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Gathering last night in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, a captivated audience watched as award-winning journalist and opening keynote speaker Soledad O'Brien discussed lessons from the struggling media industry, the importance of truth and video, and why employers must build trust — or risk being left behind.
• O'Brien reflected on her early days in local television, where she noticed a lack of depth and understanding in media coverage. She cautioned against the biases she saw in the stories being produced, and the tendency to stick to a prescribed narrative. O'Brien urged organizations to opt into authenticity, saying, "No one will believe you if they don't trust you."
• Companies must take it upon themselves to build trust among their employees. O'Brien asked, "Are you proud to work there? Does this match your lived experience?" An employer's value statement must match their actions as an organization.
• Video has become increasingly popular in how we connect, share and gather information. In reporting on complex and difficult topics, and pointing to her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and female 9/11 rescue workers, O'Brien noted that one should "tackle emotionally challenging topics only if you are brutally honest." She went on to say that "stickiness requires emotion," transparency and articulating who you are.
• O'Brien acknowledged that businesses can be afraid of giving their employees a voice and signed off by emphasizing the need for organizational transparency in order to build trust inside and outside organizations. Her address to a full ballroom resulted in a standing ovation.
O'Brien acknowledged that businesses can be afraid of giving their employees a voice and signed off by emphasizing the need for organizational transparency in order to build trust inside and outside organizations. Her address to a full ballroom resulted in a standing ovation.
From highlights of our keynotes to insights from our speakers, the IABC World Conference Brief will be running daily through Wednesday, with additional issues on Friday, 14 June, and a final wrap-up issue on Thursday, 20 June. Thanks for tuning in!
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9 a.m. Keynote address: Celeste Headlee, "The lost art of conversation"
(Fairmont, or by live feed in The Hub exhibit hall)
10:30 a.m. Breakout sessions
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Buffet-style lunch will be served in The Hub exhibit hall at the Hyatt.
1 p.m. Breakout sessions
2-2:45 p.m. Coffee and cookies break in The Hub
3 p.m. Breakout sessions
4:30-5:30 p.m. Networking reception
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6:45 p.m. Dine Around
Join Dine Around Vancouver with your fellow communicators. Vancouver is famous for its variety of cuisines, incredible local ingredients (especially seafood) and stunning views. Learn more about Dine Around and see the full list of restaurants here. Check the Eventbrite page for the restaurant you selected for the time of your group reservation. The groups for the restaurants below will leave from the Fairmont. All other groups will leave from the Hyatt.
CRAFT Beer Market
Rodney's Oyster Bar
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