Mail merge

Communications association chapters merge to form regional ‘powerhouse’

When the world went into lockdown at the height of the pandemic, it became clear to individuals and businesses that communication was more important than ever. And when businesses reopened, what also became clear is that the “world of work” has changed forever.

That’s according to two chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators – and the main reasons for their recent merger.

IABC New Jersey and New York chapters announced on June 7 that they have joined forces and resources to create the IABC Tri-State Area Chapter in New Yorkserving corporate communications professionals in the New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, NY and Connecticut metro areas.

“As the pandemic has strained the resources of so many organizations and changed the world of work forever, it has become clear that in order to deliver added value to our members and truly represent the New York metropolitan area, we had to come together,” IABC New York Audra Hession, Tristate Area Chapter President, said in the announcement.

Hession added that the merged chapters “create a structurally strong, financially strong and talent-rich organization.”

IABC represents all facets of corporate communications, including public relations; digital; corporate, internal and crisis communication; investor relations and marketing. Its members come from all sectors, including business, agency, consulting, government, academia and non-profit organizations.

IABC New York Tristate Chapter holds its World Conference June 26-29 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, IABC’s first in-person conference in more than two years.

The newly merged Tristate Chapter will provide more networking opportunities, educational resources, and training and development initiatives for all members.

Danielle Bond, chair of the board of IABC International, called the combined groups “powerhouse”.

“Never has the role of corporate communicators been more important as we help business leaders, the media and the public navigate the complexities and challenges of today’s global society,” said she added. “As a global media and communications hub, the New York tri-state area is extremely important to advancing IABC’s mission.”

The existing New York Chapter Board of Directors is responsible for managing the Chapter, which recruits volunteers to fill the positions of Vice President, Program Development and Vice President, Partnerships. If interested, email [email protected]