May 22, 2014 – Dress for Success

Dressed for success logoIABC and Young Professionals are pleased to partner up for this event to support Dress for Success, the local organization that helps women gain the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.

Tucked, or untucked? Sleeves, or sleeveless? The rules keep changing, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to wear. We invite you to join IABC and Young Professionals Connection of Des Moines as Tyson Greiner of Dardis Communications presents a lively show-and-tell on what’s appropriate for today’s business settings. You’ll gain a better understanding of how you’re perceived based on how you dress, whether for the workplace, a job interview, or an after-hours social.

Runway show with LIVE models showing the do’s and don’ts of professional attire

Proceeds donated to local Dress For Success Des Moines.


IABC Iowa Double Feature

April 9-10, 2014

Global Communication Trends  or Social Media for Employee Communication?

Can’t decide which one to choose? – you don’t need to, register for both events and save money.

IABC/Iowa is rolling out the red carpet.  Robin McCasland, International Executive Board Chair of IABC, is coming to Des Moines for two days and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend time with her. In fact, we are hosting two separate events so we have enough time to discuss Global Communication Trends and Using Social Media for Employee Communication.

Join the open discussion over dinner Wednesday evening, April 9 or with a cup of coffee Thursday morning, April 10. Get an inside scoop on how IABC is evolving to better serve our changing profession.  Learn more and register today!




Past events



Free Spring Networking Social  - March 12, 2014

Join us at Exile Brewing Company for a networking event on March 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This evening is a unique opportunity for you to network with your peers and experts in the communication industry. Meet people who share a common interest, problem, or profession benefit from spending face-to-face time with like-minded people — plus increase the frequency of visiting with people you already know. Need another reason to join us?

  • Make A Bigger Impact in Your Job
  • Find the Hidden Job Market
  • Enhance Your Skills
  • Find Clients, Find Friends

Bring your business cards and a friend and get ready to talk shop! On behalf of the Iowa board members, we look forward to welcoming you at this special venue for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.



Selling Des Moines – Making the Best Lists

 Feb. 27, 2014

Selling Des Moines – Making the Best Lists.  Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Des Moines Partnership explains how the central Iowa region is getting recognized – for more than just the fly over state.


How 80/35 was Born –  Jan. 30, 2014

Ever wonder how 80/35 came to be?  This unique summer concert continues to grow with local volunteers and music enthusiasts.  Listen to Brian Sauer and other team members share how the event came together that first year and why promotion is king when it comes to recruiting the music talent and bringing in the crowd.


Healthcare: What does it all mean? Dec. 5, 2013

Healthcare reform has set off a flurry of questions and a high level of uncertainty.

Join IABC/Iowa for breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Forte Conference Center in Des Moines to learn more about the challenges and opportunities when communicating the recent changes in healthcare.

  • 7:30 – 8 a.m. – Networking
  • 8:00 – 9 a.m. – Presentation

Whether you serve clients, manage employee relations or you’re shopping for personal coverage, we believe you’ll find this topic is timely and relevant.

Presenter David Lyons is a founding director and chief executive officer of CoOportunity Health, the non-profit, member-governed Health CO-OP serving individuals, families and businesses in Iowa and Nebraska.


IABC Fall Networking Event – It’s Free! – Oct. 24, 2013

Enjoy the crisp fall weather, reconnect with old friends and expand your professional network.

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
  • Time:  5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Wellman’s Pub & Rooftop, West Des Moines, Iowa


Show Me the Money: Successfully Secure Grant Funds – Sept. 25, 2013

Join IABC/Iowa on Wed., Sept. 25, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.  for a discussion with experienced grant writers and funders to learn how to make your submission stand out from the crowd.  

Working your way through the funding maze and finding the right source of support may seem impossible.  In an ideal world, you would draw up your project proposal, identify the appropriate funding body, complete the application form, obtain your funding and start work on your project!  Unfortunately, the reality is that the demand for funding is high and competition is fierce.

Panel members will address issues that matter to you including:

  • Successfully securing grants
  • Finding the right awarding body
  • Completing application forms
  • Locating extra help

Panelists include:

  • Donavan Hannold  (Panel Facilitator) – marketing officer of United Way
  • Matt McGarvey, director of Wellmark Foundation
  • Laura Sauser, President at Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Ramona (Moni) Gaukel of United Way
  • Michelle Gowdy, director Pioneer Foundation (Pioneer Hi-Bred Intl)


Maximizing your best sales tools at tradeshows – Aug. 27

Please save the date on Aug. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Skyline Exhibits (2111 Dixon Street, Des Moines), where professionals of all levels will learn how to get the most of out of tradeshow appearances.

Cari Vilas-Rosno, president of Skyline Exhibits Iowa | Nebraska, will help attendees discover:

  • How to train sales teams to maximize face-to-face interactions at tradeshows and events.
  • How to maximize company interactions to raise that illusive tradeshow and event ROI.

Skyline Exhibits Iowa | Nebraska is part of the global Skyline network of more than 1,500 team members ready to provide exhibitors expert worldwide service and support in nearly 100 North American design centers and representatives in 38 countries.


Free webinar:  Achieve success through personal branding – Aug. 21

On Aug. 21, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. CDT, join Heather Huhman, founder and president of Come Recommended as she discusses the importance of personal branding for professionals and job seekers in this webinar titled Achieve Success Through Personal Branding. With the popularity of social media, professionals and job seekers need to have an online presence. Recruiters are using platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to connect with talented candidates. In addition, a strong personal brand will enhance the candidate’s resume and portfolio.


IABC/PRSA Summer Social – July 10

In partnership with PRSA, we’ll host a communicators’ social at Jasper Winery. Minutes from downtown Des Moines, Jasper Winery specializes in premium quality wines using grapes sourced from vineyards throughout Central Iowa. It’s an ideal setting for communication professionals to unwind and relax with old friends and new.



2013 IABC/Iowa Bronze Quill Awards - June 17

Celebrate Iowa communicators’ “works of art” at the 2013 Bronze Quill Awards. West End Architectural Salvage, 22 9th Street, in downtown Des Moines, plays host. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., the awards at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Dardis Communications will emcee the evening’s festivities.


Communicating across personality styles - April 2 

Leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant Alan Feirer helps you overcome personality differences to reduce conflicts and be more efficient in the workplace.


Reflect, recharge and revitalize your career - March 6 

An expert panel of successful business communicators takes your questions and shares their tips for how to take your career to the next level.


A strategic communication education at your own pace - Feb. 19 

Don McLeese leads a professional development session on the new option for continuing your education, the Strategic Communication graduate program from the University of Iowa based out of the Pappajohn Educational Center in Des Moines.


Eat, drink and be generous – Dec. 6

Take a break, and mingle with some of your fellow communicators while helping those less fortunate during the  holiday season.

Donate $5 or more, and IABC/Iowa will buy your first drink.  Appetizers are also on us! All donations will benefit the Central Iowa Shelter & Services, whose mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults.


Fly high with Des Moines International Airport – Nov. 8

Learn what it took to land Southwest Airlines, what else is new at the Des Moines International Airport and the strategic thinking behind the airport’s marketing from Executive Director Don Smithey.

Join IABC/Iowa at the airport’s Cloud Room on Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for what’s sure to be an “uplifting” professional development experience.


Everything I needed to know about communications I learned from a SWAT team – Oct. 9

Save the date for Oct. 9 as IABC/Iowa presents “Everything I needed to know about communications I learned from a SWAT team,” a luncheon featuring Tim Johnson, chief accomplishment officer of Carpe Factum, Inc.

Johnson is also a professor, consultant and author. He’ll be hosted by Nationwide in downtown Des Moines.


Connect with eastern Iowa communicators on Aug. 21 in Coralville

Unable to attend IABC events in Des Moines? Here’s your chance to mingle with your fellow IABC communicators from eastern Iowa – and it’s free.


Connect with fellow communicators: Free IABC networking event Aug. 7

Wish there was more time to meet communication professionals in the Des Moines area? Join IABC/Iowa on Aug. 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  for a free networking social at The Standard (208 3rd Street, Des Moines). Looking for a new opportunity? Hoping to find your next great employee? Want to land some new clients? Bring your business cards.


Bronze Quill ceremonies July 16 focus on communication best practices

Plan to attend IABC/Iowa’s 2012 Bronze Quill awards ceremony, “Uncork success in 2012,” on July 16 at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in West Des Moines. Join us as we toast our winners this year and learn lessons from their great work. IABC/Iowa member and host Jill Sackett, ABC, will emcee.


Coming soon – Expert communicator roundtables, professional development seminars and more

IABC/Iowa events are aimed at connecting you with fellow communicators and helping you advance your career.

We’ll host:

  • Vivid exchanges through expert roundtables
  • Compelling and practical professional development seminars
  • More opportunities to interact with fellow communicators