November 2020 Print

President's Message

Having a case of the Mondays? Hopefully this will cheer you up: It’s soup season, election ads are almost over, and IABC/Topeka has an excellent event with Andrea Engstrom lined up this Thursday! Scroll down for more details.

But first, I’m going to keep the good news rolling. I recently spoke with the president of Kansas City’s chapter of IABC, and I’m eager to announce we’re going to begin teaming up more in the new year, including promoting each other’s events and hopefully co-hosting an in-person get together. Our overall hope is that, by collaborating, all Topeka and KC members will gain more opportunities to 1) connect and 2) get more out of your membership. It’s a win-win, in my book. Keep an eye out for more info on this as it develops.

Lastly, save the date for our annual holiday party: Monday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Brew Bank. We’ve missed seeing you, so please come if you are able. We will play our traditional Five Favorite Things Gift Exchange (instructions attached) and kickoff the holiday season in good company.

Do you have good news to share? Or anything else you want to tell me about, IABC-related or otherwise? I’d love to hear it.


Kristin Ross
IABC/Topeka President
[email protected]

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Calendar of Events

Thursday, Nov. 5, 11:45 a.m.
Join us as we learn to how to develop a podcast branding strategy and launch a podcast successfully with Andrea Engstrom of Bajillion Agency. Click here for registration information. 

Monday, Nov. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
IABC/Topeka's annual holiday party is here! Join us at Brew Bank in downtown Topeka for an evening of fun as we head into the holiday season. Appetizers will be provided for all members and guests who RSVP and each member who RSVPs will also receive a $10 drink card. Rootbeer and iced tea will also be available. The ever-popular Five Favorite Things game will be back, as well! View more details and register here

Thursday, Jan. 7, Time and location TBD
Save the date for our first event of the new year! We'll be hosting a New Year Refresh and Reboot Roundtable Discussion. Right now, the plan is to have this be an in-person and virtual event. Stay tuned for more information!

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Why should you consider joining IABC? Members of IABC/Topeka enjoy these benefits:

  • Networking opportunities with nearly 50 members of IABC Topeka with additional networking and professional development opportunities with the KC IABC chapter
  • Outstanding programming during the chapter’s luncheon meetings
  • Annual professional development workshop offered at reduced cost to IABC members
  • Quick access to job opening information, e-mailed to all active IABC Topeka members
  • Opportunities to enter communications work in local, regional and national awards competitions
  • A subscription to Communication World, printed and distributed six times each year from the national IABC office
  • Entry into Access Member Centre, a section of the national IABC Web site exclusively for members where you can link up with your network of more than 13,000 members worldwide, compare your communication skills to those of your peers through the interactive CareerBuilder, update your member record, or learn more about other IABC chapters and their many programs
  • Qualify for member discounts on resources in the national IABC’s extensive library of communication information, including key findings from IABC Research Foundation studies of issues and trends that affect how you’ll do your job in the future
  • Receive advance information and substantial member discounts on IABC-sponsored seminars and conferences

Find more information about joining here.

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