Barbados Business Communication Professionals Benefit from International Conference

Five members of the Barbados Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) are back home from the IABC 2012 World Conference with a wealth of new information and ideas to benefit the chapter, their employers and the profession in general.

They joined more than 1400 business communicators from around the globe who attended the conference in Chicago, USA, from June 24-27. This event was organised around seven professional development tracks – Career Builder, Employee and Change Communication, Global Trends, Marketing and Business, Media and Public Relations, Reputation and Brand, and Strategic Leadership.

(l-r) Wanda Mayers; co-VP, Professional Development, Sophia Cambridge; President, Pamala Proverbs; Janice Sutton; and VP Membership/Marketing, Sharon Marshall.

The conference also offered state-of-the-art research and in-depth workshops, as well as inspiring keynote speakers. Among the speakers was environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author Kevin Carroll, and Director of Creation at Cirque du Soleil, Lyn Heward. Another inspiring address came from Irene Lewis, President and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic, Canada, recognised as a trailblazer in applied research and innovation. She was presented with the 2012 Excel Award, which is given to a visionary CEO who demonstrates leadership and commitment to the communication profession and those who practice it.

IABC is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, the organization serves more than 15,000 members in 67 countries, 100 chapters and 10,000 organizations.

President of IABC Barbados, Pamala Proverbs, says “I’m really happy to see that our members place a high value on continuous learning and professional development. I hope that we’ll be able to have an even larger delegation from Barbados for the 2013 world conference in New York next June.”

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