Member Newsletter of IABC India | July 2020
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IABC India Newsletter
July 2020

Dear <<First Name>>,

Hope you’re all doing well and keeping safe during the continuing global crisis.

Welcome to the July edition of the IABC India Newsletter for Chapter members and communication professionals in India.

This month, IABC elected a new global Chair—Bonnie Caver. At the same time, IABC APAC elected Kristy Christie as the new regional Chair. Many of you may already know Kristie as an active member on the WhatsApp Group of our India Chapter. Read more about Bonnie and Kristy in this newsletter and add them to your network.

In this issue, like every time, we have a selection of articles, case studies, and training material for you. Check out the top 10 articles and blog posts written by the IABC India community (mostly by Aniisu, this month), meet Vandanna, our member of the month, register for our August webinars, and take full advantage of your other membership benefits.

To stay connected and engaged, we urge you to join our WhatsApp Group by messaging me at +91 7799 000 792. If you would like to share your thoughts or articles here, please let us know on the WhatsApp group.


Subhamoy Das

President, IABC India

With Faezal Yunus 
Executive Editor



IABC Elects Bonnie Caver as IEB Chair

Earlier this month, IABC announced Bonnie Caver’s election as Chair of the International Executive Board (IEB), the global board of directors. It also announced that it has officially moved its headquarters to Chicago. In addition to Caver, members of the 2020–2021 IEB include: Immediate Past Chair Victoria Dew, SCMP; Vice Chair Danielle Bond, SCMP, among others. Caver is a globally recognized communications leader who has led teams in the corporate, academic, and non-profit sector. Beyond her IABC responsibilities, Caver is the President and Founder of Reputation Lighthouse, a US branding and reputation marketing firm. Read the press release.

IABC APAC Elects Kristy Christie as the new Region Chair

Kristy Christie has been appointed as IABC APAC's new Chair for the coming term. She will serve all chapters and its members in the region while working alongside the wonderful 2020/21 IABC APAC Board. Besides being an ace communicator, Kristy is a techie and works as the Technical Director of, which advises and assists businesses in automation, digital advertising, PR, as well as creative strategy. She comes from a small chapter—IABC Malaysia—which she led before joining the region board in 2016. Kristy follows is the footstep of Zora Artis, GAICD SCMP FAMI CPM, who after demonstrating astute and decisive leadership is retiring as Chair. See others on the APAC Board

Your Articles and Points of View

Here are the top 10 articles and LinkedIn Pulse Blogs written by the IABC India Community during the lockdown. Do read and leave your comments:
  1. How internal communications and virtual leadership can enhance employee experience by Aniisu K Verghese
  2. Changing paradigms in business communications by Deep Ghatak
  3. Don't lose sight of the objective and audience by Rajesh Joshi
  4. Is Leadership Belief in Internal Communications a Reflection of the Company’s Culture? by Aniisu K Verghese
  5. Can following your heart help build your Personal Brand? by Aniisu K Verghese
  6. Can Transparent Internal Communication Lead to Improved Trust? by Aniisu K Verghese
  7. Is Corporate Social Responsibility Getting More Democratized? by Aniisu K Verghese
  8. Can a strong narrative help establish your Personal Brand? by Aniisu K Verghese
  9. Does persistence matter in building a Personal Brand? by Aniisu K Verghese
  10. Does Making Internal Communication Accessible Improve Experiences? by Aniisu K Verghese

Member of the Month: Vandanna Manchandanii

This month, meet IABC India member Vandanna Manchandanii. She is a Senior Internal Communications Advisor with Ericsson in India, specializing in content writing and editing, employee engagement, executive communication, marketing communications, and media relations. Vandanna is an honors graduate in English Literature and has a PG degree in Advertising and Mass Communications Management from PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore. Prior to Ericsson, Vandanna worked with several marquee global brands including GE, RBS, Accenture, and Cisco. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Watch the 2020 IABC Excellence Gala

Join IABC and the global community of communication professionals virtually to watch the recording of the 2020 Excellence Gala, in which we inducted the 2020 class of IABC Fellows and honored winners of the Chair’s Award, the Rae Hamlin Award, and the 2020 IABC Gold Quill Awards. 

A highlight of the event was the honor conferred upon IABC India's Dr. (Col.) Rajeev Kumar. Here's an excerpt from Rajeev's inspiring fellowship acceptance speech:

“Twenty years ago, I was doing my doctoral studies and I joined IABC as a student member. I received a very warm welcome and my quest for knowledge and experience was greatly supported. I fell in love with IABC and this global network of friendly communication experts soon became my second family. 

There have been several IABC elders whom I have admired and looked up to and drawn inspiration from during the past two decades and I thank them all for their continuous guidance... 

I also wish to thank the strong India chapter, the dynamic leaders of the APAC region, the always helpful IABC staff, and the wise members of the several councils and committees that I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with. All these years of working together have been full of learning and joy and the real silver lining has been that of developing enriching friendships across the globe. 

As I look back, I can see many years of hard work and continuous learning, and my advice to all is that we should not take our talent for granted. We have to be dedicated to the communication craft—there is no end to learning.” 
Dr. (Col.) Rajeev Kumar, ABC, IABC Fellow

Watch the 2020 Virtual Excellence Gala on YouTube

Infuse Your Team with Fresh Energy and Ideas: Leader Workshop (members-only)

This interactive meeting will be facilitated by Kamna Narain, who is an Internal Communication Advisor, Coach, and Past President of IABC SF with 15+ years of chapter leader experience. Kamna is passionate about IABC and, in her year as chapter president, encouraged her board to think of SF IABC as a “communications lab” to try out new ways of doing things. She has helped spearhead a variety of new programs for SF IABC, finding ways to reinvigorate the chapter and renew interest from specific demographics. Walk away with ideas about how to do things differently, engage all parties involved, and have fun while you’re at it. Register now.

Upcoming IABC Webinars: August 2020

IABC offers free member-only webinars on the latest trends and best practices in communication. Join the live sessions or watch the session recordings at your convenience. Bookmark the Webinar’s page to stay up-to-date on the latest webinar offerings.
  1. How Facebook Uses Workplace to Keep Employees Connected
    • Speakers: Jonny Oser, Director of Internal Communications, Facebook; and Desiree Motamedi, Director of Global Marketing, Workplace
    • Date: August 6, 2020
    • Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m. PST / 2–3 p.m. EST
    • Open to all communication professionals
  2. Creating Powerful Audience Experiences in Presentations
    • Presenter: Brenden Kumarasamy, founder of MasterTalk, a YouTube channel that helps you master the art of communication and public speaking
    • Date: August 18, 2020
    • Time: 10–11 a.m. PST / 1–2 p.m. EST
    • Free to IABC members
  3. From Lip Service to Leadership—developing listening as a key communication capability
    • Presenters: Howard Krais, Mike Pounsford, and Kevin Ruck
    • Date: August 26, 2020
    • Time: 9–10 a.m. PST / 12–1 p.m. EST
    • Free to IABC members

The Art of Project Management for the Internal Communicator

Project management skills are increasingly in demand as businesses become more challenging and complex, and are very important for a successful Internal Communication (IC) practitioner. 

Project management allows you to break the project down into separate phases, which the project manager must guide through the phases, watching for roadblocks and adapting when necessary. This course details those phases and what a project manager can expect to accomplish in each.

Learn more about this IABC Academy online course.

IABC APAC Mid-week Zoom Drop-in

Meet PR and communication professionals from around the globe as we talk about our careers, discuss triumphs and challenges, and share updates from our corner of the globe. Bring a drink and brace yourself for the unexpected twists and turns of the conversation flow as you expand your network. Open to all communication professionals, at no cost. REGISTER HERE and mark your calendar to join in every Wednesday, i.e., August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2, 2020, at 03:30 p.m., India time.
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