Learn How March Madness Bounced Into Des Moines in 2016

March brings the madness of one of the greatest collegiate sporting events – the NCAA basketball tournament – to sports fans across the nation. In 2016, March Madness bounced into Des Moines as the city hosted opening round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time.

You can get court-side seats to find out how it all happened when you join IABC and Greg Edwards of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Forte Banquet and Conference Center. Greg, a key figure in bringing March Madness to Des Moines, will share insight into the process of attracting and hosting a successful major sporting event – from planning and preparation to the communications, operations and logistics.

This event is FREE for IABC/Iowa members and only $10 for non-members. Register now.

Peek Behind the Scenes Into RAGBRAI

You’ve seen the hoards of bikers. You’ve ridden the hundreds of miles. You’ve dipped your wheels in the Mississippi. Now, here’s your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the state’s most successful and well-known events.

Heading into its 45th year, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Taking place right here in our own backyard, the annual event attracts thousands of local, national and international riders and media to the state of Iowa.

 So, how does it all work?

Join IABC on Thursday, February 23, at 11:30 AM at Iowa Finance Authority as RAGBRAI’s Andrea Parrott takes us behind the scenes into the planning, preparation and communications involved in running this successful event.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to network with communications colleagues and friends following the event. 

Click HERE to register.

‘Tis “Still” the Season to Give … Join Us at Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Though the holiday season is behind us, it is never too late to be in the giving spirit. Join IABC Iowa on Tuesday January 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a special volunteer event at Central Iowa Shelter & Services, 1420 Mulberry St., in Des Moines. From organizing and sorting donations to playing games with clients, come network with local business communicators while making a difference in the community. We hope to see you on January 24! Event is limited to first 20 people, so register now.

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Volunteer opportunities to hone your craft

Volunteer opportunities to hone your craft

Maybe our most exciting benefit of membership, we offer volunteer opportunities to serve on the IABC/Iowa board that will help you grow in leaps and bounds.

Hone your craft as you learn about elements of the communication world you might not see in your day job for years:

  • Plan professional development events
  • Manage a budget
  • Foster a vibrant community of communicators

You’ll build relationships and share ideas with colleagues at other companies and stay in tune with the best practices that will make your work life easier, no matter your focus area.

Through IABC/Iowa, connect with fellow communication professionals, and advance your career

Contact us today for more information!

Make the most of IABC/Iowa

Big or small, there are plenty of opportunities to give back and help IABC/Iowa.

Without volunteers, our nonprofit organization wouldn’t be able to provide the great professional development programming, networking opportunities and recognition that we do each year. How you can help:

  • Join the IABC/Iowa board (Members only)
  • Contribute to an event planning committee (Members only)
  • Introduce a speaker
  • Greet and escort guests to and from meeting rooms
  • Work at the registration table
  • Sponsor an event, meeting, etc.

Getting involved is by far the best way to connect with fellow communicators and advance your career. Expand your professional network. Learn some new skills you wouldn’t get exposed to in your day job. Build a stronger resume. In other words, make friends, try new things and benefit professionally in the process.

It’s fun and well worth your time. We promise.

To learn more or get started today contact us – we would love to hear from you!

FHLB Des Moines seeking a freelance technical writer

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines is seeking a freelance technical writer to assist with a number of communications pieces. Please contact Angie Richards,arichards@fhlbdm.com, for more information.

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