Special Interest Groups

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





Young Professionals




About IndyComm

The Independent Communicators Forum, IndyComm, is a group for self-employed communicators and small business owners to gather and share ideas on managing and marketing their companies while also learning about current communications trends.

We typically meet on the last Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join our LinkedIn group to view details about upcoming meeting topics, dates and to sign up for the next meeting.


Meetings are free for KC IABC members. They are $10 (cash or check) for non-members. All attendees pay for their own lunch unless otherwise noted.


IndyComm’s lunch meetings feature informal presentations or roundtable discussions on topics relevant to self-employed communicators.

Have an idea for an IndyComm meeting topic or want to volunteer to be a speaker? Contact Byron Ginsburg, IndyComm co-chair.

Post in our LinkedIn group or email Elaine Symanski.


About 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.

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


About Young Professionals

Young Professionals 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.

Young Professionals 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 be a launchpad for your career as you grow and develop in the communications industry.

If you’re interested in learning more about the group or would like to join the Young Professionals email list to receive periodic updates about the group, email  Jonathan Haile or visit our Facebook page


About Tech Talks

Tech Talks 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

We’re seeking new leadership for Tech Talks. Please contact Stacey Dickson if interested.