IABC weighs town hall meeting at world conference

Following the controversial departure of its executive director, the communications organization is ‘seriously considering’ a forum this month.

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The International Association of Business Communicators may host a town hall so members can ask questions and air grievances in the wake of its executive director’s resignation this week.

A spokeswoman said in a LinkedIn discussion that IABC is “seriously considering” a forum at the June 23-26 world conference in New York. The issue was first floated in a Ragan.com story Thursday.

Claire Watson, IABC’s external relations team lead consultant, said the town hall would be similar to one held at its leadership institute in Phoenix in February.

“This gave the attendees there a chance to ask questions and air grievances to an open audience and was well received,” she stated.

In an email to Ragan.com, IABC Spokesman Aaron Heinrich said it was too soon to comment on the possibility of a town hall, but the organization was working on the details.

He added, “We’ve heard members suggest a need for a town hall or related format at world conference and we’re looking at the best way to make that happen.”

But responding to questions on the LinkedIn forum posed by Ragan Communications CEO Mark Ragan, Watson said IABC had no further comment on Sorek’s departure, adding that it was a resignation.

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