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Welcome to IABC Greater Cincinnati, your local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Our purpose is to advance the profession, create connection and develop strategic communicators. Learn more about the many benefits of joining IABC, or attend an upcoming program . We look forward to connecting with you!

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Share Your Communication Expertise this Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Communication

Mark your calendar to make a difference through a Gift of Communication on Friday, December 6, from 1 pm to 4 pm, hosted by IABC Greater Cincinnati held at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Fifth Third Convening Center, 2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Provide your talent and expertise by giving back through a Gift of Communication workshop to:

  • Help local, social service organizations overcome a communication challenge

  • Enable you or someone on your team to apply professional skills and experience to help a local organization

The holiday season brings the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. It’s also a time of giving, and a Gift of Communication is a unique way you can make a difference. Social service organizations with limited resources often depend upon volunteers. They seek new ways to apply strategic communications so they can address business challenges and move their organizations forward.

Gift of Communication volunteers span the spectrum from entry-level to the most senior communicators. It is also open to all genres of communication roles and functions from research and data to PR and public affairs.

How it Works

Sign up for Gift of Communication today so that we know who all is interested.

Then, closer to the event date, you and fellow communication professionals will be assigned a communication challenge. You will receive an overview of the organization’s mission and communication issue before the event.

IABC will facilitate the discussions the day of the event.

You and fellow experts will sit down at tables with the organization’s representatives to listen and discuss the issues in order to provide meaningful communications advice and support. Before the session concludes, each table briefly shares their issues and the solutions they discussed so everyone can gain valuable learning and information. The organization will walk away with actionable items that will help them address the challenges they’ve defined.

If you have any questions about IABC Greater Cincinnati or the Gift of Communication, please contact Jackiedra Wilson at 513-293-3175.

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Let’s Brew Up Some Solutions!

Join IABC members for coffee on Nov. 14

What is your latest communication challenge?  We bet talking with fellow communicators would help. And you can pick from two locations for coffee and informal discussion (Dutch Treat!). No RSVP is necessary.

Come in when you can, and fellow communicators will hash out your challenge, brainstorm ideas and offer moral support over morning coffee.

Here are the details

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30-9 am

  • Join newly elected president of the IABC Cincinnati Chapter, Jackiedra Wilson, who will be hosting a discussion at Alreddy Café on Rt. 42 in Sharonville.
  • Communications consultant Pat Frey, ABC, will be hosting the discussion at College Hill Coffee Company on Hamilton Ave. in College Hill.

Questions? Contact pafrey2@gmail.com

Challenge Accepted! Award Goes Toward New Website for DePaul Cristo Rey

by Margee Garbsch, DePaul Cristo Rey High School

Ahead of the March 2019 Challenge Accepted event, I’m sure many IABC and community members knew little or nothing about DePaul Cristo Rey High School. I acknowledged that in my Challenge Accepted presentation, “Creating a Local Identity and Support Base for an Innovative National Education Model.” And I shared the ongoing challenges of launching and marketing a private high school unlike any other in Greater Cincinnati.

Participating in this event provided an immediate benefit as valuable as the monetary prize donation – a roomful of people learned more about the school, which ambitiously aims to support young people to move from poverty to bright futures through a college-prep education and innovative Corporate Work Study Program. Audience members posted comments on social media, guests came to me with questions and comments. DPCR later asked the Challenge Accepted emcee, Mary Wineberg, to be the guest speaker at our May Commencement. There were many immeasurable benefits to having accepted the challenge.

Of course, most tangible was the $1,000 IABC donation to my charity of choice – DePaul Cristo Rey. The other school leaders and I agreed it was fitting to put it toward a long-overdue school communication challenge – upgrading our web site. The site hadn’t been significantly upgraded since it was launched in 2010 ahead of the school opening. Grant funding underwrote redesign costs and months of planning work had already happened. However, the work of rewriting content and creating new pages was being juggled between multiple other priorities among a small staff team. The IABC donation allowed us to supplement a small stipend for our part-time graphic designer to work on this outside of DPCR and provided another stipend for a teacher to facilitate content for the academic areas.

The site launched late this summer and if you visit http://www.depaulcristorey.org you can see the donation results for yourself.

Margee Garbsch giving her award-winning presentation.

Check out highlights from Challenge Accepted!

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