Headquartered in San Francisco, California, IABC is a non-profit organization that advocates best practices that enhance economic, personal and professional well-being; celebrates innovative communicators as leaders within their companies and fosters educational networking opportunities.
IABC Atlanta is a local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. We represent approximately 300 professional communicators in the metropolitan Atlanta area and reach over a thousand unique marketing, PR, and communications professionals each month through our meetings, social channels, and digital broadcasts. Our members include professionals working at Fortune 500 companies, communication agencies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, as well as independent writers, freelancers, and consultants. People at all stages of professional development are active with IABC Atlanta, but a significant percentage is at manager level or above. All have a commitment to continue professional development and a desire to network with other communicators.
Allyse has a passion for communications and internal communications in particular. In her current role, she leads a team of communications professionals to communicate Invesco’s strategic priorities and purpose to the company’s 6,500 employees around the globe. In addition to her corporate role, Allyse is an active member of IABC and has served on the IABC/Atlanta board for many years.
As Director of Strategic Planning at Realm, Eric loves formulating ideas big and small and mapping out strategies that keep the company its clients on target and flourishing. As Vice President of Interactive at Harrison Liefer DiMarco and at Erin/Edwards Communications, Eric was on the front lines of commercial web development during its emergence more than 13 years ago. Today, he’s leading social media at Realm where he has crafts communication plans across industries and for companies like UPS, Georgia-Pacific and Cox Enterprises. When not presenting or in his garden, Eric lends his expertise to IABC/Atlanta and EarthShare of Georgia.
Jo Ann is a marketing communications consultant with over 20 years of experience in corporate communications and advertising. She specializes in assisting clients in the development of PowerPoint presentations and key marketing messages. She has B2B and B2C marketing experience across a broad spectrum of industries including global foodservice, insurance, financial services, retail and high-tech. Jo Ann is an active member of IABC/Atlanta, where she previously served as co-director of programming and president. She also serves on the board of Samaritan House of Atlanta, a charity offering employment readiness services to the homeless.
Terry is an award-winning communications expert with extensive global leadership experience at the C-suite level within global media and non-profit groups. Currently serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for the American Cancer Society, Terry specializes in corporate and internal communications with an emphasis on strategic communication planning, execution and measurement. Recognized by IABC with multiple awards, board and executive committee positions, Terry is a leader and influencer in the communications profession with extensive experience in aligning management and staff to achieve business targets through joint accountability. Terry is an inspirational team leader, persuasive storyteller and passionate believer that communication drives results.
Kristi is a marketing and communication professional with a passion for storytelling. As the corporate marketing manager for Amec Foster Wheeler’s Environment & Infrastructure business, she leads communication campaigns, strategic marketing efforts and market research that increase employee engagement and support growth plans. Kristi has received awards for her work on employee engagement and internal communication initiatives. She has a MBA in Marketing from Kennesaw State University and BA in Marketing from University of Georgia.
JoEllen Saeli-Lane has over 15 years of experience in a range of demanding roles with extensive experience across the nonprofit, health, government and private sectors. In her current role as Vice-President of Organizational Communications for the American Cancer Society, she oversees communication strategy, execution and channels for the Society’ staff and volunteers who are leading the fight for a world without cancer in over 5,000 communities across the US. With a passion for internal communications and knowledge management, JoEllen is an astute strategist in planning, marketing and mapping global organizational vision to business priorities. Prior to her current role, she served in leadership roles at CARE and CDC. She speaks regularly about building successful communication strategies within large, global organizations.
Lea is an internationally recognized business leader with extensive experience driving growth in organizations through strategic leadership of marketing (digital, social, print, proposal), PR and corporate communications. Specializing in business strategy, brand management and marketing/communications leadership for global B2B and B2C corporations and not for profits, she brings vision and immense passion for people to all endeavors in which she is involved. Nominated as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and chosen as one of Calgary’s “Top 40 Under 40,`` Lea is also a lifetime honorary member of the International Alliance for Women, helping promote women’s economic empowerment around the globe. Educated in Africa and Asia, Lea speaks 5 languages, is Canadian and lives in Atlanta.
Helen is an intuitive relationship-builder with expertise in establishing robust strategic partnerships to increase awareness and impart positive information. As an accomplished communications executive with diverse experience delivering messages on health and wellness to associations for health professionals and consumer/patient audiences, Helen’s work has included The Coca-Cola Company, InterContinental Hotels Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Arthritis Foundation, Boston Consulting Group, Bayer Diagnostics, Tenet Hospitals and Harry Norman, Realtors.
Gregg is a marketing and brand strategist; a leader driven by the challenge of problem-solving through ideation, innovation and improved internal and external communication to ensure an organization’s success and continued growth. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in both entrepreneurial ventures and corporate advertising sales. As the creator of five national brands, she is passionate about developing unique brands that reflect the heart and soul of a business. Her media experience includes stints at Cox Enterprises, Gannet and The Washington Post.
Kathy Zamora has served as Chapter Administrator for IABC/Atlanta for more than 10 years over two different terms. She supports the Board of Directors with various chapter initiatives including membership, professional development, communications and professional recognition efforts. You are likely to see Kathy welcoming attendees at the check-in desk at monthly luncheons, so stop by and introduce yourself! A freelance communications consultant, Kathy is currently working as a contract editor and proofreader for the American Cancer Society.
Delitha Morrow Coles: Golden Flame Communications
Cassidy Herrold: Communications Committee, Digital
Maggie Large: Awards Judging Coordinator
Whitney Parks: Communications Committee, Social Media
Suzanne O’Brien: Communications Committee, Writer
Chelsea Tench: Sponsorship Coordinator and SCAD Coordinator
Tammie Wagner: Employee Communication SIG Coordinator