IABC-OC Aids Board Member in Career Transition
John Fabris had just attended his first IABC Orange County luncheon when he was asked to join the Board of Directors, and because his initial experience with the organization and its members were so positive, he readily agreed. That was last October, and he has served as Programs Director throughout 2015.
Fabris, an Irvine resident who served as the Orange County Register’s Deputy Editor in charge of newsroom operations until his sudden layoff last fall, is a communicator in transition. Navigating that transition from journalism into public affairs is what prompted him to join IABC in the first place, and IABC-OC’s networking opportunities, job leads and industry education have retained his interest.
“IABC is a great way to meet people, all of whom have been helpful and friendly,” Fabris said, adding that a number of chapter members have assisted by providing information about open communications positions, the best way to prepare for interviews and tips for approaching the right people in each organization.
“Not only do IABC’s monthly Network and Knowledge luncheons offer cutting-edge insight,” he noted, “but the organization brings real value with networking, volunteer and other educational opportunities.”
For new members, Fabris said, the best way to reap IABC-OC’s benefits is to join the chapter, get involved, attend the luncheons and introduce themselves. “At each meeting, we are invited to give an elevator speech about ourselves, and I would encourage everyone to take advantage of that opportunity,” Fabris said. “Bring business cards and take advantage of other members’ offers to help you.”
Besides his IABC-OC board responsibilities and career transition, he and his wife, OCR photographer Mindy Schauer, are kept on their toes by their three teenagers. The family enjoys road trips with their Labradoodle, recently taking a memorable vacation to the dog’s birthplace in Colorado.
During his transition, Fabris has been freelancing for a public affairs agency while he seeks management-level opportunities in public affairs, public relations and corporate communications.