Welcome to an exciting new year of networking and professional development opportunities

This article was originally published in the August 2014 issue of  The Galley.

2014-Aug-Galley-Alex-smallOn behalf of IABC Detroit’s Board of Directors, I’d like to invite all of our members to participate with us for an exciting new year of diverse professional development and expanded networking opportunities.

But, first, I would like to thank everyone who served on last season’s board and especially chapter president Eric Longs, whose tremendous behind-the-scenes-work took the chapter’s electronic communications to a new level – including a fantastic new website and an online process for entering the Renaissance Awards.

IABC Detroit is a volunteer-run organization. Every opportunity we bring to you happens because someone – usually several someones – has invested many hours of their time to further our mission that IABC Detroit exists to bring the best in professional career development to you, our members.

Our 2014-15 Board members represent a wealth of diverse experience – from independent practitioners to corporate communicators, from young professionals to senior communicators, and from nonprofit to for profit organizations. All of our Board members will tell you they believe that IABC is important to their career and to our Michigan membership. But, they will also tell you that the magic really happens when you get involved.

We have great ideas, and would love to hear yours, about new benefits to engage and involve all of our members from Metro Detroit to Battle Creek, Saginaw and Lansing.  Even the best ideas will go nowhere if they cannot be carried in the hearts of our members and implemented through their hands as part of a shared vision that we all have a special talent that can help others as professional communicators tell their stories and tell them well.

I invite you to visit our website and check out our events and opportunities to get involved. Everyone’s time is precious; and we are committed to making the time you spend with us a valuable investment. Whether you have an hour or several hours, are a strategic planner or project implementer, or haven’t quite identified your niche – becoming involved in chapter activities can help you learn a new skill, make a friend and open your mind to new opportunities.

With organizations ever more challenged to do more with less, as communicators, we often feel like we are going it alone. We are here to serve you. Use your chapter the way it was meant to be. Come to events, “like” our Facebook page, start or join in on a discussion on LinkedIn, and email our Board members if you would like to get involved.

We have a great year planned, but the best is yet to come when we meet you.



Alexandra Hichel
Chapter President