Past Events

Learn practical ethics tools and strategies by attending the IABC Ethics Panel in March! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear examples of ethical dilemmas and learn from a panel of experts about how to approach these situations in the work place.

Postponed - new date TBD

Are you protecting your company and your clients in the correct use of trademarks?
Mark your calendars for the November 3 IABC Meeting, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau office, 17 S. Dewey in OKC.

Speaker: Cliff Dougherty

Nov. 3, 2022, in-person lunch & learn

Brad Snelling will address “Oklahoma’s Dynamic Skies” at the IABC Central Oklahoma meeting Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.   Please join us for this Professional Development Luncheon at the Better Business Bureau office, 17 S. Dewey in downtown Oklahoma City.

Speaker: Brad Snelling, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in the Advanced Air Mobility

Sept. 1, 2022, in-person lunch & learn

Now, more communication than ever happens virtually. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing options are more prevalent than ever before, as are other online options. How can a team communicate well? What does effective internal communication look like in a virtual meeting world?

Speaker: Krystle Evans, Sandler Training of Oklahoma

May 5, 2022 Virtual Luncheon

Branding a company or nonprofit can seem easy when compared to branding yourself. Why would you want a personal brand? How do you start building your own personal brand?

Mike Koehler is the owner of Smirk New Media and has over a decade of experience with marketing and branding. He will help us understand the benefit of a personal brand, as well as how to get started building your own.

Speaker: Mike Koehler, Smirk New Media

April 7, 2022 Virtual Luncheon

Ever needed to influence someone before you had any formal authority to do so? How can you gain influence to communicate more effectively?

In this meeting, learn to understand influence, how it is attained, identify the best approach for your situation, and how to persist until you succeed. Find out about adapting your communication to others' needs, how to overcome resistance, and ultimately how to gain influence without any formal authority.

Speaker: Donna Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, Purse Power, Inc., and President, Executive Resource Center, LLC

March 3, 2022 Virtual Luncheon

Join us for IABC's December Happy Hour! Network with other professionals, learn more about IABC, and enjoy refreshments at The Eleanor.

December 9, 2021

COVID-19 changed the world so that many organizations suddenly had to communicate from a distance, and leaders were forced to adjust their leadership tactics. Leading from a distance is tricky!

Anna Raney from Polston Tax will talk about how to communicate and lead, all while maintaining a culture with a combination of in-office and remote teams.

Speaker: Anna Raney, Polston Tax

November 4, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

No one could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on the world, let alone our own little corner of it. And yet, in late 2019, as reports of a potentially deadly virus began circulating, OU Health leaders immediately set up planning for the worst while hoping for a false alarm.

Speakers: Travis Doussette, OU Health

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link the week of the event.

October 7, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

August 2021 Happy Hour

Join us for IABC's August Happy Hour! Network with other professionals, learn more about IABC and enjoy refreshments at Palo Santo. Membership not required. No cost to attend.

All are welcome to join us, so please pass this on to a friend!

Thursday, August 19, 2021
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For many business communicators, the ability to connect with and influence members of the C-Suite is important to move business objectives forward. Whether working with a CEO, CFO, CMO or others, how you communicate matters.

In this meeting, speaker Mike Crandall will cover why we often have trouble communicating with those in the C-Suite and discuss how to use psychology to break down defense mechanisms and connect at a subconscious level with leaders in the C-Suite.

Speaker: Mike Crandall, Sandler Training of Oklahoma

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon.

May 6, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

Stressed out? Want to avoid burnout but still deliver high-powered results? Stress is a very positive element if handled at the proper levels. Our professional careers often take us beyond healthy levels of stress and can lead to risky situations.

Phil Klutts shares his own experience with burnout and how you can avoid stress-induced burnout.

Speaker: Phil Klutts, CK Group LLC & Edmond Business

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon.

April 1, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

Like everything else, marketing was transformed by 2020. As we head into a new year with nearly every aspect of our lives digital-first, how does that impact how businesses connect with their customers? It shows up in the marketing trends of 2021.

Mike Koehler, owner of Smirk New Media, will share how content, customer service, and communities online have changed.

Speaker: Mike Koehler, Smirk New Media

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CST. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting.

March 4, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

In this meeting, Tabbi Burwell will cover how to find influencers, vet them, and create brand ambassadors out of them. Don’t have a large budget or already planned your budget for the year? No worries. Tabbi will deep-dive into trade opportunities, too. But she’ll also cover how she engaged the C-Suite in paid opportunities which led to long-term relationships with influencers and content creators which landed more than just a blog or a few photos on social media.

Speaker: Tabbi Burwell

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CST. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting.

February 4, 2021 Virtual Luncheon

Print isn't dead. Circulation numbers may have declined in recent years while digital marketing took center stage, but there's still value in print media. Join IABC and our panel of print experts as we talk about print media in a digital world. We'll talk about print advertising, publishing, direct mail, print design, and much more. Have questions about the role of print media? Our panel is ready to answer them.

Panelists: Karan Ediger, Joe Hight, Crystal Oakes, Sarah Taylor

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting.

December 3, 2020 Virtual Luncheon

Should you be worried about your online reputation? Reputation matters now more than ever! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to proactively control your online reputation.

Speaker: Gunnar Hood

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting.

November 5, 2020 Virtual Luncheon

Wondering how to maximize Canva and all that it has to offer? Join marketing strategist Chelsi LeBarre and learn basic design techniques as well as tools, tips, and tricks to take your work to the next level.

Speaker: Chelsi LeBarre

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting.

October 1, 2020 Virtual Luncheon

There’s a lot more to branding than a name and a logo. Taking a strategic approach to branding can help organizations attract the right customers and repel the wrong ones, and that saves everyone time.

Speaker: Crystal Oakes

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30 AM CDT. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link the week of the event.

September 3, 2020 Virtual Luncheon

Are you juggling lots of things and feel like you're never quite keeping up? Are you looking to grow your business by being more productive in order to serve more clients? Do you want more balance in your work and personal life?

This professional development session will teach attendees how to develop a time-blocking system to increase productivity, better serve clients, and create balance in their lives.

Athena Captain

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30. Program will begin at Noon. Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link the week of the event.

August 6, 2020 Online Professional Development

The source of all the world's disappointments are unmet expectations. In this virtual professional development session, speaker David Curran will discuss how to better uncover, understand, and manage expectations. This allows for better meetings, shorter meetings, less wasted time or energy, clearer communication, shorter sales cycles, bigger sales and better hiring. If you want to improve at any of these things, join us for this online learning opportunity.

David Curran, Sandler Training

Virtual networking via Zoom at 11:30. Program will begin at Noon. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link the week of the event.

May 7, 2020 Online Professional Development

Virtual Happy Hour

While we're all practicing social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19, we know that IABC's goal to create connection is more important than ever. We invite you to join us for a virtual happy hour. Grab your beverage of choice and some snacks and join us via Zoom as we talk about current events and how we're all quickly adapting and responding to the needs of the organizations we represent.

When it's time for our virtual happy hour, click here to join us for a Zoom video call.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Join us for IABC's March Happy Hour! Network with other professionals, learn more about IABC and enjoy refreshments at The Eleanor.

March 12, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you have studied marketing in any depth, then you've likely come across the phrase marketing automation. What is it? Is it robots sitting at your desk working for you? Is it cool tools that will allow you to sit on the beach while all of your work is done for you? (We wish!) This presentation will cover marketing automation concepts, the tools you should be looking at, and how you can start to use marketing automation for lead generation and internal business processes.

Patrick Allmond, Focus Digital

Please note new location (Packard's New American Kitchen) and parking details on the event details page.

March 5, 2020 Luncheon

Due to the weather and many area schools being closed, this event has been canceled. We will reschedule with these speakers and announce a new date soon.

When Charlie Price and Emily Lang started their PR agency in 2011, they had more than a decade of experience in political campaigns, advocacy, writing, and media relations. But they didn't have experience in owning or running a business. They will talk about lessons learned while building their agency, which can be applied to any company in the communications field or beyond.

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at a new location, Castle Falls Grande Hall, 820 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Charlie Price and Emily Lang, Price Lang Consulting

February 6, 2020 Luncheon

As professional communicators in a digital world, it's our job to build relationships and showcase our value, even with people who've never had direct personal interaction with our brand. A digital crisis could be many things—something you posted online, something another person posted about your business online, or an attack on your website. Regardless of the source, a digital crisis can disrupt your organization, damage trust, and tarnish the relationships you've worked so hard to build.

This presentation will cover the different types of digital crises and how your company can be prepared to respond and recover.

Alyssa Murphy, Siren Media

December 5, 2019 Luncheon

Everyone is invited to join us for IABC Happy Hour to enjoy a relaxing hour of conversation and refreshments! It's sure to be a great evening of networking - see you there! Location TBD

December 10, 2019 Happy Hour

Marketers and communicators handle a lot of data, from email and mailing addresses to website browsing behavior and sometimes much more personal information.

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) launched in 2018, it left many companies doing business in the EU scrambling to ensure protection of their customers' data and comply with the new law. With the California Consumer Privacy Act set to go into effect in 2020, even more companies in the United States are taking a close look at online privacy and how increasing regulations will impact their business.

Sasha Beling, McAfee & Taft

November 7, 2019 Luncheon

Are your marketing efforts sometimes less consistent than you would like? Has your organization tried a lot of different things with mixed results? Do you want to be more strategic about how you communicate, but you just aren’t sure where to start?

A strategic communications plan helps your organization define whom you are trying to reach, what you need to say, and how and where to say it.

Linda Wesley, StoryPath Communications

November 14, 2019 Workshop

Everyone is invited to join us for IABC Happy Hour to enjoy a relaxing hour of conversation and refreshments at Parlor OKC! It's sure to be a great evening of networking - see you there!

October 10, 2019 Happy Hour

Does public speaking make you nervous? Or do you speak on a regular basis, but you're always looking for ways to get better?

Sean Abbananto, entrepreneur and keynote speaker, will share insider secrets on how to become a powerful speaker. Individuals of every experience level will leave empowered to improve their public speaking ability.

Sean Abbananto

October 3, 2019 Luncheon

Whose job is innovation? How do you make sure maximum value is harvested from your innovation efforts? Innovation is something every organization needs, but without a clear and shared definition, it's easy to miss the mark.

John Storm, founder of the BrainStorm Network, will share how to get clarity about your organization's innovation strategy. You'll also get valuable resources to increase your innovation capacity and maximize your innovation investment.

John Storm, The BrainStorm Network

September 5, 2019 Luncheon

Ever been frustrated because you visited with a client or coworker then found out they didn't tell you everything? Or have you wasted time in a useless meeting or appointment?

Mike Crandall with Sandler Training of Oklahoma will help you learn how to ask more and better questions, ensure you're asking the right questions, and uncover the information you really want instead of just scraping the surface.

Mike Crandall, Sandler Training of Oklahoma

August 1, 2019 Luncheon

Oklahoma City is growing in some key industries: aviation and aerospace, biosciences, technology and data sciences. Even "traditional" industries like oil and gas, transportation, manufacturing and telecommunications are becoming sophisticated users and developers of technology and data. These changes are driving our economy - but they can also make people’s eyes glaze over. How do you communicate complex topics to a non-technical audience? How do you get people to notice or even care?

Debbie Anglin, Anglin PR

June 6, 2019 Luncheon

Want to advance your career in the communications field? This interactive session will explore what CEOs want and expect from a communication professional and how to build influence inside your organization.

Ginger D. Homan, Change Agent with Zia Communications, will help you build a personal game plan on how to accelerate your career.

Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP, Zia Communications

May 2, 2019 Luncheon

Good communication starts with connecting with the other parties. Mike Crandall, Principal at Sandler Training of Oklahoma, will share how to practically use the elements of communication to improve connection.

Mike Crandall, Sandler Training of Oklahoma

April 23, 2019 Workshop

If you want amazing client/customer care, start with amazing employee care and an amazing company culture. Your people are your product, no matter what industry you are in.

Valerie Riley, owner of LifeSquire, will share how company culture and making your staff your first priority will drastically change your organization.

Valerie Riley, LifeSquire

April 4, 2019 Luncheon

Come out to the IABC March Happy Hour for something a little different. We'll be having a Brags & Brews session. It's a great opportunity to celebrate what makes you awesome by bragging on your accomplishments! We hope to see you there!

March 28, 2019 Happy Hour

Wondering how to succeed on Instagram? Linda Vater of will discuss the value, common sense, and community that is Instagram. She will share tips on increasing engagement, following IG etiquette, frequency, and valuable apps and tools.

Linda Vater,

March 7, 2019 Luncheon

Wonder why we connect with some people so easily and disconnect with others? Learn how having a better system for understanding communication breakdowns (both internal and external) will allow you to save time, energy, and money by understanding the expectations and behaviors that each person brings with them into every situation.

David Curran, Sandler Training of Oklahoma

December 6, 2018 Luncheon

Have pressing questions about SEO? Want hands on experience with SEO tactics that work? Join us for a members-only workshop facilitated by Tim Priebe. Tim is the owner of T&S Online Marketing and has been helping clients with SEO since 2003. Bring your laptop for an opportunity to practice some of the tactics Tim will talk about.

Tim Priebe, T&S Online Marketing

November 8, 2018 Workshop

Creating a memorable video requires a magical mix. Factors like purpose, audience, tone, length and budget must be addressed to produce something great. Join Candor professionals as they discuss storytelling and its application in videos.

Rich Ross & Chloe Cumbie, Candor PR

November 1, 2018 Luncheon

Looking to make new professional connections in the area? Join us for an evening of exciting speed networking. It's sure to be a great evening you won't want to miss! Members and non-members are invited to attend. Light appetizers will be provided.

October 22, 2018 Networking

Do you know how Google determines how well you rank in its results? Do you know what you can do to improve where you show up in the search results?

Tim Priebe, T&S Online Marketing

October 4, 2018 Luncheon

Company culture shouldn't be something that just develops in the background, although it often is. If you're ready to take charge of creating the right company culture for your business, this luncheon is for you.

Matt Tipton, Why HR

September 6, 2018 Luncheon

Every communicator needs to be aware of intellectual property laws to ensure that they don't infringe on another person's intellectual property or have their own infringed. While copyrights are a big area that impacts communicators, patents, trademarks and trade secrets certainly come into play as well.

Sasha Beling, McAfee & Taft

August 2, 2018 Luncheon

Come out to the IABC July Happy Hour and enjoy a relaxing hour of conversation and refreshments at FlashBack RetroPub! It's sure to be a great evening of networking - see you there!

July 10, 2018 Happy Hour

We take a break from professional development luncheons in the summer, but we still have happy hour! Come talk communications, IABC and more with us at our June Happy Hour. We’ll be at the rooftop patio at Packard’s New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St. Appetizers are on us!

June 14, 2018 Happy Hour

Nervous about public speaking? Worried you’re not persuasive enough when presenting ideas? Join us for a members-only workshop facilitated by James Wall, an award-winning public speaker and long-time member of Toastmasters. Each attendee will have an opportunity to practice public speaking skills and receive helpful feedback in a small group setting.

James Wall, Axon Training Solutions

May 31, 2018 Workshop

Ever felt a little uncomfortable at a formal business dinner? Been concerned about making a faux pas in a business meeting or social setting? Now’s your chance for an etiquette refresher! Good conversational and social skills can help put you and the people around you at ease, whether you’re at a formal occasion, business meeting or networking event.

Carey Sue Vega

May 3, 2018 Luncheon

Harnessing The Power of Appreciation To Achieve Greater Success

Does your organization have a culture of appreciation? That type of culture can lead to increased employee productivity, retention and morale.

Diana Rogers Jaeger, Love To Appreciate

April 5, 2018 Luncheon

Come out to the IABC March Happy Hour. It's now at The Jones Assembly. It's sure to be a great evening of networking - see you there!

March 22, 2018 Happy Hour