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February New Member Promotions

February is Worldwide New Member Month

New members can join in February for less – learn about the benefits of joining and join today!

  • New members do not pay application fees in February – this applies to lapsed members who re-join in February AND to corporate members too.
  • New members who enroll in February will also get a free month of membership added to their membership year for each new member they recruit in February.

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Don’t Miss Les Landes Speak on Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement

Save the Date for February 28

Five Reasons to NOT Miss February’s Event:

  1. Meet Les Landes, author of the recently released “Getting to the Heart of Employee Engagement: The Power and Purpose of Imagination and Free Will in the Workplace” and have a chance to win an autographed copy of his book! (You must register by Feb. 18 for your chance to win)
  2. Ask about the 2013 IABC St. Louis Quill Awards
  3. Network with other IABC members and communicators in the St. Louis community.
  4. Eat lunch and learn something new in the middle of your week.
  5. It’s a chance to join IABC and take advantage of all the benefits it has to members!

The Details

When: Thursday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Ces and Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63131
Meeting Fees:
$30 – members
$40 – nonmembers
$20 – students

Register here!

About Our Presenter

Businesses worldwide have been searching feverishly in recent years for the key to unleashing the power of people in the workplace. The reason is obvious: compelling evidence from countless studies has shown the commanding competitive advantage of high-engagement cultures when it comes to virtually every relevant business measure – sales, profitability, quality, customer satisfaction and more. While some attempts have been fruitful, deep-rooted employee engagement continues to elude most organizations.

Les Landes is president of Landes & Associates based in St. Louis. The firm provides an array of services designed to help organizations align marketing communication with employee engagement to improve overall performance. Landes formerly was a program director and creative supervisor with Maritz, Inc., and later was the head of corporate communications for Pet Incorporated before the company was acquired by General Mills.

Les will share fresh insights from his book on human nature at work that set the stage for a breakthrough in optimizing employee performance. He will explain how imagination and free will are inseparably linked – and why understanding that connection is vital to creating a trust-based organizational culture where employees love to work and customers love doing business. He also will touch on essential topics related to employee engagement, such as communication, continuous improvement and performance development.

2013 IABC St. Louis Quill Awards

Call for Entries Now Open!

You did the work, now earn recognition for excellence in business communication. Show your colleagues your outstanding work and add value to your business and clients with a St. Louis Quill award.

All IABC St. Louis Quill entries are judged by top communicators nationally. You can be very proud of what you’ve accomplished.

You don’t have to be a member to enter. The competition is open to all area business communicators who completed a significant project in 2012. Choose to enter one of 27 categories across three primary divisions: communication management, communication skills and creative.

Winning entries feature clear objectives supporting the organization’s goals, creative communication strategies and effective, measurable results.

How to Enter

The call for entries brochure contains all the details you need on which categories to enter and how to prepare your entry.


Bronze Quill is open to all communications professionals, including freelancers and those working in agencies, nonprofit organizations or corporations. You do NOT have to be an IABC member to enter the competition or attend the awards gala, but members do receive a discount for entry prices.


  • Early Bird (discount) entries: Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Final entry deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • IABC St. Louis Quill celebration: Thursday, May 30

Presenting Sponsor:




Source: IABC St. Louis
John Twombly, Awards Chair
(314) 286-0417

Upcoming Free Webinar

Managing Communications During a Time of Crisis — February 1, 2013

IABC Pacific Plains Region presents an hour-long webinar with a seasoned crisis communications pro, Michael Freitag a partner with strategic communications firm Joele Frank of New York.

February 1, 2013
12 noon Central

IABC Pacific Plains Region Webinar
Managing communications during a time of crisis
with Michael Freitag, Partner, Joele Frank, New York

At a moment’s notice, an organization can find itself facing an unexpected, out-of-the-ordinary event that threatens a company’s operations and public and internal perception. As communicators, how do we best take control of our message when our company’s back is seemingly up against a wall?

For more information, check out IABC Pacific Plains Region Webinar information.

October is Membership Month!

If you’ve been considering IABC membership, there’s never been a better time to join!

New or lapsed members who join in October save $40 and get entered into a drawing for a chance to win 2 free tickets to the 2013 Bronze Quill Awards. You can register on-line at or email Kim Pett with any questions at


Entries from BJC HealthCare, Graybar earn Silver Quill Awards

The IABC Pacific Plains Region announced that two St. Louis business communicators were among the elite group of business communicators who earned an award in the 2012 Make Your Mark Silver Quill Award competition, which invites participation from more than 6,000 business communicators throughout the region. Of the 36 Silver Quills awarded across the region this year, 13 are Awards of Excellence, the top recognition given, and 23 are Awards of Merit. The St. Louis winners are:

Silver Quill Award of Merit 

Presented to: Patrick Donovan

BJC HealthCare

Ask the Pharmacist 

CATEGORY: Social Media

Silver Quill Award of Merit 

Corporate Communications Team 


Graybar Outlook

CATEGORY: Publications

“We are proud to recognize a very select group of our colleagues who have made their mark by setting and meeting communications objectives that delivered significant, measurable results to their organizations,” said Ann Krzmarzick, ABC*, IABC Silver Quill Awards chair. “They have shown that they use strategic thinking, creativity and ingenuity to get the job done.”

Evaluation of the 2012 Silver Quill Award entries was completed by an expert panel of experienced judges from IABC Kansas City, many of whom are Accredited Business Communicators (ABCs) and/or have earned IABC Quill awards. The judging process sets a very high standard for entrants by using guidelines from the IABC Gold Quill Awards, the international recognition program for communicators. Award of Excellence winners earned a 5.75 or greater and Award of Merit winners earned at least a 5.25 on a 7-point scale.

All entrants receive valuable peer-to-peer feedback from the judges to enhance their future work. Winners also receive an engraved crystal, public kudos, and recognition of their work in a winners’ booklet. A complete winners’ list and examples of the award-winning work can be found at:

About the IABC Pacific Plains Region

The Pacific Plains Region of IABC supports the leaders and members of the region’s IABC chapters with resources and professional development opportunities. The goal of IABC PPR is to foster a collegial network of professionals engaged in all aspects of corporate communication and to extend opportunities to members to expand their leadership skills and experience by participating at the local, regional and international level. Pacific Plains embraces 20 chapters in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii, from Arizona to North Dakota, including scores of members at large who live outside local chapter boundaries. The region’s geographic sweep gives it a wide network of colleagues for sharing ideas, asking advice and celebrating successes. For more information on the Pacific Plains Region of IABC, visit .

IABC St. Louis Wants You!

Have you ever considered getting involved with IABC St. Louis? Now is the perfect time! As we prepare to begin our 2012-2013 year, the IABC Board of Directors is seeking volunteers to help on committees. Volunteering with IABC St. Louis offers many rewards:

  • Gain visibility. Network with fellow professional communicators, find out about job openings and develop great references among communications professionals in the St. Louis area.
  • Hone your skills. Retain and sharpen skills you may not be using in your current position.
  • Stretch yourself. Volunteering with IABC can help you expand your horizons and explore new career options. If you are self-employed, it’s an opportunity to work with others on uniquely rewarding projects.
  • Be a leader. Serving as an IABC volunteer can help you develop leadership skills you can use in your own workplace.
  • Beef up your resume. Impress potential employers when they see that you volunteer with the premier organization for communications professionals.

Interested in one of the positions below? Email to learn more.


Professional Development Committee

The PD committee is responsible for brainstorming, developing and executing monthly professional development luncheons that are timely, engaging and relevant to the needs of business communicators. We have several opportunities available:

  • Logistics Coordinator: handles the pre-event logistics with vendors and venues, as well as leads on-site preparation to ensure the event runs smoothly.
  • Speaker Recruiter: (2 positions available) leads the recruitment of potential speakers, serving as primary contact for speakers from start to finish. This position also ensures that professional development content objectives are relayed to Copywriter.
  • Copywriter: writes an engaging description of the event and speaker bio, and coordinates with the VP of Marketing to ensure information is posted in a timely manner.


Marketing Committee

The marketing committee is responsible for keeping members, non-members and the business community at large updated on IABC St. Louis happenings. We have several opportunities available:

  • Webmaster: makes updates to IABC St. Louis website and blog using WordPress dashboard.
  • Social Media Coordinator: posts 2-3 times per week on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Typically, the content is provided and this position schedules the posts.
  • e-Newsletter Coordinator: collects content for the e-newsletter and creates the newsletter each month.


Membership Committee

The marketing committee is responsible for recruitment and retention activities of IABC St. Louis. We have one opportunity available:

  • Membership Chair: assists the Vice President of Membership with tasks related to recruitment and retention of IABC members. Helps plan Member Orientation events quarterly.

Volunteers Needed For Judging!

IABC is in need of judges for the 2012 Bronze Quill Awards.

The St. Louis chapter awards have been judged by other cities around the country. In exchange, IABC St. Louis reciprocates judging for other cities? chapters. We have started to receive entries from around the country and we are looking for judges.

Please email if you are willing to help.




Upcoming FREE Webinars

IABC offers web seminars throughout the year for IABC members. The web seminar schedule is updated often to include new speakers with fresh, timely content. Visit to stay up-to-date on the latest web seminar offerings.

Upcoming Webinars:

When bad things happen to good organizations: making reputation management matter for nonprofits
presented by Martha Muzychka, ABC, Praxis Communications
11 April, 9–10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time

The Power of Framing: Challenging the Language of Leadership
presented by Gail Fairhurst, University of Cincinnati
11 July, 9–10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
Information and registration coming soon….

Click here for time zone conversion

Archived Web Seminars

Communicating to employees for healthy behavior change
presented by Michelle James, Intel Corporation
Recorded 14 March 2012

Step Up To Brand Advocacy
presented by Tim Connelly, Best Buy Corp
Recorded 22 February 2012

Google+ for Communicators
presented by Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow, Holtz Communication + Technology
Recorded 12 January 2012
Handout pdf 947KB

The Emergence of The Social Intranet
presented by Toby Ward, Prescient Digital Media
Recorded 7 December 2011

Calibrating your role as a Communicator: Industry-agnostic perspective on how to guide your career
presented by Susan San Martin, Plan B Communications, LLC
Recorded 9 November 2011

Creating a job search strategy for communicators
presented by Angee Linsey, Linsey Careers
Recorded 8 September 2011
Job Search Plan Template Word Document 16 KB
Translating a Communication Plan to a Job Search Plan – handout pdf 340 KB

The future of the communication profession: Staying relevant in the digital era
presented by Shel Holtz, ABC, IABC Fellow, Holtz Communication + Technology
Recorded 19 August 2011

When the headline is you: An insider’s guide to handling the media
presented by Jeff Ansell, Jeff Ansell & Associates Inc.
Recorded 25 May 2011

Telling stories: Captivate your audience and spread your message
presented by Donna Papacosta, Trafalgar Communications
Recorded 23 March 2011

Complimentary six-part webinar series:
How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media
Brought to you by IABC World Conference Platinum Sponsor Marketwire


Why March is a good month to join IABC St. Louis

There’s no better month than March to join IABC St. Louis!

All application fees are waived this month and we will be giving away a free Amazon Kindle to one lucky person who joins or renews a lapsed membership.

As a new member, your membership fees entitle you to exclusive member benefits. Here are a few:

  • The Members Only Section of is filled with valuable resources. Take a look around for tons of helpful publications, research and connections to communicators all over the world.
  • Discovery is our online archive of content available exclusively to IABC members. Members have complimentary access to content such as white papers, articles, research reports and case studies—all in one easy-to navigate place.
  • Communication World is delivered six times a year to IABC members. With the latest news on industry research, technology, and trends, as well as interviews and analysis, each issue is a continuing education course in itself.
  • My Comm is an online strategic planning tool with a six-step process that results in a comprehensive, strategic communication plan. The tool also allows users to share and collaborate on plans via the web.
  • IABC eXchange allows you to create private websites or blogs, as well as traditional public blogs.
  • MemberSpeak is the meeting place for IABC members around the world to trade ideas, solicit advice and input, debate strategies, and share information with your peers
  • Click here to learn more about the resources IABC has to offer

Join online at

Other Ways to Enroll
If you wish to join or renew by phone, call our Member Relations Team at or 1.800.776.4222 (from the U.S. and Canada) or +1 415.544.4700 (from all other parts of the world).

If you prefer to join or renew by fax or mail, please fill out the membership application form and return it to IABC.

You can split your dues into four monthly payments.