I’ve been involved in IABC dating back to (gulp… can I say it?) the early nineties.
This was before the internet. Twitter was not even a twinkle in anyone’s eye. We were using email, but we were sending news releases out via over the ‘fax’.
IABC was the place to regularly meet with my peers and mentors. It was a way to find out what was happening in the city, and by subscribing to the magazine, I was able to keep up on national and international trends – when I had time to read it. It has always been a source of professional development for me. Not to mention helping me to form cool ideas, meet amazing people, and explore new ways of getting things done for my clients and business.
Today IABC is still my network. And like me, IABC has matured. I like what my network has grown up to be. While I’m not seeking mentoring like I used to, I have the opportunity to work with people who are at all levels of their careers, and with a broad range of backgrounds, interests and education. Now at our fingertips we have podcasts, websites, Instagram, Twitter and on and on. We are in touch, communicating constantly, quickly and effectively.
IABC delivers a terrific range of professional development seminars for me. We meet the movers and the shakers, and we are involved in helping them to achieve their goals. They come to us, they want us to help them. IABC as a network is a force to be reckoned with. I’m proud of it.
Today I can further my career through credential programs. I think it’s important to have opportunities to share information and learn from others on the front line and those just emerging into the field.
Am I going to stay with IABC? You bet, more than a network (although it is a great one) IABC has become dynamic source of information. It inspires me, it keeps me involved, and it respects where I have been and what I have to offer.
IABC for yesterday, today and tomorrow. For me.