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...

April 20: Power up Your Presentations

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 first event on Thursday, April 20, from 5 to 6:30 pm. for a panel discussion and dialogue on “Power Up Your Presentations.” The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Panelists Laura Camacho, Lisa Bowers and Chris Noland will explain how they’re evolving the way they’re creating presentations for themselves and others they support in our ever-changing environment. Let’s face it, if people even show up for events, they’re often more excited to engage with their devices and peers than listen to the expert in front of the room. Brain-friendly meeting facilitator and longtime IABC member Liz Guthridge will work to engage you and your colleagues in sharing your points of view on this topic. We’ll also have plenty of Q&A with the panelists as well as each other. And we’ll explore what types of future programming, events and community you’d like to create. Special bonus for this free event! Our hostess at the American College of the Building Arts has offered to give anyone who comes at 4:30 pm a tour of the building, which is the restored Trolley building. When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: American College of the Building Arts 649 Meeting St, Charleston, South Carolina 29403 Free parking in front of the school (limited), next door, in the lot across the street and on the street. Registration deadline:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 This event is free of charge. If you...

March 7: Starbucks. Dominos. EdVenture. What does it mean to change your brand?

Learn about Columbia-based non-profit EdVenture, its programs and its recent rebranding campaign related to a move toward statewide initiatives and programs outside of its children’s museum facility. Louis Fawcett is passionate about moving organizations forward to change and save lives.   He serves as Senior Vice President at EdVenture where he leads their fundraising efforts.  In his current role, he focusses on corporate sponsorships, individual major gifts, relationships with foundations and forging new and creative partnerships.   Louis has played a key role in new statewide initiatives at EdVenture including satellite locations, a mobile health RV and programming for children with special needs. Prior to joining the EdVenture team, Louis worked for nine years raising support for orphans and school children in China, Russia, Ethiopia, and Haiti.  In China, Louis helped raised funds for surgeries for children with special needs.  He also raised support to buy coats for children in Eastern Europe and equipment for orphanages.  In Ethiopia, Louis led the capital campaign to build Acacia Village, a home for children in crisis and transition.  He then went to work for Haiti Children to raise support for an orphanage for special needs children, three schools, five feeding programs and a vocational training center. Louis grew up in Virginia and graduated from Randolph-Macon College. He also holds Masters degrees from Wake Forest University and the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia. Louis serves as the President of the Central SC Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and President of Lighthouse for Life, an organization working to end human trafficking in South Carolina.  Louis lives in Columbia with his three children. When: Tuesday, March...

Feb. 7: Beyond the Library Walls

Feb. 7: Beyond the Library Walls Richland Library is one of the most progressive public libraries in the country and one of Richland County’s most valued assets. It’s an award-winning, forward-thinking organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for all local residents. And, in keeping with a long history of visionary leadership, Richland Library is currently reimaging what it means to be a public library in the 21st century. Today, the library is in the midst of a multi-year, $59 million dollar construction project – rebuilding, building and renovating in locations throughout the county. As these new and renovated spaces are opening, a vision is coming to life: Richland Library is not just a place where books are stored, but a place where learning occurs – in all its many forms. Richland Library’s Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Tony Tallent, will walk through key points of this new vision and current approaches to how a public library provides truly impactful services. Phillip Higgins, Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy will discuss how they’ve gone about marketing this new vision to both loyal library lovers and new customers, and how these lessons can apply to other businesses and organizations challenged with changes in messaging, marketing and customer experience initiatives. When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Where: The recently renovated Richland Library North Main, 5306 N. Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203 Registration deadline: Noon, Monday, February 6, 2017 Click here to register for this event. For more information: Please contact IABC/SC VP of Professional Development and Programs – Ginny Jones, 803.217.9501   Guest Speakers:   Tony Tallent Tony serves as the Chief Program and Innovation Officer...

Jan 10: Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Bad Grammar

Would you trust your car to a mechanic who didn’t know the difference between a wrench and screwdriver? How about giving your computer to a technician who didn’t know the difference between Windows and Mac OS? Knowing the rules of grammar and punctuation (the writer’s tools) and how to use them is the difference in knowing “your crap” and knowing “you’re crap.” Join former newspaper columnist and editor C. Grant Jackson, now principal at GrantJax Communications, for a grammar tune-up and a look at some of the most abused tools in the writer’s toolbox. When:                   Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:45 AM  – 1:15 PM Where:                  Farm Bureau Insurance Auditorium 724 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, South Carolina 29033, USA View Details, Fees & Location Registration Deadline:    Noon, Monday, January 9, 2017 Details and registration...