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Why join IABC?


Communication professionals face challenges in their work. At IABC, we’re focused on providing them with solutions.
“We all have 24 hours in a day, so how we spend our time is critical. IABC is made up of a comms pros from a cross-section of business and industry that is unmatched in the Palmetto State. Year after year, my career benefits from connections made through IABC/SC.” – Kevin Floyd, Director of Business Development, Collins & Lacy. 
As an IABC member, you’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand how you can increase the effectiveness of your business communication by taking advantage of the wealth of resources that come with your membership. You get free members-only webinars every month, the opportunity to connect with communicators around the world on The Hub, fresh Communication World content delivered to your inbox, plus great discounts on professional certification, the IABC World Conference and much more.

Here’s what our members appreciate:

Networking – clients, colleagues and friends, jobs

Content – professional development opportunities, knowledge-sharing among members, research, case studies, best practices, and more

Diversity, with an International Flavor – IABC/SC comprises communicators in a wide range of disciplines, career stages and backgrounds. It is part of IABC, which has more than 15,000 members in more than 80 countries throughout the world. IABC/SC members enjoy a variety of benefits:

Monthly Professional Development Luncheons: IABC/SC hosts dynamic professional development luncheons the second Tuesday of the month at the Summit Club in Columbia, S.C.

Annual Professional Development Conference: The South Carolina Chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America join forces each year to present one of the largest conferences in South Carolina for communications professionals covering the latest trends in technology, media relations, corporate communications and much more!

Annual Awards Program: Each year, IABC/SC hosts the Palmetto Awards to recognize outstanding achievements of the Palmetto State’s communications and PR professionals who created, directed or planned incredible work.

Leadership Development: IABC/SC members have the opportunity to serve on various boards and committees within the organization and enhance their personal and professional leadership development objectives.

College Connections: IABC/SC works with the student chapter at the University of South Carolina to sponsor mentoring programs for public relations/communications students.

Corporate membership:

Why choose IABC corporate membership?



An organization that supports their communication professionals elevates the standard of professional communication within their organization and benefits from improved organizational communication e­ffectiveness—which impacts key strategic initiatives and drives business results.


18-IABC-028-01-Impact of Business Communication-for IABC websiteDID YOU KNOW?

  • Improvement in communication effectiveness is associated with a 29.5% increase in market value.1
  • United Airlines lost nearly US$ 1 billion in market capitalization after it’s 2017 violent customer incident ; a poor initial crisis communication response was partially to blame.2
  • PR generates lead conversion rates 10 to 50 times that of advertising conversions.3
  • Employees who have access to professional development are 15% more engaged in their jobs and perform at consistently high levels. 5
  • Employees with professional development opportunities have 34% higher retention.4


IABC member research shows that the top three needs a communication professional has in order to do their job effectively are:

  • Access to peer-to-peer networking and knowledge share
  • To keep current with new issues and developments
  • To learn new skills and acquire knowledge

With an integrated suite of professional resources, education, and business networking, IABC Corporate Membership connects your entire communication team to the insights and people that drive business results.

Small organization Corporate Membership option 
A small organization membership option for communication teams with 5 to 10 members has also been established. This option does not include all the features and value included in the new IABC Corporate Membership program. Instead, it offers a package of individual professional memberships at a group discount of 15% per member.


Please see this chart for details about the IABC corporate membership packages offered, fees associated with joining and the business building resources included with each package. Once you’ve chosen your package, click the blue button to sign-up for your IABC corporate membership! IABC Corporate Membership cta button

Footnotes 1 Connecting Organizational Communication to Financial Performance – 2003/2004 Communication ROI Study” (2003). Watson Wyatt & Company, 3 November 2003 2 McAllister, R. (2017). Crisis preparedness and its impact on shareholder value. Retrieved 21 March 2018, from and-its-impact-on-shareholder-value 3 Why Public Relations And Media Relations Don’t Mean The Same Thing Anymore. (2014). Fast Company. Retrieved 21 March 2018, from same-thing-anymore 4 2016 IABC Member Research Analysis 5 The Impact of Professional Development: Exclusive Research. (2018). Better Buys. Retrieved 22 March 2018, from

Current Membership

Want to make connections? Here are some of our current members (as of July 2018):


First Name Last Name Member Company
Jessica Barfield Westinghouse Electric Company
April Blake BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Eric Boomhower SCANA
Matt Brady Charleston Water System
Reba Campbell Municipal Association of SC
Shawna Cass Shawna Cass Communications
Sarita Chourey Municipal Association of South Carolina
Patrick Cobb AARP
Maureen Cody HSF Affiliates, LLC
Bailey Crafton Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Corie Culp AFL
Jan Easterling Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Emily Eckert NP Strategy
Kelsey Elam AFL
Lisa Emily FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc.
Michael Ettlemyer University of South Carolina
Karla Falk IABC/SC Chapter
Kevin Floyd Murphy & Grantland
James Flynn SCANA
Michelle Foster University of South Carolina
Katrina Goggins
Therese Griffin SCANA Corporation
Juliana Harris SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs
Karolyn Henderson
Wes Hickman University of South Carolina
Susanne Hite AFL
Todd Hudak BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Patricia Jackson Retired
Stephanie Jones SCANA Corporation
Ginny Jones SCANA
Cathy Love SCANA Corporation
Nancy Martinich
Nicole McLean Richland Library
Dickson Monk Columbia World Affairs Council
Lane Moore The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Aimee Murray SCANA
Rhonda O’Banion SCANA Corporation
Peggy O’Neal-Elliott Univ of SC Aiken
Lauren Prettyman South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
Marcia Purday Marcia Purday
Terri Randall SCANA Corp.
Jennifer Read SC DHEC
Jeanne Reynolds Colonial Life
Ann Roberson South Carolina Department of Insurance
Brian Roessler Coastal Carolina University
Curtis Rogers SC State Library
Catherine Romaine Integrated Communication Consultants
Kristy Rupon AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
Kristin Scott BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Alison Shuman Farm Bureau Insurance
Juliet Smith
Deb Sofield Deb Sofield Executive Speech & Presentations Co.
Michael Sottak Wired Island
Cynthia South South Company
Leslie Ann Sully US Army Recruiting
Erica Taylor Charleston County School District
Phyllis Tutterow AFL
Rebecca Vaughan Ingevity Corporation
Melissa Young Strategy Communications, LLC

Become a Member

If you aren’t already a member of IABC, join now and to enjoy all the benefits offered to you locally and globally.

Renew your IABC Membership

Are you a current or lapsed member? Click below to process your membership.

Update Your Account Information

Keep your contact information up to date, especially during career transitions.




Contact the IABC/SC VP of Membership


Be a Volunteer

IABC/SC offers you many ways to give back to the profession. Whether through assisting with an event, being a speaker, or being a sponsor, you can promote the communication profession regardless of whether you are a member.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with IABC while meeting new people and developing skills along the way. Whether you prefer a one-time opportunity or something more ongoing, we have opportunities that work with your interests and availability–putting your skills and energy to good use.

Contact our volunteer coordinator for more info on where your help is currently needed.

Be a Sponsor

Get involved by becoming or suggesting a sponsor for one of our events. Being an IABC/SC sponsor means increased brand awareness, new business development, and networking with other South Carolina communicators. For more information, contact our sponsor coordinator.