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 a Digital Campaign 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.
Eric Berrios is an independent consultant focused on working with small and mid-size agencies and companies in need of market strategy, brand direction and messaging. With 30 years in the agency world, Eric brings the knowledge and pragmatism needed to drive brands forward in a timely and economic manner. Previous to this life, Eric served as VP Client services for Realm Advertising working with logistics, finance and manufacturing brands. Before that, he served as VP Interactive and Operations for Harrison Leifer DiMarco, in New York, servicing healthcare, consumer packaged goods and the industrial sector. Eric has been serving as VP of recognition for several years and continues to facilitate and coordinate the judging program for the Atlanta chapter.
Ashley is a skilled communicator with more than ten years of professional experience. Her career interests and highlights include internal communications planning and execution, project management, digital platforms and content creation. Ashley's professional career also includes demonstrated success in education, training and curriculum development. In her current role, Ashley manages the content and social engagement strategy for the internal website at Piedmont Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system with more than 23,000 employees. Her work in communications has been recognized with awards from IABC and PRSA. Ashley holds a master's degree in mass communication from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
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).
Kelly is a communications strategist who helps businesses creatively tell their stories to employees, customers and the media via digital and traditional channels. She likes creating compelling internal, external and change communications plans and content and providing messaging counsel and implementation to executives and managers. Her work has included Cox Enterprises, Manheim, Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and Siemens Energy & Automation. Kelly has enjoyed IABC Atlanta membership for many years, serving in various board roles including her current position as well as president in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia with an emphasis in public relations.
Greg is an award-winning communications professional who has successfully managed high-profile internal communications and public relations initiatives for leading global organizations. With more than 20 years’ experience, he has expertise in areas such as change communications, strategic communications planning, project management, digital content development, and live event production. In his current role as an Account Manager with KWI Communications, Greg helps to advance change communications related to engineering programs at Cox Communications. Prior to his KWI role, he served in communications positions at organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Invesco, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CARE, and The World Bank. A member of IABC Atlanta since 2005, he has been honored with multiple IABC awards for his communications achievements. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
Jack is the CEO & Founder of The Collabo Group—a full-service creative agency that leverages its experience in branding, employee communications, and HR consulting to help companies build a better-prepared and more diverse workforce for the business opportunities of tomorrow. Jack speaks regularly to local and international companies, employee resource groups, and at business development conferences on matters of LGBTQ+ economic empowerment and best practices for promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. Jack spends most weekends hiking, reading, unloading the dishwasher, and Netflixing with his husband and their 12-year-old puppy, Clyde.
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.
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.
Becca Mims earned her bachelor's degree in International Studies and Marketing from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business. That’s where she found her passion for helping small businesses grow as V.P. of Marketing for Entrepreneurship Club. Her love of travel has taken her all over the world, including studies in France, Austria and the Czech Republic. A pediatric cancer survivor, Becca has served as a keynote speaker and team lead fundraising for the American Cancer Society. She supports that organization’s Board of Directors with various chapter initiatives including membership, professional development, communications and professional recognition efforts. You are likely to see Becca welcoming attendees at the check-in desk at monthly luncheons, so stop by and introduce yourself!