Stepping into the role of president can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
You have just been elected by colleagues to lead the organization through thick and thin.
As though that wasn’t pressure enough, you are expected to act decisively and quickly
from the get-go.
The Pacific Plains Region (PPR) Board understands your situation. We have walked in
your shoes before. That is why PPR has developed this Regional Leadership Toolkit to
help you succeed – especially during those critical first months of your presidency.
You will find a treasure trove of valuable information and resources in this toolkit. From
recommending the first steps you should take as a new president to listing Web
conferences on best practices we have planned for the region, PPR has your success in
As this toolkit is a work in progress, PPR intends to periodically add new features and
updated information. I invite you to share your thoughts on how we can improve this
If the toolkit does not have what you are looking for, then tickle the keys on your laptop
or grab your smart phone and contact your PPR Chapter Advocate for help. They exist to
serve you, the chapter leader.
So on behalf of the PPR Board, I congratulate you on your budding success as an IABC
Director, IABC - Pacific Plains Region
2008 – 2009
IABC PACIFIC PLAINS REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TOOLKIT
Important First-Steps for Chapter Leaders
Submit your updated board information to HQ and PPR.
Be sure IABC headquarters and Pacific Plains Region (“PPR”) have your up-to-date
board information to ensure your leadership team has full access to Leader Center and
other leadership resources. For the time being, we ask that you provide information
separately to HQ and PPR.
IABC HQ: Go to http://www.iabc.com/leaders/bdform.htm, or contact Gretchen
Hoover if you have questions.
PPR: Email your board information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with your PPR Chapter Advocate: Chapter Advocates (“CAs”) serve the
interests of the chapters they represent on the PPR board. Skilled and experienced,
CAs can assist in a variety of ways. Facilitating your chapter’s annual strategic
planning session, securing a speaker for a professional development session, and
providing guidance on leadership succession or finances are just a few of the ways
your CA can add value to your organization. Find your designated CA:
Don’t reinvent the wheel. View chapters’ best practices on the HQ and PPR
Websites, and adopt those that are suitable for your chapter.
Mark your calendar with key IABC dates.
PPR board meetings:
– September 21 & 22, 2008 in Seattle, Washington (completed)
– April 17 & 18, 2009 in San Diego, California
PPR Leadership Webconference Series: PPR sponsors a series of virtual
conferences on best practices throughout the year. Schedule your board members for
these upcoming sessions: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-communications-
Leadership Institute: February 5-7, 2009 in Orlando, Florida
Read about it: http://www.iabc.com/leaders/cli.htm
Chapter Management Awards: Does your chapter have what it takes to be counted
among the best-managed chapters in all of IABC? Then consider submitting your
chapter in the IABC Chapter Management Awards (“CMAs”). The deadline for
entries is on December 4, 2008. Winners will be announced at the 2009 Leadership
Institute next February. For information about the CMAs and an application form, go
2009 IABC World Conference: June 7-10, 2009 in San Francisco, California
Read about it: http://www.iabc.com/wc/
PPR Exchange Conference: October 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Read about the 2008 conference: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/communicators-events/
Gold Quill Awards: June 7-10, 2009 at the World Conference in San Francisco, CA
Read about it: http://www.iabc.com/awards/gq/
PPR Silver Quill Awards: October 2009 at the Pacific Plains Region Exchange
Conference in Minneapolis, MN
Read about it: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/silver-quill-awards/call_for_entries.html
Make note of available scholarships
Leadership Institute: If your chapter is new, struggling or otherwise in need of
financial assistance in order to send leaders to LI, you may be eligible for a
scholarship from IABC HQ. To apply, submit an application form no later than
December 1, 2008: http://www.iabc.com/leaders/LIscholarship- app.htm. The Region
may offer a similar scholarship to chapter leaders who apply and are selected by the
PPR Board. Information is forthcoming from PPR.
World Conference: Your chapter may be eligible to receive a scholarship to the
annual IABC World Conference (formerly known as the IABC International
Conference) from PPR. The scholarship covers the cost of registration. PPR will
notify chapter leaders of the availability of these limited scholarships. Look for
details about the conference on the HQ Website beginning in December.
PPR Exchange Conference: Information on the availability of scholarships for the
second annual Exchange Conference is forthcoming. PPR will notify chapter leaders
of the availability of scholarships and the application process.
Send chapter leaders to PPR board meetings: Twice yearly, chapter leaders are
invited to attend PPR Board meetings, which offer participants an excellent
opportunity to network similar to a mini-Leadership Institute. To take full advantage
of these relationship-building and knowledge-sharing opportunities, a chapter should
send its Senior Delegate, President Elect/Executive V.P. or other board officer who is
in line to lead the chapter one day. The Region will reimburse each chapter one-third
of a chapter leader’s travel and lodging expenses. (See item “C” above for dates.)
PPR will provide instructions for submitting reimbursement claims.
Tips for Locating Online Resources
A. Logon as a member to www.iabc.com: The Member Centre site links you to a
wealth of online resources, such as Leader Centre, MyComm and other valuable
services from IABC HQ.
B. Leader Centre: This site features chapter management and leadership information
and resources designed for IABC leaders.
− Templates and tools (e.g., accreditation, branding, financial management,
professional development, etc.)
− Best practices
− Chapter essentials (e.g., presidents orientation kit)
− Chapter awards
− Governing documents
C. Membership Management Area (“MMA”): Your role as chapter leader grants you
access to Membership Management Area (www.iabc.com/MMA). MMA lists your
chapter’s members, their status, details record changes, provides current chapter
demographics and includes an “email my chapter” function.
D. Leader Publications: IABC HQ provides these online publication resources for
managing your chapter:
– Leader Letter Monthly Newsletter is for all IABC volunteer leaders with
information and ideas to share about chapter management, and IABC updates:
– Steal Sheet features articles on communication topics, fillers, and IABC news
and updates - especially designed for IABC chapter newsletter editors:
– IABC Upload is an online resource providing chapter webmasters with important
links, images and news items on IABC’s programs and services:
E. Communities: Share knowledge, seek insights and debate current issues with peers
in IABC’s online knowledge communities, such as IABC eXchange online tool
connecting the Worldpress blogging platform with the IABC member database of
more than 16,000 communicators.
Know your Pacific Plains Region: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/
Pacific Plains supports the leaders and members of the region’s IABC chapters with
resources and professional development opportunities. Our goal is to foster a collegial
network of professionals engaged in all aspects of corporate communication and to
extend opportunities to members to expand their leadership skills and experience by
participating at the local, regional and international level.
Pacific Plains Region was created in 2005 by the merger of two IABC districts. The
region embraces 21 chapters in 19 states from Illinois to Hawaii, from Arizona to
North Dakota, including scores of members at large who live outside local chapter.
Our geographic sweep gives us a wide network of colleagues for sharing ideas, asking
advice and celebrating successes.
PPR Board Service
Members of the Pacific Plains Region Board are chosen for their skills, experience
and dedication to fostering excellence in chapter management and professional
They are aided by a network of committees whose members take responsibility for
planning, executing and maintaining crucial region endeavors, including the Silver
Quill Awards program, the region conference, and the PPR Website.
Benefits of volunteering as an IABC leader include the opportunity to make decisions
that support the health of the region’s chapters and affect the future of the profession
and IABC. Leaders report they develop both personally and professionally, becoming
more valuable to their organizations or clients through their leadership, exposure to
professional content and enhanced networking experience.
IABC members located within the Pacific Plains Region are eligible for board
service. Everyone nominating him or herself for a board position must submit a
nominee statement form and board composition analysis grid, a current resume or
curriculum vita, a list of IABC or other relevant volunteer service, and a brief
statement that discusses why he/she wants to join the PPR board and what strengths
he/she will bring. We recommend you refer to the nominations overview of PPR
Board Roles and Expectations as you compile the information.
Pacific Plains Region Board of Directors: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-
PPR bylaws: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-communications-
PPR strategic plan: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-communications-resources/
Board handbook: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-communications-
Chapters in the Region
Each chapter is a community of professionals working in all aspects of corporate
communication. Local chapters offer professional development, networking and
leadership development opportunities to chapter members and the local business
Want to know who does what in each chapter? Contacts:
Chapter member resources: http://pacificplains.iabc.com/business-communications-
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