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About IABC DC Metro

IABC/DC Metro members include communicators from corporations, nonprofits, associations government agencies, communications and public relation firms as well as independent consultants and writers.

Our origins trace back to 1944, when communicators in the Maryland area were looking for an outlet to discuss challenges facing the industry – something we still do today, but often via virtually.

But then, meetings were in person and like today getting around all parts of the DC Metro area were a challenge. As such the original founders broke off into individual organizations, and in the 1960s the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) was born.

The IABC/DC Metro chapter came about on March 1, 2010, when IABC Baltimore (founded 1971) and IABC/Washington (founded 1977) were merged.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Regardless of your race, culture, faith, sexual orientation, disability, skin color, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, age or experience, you are an equal, and valued part of our global community.

IABC’s shared values state: We are a diverse community. We welcome diverse communication professionals of all levels and practices. We embrace diverse viewpoints, encourage conversation, and celebrate cultural differences. We believe these differences benefit our community and that we are more enlightened, well informed, and successful when we honor our unique experiences and perspectives.

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Our Team

Giuseppe Laviano
Giuseppe Laviano

President

Giuseppe Laviano is a Marketing Director focused on the B2B Marketing experience managing teams that: focus on competitive analysis, new product launch, product and corporate branding, collaborating across corporate levels. I have been a leader without a predefined road-map, developing a marketing team to meet an organization’s needs.

Giusepe has a MBA from DePaul University and two engineering degrees from Syracuse University.

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Immediate Past President

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Vice President, Membership

Denise Hobik
Denise Hobik

Vice President, Finance

Denise Hobik is an adaptive, innovative communicator, focused on reaching targeted audiences in new and engaging ways. With nearly 20 years at MedStar Health, she has held roles in philanthropy, community relations, marketing, communications, and events management.

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Vice President, Communications and Social Media

Amy Richardson
Amy Richardson

Secretary

Amy is a Communications Manager with over 10 years of experience focused in operational messaging, communications project management, and Intranet content management. Originally from Carlisle, Pa., Amy received her bachelor’s in Business Communications from Stevenson University and a master’s in Business Communications from Jones International University. Amy is a member of Network of Executive Women and was named a 2021 Woman of Influence by The Griffin Report of the Northeast in April 2021.

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Director - Events

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Vice President, DEI

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Volunteer - Newsletter Editor

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Volunteer - Social Media

Elizabeth (Liz) Mace
Elizabeth (Liz) Mace

Volunteer - Events/Membership

Liz is a mission-driven marketing and communications professional with local government, nonprofit, and association experience.

Currently freelancing for a corporate social accelerator working to make roads safer for all, her most recent full-time role was with King County in WA state. She provided program support and delivery for King County’s Annual Giving Drive while previously providing Communications Support to their River and Floodplain Management Section. She also spent 11 years working remotely as Director, Digital Strategy for a national nonprofit where she managed their web platform for more than 30 affiliates and their digital strategy, including paid social, SEO best practices, journey mapping, content marketing, and more.

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About IABC International

IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. We deliver on the Global Standard in communication through our educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, online magazine, and annual World Conference. We support our community of business communication professionals with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning, and career guidance.

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