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President’s Letter- September 2016

I hope you all had a fabulous summer.  The new 2016/2017 San Diego Board of Directors met last month for our Strategy Retreat session, and I am truly excited to be part of this amazing organization.  We have both new and returning board members for the upcoming year, as well as representation from a wide variety of industries, experience levels, and disciplines in business communications.

IABC/San Diego is focused on one primary goal: providing the most value to you, our members. IABC has something for everyone in our industry, from lively and varied networking events, international and regional conferences, engaging professional and career development opportunities, and recognition and certification programs that inspire us to be great communicators.  Read more.

IABC Announces 2016 Gold Quill winners, The Association Highest Honors in Communications Excellence 

(SAN FRANCISCO) May 6, 2016 — The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has today announced the 2016 Gold Quill Special Award winners and the shortlist for the Agency and Team of the Year Awards (#IABC-GQ). The Gold Quill Awards recognize business communication excellence globally, and are acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. IABC chair, Michael Ambjorn said, “Gold Quill winners are proud for a reason: it cements their position as proven strategic advisors.” Excellence and Merit award winners were announced on 6 April 2016, and all those winners are considered for the special awards. Read more.

Inside-Out: How The San Diego Zoo Engages Internal and External Audiences

Join us for breakfast on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 8:00-10:00 am for a unique opportunity to learn from award-winning communicators at San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) during a two-hour interactive workshop*.

As a not-for-profit organization, SDZG is reliant upon visitors, members and donors to help fuel its mission of saving species worldwide by uniting its expertise in animal care and conservation science with its dedication to inspiring passion for nature. But with so many organizations deserving of support, how has SDZG become the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households representing more than a half-million people? And how does it continues to attract and engage new members and visitors year after year?

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Press Release: IABC San Diego Announces Incoming Officers for 2016-2017 Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 8, 2016) — The San Diego Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 board of directors.  Board terms for the upcoming year began on July 1, 2016. IABC San Diego is a membership-based trade association for business communicators who live or work in the San Diego area. Among the communications professionals who comprise the board is Anna Davison, serving her first term as president of IABC San Diego.   Read more.

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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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