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It’s been an inspiring month for IABC Victoria’s President, Deb Lemcke, in the lead up to the chapter’s Gala event on 19 May.

So it turns out being President is pretty great! It’s definitely busy and I won’t pretend I have it all figured out, but the last couple of weeks have been awesome.


More Gold Quill news

We have some of the best communicators in the world and the accolades to prove it! Massive congratulations to ANZ who have won the Jake Wittmer Awards for their Noteable Women program and Cabrini Health who won the Business Issues Award. And to top off the great news, Board Member and Chapter Secretary Julie Weldon and her agency JAW Communications have been shortlisted for Boutique Agency of the Year. You can check out all of the details here.

I have had the privilege of meeting most of this year’s Gold Quill winners and hearing all about their projects and achievements; all while working with the incredible team at New Mac who were busy filming case studies to be shown at our Gala on May 19.

It has been so wonderful to get the inside running on exactly what went into some of the work and the creativity and dedication shown by these very talented communications professionals. I left every conversation with renewed energy to achieve and inspired to bring passion to my work every day.


Insights into ethical failures

I also had the pleasure of spending some time with Dennis Gentilin who has written a book called The Origins of Ethical Failures. The book combines his personal experiences as a “whistleblower” in the FX trading scandal that rocked the National Australia Bank in 2004 with extensive research into exactly how organisations can build their resilience to avoid and deal with these types of ethical failures.

What was most interesting to me is the potential role of communicators within organisations to create workplaces which genuinely foster  cultures of speaking up and challenging behaviours contrary to the values of the organisation. Organisations with a clear sense of purpose combined with true diversity seem to be working in the right direction.

So as I reflect on all of this, I wonder, is there anything we can’t achieve? Are there any outcomes that can’t be significantly improved with great communications? We have one of the most important and influential voices in the room and we should step up and use it.

I would really like all of you to have that same renewed spring in your step I have and I can’t think of a better way to get that happening than by attending the Gala. You will see and hear things to inspire you and I guarantee it will be lots of fun. I hope to see you there!

Cheers, Deb