April 2020 Print

President's Message

Most of the time less is more. For instance, in the midst of you get getting 1,000 email about companies and brands “caring” about you in this trying time, we didn’t think you needed much from us.

Sometimes more Is better. Like with the supply of chocolate I have hidden in my office.

But IABC is going through a bit of a less feels like less stage.

Two of our board members have gone off to pursue new dreams in new locations. Torey Berndt to KC and Samantha Egan to NYC. Torey was driven and organized, Samantha energetic and creative. We miss them and know that our chapter is forever changed because of their service.

I also miss all of your faces – and can’t wait til June when professional development can be in person again.

Be clear. Be kind.

Jesyca Hope, Still your wretched President 😉

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Calendar of Events

When disaster strikes, who do you count on? Shawnee County calls on Dusty Nichols.

Dusty currently serves as the incident commander of Shawne County's COVID-19 Response Team, and he is preparing to give IABC/Topeka a behind-the-scenes look into coronavirus communications from the frontline. Tune in to hear how he assembled a communication task force in a matter of days, and hear his biggest lessons learned and key takeaways for your personal communications toolkit.

Have a question for Dusty? Email your questions ahead of time to [email protected].


Thursday, May 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom call

(The Zoom meeting room will open at 4:15 p.m., and the meeting will promptly begin at 4:30 p.m.)


Click here to register.

The Zoom link will be emailed the day of the event to those registered, so please register today!

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In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, IABC understands that some of our members whose memberships are up for renewal may have been furloughed, laid off, or lost income during this phase. If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 and your membership renewal is due by May 31, we are providing the following options:

  1. A 50% discount on international dues* for a one-year professional membership for any NEW professional member.
  2. A 50% discount on international dues* for a one-year professional membership renewal for any active professional member who is due to renew between now and 31 May.
  3. A one-month extension of membership, for active members who are due to renew between now and 31 May.

*The discount does not apply to the region and chapter level portion of dues.

We appreciate all of our IABC Topeka members and are eager see you again in person someday soon.

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Employment Opportunities

Director of Development

Topeka Collegiate School

The Director of Development works closely with the head of school and the board of trustees and supervises a small staff to provide leadership for the development program as it builds a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the school community. The goal of the Director of Development is to lead a successful strategic plan that attracts maximum gift support to the institution. The Director of Developments oversees all alumni programs associated with the school.

Click here to go to the job bank and see more details.

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