What is the value of leading?

    You may have seen our call for nominations to the IABC Dallas 2017/2018 Board of Directors and thought WIIFM? Here are comments from former board members and the value they received from a leadership position.

    by Richard Buse

    I was an IABC Dallas board member from 2004 to 2014 and served as chapter president in 2012.

    Being a board member provided numerous benefits. I was relatively new to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2004. Becoming a board member provided immense opportunities to expand my network.

    I was accustomed to working by myself, or perhaps being an ad hoc member of a client’s team. Becoming chapter president in 2012 meant I would be leading the efforts of 13 board members and several dozen other volunteers. Seeing how much all of those individuals cared and how much time they committed to IABC Dallas during that year humbled and inspired me.

    As I look back on all of that now, I am aware of how many of my Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter contacts can be attributed to that tenure, and how many friendships I gained through that involvement.

    Sure, I expended time and effort, but what I gained from being on the IABC Dallas board far exceeded what I gave.

    by Gayle Goodman

    There are many reasons to serve on the board of IABC – to build a strong peer network, and to make good friends you will have in your career and life are two personal benefits. But there’s a big professional benefit which I think is a huge selling point – and that is access to the Leadership Institute. This event is hosted annually by International and is designed to enhance the quality of local boards by enhancing personal leadership skills. And, it is available only to IABC members who are serving on a board. Our chapter believes so much in it that we pay the way of our board members to attend each year.

    Are you ready to lead?

    If you are interested in learning more about the positions on the IABC Dallas board, or if you know someone in your network who would be great at a leadership position, visit

    Nominations are accepted through April 21, 2017.

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