2016-2017 IABC Foundation Committee

At the 2016 World Conference in New Orleans, the IABC Foundation was re-launched with a focus on driving IABC’s mission to drive communications as a force for good in business and society. The mission of the IABC Foundation is to generate resources to fund and support strategic initiatives in line with IABC’s mission and to demonstrate the power of professional communication as a force for good in business and society.

Under the direction of the IABC Foundation Trustees, the IABC open call nominations were held Tuesday, 19 July – Tuesday, 16 August. Fourteen applications were received for five vacant positions. The committee held a selection teleconference on Thursday, 25 August with a generative discussion and concluded on a proposed slate.

Role of  committee:

The committee will provide strategic guidance and execute the activities of the IABC Foundation. Specifically, across the development of these four pillars as part of the revitalization plan:

  • Gift of Communication – Providing the tools and funding for chapters to give back to their local communities.
  • Gift of Experience – Invest in experience-gaining activities for the next generation and those in transition. Includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and more.
  • Gift of Excellence – Support certification of professional communicators around the world
  • Gift of Insights – Grants for targeted research that results in case studies, white papers or other publications supporting member needs, IABC thought leadership and advocacy for the profession.

2016-2017  committee members:

briggs-photoWilliam Briggs Ed.D.,  IABC Fellow – Chair | William Briggs Ed.D. is Dean Emeritus of the College of Communications at California State University Fullerton, one of the largest comprehensive communication units in the U.S. , where he launched initiatives in Hispanic media, health communications, entrepreneurism, values and branding communication, global citizenship, and established several international  programs.  Previously, Briggs had been at San Jose State University as Director and Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  He has taught, researched, consulted, written and spoken internationally and has affiliations with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and as a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria.  Professionally he has worked in journalism, broadcasting, advertising and public relations.  He is an international volunteer with several NGOs such as Habitat for Humanity.  Within IABC, Briggs has held numerous positions including two terms on the international executive board.   In 2010 he received the organization’s highest member honor, the designation as IABC Fellow.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University, a Master of Science from San Jose State University, and the Doctorate in Education from University of San Francisco.


saboydfinal2016Sherry Boyd – Vice Chair | Sherry A. Boyd was named IABC Chapter Leader of the year in 2016. A member of IABC Colorado’s board of directors for the past five years, Sherry also served as event director for the 2015 Southern Region Conference in Denver. She works as a contract corporate journalist and editor. Sherry has held leadership roles in corporate communication, marketing, public relations, publishing, media production and meeting planning during an international career of more than four decades. During her tenure heading marketing and global corporate communication for a building materials manufacturer, Sherry received the McGraw-Hill Award of Excellence in Integrated Marketing.


Alain LegaultAlain Legault – IEB Liaison | Alain Legault, based in Montréal, is the director for communication, public affairs and government relations of the largest college in the province of Québec, Canada. From 2005 to 2011, he acted has the chief of staff of the director of the Montréal Police Service. He also teaches media relations at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). A high-level, bilingual communication professional with expertise in crisis management and corporate issues, he demonstrates passion, enthusiasm, and above all, a desire to be involved and to excel. He joined IABC more then 10 years ago and, has been a member of the board of IABC/Montréal, the largest bilingual chapter of IABC, since 2010, as well as its president from 2013–15.


craig-fleisher_headshotCraig Fleisher, Ph.d. | Dr. Craig S. Fleisher is Chief Learning Officer, Aurora WDC, Madison, Wisconsin. Widely published and one of Google’s top-cited authors in several communication fields, he has produced 14 books including Handbook of International Corporate and Public Affairs (Sage, 2017). Twice a business school dean, full Professor and endowed university research chair holder, he is an IABC life member, former President of the international association of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Canadian Who’s Who member, and editor of several journals. A frequent executive program leader, expert panelist, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator who has contributed to events in nearly 50 countries.


meg-photoMeg Muigai Edwin | Meg Muigai is a Tanzanian strategic communications and media relations specialist, specializing in strategic media relations and coordinating Pan-African communications. She has over 12 years, experience building a huge portfolio in managing client communications among high level media across Pan African and local (Tanzania) outlets in print, broadcast and online spectrums. She has worked with clients in the corporate, agriculture and extractive sectors in Tanzania such as BG Tanzania (now Shell), TradeMark East Africa(TMEA), fastjet, Acacia mining, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania, Songas, Diageo, The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME) among others. Her journalism background provides a vast network of media contacts in Tanzania and globally. Meg is a recent Chevening alumni 2015/16, she holds an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has been awarded a Chevening gold award in recognition of over 75 volunteering hours with UK charities such as Dreams Come True charity, Marie Curie, Barnados Scotland, Oxfam, Trees for Cities.


jan-head-close-up-shot-iabc-2015Jan Graves | Jan Graves is a Canadian communication and development specialist and director of fundraising for the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Jan joined IABC in 1990, and is a past president of IABC/London and was the founding president of IABC/Golden Horseshoe. She is a past director of the Canada Eastern Region and sat on the IABC Executive Board. A member of IABC’s former social responsibility committee, Jan has volunteered for the IABC Foundation and co-chairs the Gift of Communication initiative. Jan received the 2011 Lifetime Friend Award from IABC Foundation.

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