BDI: Financial Services Social Business Leadership Forum @ Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Financial Institutions are changing how they do business. Technology continues to impact the way financial services companies communicate and collaborate with customers, employees, recruits, agents, advisers, partners, media, and the public. As leading financial institutions are embracing new social technologies, they also must meet compliance and legal requirements while doing so.

BDI’s forum will focus on answering the following questions:

  • What are the best case studies of leading financial institutions becoming a social business and what does that mean?
  • What are the cost saving & revenue creating opportunities?
  • How do you enable employees to connect, collaborate, and communicate with each other and with third parties through social technologies?
  • How do you meet legal and compliance requirements and what are the technologies that help you do so?
  • What are the best examples of how major financial institutions deal with the change management & training issues while creating a culture of innovation?
  • How do you integrate social into the fabric of your brand to overcome the significant trust issues the financial services industry continues to face?
  • How are financial institutions using social platforms to recruit new talent?
70 communications, marketing, compliance, and technology professionals from the financial services industry.

$195.00, $145 for IABC Boston members with discount code “IABCB”
Leadership Development Panel Discussion @ Bentley University, LaCava Conference Center
Mar 27 @ 10:30 pm – Mar 28 @ 12:30 am


  • Panel discussion on career, professional and leadership development
  • Networking and refreshments
  • Tweetup!


  • IABC members, their guests, our mentor/mentee pairs, and Bentley Communications students are all invited


Alyssa Hammond, Senior Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Services at Bentley University; Perspective: career development for college students and new professionals

Kristina B. Davis, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Audit and Enterprise Risk Services;
Perspective: leadership/professional development for established professionals

Devin Balkaran, junior at Bentley University and particpant in our  student mentoring program; Perspective: how having a professional mentor affects both education and career planning

Allison Looney, Internal Communications Manager for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.; an independent, private, not-for-profit engineering research and development firm.
Perspective: informal and formal mentoring for both students and professionals 

Dina Wolfman Baker (moderator), IABC Boston’s Director of Professional Development, and Director of Marketing and Communication at PCG Public Partnerships LLC (PPL), a subsidiary of Public Consulting Group. 

See Bios below


At this event, we won’t ask you to turn off your phones. Instead, we’ll ask you to keep them handy to tweet live during the panel discussion. Please use the hashtag: #IABCBostonCareer


Limited to 40 people—respond before this event fills!


  • Alyssa Hammond is a Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Career Services at Bentley University and the dedicated career advisor for students majoring in Marketing; Information Design and Corporate Communications; Media and Culture; Liberal Studies in Media Arts and Society majors; and pre-Law students. She is also an adjunct professor for the Information Design and Corporate Communications Department at Bentley. Hammond teaches “The Business of Social Media,” which has won coverage in U.S. News & World Report (May 2011), BostInno (November 2013), and Her Campus (October, 2011). and Campus Career Connection have covered her career services and social media work.
  • Kristina B. Davis is a partner in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Audit and Enterprise Risk Services practice with 16 years of experience providing operational, compliance and technology-related risk and control services to some of the firm’s largest clients in the financial services industry. She oversees 800 professionals in the U.S. and India and manages the execution of the group’s growth, marketplace eminence, talent and operational excellence strategies. Davis is recognized for her expertise in professional and leadership development. She has also served in leadership roles for the firm’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN), including serving as the WIN leader for the New England practice from 2010-2013. Davis is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BS in Business Administration from Stonehill College.
  • Devin Balkaran is a junior at Bentley University pursuing a major in Marketing with minors in Finance and Law. He is in the student mentoring program with IABC Boston. From a very young age Devin has shown an entrepreneurial spirit and has started three companies since high school. While attending school and interning at VDC Research, he has also found time to serve as the Sales and Marketing Manager for MSV Entertainment and the Brand Management Director for the popular electronic dance music blog Dance Rebels. This summer Devin will be an intern with Hill Holliday in Boston. After graduation he hopes to return home and work either in marketing strategy or at an ad agency in New York.
  •  Allison Looney is the Internal Communications Manager for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., an independent, private, not-for-profit engineering research and development firm. During more than 20 years with Draper Laboratory she also has worked on community outreach, marketing communications, and media relations. She received her master’s degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Applied Communication Research from Boston University in 2009. Allison recently was nominated for Draper’s Outstanding Mentor award in recognition of her informal mentoring of a colleague.  She also has recruited and worked with volunteers extensively, which often incorporates a mentoring element.  For 17 years Allison volunteered with Cambridge Public Schools’ KeyPals Program, of which Draper is a corporate partner. She managed the program for a decade, including a career awareness element for the 20 to 30 Draper employees she recruited each year, a number of whom formed long-term informal mentoring pairs.
  • Dina Wolfman Baker (moderator) is IABC Boston’s Director of Professional Development and Director of Marketing and Communication at PCG Public Partnerships LLC (PPL), a subsidiary of Public Consulting Group. Reporting to PPL’s President and serving on its executive committee, Baker develops and oversees the company’s marketing and communication strategy; ongoing efforts in communicating with the media, legislative bodies, the public, clients and consumers; and organizational communication. She has presented on leadership and helped establish programs in leadership, professional development, and mentoring, as well as speaking and conducting workshops on marketing and communication. Baker is active in marketing and communication peer groups and has served on the boards of various organizations and as a mentor to young professionals.


Future of the Media Panel Discussion @ BU Photonics Center, 9th Floor
Apr 17 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 18 @ 12:00 am

Future of the Media Panel Discussion

Sponsored by IABC Boston, PRSA Boston, BU’s College of Communication and PRSSA chapter

Thursday, April 17, 2004
BU Photonics Center, 9th Floor
8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215


5:00 p.m.  Registration opens, refreshments served
6:00-7:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 p.m.   Q&A

(Times are approximate.)

The media landscape is constantly evolving with new owners already making their mark at the Boston Globe and the Washington Post; AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post and disposal of Patch; and Tina Brown’s departure from the Daily Beast to start a conference company. And then there’s legendary investor Warren Buffett, an ex-Washington Post paperboy, acquiring 70 newspapers (including 30 dailies for an outlay of some $400 million) over the past eighteen months!

 On April 17, 2014, the Boston chapters of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), Boston University’s College of Communication and PRSSA chapter are holding an informed discussion on the future of the media.  A distinguished panel of experienced luminaries and practitioners will discuss the changes that are taking place in the media industry and what the implications might be for media practitioners and students now and in the future.

Chairman and Moderator:   

Tom Fiedler, Dean, BU College of Communication, former executive editor at the Miami Herald and a Pulitzer Prize winner


  • David Fanning, Founder and Executive Producer of Frontline and Lifetime Achievement Emmy award winner
  • Kevin Cullen, columnist on the Boston Globe and a Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Rhod Sharp, veteran presenter of BBC Radio Five Live’s Up All Night show (from his house on the North Shore)
  • Emily Bell, Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia and previously director of digital content for Britain’s Guardian News & Media

IABC and PRSA Members $35
(Earlybird Rate $25)
Non-members $50 (Earlybird Rate $40)
Students $10

Register here!

Social Hour at Hertiage Region Conference @ 88Lounge
Oct 21 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
IABC Boston Holiday Mixer @ Back Bay Harry's
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
IABC Boston Holiday Mixer @ Back Bay Harry's | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

Please join us at Back Bay Harry’s to celebrate the season and share our success (or war) stories!

Registration includes appetizers and one drink ticket. Register here!

Hope to see you there!

President Brian Moore

Summer Mixer @ Tia's On the Waterfront
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
IABC Boston
Summer Kick-Off!!

Chances are, you’ve had enough of winter! It’s time to look forward to warmer days with the IABC BOSTON SUMMER KICKOFF — cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking on Tia’s patio. Join other communications pros to share successes and challenges, get ideas and get inspired! First drink & all the apps are on us.

ALI’s Strategic Internal Communications Conference @ Omni Parker House Hotel
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day

INTCOMMThis Advanced Learning Institute conference will help you gain a greater understanding of the power of communications by connecting you with peers who have successfully used a variety of traditional and social tools to ignite and accelerate employee behaviors.

Case Study: ESN Success at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt @ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt introduced an enterprise social network (ESN) in 2014, providing a tool that would enable real-time collaboration, ideation, and information gathering. This HMH case study will take you through the critical stages of how the ESN was conceived, launched, and now managed.

Networking 5:30-6:00 p.m. with presentation by Brian Moore, Director of Internal Communications, to follow.

New Year’s Mixer @ Battery Park
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re celebrating the New Year! Join us for drinks, apps and conversation at IABC Boston’s networking mixer at Battery Park in the Financial District. We hope to see you there!

IABC Networking Mixer @ The Naked Fish
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in Waltham, MA for an evening of networking with your fellow ‘west of Boston’ communicators at The Naked Fish. Your first drink, appetizers, and good conversation included!


Members: $20 + eventbrite fees will apply

Non-members: $30 + eventbrite fees will apply

Student: $10 + eventbrite fees will apply

Register five members of your team and pay for four — just use promo code 544 to receive your discount. This will discount for both members and non-members at 20% of the total price. You must register at least five people to use the discount code.

Not an IABC member yet? Find out more about benefits here, or contact IABC Boston‘s VP of Membership, Jeremy Salah for more information.