The good, the bad and the ugly: Crisis communication management in 2014


The good, the bad and the ugly: Crisis communication management in 2014 

This dynamic presentation will dissect communication during crises as they unfold in the digital age, providing strategy, best practices and lessons learned through case studies and video examples.

Eileen Wixted

Speaker: Eileen Wixted is a nationally recognized strategic communications and crisis management veteran with core competencies in the financial services, nuclear energy, agribusiness, and health care industries. As a strategist and communication trainer, she has helped clients navigate brand damaging issues as well as coached them to face hostile media interviews and government investigations.

You can’t afford to miss this – Register today!


Thursday, November 6, 2014 7:30 AM  - 9:00 AM


Forte Center
615 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Dress Code

Business Casual


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Registration Deadline

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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October is International Membership Month at IABC

Join IABC Join IABC. If you are NOT already a member of IABC, please consider joining us. Join Now.


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For more than 40 years, IABC has provided communication professionals with the tools and resources necessary to boost their careers.

During October, we’re celebrating International Membership Month. All new members or previously lapsed members can join (or re-join) IABC and we’ll waive the $40 joining fee.

As an added bonus, you could win a year’s supply of coffee. All members who join IABC during October will go into a draw and one lucky winner will wake up to IABC and their favorite shot of caffeine!

One lucky winner will enjoy a $500 Starbucks Card OR a Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

(NB: Winner can select their preferred prize; however the prize is not transferable for cash or any other offer. Should shipping costs to the winner’s country cause the total prize value to go over $500, IABC reserves the right to substitute a different model. Prize value will not exceed $500.)

Join today!

IABC members from all over the world explain how IABC has been a resource to help them grow their careers.

Omaha Communications Camp – October 16

Communications Camp

October 16 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm


Get inspired with our third annual Communications Camp! We’ll have three national speakers ready to inspire Thursday, October 16 at Marcus Midtown Theatres.

Sign up today – tickets are limited!

Members – $90
Non-members – $150
Students – $90

Communications Camp Speakers

Michelle Sullivan, National Geographic Kids

Michelle SullivanJoin Michelle Sullivan as she shares how National Geographic Kids inspires kids’ curiosity to learn how the world works. (Hint: It requires a lot of fun facts, & smiling animals!)

Hear how a 125-year-old brand like National Geographic communicates and connects with this new generation of kid explorers (and their “grown-ups”) and how it’s popular Weird But True franchise powers a successful cross-platform content strategy and brand marketing approach to help them stand out in the competitive children’s media marketplace.

Carmen Hill, Director of Marketing, Little Bird

Carmen HillBusiness communicators have been doing content marketing, in one way or another, since we’ve been doing marketing. But digital technologies and social media have changed the game. We’re now under pressure to produce, distribute and measure more content, more often on more platforms than ever before. Our content isn’t just vying for attention with the other guy’s white paper; it’s competing with cute kittens and screaming goats.

And even though businesses are dedicating about a third of their marketing budgets to content, most of us still don’t have enough time or resources to keep up.

In this session, Carmen Hill will share her insights about the latest content marketing trends, along with ideas for scaling your content strategy and standing out in the stream. Content marketing may be at the peak of the hype cycle, but it’s never too late to learn a few new tricks.

Nina Foley, Community Relations, Lululemon Athletica

Nina FoleyNina Foley works as a Market Community Connector for lululemon athletica, supporting new stores and market development from a marketing and PR perspective. An avid runner and yogi, Nina sweats at least once a day and loves connecting with people all over the country through her work at lululemon and her personal blog Nina is a proud Chicago resident and lives in the Windy City with her husband and their cat, Luna Bell.

IABC/Iowa Honored as 2013 Small Chapter of the Year

 IABC/Iowa has been named the 2013 Small Chapter of the Year, topping the worldwide list of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapters its size.

 Along with the highest honor for chapters with 75 members or fewer, IABC/Iowa earned a Professional Development Excellence Award, recognizing the chapter’s strong local programming for communication professionals. Both awards were handed out at the Chapter Management Awards, part the annual IABC Leadership Institute, this year in New Orleans, La.

IABC is composed of 14,000 members from more than 70 countries, representing all walks of life in business communications.

The Iowa chapter’s mission is to connect communication professionals and help them advance their careers. Anyone is welcome to attend IABC/Iowa events. See what’s coming soon.

The Chapter Management Awards recognize outstanding volunteer chapter leaders worldwide in the areas of leadership abilities, management skills, creativity and teamwork.

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!

Journalism and communication master’s program at Iowa State accepting applications

Looking to continue your education and take the next step in your career?

The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University is accepting applications for its master’s program.

Iowa State has a rich educational history in journalism, communication technology, political communication, science and risk communication, and mass communication. The master’s program prepares industry leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to change the industry—not just fit in the industry.

Alumni include university presidents and marketing directors, and Greenlee School graduates hold other key communications positions at a wide range of places such as the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Wells Fargo.

Iowa State’s goal to equip graduate students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to be successful in the modern media world. The two-year M.S. program offers both an academic and professional track based on a flexible curriculum that allows students to choose courses to help them meet their individual career goals.

The Greenlee School at Iowa State boasts a group of dedicated faculty who excel in teaching and research, features state‐of‐the‐art technology and provides a friendly environment that welcomes diversity of backgrounds.

Get more information about the Greenlee School’s master’s program online, by phone at 515‐294‐4342 or via email at

Applications are considered by the Greenlee School as soon as they are complete. To be considered for assistantships all materials must be received by March 1.