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With many IABC members and professionals in the wider community whose financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, IABC is offering relief to those who’ve lost their job, been furloughed, or lost income and are due for renewal between now and 30 June 2020, or who wish to join the organization as a new member.

IABC is providing the following options:

  • A 50% discount on international dues for a one-year professional membership for any new professional member between now and 30 June 2020. Full chapter and region dues still apply.
  • A 50% discount on international dues for a one-year professional membership renewal for any active professional member who is due to renew between now and 30 June 2020. Full chapter and region dues still apply.
  • A one-month extension of membership, for active members who are due to renew between now and 30 June 2020.

If you’re facing a financial hardship, please email member_relations@iabc.com and we can tell you more about these options.

Organizations need great communication professionals. And those professionals need access to people and insights they can leverage to drive results.
Here are just a few examples of what you’ll have access to. Did you make the most of all these perks when you were a member?
  • Chapter and regional events, for face-to-face connection and continued learning on topics that span the communication profession.
  • The Hub private online community, to save time and more easily deliver results with at-your-fingertips access to peers and resources from around the world. In the past three months, over 500 discussions have taken place there on more than 100 communication topics.
  • The Job Centre to help land your next big opportunity. IABC members get exclusive access to job listings the first seven days after they’re posted.
  • Monthly webinars to help you stay informed and up-to-speed on the latest trends, with instruction from experts in the field. The next members-only webinar takes place on 12 November. Webinars are recorded if you can’t join live.
  • Online content, like case studies and research from industry thought leaders, to help you stay sharp and informed.
You’ll also continue to get discounts on professional certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), IABC Academy online courses, the IABC World Conference, the IABC Gold Quill Awards and much more.
Just click below and use the MEMBERSHIP code during checkout to save 10% on international dues.
If you have questions, we’re here to help at member_relations@iabc.com.

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?

EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATORS MATTER

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

How IABC Can Help Your Organization

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.

Select your Membership Package Here

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!

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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. Continuitycentral.com. Retrieved 21 March 2018, from http://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/resilience-news/2238-crisis-preparedness 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 https://www.fastcompany.com/3034498/why-public-relations-and-media-relations-dont-mean-the 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 https://www.betterbuys.com/lms/professional-development-impact/

Current Membership

Want to make connections? Here are some of our current members (as of June 2020):

 

First Name Last Name  Company
Alison Shuman Farm Bureau Insurance
April Blake BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Anne-Kathryn Flanagan Colonial Life
Bailey Crafton Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Catherine Romaine Henderson Integrated Communication Consultants
Charnita Mack Claflin University
Christine Keefer K2 Communications
Corie Culp AFL
Cynthia South Alison South Marketing Group
Deb Sofield Executive Speech & Presentations Co.
Emily Eckert NP Strategy
Eric Boomhower SCANA
Erica Taylor Charleston County School District
Haley Bourne Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Jan Easterling Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Jeanne Reynolds Colonial Life
Jennifer Read SC DHEC
Juliet Smith University of South Carolina
Karla Falk QED Services
Kelly Steinhilper SC Techical College System
Kevin Floyd Midlands Tech
Kimberley Wicker Fact Forward
Lauren Prettyman South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
Laurie Haughey Clemson University
Leigh Lowery Special Olympics South Carolina
Leslie Ann Sully Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office
Lisa Emily FUJIFILM
Liz Guthridge Connect Consulting Group
Michael Ettlemyer University of South Carolina
Nicole McLean Richland Library
Nyeisha Dease City of Columbia
Patrick Cobb AARP
Phyllis Tutterow AFL
Rebecca Vaughan Ingevity
Rhonda O’Banion SCANA Corporation
Shawna Cass Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University
Stephanie Jones-Rice SCANA Corporation
Terri Randall SCANA Corp.
Therese Griffin Dominion Energy
Thomas Allison Clemson University
Todd Hudak BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Tracie Broom Flock and Rally

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.

 

Questions?

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.