IABC President Julie Freeman recently announced that she will be leaving the association at the end of 2011 after a decade as the IABC’s head.
During her tenure, she put the association on a sound financial footing and launched new programs, including the monthly e-newsletter, the CW Bulletin, the IABC eXchange blogging platform, the IABC Discovery online content library, the Job Centre and more.
Speaking to Ragan.com, President Freeman said that she counted retiring the association’s debt in 2006 (two years ahead of schedule) as one of her – and the IABC staff’s – major accomplishments.
When she took over, “there was grave fear that the association would go out of existence,” she said.
Other points she takes pride in are revamping of the association’s now excellent website and the IABC’S branding effort.
Leaving the IABC to spend more time with her family and other pursuits, President Freeman suggests that her successor’s major challenge will be figuring out how to make the organization constantly relevant no matter the changes in technology.