Sept. 12: Weathering the Storm

Cancelled due to weather! Meteorologist Richard Okulski is unable to join us next week due to Hurricane Irma. We wish everyone in Irma’s path the best in weathering the storm! From hurricanes to ice storms, floods and even a total solar eclipse, South Carolina’s climate has provided Rich Okulski plenty of opportunities for sharing critical weather information in recent years. Learn how Rich and his team at the National Weather Service’s Columbia, S.C. bureau develop and share weather messaging with government leaders and media outlets and what it takes to adapt the messaging to suit the public’s needs as a storm progresses. Rich will also discuss how the NWS engages the public on social media through the Weather Ready Nation brand ambassador program. Plus, his reflections on the recent total eclipse! Richard J. Okulski is the Meteorologist In Charge (MIC) at the National Weather Service (NWS)’s Forecast Office in Columbia, SC.  Previously, Rich was the MIC of the Caribou, ME Office from 2011 to 2016, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Memphis, TN from 2006 to 2010, Executive Officer for the NWS Director in 2005, the NWS Severe Weather Program Leader from 2002 to 2004, and served at various field offices in the Western U.S. from 1993 to 2001. Prior to being hired by NOAA/NWS, Rich served as a U.S. Army officer in Germany and the Persian Gulf. He led a platoon in close combat during Operation DESERT STORM. Rich also worked for a private weather company named Compu-Weather Incorporated in 1989. He earned a degree in atmospheric science (B.S. 1989) from Rutgers University. When: Tuesday, September, 2017 from 11:45 a.m. to...

June 22: Data, Dialogue & Directions

IABC/SC is powering up its efforts to bring Charleston area business communicators together to meet other professionals, enjoy relevant programming, and explore professional opportunities. Please join us for our second event on Thursday, June 22, from 5 to 6:30 pm for a “data, dialogue & directions” get-together. This will be an opportunity for senior communication professionals to share recent experiences, discuss any challenging work situations we’re facing, and serve as a “brain trust” for each other to explore the best directions to take. Longtime IABC member and brain-friendly meeting facilitator Liz Guthridge promises to engage you and others in conversation that will elicit helpful insights for you. She’ll also be prepared to lead the group in a lean rapid problem-solving exercise for anyone who’s interested in tapping into the power of the group for specific help. The event is $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members to cover light refreshments and expenses. Thanks to Thomas Heath for hosting us at the Life Guidance Center. When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM Where: The Life Guidance Center, 3030 Ashley Town Drive, Building B-203, Charleston, South Carolina 29414 Fees: Happy Hour Event – Non-members $15.00 | Members & Students $10.00 Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Questions? Email liz.guthridge@connectconsultinggroup.com or...

May 8: Bringing the World to South Carolina

A joint luncheon with the Columbia World Affairs Council Tourism is the number one industry in South Carolina. From the best beaches and golf courses in the world to unmatched cultural richness and history in the US, South Carolina is an attractive destination for pleasure and business, tourism and trade. Join CWAC and IABC/SC for a joint luncheon on South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s efforts to let potential visitors from around the globe know that our state is Just Right. Our guest speaker is Dolly Chewning and it’s her job to bring the world to SC. As SCPRT’s International Sales and Marketing Manager, Dolly works to influence long-haul consumers in targeted markets to purchase and experience South Carolina’s products and services. She works to create awareness of and desire for South Carolina vacations among consumers in key targeted international markets. She has been with the State Tourism Office for over 18 years. Dolly has executed well developed trade initiatives and strategies in markets such as Canada, China, Brazil, France, Italy, the UK and Benelux countries. Her direction for strategies that provide exposure to South Carolina’s tourism product serve to ensure tourism as a vital and dynamic element in the state’s economic development. The program leverages relationships with the regional marketing organization Travel South USA and the nation’s tourism promotion program Brand USA and statewide tourism partners to further strengthen its presence in targeted international markets. This increased collaboration between the state, region, and national destination marketing organizations has put South Carolina in the forefront as a vacation choice for international travelers. Having grown up with a...

IABC/SC Announces 2017 Board of Directors

IABC/SC Announces 2017 Board of Directors IABC/SC is proud to announce the 2017 Board of Directors. The Board consists of both returning members and new members. The following were elected: President – Alison Shuman, corporate communications coordinator, Farm Bureau Insurance President Elect – Cynthia South, president, South Company Past-President – Kevin Floyd, director of marketing and communications, Murphy & Grantland, A. Secretary – Bailey Crafton, graphic artist, Nelson Mullins Vice President of Communications – Dickson Monk, executive director, Columbia World Affairs Council Vice President of Finance – Patrick Cobb, director of communications, AARP Vice President of Membership Development and Retention – Michael Ettlemyer, principal, MGE Communications Vice Presidents of Professional Development and Programs – Ginny Jones, senior public affairs specialist, SCANA Member-at-large – Kimberly South, communications specialist, Palmetto Health The Board also consists of five directors who serve under a vice president. The director roles are designed to help surface potential officers, acquaint them with the inner workings of the chapter and be a senior advocate for the chapter. The following members are serving as directors: Social Media  Director  –  A.  Sully,  public  affairs  officer,  United  States  Army  Recruiting  Battalion Columbia Lowcountry Outreach Director – Liz Guthridge, managing director, Connect Consulting Group Upstate Outreach Director – Mike Deas, principal, DEAS Abound Monthly Lunches Director – Todd Hudak, senior communications specialist, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Special Events Director – Lauren Prettyman, media specialist, South Carolina Farm Bureau...