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  • The Power of Corporate Communications: Driving Business Results


    IABC Philadelphia members can attend the event for 50% off the registration price. Contact [email protected] to receive the code.


    Over the past three years, corporate communications professionals have elevated the practice of agile, timely, and strategic storytelling. Communications is no longer a function that is designed to respond reactively, but one that is positioned to lead and shape conversations. It is also an arena where mistakes can happen — sometimes very publicly. There are valuable opportunities to learn from these mistakes as much as our successes.

    At this year’s conference, we will examine what we’ve learned and answer the questions that are top of mind, including: what will shape our strategies as we go forward? What do we need from our leaders to get the job done? And how will the practice continue to evolve?

    Join fellow communicators to hear from leaders of some of the world’s most relevant brands as we explore what comes next for the practice.

    Who Should Attend: This conference is designed especially for senior-level professionals and their teams responsible for shaping and executing on their organization's communications strategy for both external and internal audiences.



    • Jonathan Adashek, chief communication officer and SVP of marketing and communications, IBM
    • Kelly Clausen, head of corporate communications and marketing, Etsy
    • Ed Harnaga, senior VP, chief communications officer, Pfizer
    • Jennifer Lowney, global head of communications, Citi
    • Dev Pragad, president and CEO, Newsweek
    • Frank X. Shaw, chief communications officer, Microsoft
    March 16, 2023 at 8:00am - March 17, 2023 at 12:00pm

  • Optimizing Your Job Search: Do's and Don'ts

    Mark your calendar. Details coming soon.

    April 11, 2023 at 6:30pm

  • Power and Presence - How to Step Up as a Leader and Influence Your Organization

    Kathryn KnellerLeaders make an impact, and they wield influence. People listen to what they say, respect them, and follow their instructions. They control resources, shape situations and control outcomes. In other words, they have power.

    As communicators, we’re used to supporting, equipping, and enabling leaders in our organizations. Our job is to make them look good – and become even more influential. But are we selling ourselves short in the process?

    As communications professionals, we don’t always feel powerful. Many communications colleagues over the years have observed that we often don’t get the respect our expertise deserves, or the resources we need to do our job effectively.

    In our 60-minute online session on February 22nd, we’ll look at how we can change this.

    • First of all, we’ll take a quick look at the theory and what academic research tells us about leadership. What makes someone a leader? Why are some people influential and others not? What is it about them that makes other people want to like them, trust them, listen to them, and do what they say?
    • Second, we’ll look at leadership “presence”. The good news is that there are several core components of leadership. We’ll break these down into areas you can work on, and tangible things you can do to convey a greater sense of power with your colleagues and stakeholders.
    • Finally, I’ll share a framework that will help you to put these learnings into practice over the next three months.
    • We’ll also have time throughout the session for Q&A.

    As a result, you’ll leave the session understanding exactly what you need to do to become more influential and make a greater impact in your organization.

    February 22, 2023
    Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

    About the presenter

    Kathryn Kneller has 15 years of experience helping senior leaders to communicate more effectively at some of the world’s biggest companies.

    Since 2008, Kathryn has held communications leadership roles with clients including HSBC, AstraZeneca, Unilever and Shell, working as an independent consultant since 2013.   

    Alongside this work, she also runs Internal Comms Mastery - a training and coaching service that helps communications professionals to do great work, make an impact and build brilliant careers. 

    She holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature and History from Cambridge University, and speaks French, German and Spanish She holds a post-graduate diploma in Japanese from Nihon University in Tokyo.

    February 22, 2023 at 12:00pm
    $5.00 USD
    12 rsvps rsvp

  • Our Panelists and Moderators for How to Prepare for and Deal with a Crisis


    Lynn Perry Wooten
    Lynn Perry Wooten, a seasoned academic and an expert on organizational development and transformation, is the ninth president of Simmons University. She is the first African American to lead the University. Specializing in crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, and positive leadership, Dr. Wooten is an innovative leader and prolific author and presenter. Dr. Wooten holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University, where she was valedictorian; an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business; and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. In addition, she received a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is the author of nearly 30 journal articles, more than 15 book chapters and four books. Beyond all her accomplishments, Dr. Wooten currently serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Trustee Advisory Board, the JFK Library Foundation Board of Advisors, the Fenway Alliance Board of Directors, The George School Board of Trustees, the MASCO Board of Directors, and the GBH Board of Trustees.

    Richard Levick
    Richard Levick, Esq. is Chairman & CEO of LEVICK, representing countries and companies in the highest-stakes global communications matters. Mr. Levick has been honored multiple times on the prestigious list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom” and has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for lifetime achievement. He is the co-author of four books and is a regular commentator on television and in print. Richard hosts the daily podcast for the Corporate Counsel Business Journal which draws the highest profile guests from former U.S. Attorneys General to former legal counsels to U.S. presidents.

    Carey Dearnley
    Carey Dearnley is a Senior Consultant at Local Wisdom, and is positioned as an Executive and Sales Communication Leader at Janssen Pharmaceutical. She is responsible for driving the organization’s strategic narrative, town halls, senior leader communications, special projects, and change management. In her two decades of experience, Carey has worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill and in various agency and in-house roles, where she has been a strategic partner to leaders on crisis and issues management, executive positioning, change management, employee engagement, thought leadership and brand strategy and reputation.

    David KIucsik
    Corporate crises have characterized (some would say "plagued") David KIucsik’s professional life from his first job as a newspaper reporter, right thru his communications work for a global chemical company. He provides that unique perspective for clients, via his own Same Page consultancy on reputation risk, as well as Princeton Strategic Communications, a full-service agency.


    Rick Alcantara
    Rick Alcantara is president of Rick Alcantara Consulting. He advises corporate, nonprofit and government clients on public relations, crisis communications, social media and digital marketing. He is president of IABC Philadelphia, past president and current director-at-large of PRSA Philadelphia, and a member of PRSA's Counselor's Academy.

    Audra Hession
    Audra is executive vice president of marketing and communications at OWL Services and founder and CEO of Unbridled Communications. She is also president of IABC New York Tristate.

  • published Committees in About 2022-12-20 13:23:18 -0500


    Daniel Paulling





    Daniel Paulling is the Director of Communications and Publications at U.S. Masters Swimming, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of SWIMMER magazine. He develops and executes USMS’s internal and external communications and email marketing campaigns, and leads the organization’s content marketing strategy. He’s also a nationally-ranked swimmer in multiple events.

    Prior to joining USMS, he covered Major League Baseball, the NFL, and Southeastern Conference athletics for a number of newspapers and websites across the country, including The Kansas City Star, MLB.com, and USA Today. His work has been published by The New York Times and ESPN. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Rollins College.

    In his spare time, Daniel enjoys reading and spending time with his dogs Baxter and Izzy.

    Diane Streleckis





    Diane Streleckis has dedicated her 30+-year career to understanding what people need from communications and then crafting content that fulfills those needs.

    Diane has created almost every form of content. Social media, videos, podcasts, blogs, news articles, sales and proposal materials, emails, presentations, and even full-blown white papers are all in her repertoire. She’s developed communication strategies for internal and external audiences in business-to-business and business-to-consumer communities, as well as the general public.

    Much of Diane’s experience is in the financial services industry, for organizations including American Century Investments, KPMG, and Vanguard. She’s also worked in a number of other industries, such as public affairs, advertising, and software.

    To get even better at creating connections through content, Diane is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Strategic and Digital Communications at Drexel University.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Roy Woods





    Roy Woods Jr. is the Director of Communications for Springpoint, a nationally recognized senior living provider serving older adults and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region. Roy is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing communications to inform and engage internal audiences including employees, residents, members, and clients as well as external audiences including prospects, families, and industry peers. He has over 16 years of communications experience in the public and non-profit sector.  Previously, he was a Senior Communications Technician with the Office of Information Technology for the State of New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Thomas Edison State University, and a Master of Communications and Media from Rutgers University.



  • 6 Tips for Behavior-Influencing Communications

    By Diane Streleckis

    Creating communications that spur action is a common goal for communication professionals. Kieran Flanagan and Dan Gregory, co-founders of The Behaviour Report™ with more than 30 years of success in behavioral science and communication, shared tips on how to achieve that goal—by making smart people people-smart.


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  • published Marcomm Super Meetup in News 2022-11-01 19:29:26 -0400

    Marcomm Super Meetup

    MarComm_Super_Meetup_logos_V2_copy.jpgPhiladelphia’s marketing communications organizations are coming together to host the ultimate MarComm Super Meetup.

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  • published Save 20% on IABC Membership in News 2022-10-14 15:15:30 -0400

    Save 20% on IABC Membership

    IABC_823975-22_MarchMemberMonth_International_LIShareable5.jpgOpen new doors with IABC membership! Our benefits include access to the latest industry insights, career assessment tools, and more. Join or renew today and save 20%. https://bit.ly/3kLDM2I.

  • A Matter of Trust, A Communication Expert's View

    By Diane Streleckis -

    Roy Reid portrait“When we improve our relationships, we improve our results and we improve our performance. The core of those relationships is trust,” veteran communication professional Roy Reid, APR, CPRC said during a recent interview with IABC Philadelphia.

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  • published How to Get Hired in News 2022-09-22 13:37:45 -0400

    How to Get Hired

    Calling all students and early career professionals in the communication field! Attend this invaluable workshop on September 28: “How to Get Hired: Learn from the Experts!"

    How to Get Hired

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  • September IABC Guests Interviewed by the Philadelphia Tribune

    Our September 15 webcast guests appeared in an interview today by The Philadelphia Tribune. They discussed the program and their soon-to-publish book on DEI and social justice communications. https://bit.ly/3QDIVcn 



  • published IABC Event Sponsorship Enrollment in Sponsorships 2022-06-17 10:38:02 -0400

  • published IABC Conference 2022 a in News 2022-06-01 11:48:48 -0400

    IABC Conference 2022

    IABC_832374-22_WC_Graphics10.jpgJoin IABC – right here in our backyard – for World Conference 2022!

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  • published Attend the Silver Quill Prep Session in News 2022-04-20 16:57:35 -0400

    Attend the Silver Quill Prep Session

    silver_quill.pngEarning an IABC Heritage Region Silver Quill Award feels great. But the growth in skills and confidence you gain from completing the submission process is perhaps even more important than the distinction itself.

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  • published Heritage Region in About 2022-03-30 19:31:24 -0400

    Heritage Region

    IABC Heritage Region, the northeast region of IABC, supports IABC's mission by serving region members by providing guidance, support, and development opportunities for chapter leaders; fostering growth within the region; and serving as a communication conduit between members, chapters, and the IABC Executive Board. The IABC Heritage Region serves members in 17 U.S. states plus Washington, D.C.

    The region covers Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

  • published Join or Renew Now and Save 50% of Your Dues in News 2022-03-24 22:40:06 -0400

    Join or Renew Now and Save 50% of Your Dues

    IABC_823975-22_MarchMemberMonth_International_SocialShare4.jpgIt's time to make an investment in your professional self and IABC has the membership options to help you do it. Welcome to IABC's Member Month! A month-long promotion that allows you to take advantage of a 20% discount on International IABC membership. 

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  • published secrets of success michael smith in News 2022-01-13 15:21:19 -0500

    Secrets of Success: An Interview with IABC Past-President Michael Smith

    Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_3.15.17_PM.pngMichael Smith, past president of IABC Philadelphia and head of corporate communications for Acts Retirement-Life Communities, shares industry challenges and how he uses messaging to create more uplifting narratives.

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  • Being Confident and Competent on Camera is the New Essential Skill

    Screen_Shot_2021-12-03_at_3.33.09_PM.pngIn February of 2020, I had just returned from a training assignment in Indiana. Covid was not yet seen as a real threat, perhaps a bump in the road. One month later my business was essentially shut down, and I began to wonder if I could even keep doing what I was doing.

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  • published October is IABC Member Month in News 2021-10-06 22:56:52 -0400

    October is IABC Member Month

    IABC__orange_600px_OctoberMemberMonth_International_LIShareable4_copy.jpgIABC Member Month season is upon us! It began on September 20 and will run through November, 12 giving you eight weeks to take advantage of the discounted rate. 

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  • Bringing Your Superpowers to Work: A Profile of Darcy Eikenberg

    by Michael Piperno - Coach, speaker, and author Darcy Eikenberg took a leap 13 years ago when she founded her executive coaching and leadership development company Red Cape Revolution. The story of how that happened is a testament to the message she is on a mission to share with others: it’s time to unleash the superhero in you.

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