About Us

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the premier international knowledge network for professionals engaged in strategic business communication management.

IABC links communicators in a global network that inspires, establishes and supports the highest professional standards of quality and innovation in organizational communication.

IABC is for professionals entrusted with effectively communicating organizational messages to internal and/or external audiences, IABC is the professional association that provides the multidisciplinary resources to help them succeed in their current jobs and expand their career opportunities by providing leading-edge professional development programs, inclusive networking opportunities and current best practices shaped by the global, national and local perspectives of its membership.

Members benefit immediately from the content and community they need to manage today’s communication – communication that is strategic, interactive, integrated, and international.

The Central Oklahoma chapter of IABC is one of the oldest communication organizations in Oklahoma. Our chapter began in the 1940s as the Southwest Association of Industrial Editors. As the organization grew, it was renamed the Society of Associated Industrial Editors, which in the mid-1950s, merged into the International Council of Industrial Editors.

IABC was born in 1970 as a merger between the American Association of Industrial Editors and the International Council of Industrial Editors. Today, the IABC community has more than 13,000 members worldwide. Here in Central Oklahoma, our members work in major international corporations, financial institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and as independent consultants – a true broad foundation of communications experts.

Vision
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world's best communication practices. IABC is recognized as the professional association of choice for communicators who aspire to excel in their chosen fields.

Mission
IABC's mission is to:
(a) Provide lifelong learning opportunities that give IABC members the tools and information they need to be the best in their chosen disciplines.
(b) Share among our membership best global communication practices, ideas, and experiences that will enable the development of highly ethical and effective performance standards for our profession.
(c) Shape the future of the profession through ground-breaking research.
(d) Champion the communication profession to business leaders.
(e) Unite the communication profession worldwide in one diverse, multifaceted organization under the banner of the International Association of Business Communicators.

Philosophy
IABC is a volunteer-driven organization whose strength is derived from the dedication of its members to the advancement of their profession, with a commitment to improving the effectiveness of organizations through strategic, interactive, integrated business communication management. Its members are united in the belief that organizational communication is a high calling. They are drawn together to support their common goal of achieving excellence in their professional lives and the lives of the organizations they serve.

Purpose
IABC serves three principal constituencies in support of the IABC Mission:
(a) Members of the Association. IABC serves members by providing products, services, resources, activities, learning and networking opportunities, awards programs, and other forms of professional and personal development.
(b) Chapters, Regions, and Other Subdivisions, and their Officers and Leaders. IABC serves its organizational subdivisions and leadership by providing services, management support, leadership development, conferences, and awards programs encouraging and recognizing innovation, creativity, and best practices.
(c) The Profession at Large. IABC serves the communication profession by establishing standards, principles, and recognition for high-quality, innovative, ethical, effective, technologically advanced communication practices; by encouraging and developing programs supporting professional accreditation; through research; and by working with communicators and communications organizations to improve the effectiveness of organizational communication worldwide.

IABC Central Oklahoma Past Presidents

  • 2015-2017 Larisha Hunter
  • 2013-2015 Laura Wheeler
  • 2011-2013 Ralph Cornelius
  • 2010-2011 Summer McGuire
  • 2008-2010 Diana Rogers
  • 2006-2007 Celia Perkins
  • 2005 Karen Paul
  • 2004 Randall Rozin
  • 2002-2003 Jake Lowrey
  • 1999-2001 Doug Folks
  • 1998-Paula Porter
  • 1996-1997 Nikki Thornton
  • 1995-Terri Angier
  • 1994-Carolyn Kelly
  • 1993-Cheryl Walker
  • 1992-Terri Folks
  • 1991-Michele Clark
  • 1990-Deneice Cunningham
  • 1988-1989 Beth Durbin
  • 1987-Scott Landgraf
  • 1982-Rita Lee
  • 1981-Laurie Haynes
  • 1978-Alvin Rogers
  • 1975-Ken Biddle
  • 1970-Don Millirons
  • 1951-Bette Brenz
  • 1950-Pendleton Woods
  • 1949-Charles Inglis

IABC Central Oklahoma
P O Box 2241
Oklahoma City, OK 73101