We are thankful for you!

IABC-Iowa wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for our members and your support!


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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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!

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.


Renew your IABC Membership Renew your IABC Membership. Are you a current or lapsed member? Renew your IABC Membership.


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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.

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.

ISU Extension Outreach Seeks Communications Specialist/Content Writer

Iowa State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach (ANR Extension) is seeking a Communications Specialist II/III. The individual will be responsible for writing and editing news items and features; creating educational and informational publications; preparing copy for program materials; and developing web content for ANR Programs. Working with the ANR communications team, content specialists, and field staff, the individual will develop and deliver educational publications, web content, news releases and articles, videos, webinars, displays, advertising, brochures and other collateral materials that support ISU Extension and Outreach in all 99 Iowa counties, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have experience in developing content for print, web, and mobile using related software; and demonstrated experience with AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style writing. Application closing date is Nov. 14, 2014. For more information, find the job posting at https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/8018

Principal Financial Group seeks a Marketing Communications Consultant


Are you an experienced marketing professional with experience in the financial services industry?   Do you enjoy creating and implementing promotional strategy?  If so, your next career opportunity may be waiting for you at The Principal Financial Group!

We are currently seeking a marketing professional to join our team as a Marketing Communications Consultant.  In this role, you will develop and execute marketing communications strategies and develop marketing collateral materials related to insurance products.

#216642– Marketing Communications Consultant           


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 4+ years related work experience required. 
  • Strong attention to detail, planning, project management, problem solving and creative thinking skills required. 
  • Must have strong written and oral communication skills, as well as analytical and decision-making skills.
  • Requires ability to understand marketing strategies and implement/identify promotional tactics.
  • Must have the ability to understand financial concepts and to translate them into actionable marketing communications.
  • Professional experience leveraging digital media tactics such as social media, mobile applications, video and/or blogging to drive promotional marketing strategies is preferred.
  • Familiarity with insurance products and concepts is a plus.

Willing to consider candidates at the next level (Sr. Marketing Communications Consultant) dependent upon qualifications.

The Principal is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship status, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic partner status, military status, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

At the Principal Financial Group, we offer a competitive total compensation package and a comprehensive benefits package to meet each of your needs. If you are looking for the opportunity to get ahead in your career, apply online at www.principal.com/careers for job #216642  to be considered. AA/EOE

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!