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.

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March IABC/Iowa Member Spotlight – Steve Carlson

Each month, we will feature a different IABC/Iowa member. In the March spotlight, get to know Steve Carlson.

Name?
Steve Carlson

Company and position title?
Wells Fargo – Vice President, Corporate Communications

Length of IABC membership?
Since 2001

What do you value most/what are you looking to gain from IABC? 
I’ve always thought networking and professional development opportunities – whether they be at the local chapter level or at the international conferences – were the most beneficial aspects of being involved in IABC.

Favorite book?
The Go-Giver

Favorite quote?
The quality of a man’s life is measured by how deeply he has touched the lives of others.

Favorite hobbies?
Fitness and travel

Favorite lunch spot?
Palmer’s Deli

December IABC/Iowa Member Spotlight – Rachel Schelle

Each month, we will feature a different IABC/Iowa member. In the December spotlight, get to know Rachel Schelle.

Name?
Rachel Schelle

Company and position title?
Workiva, Customer Success Senior Operations Manager

Length of IABC membership?
Just a couple months

What do you value most/what are you looking to gain from IABC? 
I am interested in continuing education opportunities that will help me help my work teams communicate more effectively and efficiently.  I would like out leadership team to be more intentional with what/how/when we disseminate information and training to our teams to help reduce information overload and noise.

Favorite book? 
Little Women

Favorite quote? 
“You can’t make footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?” ― Bob Moawad

Favorite hobby? 
Quilting / Sewing

Favorite lunch spot?
The Spice