June 19: IABC/SC Miniconference Stay Bright: Enhance Your Skills this Summer

  ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS THIS SUMMER Stay bright by sharpening your skills during our summer mini conference! Summer may be here, but avoid mental “vacation mode” and Stay Bright with the 2019 IABC/SC Miniconference! Join us for an afternoon of networking and speaker programming designed to keep you at the top of your game. The Wednesday, June 19 event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism in Columbia. Lunch is included. The cost is $45 for IABC/SC members, $55 for non-members, $35 for students on or before noon June 18th and $65 through day-of walk-ups. Please contact Emily Eckert at emily@npstrat.com for additional information. Sessions and Speakers Experience Columbia SC Sports & March Madness 2019 It takes a team of blue-chip talent – on and off the court – to draw up and execute the perfect play. Hear from Experience Columbia’s Scott Powers about how one weekend of March Madness basketball impacted a city in every way, from economic impact and logistics to entertainment and events. Learn more about what it takes to win an NCAA bid, and how Experience Columbia is working to get the tournament to return. Social Media Insights Lab & UofSC Insights Initiative UofSC School of Journalism vets Randy Covington and Kaitlyn Park break down what the university’s new Social Media Insights Lab is and can be – from tracking metrics and analytics to training the next generation of social media professionals, right here in the Midlands. Plus, join for a tour of the lab. Managing Information On-The-Go: Public Information Officer Panel The fast-paced, online world of...

Call for Entries: 2019 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards

2019 IABC/SC Palmetto Awards Celebrating South Carolina’s Best and Brightest Communicators. PRINTABLE CALL FOR ENTRIES   We are now accepting entries for the 2019 Palmetto Awards and it’s time to enter your work! The South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators will honor winners at an awards reception this November. To be considered, all you have to do is upload your entry and work samples here after registering. Judging and Winning Entries are judged and scored individually, not against other entries in a category. An entry can receive an Award of Merit or an Award of Excellence based on the score. Click here to view the rules. Types of Entries Entries range from communication management, visual communications, media relations, and much more. If you can communicate it, odds are you can submit if for an award!  Click here to view all award categories. Contest Period, Deadlines and Details DEADLINE EXTENDED! We will be accepting submissions NOW UNTIL AUGUST 8! All entries must have been produced between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 to qualify. You do not have to be an IABC member to enter, but members do receive discount pricing. Contest Details Click here to view the full entry guidelines. Here is how to enter: Select a work sample. Tell your best story. Choose a category. You may enter the same work sample in multiple categories. Complete the work plan. Each entry must have a separate work plan. Upload your completed entry* here. Pay the entry fee with a check, credit card or money order. *Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Entry Fees IABC Members:...

April 5: What’s Brewing in SC?

A look into South Carolina’s brewery scene Hear from South Carolina brewery and beverage expert Brook Bristow on the Palmettos State’s craft beer scene. What hurdles do brewers face, from promotion to legislation, and everything in between. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour one of the Midland’s newest breweries (Steel Hands Brewing), and tasting may be available. Join us, and fellow communications professionals, to redefine happy hour! About the Speaker: Brook Bristow is one the nation’s leading craft beverage attorneys and is the founder of Bristow Beverage Law, a South Carolina-based law firm which primarily focuses on the representation of those in the craft beer, wine and spirits industries. A prominent advocate for alcohol law modernization in the South, Bristow also serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Brewers...

Mar 5: What’s up with OTT?

Join us to gain insight to the platform, what the data qualifiers are on viewers, and how they’re collected. About the Speaker: Ashleigh Anderson Hammond is the Regional Digital Sales Manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group. With 16 years of experience in the digital marketing arena, she is currently responsible for digital products and growth in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Western Tennessee.    ...

Feb. 12: Brand Development and Recognition –  Serve & Connect

Founded as Heroes in Blue in the wake of the tragic death of Forest Acres Police Department Officer Gregory Alia, Serve & Connect bridges the gap between law enforcement and the greater-Midlands community. With a focus on creating community empowerment, trust and impact, hear from Founder & CEO Kassy Alia Ray about how she developed the nonprofit, its brand, and brand recognition through community partnerships and street-level needs. Kassy is also adept at controlling her story and messaging, both personally and professionally. About Kassy: Kassy Alia Ray is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Serve & Connect. She founded Serve & Connect in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. Under her leadership, Serve & Connect has grown from a hashtag to a movement for change, touching countless lives and receiving national attention for its impact. Kassy has received several awards in recognition of her service to community, including the South Carolina Law Enforcement Citizen of the Year (2016), Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Individual Philanthropist of the Year (2017), the Post and Courier’s Golden Pen Award (2017), City of Columbia Police Department’s Outstanding Citizen (2018), The State Newspaper’s “Top 20 under 40” (2018), Columbia Business Monthly’s Top 35 under 35 (2018), and Midlands Fatherhood Coalition’s Hero of the Year (2018). Kassy earned her Master’s in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and is working to complete her doctorate. She is the proud mom to son, Salvatore, and in October 2018 married Mitch Ray.     When: Tuesday, February 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15...