January 22, 2014: Learning to Lie: What Fiction Taught Me About Storytelling

Jack Hart 2012Join IABC as we welcome celebrated writer, and former editor at The Oregonian, Jack Hart. Jack will share a presentation and a writing exercise during this professional development event.

“After a lifetime writing, editing, and teaching narrative nonfiction, I thought I knew storytelling. Silly me. Writing and selling my first novel, with lots of help from successful fiction writers, took my storytelling to an entirely new level. The lessons I learned apply to any kind of story, whether it’s a news feature, a nonfiction book, a branding effort, or an ad campaign.”

Jack Hart is the author of three books and dozens of articles. His most recent book is titled “Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction.” During his quarter century at The Oregonian, the Pacific Northwest’s largest newspaper, Jack served as managing editor, training editor, and writing coach, and he edited four Pulitzer Prize finalists.

When: Wed, January 22, 2014, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland
Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

Cost includes full plated lunch.

February 25, 2014: Building an Empire with a Department of Two

with Alise Munson, Brand Manager, LAIKA/house

Eight years ago, Alise Munson created the LAIKA/house brand both tangibly and digitally. Today she is the animation studio’s biggest cheerleader. Together with a coordinator, she’s built a strong community on social media that keeps giving back. The secret? A good relationship with your company’s story and resources, the ability to listen and authenticity.

Join IABC as we welcome Alise Munson in a lively and animated presentation about building a big brand presence with a small creative team.

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: The Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland
Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

Cost includes pizza and salad buffet and $5 drink token

About the speaker:

Alise Munson was hired in 2005 to re-brand Vinton Studios to LAIKA. She continues to guide the brand into traditional and emerging platforms.

Alise is seasoned enough to have a black blazer hanging in her office in case of a public speaking emergency, to lead design/production on all promo materials and to know what content makes for good storytelling on any medium. She brings a passion for creative, accurate storytelling, a refined understanding of how to ignite and thrive in collaborative teams and the ability to create effective, beautiful visual communications.

LAIKA/house is an Oregon-based, world-renowned animated short-form content studio acclaimed for its skill in storytelling and character performance in all mediums, including CG, stop-motion, 2D and mixed media. LAIKA/house’s deep talent roster and broad animation expertise has garnered partnerships with advertising agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, BBDO and TBWA\Chiat \Day while attracting clients such as Starbucks, Apple, Coca-Cola, ESPN, M&M’S and Planters.

March 19, 2014: Speakers with Acting Skills ALWAYS Have an Edge

You can have the greatest idea in the world, but if you can’t communicate your ideas, it doesn’t matter.”


Join IABC as we welcome Barbara Kite, who will share with us the best-kept secrets for speakers. Learn how to transform your presentation skills by applying the same principles used by actors:

  • authenticity
  • great storytelling skills
  • heightened energy 

Walk away with the tools to influence and move an audience by using techniques that include an unforgettable story and a memorable experience. Find out how to create magic while being authentic, transparent, caring and passionate.

With over three decades of coaching, speaking and acting experience; including movies, soaps, commercials, voiceovers and stage, Barbara brings a wealth of tools and approaches to help every speaker move to new levels of excitement.

When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: The Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby St, Portland
Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

Cost includes pizza and salad buffet and $5 drink token


April 25, 2014: Enter the Bronze Beacon Awards

Earn the recognition of your peers, coworkers and boss by entering the Bronze Beacon Awards! Entering is simple. All you need to do is submit your project work plan and sample materials.

The annual Bronze Beacon Awards gives communications professionals throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington an opportunity to showcase their work and receive recognition for communication excellence.

Learn more.

May 7, 2014: Communicators Conference

Storytelling. Storymaking. Storydoing.

Communicators Conference http://communicatorsconference.com/
May 7, 2014
The Sentinel Hotel (formerly The Governor) 

Join communicators from around the Pacific Northwest as we explore the possibilities of storytelling, storymaking, and storydoing to define ambition, collaborate with audiences, and drive action.

Skilled storytelling can spark a major change across a company, among clients, and even within your own self. Storydoing and storymaking take storytelling to the next level. From talk to action. From words to transformation.

2014 early bird pricing (through April 18):
  • $109 Students
  • $129 Members
  • $149 Non-Members
2014 regular pricing (as of April 19):
  • $109 Students
  • $149 Members
  • $169 Non-Members

Register Now!
(You will be redirected to the PRSA Portland Site for payment.)

Organized by the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Communicators Conference has been the premier professional development opportunity for communicators in the Portland metropolitan area since 1996.