IABC Minnesota is committed to creating opportunities and events that will contribute to your professional development. It is our intent that IABC communicators be excellent communicators; let’s share the journey to excellence.
We offer a variety of sharing opportunities:
Professional development and half-day workshops
Recognition and awards events
Community outreach events: Gift of Communication
Events offered by IABC Pacific Plains Region
Events offered by IABC International (annual conferences, free webinars and Twitter #CommChats)
Professional Development Luncheons
Led by a local communications professional, these programs share useful knowledge over lunch with other communicators. Six or more events are held each year; usually on the third Thursday of the month.
IABC Minnesota’s half-day workshops are designed to give a deeper perspective on current communications trends and issues. These events offer a variety of formats but typically include a keynote address, interactive session or breakout sessions that allow attendees to tailor the content to their personal and professional needs.
In addition to IABC Minnesota’s programs, the association partners with other local organizations. Collaborations include a sold-out 2013 writing workshop with PRSA Minnesota (bringing writing expert Ann Wylie to the Twin Cities for the first time) and an annual partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) to present a series of two-hour workshops each fall.
The MCN workshops are targeted toward nonprofit organizations, though the topics are often pertinent to small organizations or those with limited resources. So even if you don’t work for a nonprofit — you’re still encouraged to attend and will receive an IABC member discount.
Build lasting connections with real communications professionals… and have a little fun while you’re at it! IABC Minnesota networking events are a great way to establish new connections or connect with long-time IABC friends and colleagues.
These events are held throughout the year at locations across the Twin Cities metro area. Events are social in nature, but aim to help attendees make new and lasting connections. Past events have included bowling, Twins games, speed networking and other fun activities. Prospective members are welcome. Please join us at our next event!
Knowledge and Strategies to Enrich and Accelerate Your Career
IABC Minnesota offers a variety of professional development programs throughout the year. Topics are selected to help you become a more effective business communicator, keep you up-to-date on the latest communications issues, and provide strategic counsel to Minnesota organizations. While members enjoy a significant discount, all educational events are open to nonmembers as well. And yes, they double as good networking opportunities for sharing face-to-face!
Regional and International Professional Development Programs
From free webinars at the convenience of your desk to IABC’s world-class international conference, IABC offers a full suite of professional development programs brought to you from all over the world.
The third annual Convergence Summit will be held in Spring 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.
“This summer I met with an IABC member for coffee who insisted I go to a networking event. Before I knew it, I took a position on the event committee which lead me to my first job out of college! I can attest to the importance of networking and IABC’s friendly and helpful culture.”
“You can really pave your own way with IABC Minnesota. Want to try out something new that will benefit members? The board and committee leaders will likely let you do so. Want to serve on a board? There are likely future opportunities that would allow for it.”
“Whether it’s attending an event, browsing online resources, or reading articles emailed to me, I love the opportunities to continually invest in my career.”
Sheila Olson, ABC
“Networking is a never-ending tool for branding yourself and IABC Minnesota creates opportunities to do that at any level in your career.”