The Value of Membership

– Paul Omodt, Chapter President As “member month” comes to a close, I hope many of you took the opportunity to renew at IABC International’s discounted rates (20% off the International dues portion) here in October. But, more importantly, I am hopeful you continue to find – and ask for – value in your membership. […]

Making the Possible, Possible

Last month, the Minnesota board launched our initiative to ensure members get the most out of their membership and ‘find your possible.’ After all, we are a voluntary membership organization made up of fellow professionals looking to make the most of what we do and how we do it. I am happy to report members […]

Let’s Find Your Possible!

A message from Paul Omodt, Chapter PresidentEarly in my career, a mentor encouraged me to join a professional association in order tocontinue to learn new things, gain experience in other areas, and find a path forward for mycareer. “Always keep moving forward, learn and grow. You’re never too old to learn, andcommunications is constantly changing,” […]

IABC-MN is still awesome

From Andy Gardner2021/2022 Board President More than two years of uncertainty has not derailed IABC-MN. Quite the opposite. The past year has helped members experience value and find new ways of connecting. I’ve been an IABC member for about 13 years – an active member for about 6 years. These last two years have been […]

Overcoming obstacles – an introvert’s guide to networking

Overcoming obstacles – an introvert’s guide to networking   From Carly Green2021/2022 IABC-MN Board Member   I’m an introvert. I clam up in new social situations, especially ones with large groups. Even in familiar situations, my natural tendency is to problem-solve on my own because asking for help sometimes just feels weird. It takes conscious […]

3 thought-starters for nonprofit communicators

Bridget Nelson Monroe, vice president at Bellmont Partners For communications professionals who work in nonprofits, it’s no surprise that there are unique challenges that come with the territory. Whether it’s a lack of financial resources or a lack of communications personnel on staff to help harness and share your organization’s story, it can be an […]

5 things to think about before taking a stand

By: Jennifer Hellman, Goff Public, Chief Operating Officer and Principal We live in a world with a highly charged political atmosphere and an increasing desire for companies and their leaders to be authentic and outspoken about their beliefs in real time. Because of this, businesses and brands are spending more time considering when to enter […]

A word from our sponsor

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IABC – Minnesota interviewed Melissa Wexler, Vice President of PR Channel Sales, Brandpoint What is Brandpoint?  Brandpoint is a content promotion agency located in Hopkins, MN. We work with PR and communications professionals. I lead the division that works with the PR side of the industry. We help these professionals create and distribute articles (like […]

2022 Gift of Communication

During this challenging time, Minnesota’s non-profit community is struggling along withother businesses. How can you help? Volunteer a few hours to share your expertise as part of IABC Minnesota’s Gift ofCommunication. This annual event connects experienced Minnesota professionalcommunicators with Minnesota non-profit leaders to partner for an afternoon ofconsultation and advising around opportunities in the areas […]

In 2022 – we’re here for you

Andy Gardner

From Andy Gardner, CMP2021/2022 IABC-MN Chair As communicators, we’re doing everything we can to help organizations send clear and concise messages in the face of so much uncertainty still – almost two years since the pandemic began.  Long hours, ambiguous tasks and stress levels soaring through the roof. You could almost compare us to Michelin […]

From household CFO to IABC treasurer

Ianthe Zabel

How the IABC board brings value to members I check my bank account and credit card almost daily, serve as our household CFO, and work in financial services public affairs communications. So, the idea of taking on the IABC MN Treasurer role this year seemed like a somewhat natural fit. My fellow IABC MN board […]