IABC Oregon Columbia Newsletter Sept. 2014

Our September 2014 newsletter.


Presentations that impress!


Good presentations matter, but old presentation tools constrain today’s professional communicator. In a “grab it and go” society, the key to an outstanding presentation is making the right connection with your target audience. Join IABC Oregon-Columbia for an exciting, hands-on learning experience that will breathe new life into your presentations. Learn how to get your audience to pay as much
attention to the visual story as to the written content.


Catherine Carr, Chief Inspiration Officer at Haiku Deck,will
lead a dynamic session sharing best practices and the latest
techniques. Get real-time expert advice on how to ignite your
message and make it memorable. Either email us your troublesome slides in advance or bring a slide or two with you on a USB drive to the event on October 22. Catherine will incorporate her valuable perspective into her presentation. You are sure to leave this event with a new take on visual storytelling and gain unique and creative presentation ideas.


When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:30-1:00 PM


Where: The Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland


Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

Cost includes plated lunch.

Register here today

IABC Oregon-Columbia honors 2014 Bronze Beacon award winners


On June 18, a gathering of communicators attended the Bronze Beacon Awards at the Benson Hotel. The evening sparkled with award winners recognized for their excellence in business communication in Oregon and southwest Washington. Communication professionals were honored with awards based on how effectively their communication programs furthered their organization by boosting revenue, saving money, rallying employees or otherwise contributing to a successful campaign.


Special guest speaker, Mike Lepis, co-founder and creative director of Vignette, the Agency for Employees, focused his presentation on how to create engaging internal brand communications. Mike expounded, “Understanding people is the key to engagement. No idea or creative concept can connect with an audience if you don’t understand what they need and how they’ll best receive it.” His message resonated with our award winners and with many others attendees at the awards banquet.


Congratulations to all our 2014 Bronze Beacon award winners!


Best in Show:

  • Shelly Meyer, Lewis
    & Clark College

Awards of Excellence:

  • Zeel Patel, Cardno
  • Michelle Rau,
    Intuit (2)
  • Siouxsie Jennett,
    Mambo Media
  • Greg Harned, Mambo
  • Pat Zimmer,
    Bonneville Power Administration

Awards of Merit:

  • Michael Lenz, Cisco
  • Mark Buchanan, Cisco
  • Ann Thorsnes, Cisco
  • Marie Getel-Gilmartin & Sustainability Communications Team, CH2M Hill
  • Hannah Rogers, Hubbell Communications
  • Kara Hansen, Hubbell Communications
  • Siouxsie Jennett, Mambo Media (2)
  • Tiffany Salzman, Mambo Media
  • Laurel Hamilton, Mambo Media
  • Bundle 220, I-5 Willamette River Bridge Project Team, ODOT

Honorable Mention:

  • Kristel Turner, Bonneville Power Administration

Rodney Adair Service Award:

  • Chris Wain, Legacy Health

Chapter Service Award:

  • Lori Brockman, Litmus Communications 


Volunteering your way to a new level of success


You’ve heard it said before: if you want to try something new, find a way to just do it. Sounds good, doesn’t it? How many times have you wanted to find a way to add new skills, but your manager sees the risks instead of the rewards? Frustration sets in. How can you get that
event planning experience you crave? Or how do you find ways to use
social media as a professional communicator when you spend your
days doing technical writing for a living?


Why not consider volunteering with your IABC Oregon-Columbia chapter.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Making a positive difference to a community of your peers
  • Sharing and learning new skills
  • Boosting your resume with an up-leveled skill set
  • Widening and deepening your professional network
  • Having fun

You don’t have to make a long-term commitment to experience the benefits and joys of volunteering. We are always looking for individuals who wish to work collaboratively with Board members to grow our chapter and social media presence guided by an evolving, dynamic communications plan. Will you be part of that plan? BOOM! We would love to connect with you!


Contact the Board with your ideas and information about the
kind of volunteer experience you are interested in

 About the speaker:


Catherine Carr is Chief Inspiration Officer at Haiku Deck, a presentation tool based on visual storytelling. Her mission is to inspire entrepreneurs, marketers,
thought leaders, educators, and creative communicators around the world to set their story free with 
Haiku Deck, hailed as “the Instagram of Pitch Decks” by Mashable and named App of the Year by Geekwire.


Check out her story here.

Introducing your 2014-2015 IABC Oregon-Columbia Board of Directors


Please welcome your new and returning Board members for 2014-2015. The team meets
monthly to plan speakers, events and other IABC Oregon-Columbia chapter activities for the coming year.


President and VP Awards: 

Liana Marie (returning)

Immediate Past President:

KJ McAllister (returning)

VP of Finance:

Glenn Perkins (returning)

VP of Marketing & Communications:

Linda K. Baker (new)

VP of Digital Communications:

Michelle Rau (new)


Board Members At Large:

Chris Wain (returning)

Paul Canaday (new)

Darryl Feldman (new)

IABC Oregon-Columbia

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