Using Communications to Craft an Inclusive Culture

April 5 Professional Development

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Diversity. Inclusion.

These are not buzzwords. Good communicators understand and adopt the mindset that comes from an awareness of our differences, and act intentionally to create a culture of inclusion within a diverse organization. Not because it’s the ‘right’ thing to do, but because a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture produce a stronger organization, one that is innovative, productive, and competitive.

As communicators, our job is to help our colleagues or our clients understand this business imperative and bring about the necessary cultural and language changes. Words matter.

How do you achieve change?

Learn at IABC Charlotte’s April 5 meeting.

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Wednesday, April 5, learn how two diversity experts here in Charlotte approach their jobs within large organizations, and how their professional communicators help them achieve the goal of creating inclusive organizations.  

Diverse Employee Group Meeting

Guest Speakers 

Our speakers are Lisa Toppin, vice president, chief diversity officer/talent management at LPL Financial, and Rod Garvin, vice president, talent development and economic growth, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. 

Lisa Toppin LPL FinancialMs. Toppin leads the diversity and inclusion program at LPL Financial and corporate talent development programs. Together these programs helped propel the company in 2016 to a perfect 100% score in the The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and recognition as one the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

 

 

Rod Garvin Charlotte ChamberMr. Garvin advances diversity and inclusion, guides talent development and manages member engagement for the Charlotte Chamber. Previously, he worked as a Community Director for a social entrepreneurial venture that empowered young people of diverse backgrounds to become active citizens in our democracy. As Education Outreach Manager for Levine Museum of the New South, he developed multicultural programs for youth and adults.

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Come prepared with your questions for our two diversity and inclusion experts. You will learn not only what they have done, but why they have taken the steps they have, the successes and failures along the way, and a view of the road ahead. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the inclusion imperative, practical tips, and best practices, that you can reference as you work within your own organization, no matter your current culture.  

 

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LOCATION:

Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte

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Now is the Time to Join IABC

Join IABC or reinstate your IABC membership during March and we’ll give you 10% off international dues AND waive the US$40 application fee. You’ll also be entered to win a VIP World Conference prize package including:

  • 1 Full Conference Registration to World Conference
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations at the Washington Hilton Hotel
  • Car service from the airport to hotel
  • Welcome basket in hotel upon arrival including $100 Visa gift card and more
  • Reserved VIP seating for 4 at all keynote sessions

Not only will you be able to connect to communicators globally, you will have the support of local Charlotte communicators dedicated to professionalism and ethical communication. Join today and visit our next meeting April 5

 

 

When Their Crisis Becomes Your Crisis – are you ready?

February 8 Professional Development

11:30 – 1:15

Panel Discussion

 

Panelists

 

Dianne Chase

Dianne Chase
International IABC Chair and former Charlotte chapter president

Dianne oversees development and instruction in crisis communication, planning and management; message development, issues management, and presentation and interviewing skills training for corporate and government clients around the world. She has extensive experience serving as spokesperson and on-the scene media consultant in crisis situations. Her career includes work as an award-winning broadcast journalist and news director.

Todd Overpeck

Todd Overpeck
IABC Charlotte chapter vice president of member services

Todd consulted and trained educators for seven years in public schools. He covered alcohol, drug and violence prevention, crisis prevention intervention, crisis news media relations, emergency management, and post-trauma recovery in 12 Central Texas counties before relocating to Charlotte in 2016. He is now a marketing and communications consultant with Rising Tide Marketing and Communications.

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Brent Gilroy
IABC Charlotte chapter program committee member

Brent has secured meaningful action by private and public sector leaders for more than 30 years – most of it in Washington, DC. Leading integrated lobbying teams, Brent has changed public opinion of nanotechnology and gained U.S. support for the North American Free Trade Agreement. He counseled the American Academy of Nursing and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and coordinated crisis management and communications for an aircraft manufacturer following its first major accident.

When Their Crisis Becomes Your Crisis – are you ready?

You think you’re prepared. You have a crisis plan; you’ve dealt with past crises; your organization’s brand and reputation are apparently strong.

Out of the blue, external events put you in crisis. It could be a natural disaster, a crisis caused by someone else in your industry, unexpected action by the government, or any of a thousand other issues.

Now, traditional and social media, your key stakeholders, and external audiences, are putting you under the microscope. How do you respond to preserve your company, not to mention your personal career?

You must survive circumstances that you did not create.

How?

Learn at IABC Charlotte’s February 8 meeting.

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Wednesday, February 8, join Dianne Chase, Todd Overpeck, and Brent Gilroy as they share best practices and experiences handling various crises.

Moderator D'Anne Hotchkiss, IABC Charlotte chapter vice president of programs, will lead a highly interactive discussion covering the opportunities and pitfalls that abound when external forces throw you and your organization into a potentially mortal crisis.  

Come prepared with your questions for our crisis communications experts and IABC leaders. You will take part in three live interactive crisis response scenarios, learn from best- and worst- response cases presented by our panelists, and leave with practical tips and best practices for crisis contingency planning that you can reference as you update or write your own crisis plan. 

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LOCATION:

Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte

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