As a communicator working in the Brazos Valley, please consider taking advantage of some or all of the wonderful ways the BVIABC chapter can help you grow professionally.

Volunteer with BVIABC

Volunteer with BVIABC and get more from your membership, your career, and your life. We invite you—members and non-members—to lend us your expertise (by helping in a position similar to your job), or to develop a new skill (by working on a project you’ve never tackled before).

BVIABC Professional Development & Networking Events

One of BVIABC’s core purposes is encouraging the betterment of Brazos Valley area communicators through professional development and networking among peers. Information on upcoming Lunch + Learns, workshops, and networking events can always be found at

IABC Beyond the Brazos Valley

Leveraging the strength of an international membership numbering in the thousands, IABC offers a number of events and resources. Visit and check out upcoming events, the library of online resources, and a host of professional development opportunities.

IABC Southern Region offers a series of free, online presentations and chats about various communication topics and IABC initiatives. Visit the SPARK (Sharing Perspectives And Regional Knowledge) archives for more information.

Enter an IABC Awards Competition

IABC offers three levels of awards competitions open to members and non-members. These include our local chapter competition, a regional competition, and an international competition. Demonstrate to the world (and your boss) your talent by entering your best business communication work in a wide range of categories.

Become Certified

Professional certifications give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, and provide evidence of your outstanding abilities. They engage you in a process of life-long learning that elevates your career and provides a structure for keeping your skills fresh and applicable.

With the aim of developing a new series of professional certifications for the communication professional, the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), a team of communication professionals assembled by IABC’s international executive board (IEB), has taken steps to launch a new certification program in 2015.

The Communication Management Professional certification is now available, with other levels to follow.

ABC: Accredited Business Communicator

Accreditation was the previous IABC professional development program offering communicators a way of demonstrating to employers, fellow communicators, and themselves their ability to successfully manage and perform those tasks essential to effective organizational communication. Candidates meeting all requirements of the program earned the designation Accredited Business Communicator (ABC). Although IABC formally closed the Accreditation Program in 2013, ABCs hold a place of honor within IABC and the association is grateful for the gift of knowledge, expertise, and countless hours contributed to the program over the years by thousands of volunteers.

BVIABC has benefitted from several of its members—past and present—earning this prestigious designation, including: Rhonda Collins, ABC; Laura Nowlin, ABC; David S. Jones, ABC; Nancy Sawtelle, ABC; and Leanne South, ABC.

IABC continues to support its distinguished ABCs with several initiatives.