Tiffany D. Inbody, MS
35th Anniversary Q&A
Tiffany D. Inbody, MS
Manager | Research Compliance and Biosafety
Division of Research | Texas A&M University
BVIABC Past President, 2003–04
“Although I don’t work directly in communications now, I still fall back to the basics I learned and the connections built in IABC.…Spend time with people. The profession is fine and good, but the true value you gain through the years is the connections you have formed with others.” –Tiffany D. Inbody, MS
Question: When and why did you join or start participating in IABC? How did you become involved in the local chapter?
Answer: I started working in communications with the Division of Research in mid-1999. I joined IABC in 2001. My mentors at work encouraged my participation in the chapter, and it was a natural fit to get involved.
Q: Have you held a leadership position with BVIABC? If so, which one(s) and when?
A: Good question – had to go back to a resume for that one. Web director 2001-2002, president-elect 2002-2003, president 2003-2004, past president 2004-2005. District 5 transition to Southern Region team member 2004-2005, Southern Region Grants Chair 2006-2008, Southern Region Treasurer 2008-2010.
Q: Please share any stories or comments about your service to our chapter. Was it a positive experience? Do you feel it has helped your career? Would you recommend it to others?
A: I found involvement in the chapter, as well as the region, very fulfilling. I had the opportunity to work with people in the same field, but not the same office through IABC. I learned so much without changing jobs for many years. I think that is a great value to offices. For some, there’s a fear that they will lose their employees when they see what else is out there, but it can have the opposite effect as well. You can volunteer and learn new things, meet new people, but not have to totally change your job. I’m not sure if that completely makes sense, but I like the opportunity to try new things without having to move positions at work.
I have made friends within IABC that have remained consistent for many years. I think the organization as a whole has had some ups and downs at the international level, but the people have been amazing. Although I don’t work directly in communications now, I still fall back to the basics I learned and the connections built in IABC.
Q: My research indicates that the Brazos Valley chapter started in 1981. Were you involved in the founding of our chapter? If so, what would you say was the catalyst for forming an IABC chapter locally?
A: Can’t help directly there, but I do remember that we had past-president gatherings once a year or so to do sort of a chapter gut-check. Those meetings including people who founded the chapter. It was a State of the Chapter sort of meeting with current and past leadership to help the new leaders in setting the plan for the year. It was a dutch treat sort of lunch if I remember correctly. It was great fun.
Q: What can you tell me about the early days of our chapter, or from the time when you first started participating? Who were some of the other members that were involved at the time you started participating?
A: Terri Parker, Laura Nowlin, Nancy Sawtelle, Leanne South, and Exa York—these were the ones I watched with awe.
Q: Why IABC? What was it about IABC that made you decide to join?
A: It was really the only option outside of the university to have professional development opportunities, and when I started in the field I desperately needed that connection to others.
Q: Would you share why you left the organization and how long you were a member? Do you miss being involved in the chapter? Have you continued participating in IABC as a member of a different chapter or as a non-member?
A: I was a member for about 10 years. Then, my role at work changed dramatically. And personally, I needed to turn my attention to home. The monthly meetings tend to be at the same time as a work-specific board meeting I attend. I wouldn’t mind attending some events, and I do watch the emails—it just hasn’t happened recently
Q: What’s the one thing you’d change about IABC if you could?
A: Not sure of anything I would change.
Q: Would you share what your job is and why you love what you do? What draws you to communication as a profession?
A: I’m now working more in compliance activities and less specifically communications. I like the people I’ve met in communications.
Q: What is one thing that you wish you’d known when you were starting out in your career?
A: Spend time with people. The profession is fine and good, but the true value you gain through the years is the connections you have formed with others.