IABC to play leading role in educating communicators on the Wikipedia community

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the creation of the Wikipedia Task Force. The task force will guide and support the education of professional communicators about issues and processes for ethical and effective actions with regard to Wikipedia articles. This will include engaging with the Wikipedia community, others associations and representatives from PR firms to build trust and mutual understanding.

The task force, chaired by Shel Holtz, ABC and IABC Fellow, will investigate the growing concern related to news reports of undisclosed editing of Wikipedia entries by individuals and public relations firms. The task force will support efforts to educate and share information through articles and professional development to shed light on this multi-layered topic.

According to Holtz, the task force has released the following statement:

“With regard to the communication profession and its relationship to the Wikipedia community, IABC supports engagement through accuracy, transparency and ethical behavior, as articulated in the IABC Code of Ethics. We applaud constructive efforts to create a better understanding between these two communities, such as initial steps taken by CIPR in the development of Wikipedia guidelines for public relations professionals. IABC’s overarching commitment is to inform and educate its members and seek opportunities to further the dialogue in addressing this complex issue.”

“IABC supports any initiative for transparent communication,” said Kerby Meyers, IABC Chair. “It is important to maintain open and vibrant online communities while ensuring that the information is factual and shared in an ethical manner.”

Two Los Angeles area communicators win 2012 Silver Quill Awards

Pacific Plains IABC logoTwo Los Angeles area business communicators are among the elite group of business communicators earning an Award of Merit in the 2012 “Make Your Mark” Silver Quill Award competition. The competition invites participation from more than 6,000 business communicators throughout the IABC Pacific Plains Region.

The Los Angeles area winners are as follows:

California Credit Union League
AMC 2011 Campaign – Turning Point
Category: Special Events – Internal or External

Crystal Shif
Southern California Edison
Inside Edison
Category: Publication Design

“We are proud to recognize a very select group of our colleagues who have made their mark by setting and meeting communications objectives that delivered significant, measurable results to their organizations,” said Ann Krzmarzick, ABC, IABC Silver Quill Awards chair. “They have shown that they use strategic thinking, creativity and ingenuity to get the job done.”

An IABC Kansas City expert panel of experienced judges, comprising Accredited Business Communicators (ABCs) and/or those who have earned IABC Quill awards, completed the evaluations for the 2012 Silver Quill Awards. The judging process sets a very high standard for entrants by using guidelines from the IABC Gold Quill Awards, the international recognition program for communicators.


All entrants receive valuable peer-to-peer feedback from the judges to enhance their future work. Winners also receive an engraved crystal award, public kudos and recognition of their work in a winners’ booklet. A complete winners’ list and examples of the award-winning work is available here.

The Pacific Plains Region of IABC supports the leaders and members of the region’s IABC chapters with resources and professional development opportunities. Pacific Plains embraces 20 chapters in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii, from Arizona to North Dakota, including scores of members at large who live outside local chapter boundaries.

The region’s geographic sweep gives it a wide network of colleagues for sharing ideas, asking advice and celebrating successes. For more information on the Pacific Plains Region of IABC, visit pacificplains.iabc.com , the Facebook page and Twitter feed.

September 2012 is a Worldwide Membership Month!

Give your career the boost it needs! For more than 40 years, IABC has brought communication professionals together to learn from one another, promote credibility for the profession and build enduring friendships. By joining IABC, you become part of a community of more than 15,000 members around the world who are dedicated to helping each other improve skills, share best practices, advance careers — and have fun doing it.

And, here’s good news: If you are a new or lapsed member who joins or re-joins IABC, we’ll waive the application fee ($40 for faxed/mailed/phoned enrollments; $30 for Internet enrollments). Please note: Your application must be received at the San Francisco headquarters office during the month of September to qualify.

Join now by visiting www.iabc.com/join, downloading an application or calling 1-800-776-4222.

Not quite ready to join? Sample the benefits! IABC is hosting an open house of the members-only international IABC website throughout the month of September. You have free access to the following resources:

  • Discovery, IABC’s enhanced–search archive of proprietary content. Discovery contains archives of Communication World magazine, CW Bulletin and numerous Research Foundation reports along with searchable knowledge centre manuals worth more than $1,800 if purchased in hard copy form.
  • MemberSpeak and the IABC Buzz (read-only access). These are online forums where members ask questions and share personal and professional information.
  • The Job Centre, IABC’s job listing site. (Only members have premium access to new listings.)

Go to www.iabc.com/login/trial/. (This login will not be available after the month of September.)

To learn more about IABC membership, visit www.iabc.com/about/membership.

We look forward to welcoming you to the IABC community!

IABC names International Executive Board (IEB)

The International Association of Business Communicators has announced officers for the 2012–2013 international executive board (IEB).

The international executive board is the governing body of IABC and develops the strategic plan for the association under the guidance of bylaws approved by the IABC membership. The board supervises, controls and directs the affairs of the association; actively pursues IABC’s mission; determines its policy within the limits of the law, bylaws and articles of incorporation; upholds the IABC Code of Ethics; and supervises the disbursement of funds.

The 2012–2013 IABC International Executive Board
includes the following members:


  • Kerby Meyers

Vice Chair

  • Robin McCasland

Past Chair

  • Adrian Cropley, ABC


  • Tom Roux
  • James Lynch, ABC
  • Russell Grossman, ABC
  • Peter Yorke
  • Kristen Sukalac
  • Michael Ambrozewicz
  • Jeff J. Bishop
  • Terry Cerisoles
  • Vita Kernel, ABC
  • Gloria Walker, ABC (2012–2013 Chair of the Accreditation Committee)
  • Michaela Hayes (2012–2013 Chair of the Research Committee)

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 14,000 members in 90 countries.

Become an Effective Leader

Saturday and evening courses to fit your schedule

Cal State Fullerton offers several certificate programs designed to train managers to be great leaders. Registration is open now – courses begin in early  September.

Human Resource Management – classes begin September 8th
Human Resource managers and those looking to move to an HR career, will receive a comprehensive overview of human resources management in this series of five courses. Learn where and how to find employable staff, become familiar with the varied aspects of employment law and learn the importance of communication skills in the retention of good employees. This series of Saturday courses offer recertification credit hours for those who are PHR/SPHR certified and has been approved for up to 68 recertification credit hours and can be completed in one semester.

Certificate in Leadership Development – classes begin September 11th
Learn what it means to lead with vision and an emphasis on teamwork. Learn how to put together and work with a team, mentor and coach your  employees, use management performance tools, examine the nature of strategic leadership and develop a better understanding of your purpose and role within the organization. The Leadership Development Certificate program includes six courses totaling 36 hours of lecture and hands-on experience.

The Art and Science of Effective Management – classes begin September 6th
Equip yourself with the tools to implement and practice strategies that promote employee retention and a more productive workforce. The courses will focus on current theory, and are integrated with case studies and role-playing exercises.

For program information, contact Rene De Leon , 657.278.8392, redeleon@fullerton.edu
To register, please visit: www.csufextension.org/Classes/Certificate or call 657.278.2611.