Leaders meet in Brussels for EMENA LI

IABC chapter leaders from across the EMENA Region met at the Press Centre in the heart of the European quarter of Brussels last week for our annual Leadership Institute (#emenali).

LI is an opportunity for chapters to catch up with each other and with the region board on what’s been happening in the preceding 12 months, and to discuss the way forward for the region, including ways of enhancing local offerings and adding value for our members across the region.

The day-long meeting included a report from EMENA Region board chair Nikki Edwards on recent member numbers and key achievements in the last 12 months, along with an overview of the region’s forward-looking strategy.

IABC international vice chair Sharon Hunter joined the meeting from Canada via video conference to tee-up an appreciative enquiry session facilitated by IEB board member and former EMENA chair Michael Nord. This marked the launch of our global conversation campaign to shape IABC’s next three-year strategy. These sessions aim to engage our community to explore the best of what we are, with an eye toward what more we could be. (Have an idea, question or experience to share? Follow #IABC1720 for tweets or email [email protected].)

We also had the pleasure of having crisis communication expert Caroline Sapriel as our guest speaker. Her overview of what constitutes a crisis, what makes for good leadership during a crisis, and the strategic role of the communications function had everyone enthralled.

The rest of the conversation focused firmly on the future model for IABC in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, with some exciting ideas being discussed for a proposed new strategy for the region and its constituting chapters. Watch this space for more news on that soon …

Thank you to everyone who attended LI – it’s the engaged and committed volunteers like you that make IABC such a wonderful ‘family’ to be part of.

A big thank-you also to Alex Malouf, who as EMENA vice chair was responsible for planning LI – the “moules et frites” networking dinner was inspired! – and to the IABC Belgium chapter for their help with arrangements on the ground.

Browse our EMENA LI 2016 picture gallery below

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