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A Note From IABC/SD’s President

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season, enjoying its magic, spending time with friends and family, indulging in laughter, love and sweets and reflecting on the past year. Along with the reflection and fresh start to a new year, comes a promise to self improve or accomplish something awesome over the next 12 months—also known as resolutions. Read more.  

The Communicator of the Year (COTY) and Junior COTY Awards

Do you know a fellow IABC member in the Greater San Diego Area who is a leader in the communication profession? How about a young communication professional who is already doing amazing work? If so, we’d like to hear more. The Communicator of the Year (COTY) and Junior COTY awards recognize two greater San Diego area-based leaders each year who demonstrate strategic excellence in communication. The COTY winners serve as outstanding examples to others through their quality of work and contributions to the communication profession. Nominations are now open for our 3rd Annual Communicator of the Year (COTY) awards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 10, 2016. The winner will be named as the 2015 COTY and 2015 Junior COTY during a special event in April 2016. Learn more about the COTY Awards.

IABC/San Diego February Dine-Around

Back by popular demand! Get to know fellow communications professionals while enjoying a great meal at a popular restaurant! IABC San Diego is organizing the February Dine-Around, an evening of terrific conversation and networking Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. This time we’ve selected a highly rated restaurant featuring healthy cuisine – with many delicious, vegetarian dishes – for those of us who may have over-indulged a bit over the holidays, or who simply enjoy wholesome food served well. Café Gratitude is a 100% organic plant-based restaurant specializing in gourmet cuisines. The restaurant strives to create a menu and environment that supports health and sustainability for both our community and the planet. Register today!

IABC/San Diego LinkedIn Workshop Lunch

Increase your online visibility, authority and reputation with LinkedIn. With more than 364 million users, LinkedIn is the most popular social network for professionals. Yet many us backburner this powerful social platform! Are you using LinkedIn to its fullest potential? Join IABC San Diego on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm for a LinkedIn Workshop by award-winning social-media strategist Raleigh Gerber and get the most out of this professional-minded platform. Register today!

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IABC is the association of choice for communication professionals around the world. Setting a standard of excellence since 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a vibrant global membership association with a network of 12,000 members in more than 80 countries, representing many of the Global Fortune 500 companies. In San Diego, our chapter continues to grow and now has more than 120 members representing many of our city’s most recognized companies.


IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. We deliver on the Global Standard in communication through our educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, online magazine and annual World Conference. We support our community of business communication professionals with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning and career guidance.


Whether you’re a corporate communicator, independent consultant, academic or student, IABC has the resources, connections and learning opportunities you need to move your career forward. We give you the ability to connect to a global communication network, stay informed about emerging trends and best practices, learn from top experts, gain recognition for your outstanding work and join a community of communication professionals around the world who are striving to be the best in the profession. Our chapter serves as a vibrant resource for career growth, professional development, networking, mentorship and channels for you to Be Heard. As a member of IABC/San Diego, you have exclusive access to information, tools, resources and services that provide ideas and solutions for the business communications issues you face today and may face tomorrow.

Benefits include: 

  • Member pricing on all IABC events
  • Exclusive members-only networking opportunities
  • Blogging/speaker opportunities
  • Accreditation coaching
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Discounted pricing on industry events
  • Opportunities to gain industry recognition through awards and certification
  • Access to our Special Interest Groups
  • Access to International community

New and renewal membership rates for 2015 are as follows:

  • New Membership: $304 annual dues + $40 application fee JOIN NOW!
  • Renewal Membership: $304 annual duesRENEW NOW!
  • New/Renewal Student Membership: $49 annual dues JOIN NOW!
  • *Transitional Membership: 50% off international dues JOIN NOW!*Professionals who have graduated from a degree program from an accredited institution in the last year are eligible for the student transition rate

For more information about membership options including corporate memberships and payment plans, click here.


IABC/San Diego has more than 120 members from a variety of backgrounds and representing all facets of the communications profession. Each month, we highlight a different member on our website, in our monthly newsletter and through our social media channels. Our goal is to learn more about each other, and help foster connections and networking opportunities.

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At IABC/San Diego, we’re working hard to provide the most valuable resources and programs, but what do our members think? Hear about member benefits, initiatives and programs directly through our video testimonials.

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Missed an event? Don’t sweat! Our members get exclusive access to presentations in our event archive. Just log in using your IABC Member ID and password, and a wealth of knowledge and best practices will be at your fingertips. You’ll get the most out of our programs if you attend in person. Check our events page and social media channels to sign up for future events.

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IABC/San Diego connects you to a range of communication resources and tools designed to help you take the next step in your career – whether you are just starting out, or are looking for your next challenge. Through career planning, mentorship, special interest groups and accreditation/certification, you can count on IABC to help you succeed.

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