Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups (SIGs) help you develop skills, increase your knowledge and expand your network. Our groups are:


Tech/SIG focuses on the convergence of new media, technology and organizational communication. Keep up with the ever-growing connection between communications and technology.

  • Stay-up-to-date on the latest tech trends and news with our speakers and roundtable discussions 
  • Network with like-minded professionals, whether you’re a committed techie or brand-new to the field
  • See what the best and brightest tech minds in KC are up to

Tech/SIG is free to IABC members, Tech/SIG is $10 for non-members. Pay online or by cash/check at the meeting.

Upcoming Tech/SIG meetings 

Contact group leader Angela Connelly.

KC/IABC Independent Communicators Forum

The Independent Communicators Forum (IndyComm for short) is a forum for self-employed communicators to share ideas about managing and marketing their businesses. The group invites participation from local communications consultants, writers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, website developers and other business communicators. 

 This group offers a space for freelancers and small organizations to:

  • Keep up with the demands of operating a communications business
  • Proactively manage financial, legal and administrative challenges
  • Leverage technology to grow your business
  • Build client relationships through networking
  • Share knowledge and insight with other entrepreneurs

 Members share resources, viewpoints and work assignments via a LinkedIn group and meet every other month for lunch. Meetings are free for KC/IABC members and cost $10 (cash or check) for non-members. All attendees pay for their own lunch. IndyComm’s lunches feature informal presentations or roundtable discussions on topics relevant to self-employed communicators.

Upcoming IndyComm meetings 
2014 dates TBD.

Need a professional freelancer?
IndyComm group members are available as a resource to both KC/IABC members and non-members.

These experienced communicators can expand the capabilities of your in-house staff, handle special projects or meet seasonal workload requirements. Download a directoryof the group’s members to find an appropriate resource.

Contact Lisa Mallow (913.385.2232) or Paula Murray (816.361.7744), who coordinate the group’s activities.

KC/IABC Rising Stars

Rising Stars provides an opportunity for communicators with less than 10 years experience to develop and enhance the professional and leadership skills required to be successful in our field.

Rising Stars members get to know each other by participating in special events, including happy hours, and catching up at the chapter’s monthly breakfasts and luncheons. This group can become a launchpad for your career as you grow and develop in the communication industry

 If you’re interested in learning more about the group or would like to join the Rising Star email list to receive periodic updates about the SIG, e-mail Rachel Brower or visit our Facebook page.

KC/IABC Masters

KC/IABC’s Masters love to get together for casual discussions about communications issues. If you’re looking to test theories with your peers, explore solutions, share experiences or just engage in strategic discussions with experienced communicators, this is the group for you.

 Masters meets every other month for a brief program and roundtable discussion over dinner at a local restaurant. Are you a Master communicator? You are if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Professional communicator with more than 10 years experience
  • An accredited member (accredited business communicator, ABC)
  • Provide regular counsel to senior management
  • Current or past member of the chapter or district board

All meetings are at 5:30 p.m. at Brio on the Plaza. There is no charge for IABC members to attend the meetings. Non-members must pay $10 (cash or check) at the event. Everyone pays for their own dinner. Reservations are required.

Stay up-to-date!
Join the KC/IABC Masters LinkedIn group to receive notices on speakers and topics. 

Next Meeting: Masters Discuss Influencing Execs August 26
As a senior communicator, you often have to lead and influence those around you to meet your goals. Whether you manage a team or just need to successfully persuade those you work with and for, you need to  know how to position yourself as a strategic adviser.
Tuesday, August 26, we’ll have the opportunity to talk with three senior pros about how they do it and share our own experiences. 
Randy Williams, ABC, Senior Director of Corporate Development for the Kansas City Art Institute, has invited Mike Swenson,  President of Crossroads, and Julie Nurski, Director of Internal Communications for Black & Veatch, to join him in a panel discussion.
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26
Brio Tuscan Grill on the Plaza
Everyone pays for their own dinner, and IABC members attend free. Nonmembers chip in $10. Claim your seat by emailing Julie Bartels Smith today

For questions or to make reservations, contact Julie Bartels Smith, ABC.




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