, 8300 Eager Road, St Louis, MO 63144 Free parking in the garage across the street from the BJC building. Take the elevator to the pedestrian bridge and follow the signs to the meeting. Menu:...

December 03, 2014 – Jurassic Happy Hour

The Saint Louis Marketing and Advertising community invites IABC members and non members to join them for happy hour. Where: T-Rex 911 Washington Avenue, 5th Floor St Louis, MO When: December 03, 2014 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm To register:...