Upcoming Events

Professional Development “Trust Me”: Oct. 19

Masters Meet Gen Z Dinner: Oct. 24

Gift of Communications: Nov. 16

December is the All Clubs Happy Hour, TBD


Upcoming Events in 2017


Professional Development “Trust Me”: Oct. 19


“You can trust me.”


Easy to say, very hard to fulfill.


There are thousands of blogs, webinars, or conference presentations on the topic of building trust, running companies with purpose, or being an authentic brand.


In our capacity as communication consultants, our job is to advise clients on strategies that reflect the current state of the world, and today that means talking about purpose, integrity, or “being human.”


Despite this good advice, trust in most institutions is low as evidenced by The Edelman Company’s recent pronouncement of a “crisis of trust.” How is that possible? How can trust be at low levels with such good counsel?


Presenter Kent Stones has been studying people and culture for 35 years, collaborating with large and small agencies like RPA, Digitas, and Callahan Creek, as well as with Fortune 500 companies like Sprint, American Century and Heineken.

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Thursday, Oct. 19
Brio Tuscan Grille on the Plaza
7:30 to 9 a.m.
EVENT PRICING: Members: $25, Guests: $40, Students: $20


Masters Meet Gen Z at Oct. 24 Dinner


Angie Read

Learn about Gen Z from Angie Read, Vice President of Growth Insight at Barkley. As a marketer – and a mom of three teenagers – she is committed to helping brands appeal to and authentically engage with Gen Z, who will represent 40 percent of American consumers by 2020. Sign up now!




Tuesday, Oct. 24
Brio Tuscan Grille on the Plaza
Drinks at 5:30
Dinner at 6

KC IABC members attend free; guests pay $10. We each cover our own drinks and dinner.

If you have questions, email Julie B. Smith.



Give the Gift of Communications on Nov. 16

This Year: Give the Gift of Marketing to Local Non-Profits


The Gift of Communications program is a KC IABC tradition that has served nearly two dozen, local non-profits. We invite three organizations to interact on their marketing challenges and seek to provide solutions so they can continue and expand their mission. This year, we’ll sit down with:

  • Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders This Blue Springs-based organization serves children and adults with communicative disorders.
  • Falling Forward Many people who experience catastrophic medical events fail to receive adequate rehabilitation. The consequence: a life of disability. This Lawrence-based organization makes grants to rehab centers, allowing patients to continue therapy, recover their full potential and move forward in their lives.
  • River of Refuge Based in Raytown, River of Refuge helps Kansas City-metro families move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Thursday, Nov. 16
Lockton Companies, 444 West 47th St., KCMO 64112
5:30 to 7 p.m.
EVENT PRICING: $10 for members and non-members; includes appetizers


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Mark your calendar for 2018

KC IABC will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Brio Tuscan Grille on the Plaza. Please note the following dates on your calendar. More event information to come!

  • Jan. 18
  • February is when we host our annual, one-day Business Communicators Summit (BCS). More details to come for our 2018 BCS! Check out last year’s Business Communicators Summit for more information.
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • Aug. 16
  • Sept. 20
  • Oct. 18


Know a great speaker?

We’re always looking for new speakers for luncheons, conferences and special events. If you know someone who would be of interest to KC IABC’s members and guests, let us know.






We hope to see you at our next event.