2017 is an exciting year of milestones for the IABC Dallas chapter. As we mark 75 years of celebrating and supporting area business communicators, we also are honored to be the host city for this year’s Leadership Institute (LI). With entities like the Dallas Cowboys, major companies in the oil, technology and health industries, and home to more than 20 headquarters of the Fortune 500, Dallas is used to being host to guests from around the globe.
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES
Business is focus No. 1 in Dallas, but it’s followed closely by two things: shopping and eating. Our Leadership Institute guests will not be disappointed by the culinary culture and shopping experience. The Dallas chapter has lined up fantastic restaurants for the Dine-Around evening on 24 February. Of course we’ll have juicy steaks and spicy Tex-Mex, but palates will also be impressed by surprises from world-renowned chefs offering Southern fusion, Italian and Creole dishes.
Dallas also showcases and shares a unique history. November 1963 started a tough era in Dallas with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Before the LI conference begins 23 February, our chapter will host a trip to the Sixth Floor Museum. It is arguably the most engaging museum you may ever visit. Whether you join us at LI in February or come another time, we encourage you to spend a few hours at the Sixth Floor. You will come out emotionally moved, educated, and impressed with the intricacy of detail from the exhibits.
But it’s not all history here. We also have the latest in fashion. IABC Dallas will also host a trip to NorthPark Center on 23 February. This is truly a place to practice the art of shopping, and fashionistas will be delighted with the variety and quality of stores. LI guests will definitely find something fantastic to take home.
IABC DALLAS CHAPTER: NEVER STOP LEARNING
After 75 years, we still act like there is much to learn. IABC Dallas is proud to have strong, experienced members on board who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. A great example is past IABC Chair Robin McCasland (@robinrox), who has been an active member for decades, and still travels the world for the organization sharing her expertise. But then she comes home to Dallas, and we relish the benefit of learning firsthand what happens in chapters across the world.
Recently, our board and chapter partner ExperiPro conducted a survey, collecting valuable information from our members, volunteers and area business communicators. Like all surveys, some of the results told us what we were doing well, and also validated recent installations of new programs. However, other information gave us clear directives on where to change. To be honest, it wasn’t all easy to swallow. But our board took it in stride. If you’re interested, some of the key insights and opportunities can be found at New Year, New Opportunities.
THANK YOU FROM BIG “D”
We appreciate the opportunity to share our Dallas chapter with all of you, and we look forward to welcoming IABC leaders from across the world in just a few weeks. Safe travels to all!