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.
Julie is an animal lover, cancer survivor, and parent of twin boys. In her spare time, Julie works as an Integrated Communications Manager at UPS. Julie has 15+ years of experience in corporate communications aligning synergies, leveraging opportunities, limiting bandwidth, taking topics offline, and other nonsense. In all seriousness, Julie is a dedicated professional communicator and active member of IABC. She's previously served on the IABC Atlanta board as VP of Finance, is a blue ribbon panel judge, and has received multiple Gold Quill of Excellence awards for her work in communications management. Julie has a BA in Communications from Oglethorpe University and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. She is also a passionate defender of the Oxford comma.
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.
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.
Cassidy is a multidisciplinary designer & art director with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients from Fortune 100 companies to small startups. She has designed brand logos and identities for nationally recognized clients, and she has extensive experience creating visual identity systems to ensure a consistent corporate identity. Cassidy has also designed and developed multiple websites and mobile apps, and can work with any CMS platform, from WordPress to Drupal. Certified in both Google AdWords and Analytics, she has created strategic social media campaigns that exceed online traffic goals and one notable social media campaign gained over 3k quality fans in only three days. Cassidy has a BS from Georgia Tech and an MA from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
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.
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.
Uli Dendy has been advancing the language service industry with her expertise in technical writing, translation, and software localization for more than twenty years. Born in Germany, she came to the United States when she was 21, and after earning her degree in microbiology from the University of Alabama, her study of genetics translated into an interest in linguistics. She began to work as a freelance translator, and later managed the translation staff at an Atlanta firm for 13 years, before founding TrueLanguage with her friend and colleague Ingrid Hurtubise in 2006. In addition to being CEO of TrueLanguage, in which capacity she oversees a broad, multi-industry client portfolio and a network of more than 1,500 professional language resources, Uli serves on the boards of the Technology Association of Georgia International Business Society (TAG IBS).
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.
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.
Greg is a strategically-focused communications professional with 20 years of experience leading high-profile internal and external communications projects for global organizations, with expertise in a wide range of areas including communications planning, digital communications, video production, and management of live events. He served in several communications roles for the global nonprofit American Cancer Society, helping advance the organization’s lifesaving mission by directing major internal and external communications initiatives to raise awareness of and funding for ACS programs. Before his time at ACS, he managed internal communications projects for staff mainly based outside the U.S. for the global nonprofit CARE. Prior to that, he handled both public relations and internal information sharing on international development issues for The World Bank. A member of IABC Atlanta for more than 10 years, Greg has been honored with three IABC awards for his communications achievements.
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.
Terry Cerisoles: Governance, International Liaison
Whitney Parks: Communications Committee, Senior Social Media Strategist
Suzanne O’Brien: Communications Committee, Writer
Tammie Wagner: Professional Development, SIG Coordinator
Maggie Large: Professional Recognition, Judging Coordinator
Jo Ann McCracken-Redding: Professional Recognition, Judging Support
Delitha Morrow Coles: Professional Recognition, Writer
Veda Bush: Finance, Bookkeeper