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IABC Houston and COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Bronze Quill Awards Update: Moving to a Virtual Event

As you know, the annual Bronze Quill Awards Gala has been scheduled for Thursday, June 11, but because of ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, the IABC Houston board has made the decision to postpone the in-person gala and host a virtual webcast. Our hope is that we can host an in-person celebration in the fall.

Why is this happening?

The IABC Houston board’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our members and guests. With current guidance from public health officials, we don't believe a live event with 100-plus guests is in the best interest of our communications community. And, any social distancing or other protective measures would not be effective for the type of event we all want and deserve.

What's next?

The Bronze Quill Awards are an important way to highlight the great communications work that has been done -- now, more than ever. Our judges are continuing to review all the entries we received, and we will announce the award winners on Facebook Live and YouTube on June 11 as originally planned. Winners will still receive trophies.

We also know that everyone is eager to see their colleagues and be social, so we are planning to have an in-person celebration when health officials provide clear guidance on when a large event would be safe.

More details to come!

We will be communicating details about the online Bronze Quill event soon, and more information about the alternative to the gala in the coming months. Remember, if you are interested in participating as a judge for the Bronze Quill Awards, contact Shea Sullivan right away. The judging deadline is May 31 and is a completely online process.


March 30, 2020

COVID-19 has rocked our community and many are unsure of the long-term implications to their careers. IABC Houston understands the value of coming together in these hard times and our hope is that we can make connections for those that are seeking employment and businesses that need support as we navigate COVID-19 together. Please note this is open to all Houston-based communications and marketing professionals at no cost. If you would like to submit your resume or a role in which you need immediate support, please contact Austin Staton. To learn more, click here.


March 26, 2020


The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has disrupted the global markets and the pandemic is now impacting many within our own community. Schools have closed, local businesses have shuttered, and many are unsure of the long-term implications to their careers and personal health.

In this time of uncertainty, how can we navigate the COVID-19 crisis as communicators? Join IABC Houston and our panel of experts for an informative discussion on crisis management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panel will share insights into their corporate response, working remotely, and the importance of maintaining a focus on mental health.

Watch the full webinar on Facebook or YouTube.

Panelists: Judge Ed Emmett; Clint Woods; Dr. Chris Yandle


March 15, 2020


As many of you are aware, President Trump declared a national state of emergency over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Friday afternoon and the CDC issued guidance on in-person gatherings Sunday evening. The number of people affected is rising fast and has begun to impact those in our region. The IABC Houston Board of Directors is actively monitoring the situation with the health and safety of our communications family as our top priority. As a result, the following actions are being taken:

  • Effective immediately, all in-person IABC Houston networking events and luncheons will be postponed until at least May 15. The threat of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and one that we must take seriously. Our Board of Directors will continue to monitor the situation and will rely on guidance from the City of Houston, Harris County and the CDC.

  • We live in a digital age and now is the time to embrace the technology that we utilize in our day-to-day lives. While we can’t serve a three-course meal virtually, we can still deliver content that improves personal and professional growth. To do so, we are exploring options to host webinars in place of our March and April events. More information will follow in the coming days.

  • Many of you have already registered for luncheons in March and April. IABC Houston will provide a full refund or a credit toward an upcoming IABC Houston event. We understand the importance of in-person meetings, but we must be vigilant in doing everything we can to mitigate the risk associated with COVID-19 -- and that means keeping our community safe.

This is a challenging time, but we are Houston Strong and we’ll get through this together. Please continue to take care of yourselves and take care of each other. We look forward to networking with you in person in the near future.
If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email.