President’s Letter – January 2018

Kate Griffin, ABC

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that 2018 is off to a good start for you all. With the new year comes the inevitable setting of resolutions … and the general setting ourselves up for failure. How many of us, year after year, fall into the trap of starting out with steely determination to live up to resolutions, only to realize they are impossible to stick to over the long-term.

This year, I’m taking a different approach. Inspired by several sources (past-president Anna Davison, author Laura Lippman and this article), rather than defining resolutions, I’m setting an intention for the year by selecting a single word. Boiling it down to one word gives you a filter to apply to life, it allows for your own interpretation of success, and most importantly, it can’t be broken.

My word is open. I want to invite new experiences and new opportunities. I want to be more open-minded, especially in a world where divisions are getting deeper, and I want to be open to change, in whatever form that takes.

An important part of being open is learning from others, which is why I’m so thrilled that IABC/San Diego is bringing two all-star speakers to our upcoming events.

On January 24, Marilyn Olson will share an inside look at the role communications played in the biggest tech merger in history. Marilyn leads Strategic Programs and Operations for Dell’s Global Communications team, she was our Communicator of the Year in 2015, and she has more than 20 years experience in communications. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about major organizational change.

On February 9, Chris Van Gorder will be sharing the front-line leadership lessons he’s learned throughout his career, including his 18 years as Scripps’ CEO. This powerful keynote will give current and aspiring leaders a different approach to business success, and building a culture strong enough to weather the good times and the bad. Tickets are now available to learn from this award-winning leader. Attendance is limited.

When I asked the IABC Board what our collective focus word for the year should be, we decided on connect. Connecting members to each other and the communications community, and connecting you to great programming and professional development is what IABC is all about.

This month, we’re be busy finalizing our upcoming programs. Make sure you share your feedback with us via our member survey to help us ensure we’re making the right connections.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and productive 2018!

Kate Griffin, ABC
President, IABC/San Diego