June 26, 2022

IABC-MN is still awesome

From Andy Gardner
2021/2022 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 very odd but as a member – not as a board member – they’ve been some of the most rewarding.

Why? Because I have been able to lean on my IABC network as I have navigated work during the pandemic. Virtual events sparked ideas that I have brought back to my job. In-person networking events have given me new contacts that I have used when I have been in a pinch to get something done. So, how can you make sure your IABC membership experience is awesome?

  • Start by attending an event. In the last 12 months, we’ve held 10 events. On average, 50 people have attended. Trust me, they’re not boring. We showcased new events that had a fun twist – people brought their dog to a happy hour and some of us got to play Whirlyball.
  • Join or start a Connection Group. We have 7 groups that meet monthly to share tidbits and have a coffee.
  • Volunteer. We have a few board seats open, committee openings or you can even tell us how you want to help – we’re always looking for new ideas.

#43 is on deck and ready

When I joined the board, I didn’t know what to expect. One thing I didn’t expect was to make friends. And one friend is Paul Omodt. He’s taking on the role as Board Chair for the 2022/2023 board year. He joins a list of 42 well-established communication professionals who have had their turn leading our chapter dating back to 1968.

I wish Paul nothing but the best. He has big plans and I hope you take a minute, connect with Paul and learn how you can get involved because our chapter is – like always – awesome.