Heads of Communication

Heads of Communication Shared Interest Group

If you lead a communications team, you probably face a relentless rise in expectations and chronic challenges of staying grounded when the ground keeps shifting. To support you in navigating your unique set of challenges, IABC is introducing a new Special Interest Group (SIG) designed specifically for heads of communications. By joining this SIG, you can connect and collaborate with senior members of IABC who share similar experiences; gain insights from peers and leading guest speakers hand-picked to address your challenges; and get the latest on industry trends from a global perspective.

Upcoming Event:

SIG Summit 1: Haiilo Breakfast Club x IABC Heads of Comms (part of World Conference 2024)

23 June 2024 | 8:30 AM-1:15 PM CST

Location: The Virgin Hotel

Theme of Summit: Leading communication in the age of disruption

We invite all senior communication leaders to join us and learn how to establish a robust internal communication function that can help your organization deal with change and crises, and connect with your employees wherever they are. You will learn practical strategies to foster a culture of transparency and trust, and leverage technology for better communication and collaboration. By the end of the session, you will feel confident and inspired to lead your organization through any challenging times and unleash its full potential.

The event agenda will cover: 

Keynote: Andrea Greenhous, President and CEO of Vision2Voice

For years, internal communication was the poor stepsister in marketing and comms teams – if it existed. Now, smart communication leaders understand that it is a crucial function with the power to fuel an organization’s success by harnessing the ideas and energy of people.

But there’s a problem. The reality is internal communication lacks five critical elements necessary to help organizations navigate the complex challenges facing our planet and our communities in the age of disruption. Join Andrea as she shares what communication leaders need to consider to lead their organizations into the future.

Breakout session #1 Sia Papageorgiou, FRSA, FCSCE, SCMP, from the Center for Communication Excellence, will present the latest research findings on strategic internal communication. She will provide insights into the current landscape for communication professionals and help us better understand the structured approach to effectively organize and deliver communication within an organization to drive business outcomes. 

The session aims to explain what it means to be strategic and how the strategic approach can be leveraged to surpass organizational objectives and propel business success. By the end of this session, you will have a clear understanding of how to use the strategic approach to achieve your business goals. 

Breakout Session #2 Monique Zytnik will join us to explore the modern, multilayered approach to internal communication, outlined in her newly released book, “Internal Communication in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”With global case studies, behind-the-scenes insights, and stories from industry experts, you'll learn how to navigate the challenges of new technologies like AI and drive business success through strategic internal communication. Don't miss out on this opportunity to transform your leadership skills and prepare for the future!

Roundtable Discussions on trending topics that all communication leaders are talking about!

Add this event to your World Conference registration, or register here.


About Our Heads of Communication Leaders 

Nichole McGill

Nichole is a public sector executive based in Ottawa, Canada, with more than 20 years of experience leading high-performing cross-functional teams in communications, digital transformation, and service renewal to deliver strategic business results for public organizations. She is a problem-solver, a published author and promoter of meaningful engagement. A life-long learner, she has led past chapter for Women in Communications and Technology and is a member of the IABC Ottawa chapter.


Caroline Kealey

With over twenty years of experience, Caroline has been entrusted with facilitating executive-level sessions on behalf of a platinum list of clients including the Bank of Canada, Shopify, the House of Commons, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations.

She is the founder and lead instructor of two leadership development cohort programs for executives at the University of Ottawa.

Caroline has been named an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) All Star presenter and has won national and international awards in strategic communications and change, including IABC’s global Best of the Best and Distinguished Service awards.

For information about Shared Interest Groups, or if you are interested in starting a new SIG, please contact member_relations@iabc.com