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Inside the Client’s Mind: Q&A with REAL PEOPLE who hire consultants like YOU!

May 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ever wonder what potential clients really think about?

  • What matters most — price, quality, responsiveness or something else?
  • What makes them willing to cultivate long-term partnerships with certain consultants — and not others?
  • What makes them say “wow” when dealing with a new or current independent contractor?

Join IABC’s IndyComm group on Thursday, May 25 for a rousing Q&A session with a panel of local professionals who have hired independent consultants for a variety of projects. Learn:

  •  The types of projects they’ve outsourced
  • Why they choose to outsource some projects and not others — and not others
  • How they find independent consultants
  • Their best and worst experiences with independents — and not others
  • And much, much more

This is YOUR chance to ask the tough questions — the ones you may not have felt comfortable asking your own clients — and to get the answers you might not have expected.

Our esteemed panel of professionals regularly hire consultants like you every day:

Judy Iannaccone
Judy Iannaccone
Director of Public Affairs and Publications
Rancho Santiago Community College District
View Judy’s LinkedIn profile

Iannaccone oversees a team of 10 in public affairs, graphic communications, and publications for one of the largest community college districts in California. At the college district, Iannaccone works closely with the Spanish- and Vietnamese-language media as well as other ethnic media.

Prior to joining the college district, Iannaccone served as the director of public affairs for the American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter. Her responsibilities included media and community relations, publications, website development, and event planning, as well as hiring independent consultants.>

Emily Peel
Emily Peel
Creative Recruiter
Aquent’s Vitamin T division
View Emily’s LinkedIn profile

Peel is a Creative Recruiter at Vitamin T in Newport Beach, CA, a division created to exclusively connect digital, creative, and marketing talent to more than 250 ad agencies, marketing firms and small- to mid-sized companies in Orange County.

She has an extensive background working for staffing agencies, first in technical recruiting for the engineering industry, and eventually transitioning to digital and creative staffing. Her clients’ needs range from freelance to more long-term contract-to-hire and direct hire roles.

Ryan Lilyengren
Ryan Lilyengren APR, MA
Director of Communications
Diocese of Orange
View Ryan’s LinkedIn profile

As leader of the communications team, Lilyengren executes communications strategies for the Diocese and its related entities including the Orange County Catholic newspaper, OC Catholic Radio, EWTN broadcast partnership, the Christ Cathedral bulletin and all media relations and marketing activities on behalf of the Diocese.

Prior to joining the Diocese of Orange, Lilyengren served as Senior Account Supervisor for Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, within their Corporate and Public Affairs practice. Additionally, he served as public relations lead for Kaiser Permanente.


Cathi Douglas
Cathi Douglas, APR
Cathi Douglas Communications
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Douglas’ experience encompasses: Years of award-winning journalism, writing and editing of various newspapers and magazines including reporting and copy editing for the Orange County Register; the position of senior executive at a full-service PR agency; and 19 years in higher education, first at Chapman University as public relations director and then in strategic communications at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

Recently retired from CSUF, where she served as founding editor of Titan, the university’s nationally recognized magazine, she now runs Cathi Douglas Communications. Santa Ana-based CDC provides seasoned public relations, writing and editing services to nonprofit, higher education and consumer clients.


May 25, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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