IABC Foundation: A celebration of giving

Foundation luncheon: Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

When the World Conference was last held in New Orleans, IABC was among the first to hold a major conference in a city still recovering from the ravages of hurricane Katrina. With a desire to support the resilience of this unique community, hundreds of attendees arrived early and joined Habitat for Humanity to build new homes for residents — drawing upon a capacity for generosity that so many communication professionals share. That’s the giving nature of this organization.

Let’s celebrate our heroes

18906767159_ba59317c41_kFitting with that spirit of giving, this year’s Foundation luncheon event will celebrate the heroes of our profession, and the organizations they serve. This unique experience will enlighten, inspire and bring the best of the profession forward. During this stirring event, you’ll learn how leaders in our profession are contributing in remarkable and life-changing ways.

Discover how giving back improves the profession, expands our influence and makes communicators more valuable to business than ever before.  Giving back means getting back — ten-fold. Attend to be informed, but walk away with a renewed sense of how you can make a difference.

Exemplify the spirit of giving

“Innovative Giving: Sharing time, knowledge and expertise for the greater good” is the focus of this event.

It’s easy to talk about giving back, but harder to put that talk into action — especially when you focus on the giving of time and expertise, versus writing checks. Innovating in this space is even more challenging as the fight to be heard becomes increasingly more competitive.

There are organizations and individuals across the wide spectrum of communication that exemplify the spirit of giving. This year, the IABC Foundation is pleased to bring some of the world’s leaders of philanthropy together to talk about:

  • Innovative approaches to mobilize and engage people around giving
  • How to create meaningful and lasting results
  • Embedding a spirit of giving in organizational culture
  • How we can make giving an integral part of our lives

The Foundation’s history

Dating back to 1982, the IABC Foundation was established as a charitable, not-for-profit organization with a mission to support strategic initiatives that advance the practice, perception and effectiveness of the communication profession across the globe. Over the years the Foundation has supported both small and large projects, moving the profession forward through seminal research and educational support.

More recently the Foundation has gone back to its roots to put the focus on giving back through philanthropic initiatives like the Gift of Communication program, featured at the World Conference. It also connects IABC members to volunteer opportunities at the international, regional and local levels. The luncheon event at the conference is the Foundation’s only fund raiser, and this year it represents a restart and refocus on giving.

Join a journey of inspiration

As the Foundation renews its commitment to the spirit of giving, join us to honor professionals giving back through meaningful philanthropy and community support. We invite you to come along on a journey of inspiration and appreciation as we celebrate the heart and soul of this profession.

Join us as we explore the spirit of giving with four esteemed guides and moderator and award-winning broadcaster and author, Geoff Colvin.

Geoff Colvin homepageModerator / Geoff Colvin / Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine / Time Inc. / U.S.
Geoff Colvin is considered one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the InfoTech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.


Rodney_JordanPanelist / Rodney Jordan / Director, Employee & Community Engagement / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / U.S.
Rodney Jordan is an award-winning communication leader and strategist with over 15 years of experience in global employee and internal communication for Fortune 500 companies. In his role as director of employee and community engagement for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rodney leads a team responsible for global alumni relations, community relations, employee communication and engagement efforts, as well as the foundation’s archives, a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio, and the Visitor Center.

BirdPanelist /DrShelley Bird, ABC / Former EVP, Office of the CEO / Cardinal Health / U.S.
Bird is a senior communication, marketing and strategy executive with extensive international experience. She has helped companies around the world navigate disruptive change, launch new ventures and retool existing models. She is founder of a social enterprise called The Bindu Project, and is co-chair of angel investing group X Squared Angels. Bird is a past board chair of IABC, and has a Doctorate in Communication from the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

Kabir Photo HRPanelist / Kabir Kumar / Senior Director / Walmart Foundation / U.S.
Kabir Kumar serves as senior director of the Walmart Foundation, where he leads the work around the Foundation’s Community Pillar. He oversees strengthening local community through 25 initiatives, ranging from supporting Walmart’s 1.2 million U.S. associates through employee assistance, scholarships, giving and volunteering to disaster response, resilience programs and local community giving at over 4,000 facilities around the U.S.

Full conference registrations include the Foundation luncheon and extra tickets are available. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the IABC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, and donations are tax-deductible in the US.

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