What We're Doing & Who We Are



Welcome to IABD Press 2010, dedicated to presenting highlights of the International Academy of Business Disciplines Annual Convention in Las Vegas.  In our third year of ensuring that memories and highlights of the IABD Conferences live on, the Emerson College-based project is dedicated to capturing the essence of the panels, lectures, presentations and keynote speakers, as well as the personalities that make our organization so special. Throughout the convention, students from Emerson College's Communication Studies Department will be conducting interviews for IABD TV. We will be covering panels and asking IABD members to give their impressions of the convention as well as highlight their scholarly work and presentations. You can also add your own comments regarding the convention by responding on the blog.

The IABD Press Team will be posting these interviews and pictures to the website daily.  Please check the website each day to catch up on the exciting events at the IABD Las Vegas.  If you have any events or people you want us to highlight, please call me at 617-504-6112, or email me at

After the convention, the IABD Press Project will be a part of the IABD website archive, joining our work in San Diego in 2008  and St. Louis in 2009.  Our hope is thorugh such communication archives, we can relive our dialogues and experiences in Las Vegas.  

This year we also will honor the spirit and memory to David P. Twomey III, project director of the first San Diego Press Project for IABD, with a Creativity Award presented to the most outstanding student paper/project that empitomizes the passion, creativity and idealism of my former student.  David passed away this past summer of H1N1 at the age of 26 and the loss is devastating to all of us who loved him.  I know that he watches over this conference with a smile that we are continuning the IABD Press. This award ensures that we shall always treasure David's memor and promise.

Looking forward to seeing you at IABD 2011 in New Orleans!


Dr. J. Gregory Payne
Vice President of Advancement
International Academy of Business Disciplines

Department of Communication Studies
Emerson College


Efe Sevin, Webmaster

Efe Sevin (BSc, METU '08 MA Emerson College '10), from Turkey, is a researcher interested in public diplomacy, political communication, public opinion and nation/place branding subjects. As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, he has written his master's thesis entitled "Controlling the Message: A Strategic Approach to Nation Branding Processes" where he discussed the importance of solid communication strategies in branding campaigns. So far, he has been involved in several grassroots public diplomacy and public advocacy campaigns both in Turkey and in the United States. Currently, he is working as a part of Emerson Baja Coalition to help in the rebranding attempts of Rosarito Beach, Mexico. He is also the Political Communication Consultant for Turkayfe project ( You can visit Efe's personal website at and his blog at

Scott Hanning, Webmaster

Scott Hanning has called Boston home for 16 years, but he grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.  Scott earned a BFA in Art History from the School of Visual Arts at the University of North Texas, and is now a MA candidate in Communication Management at Emerson College.  In his spare time, he loves to travel, and has enjoyed visiting Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.  He frequently contributes to travel-related social media websites; in 2009 he was appointed a "destination expert" for Big Sur, California.  Scott hopes that others can discover, along with Mark Twain, that "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

Jeffrey Beam, Contributor

Jeffrey Beam is a senior at Emerson College, majoring in Political Communication. Originally a Broadcast Journalism major, Jeffrey was attracted to the Political Communication department for its impressive personnel as well as its focus on putting key concepts into practice in the real world.  Jeffrey works at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, where he has had the chance to meet and work at events with several prominent political leaders of the world, including Vice President Joe Biden, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and Irish President Mary McAleese.  Jeffrey, a native of Greene, Maine, is honored to be a part of the IABD Press Team and to have participated at this year's conference in Nevada.

Charmiant Corado, Contributor

Charmiant Corado is a Venezuelan communication and public relations expert, with an M.A. in  Journalistic, Institutional and Corporate Communication from the Complutense of Madrid, Spain.  While in Europe, Charmiant worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) office of the multinational banking company Santander Group, heading up the CSR team's “Social Corner."  Back in Venezuela, she was a TV journalist for more than six years, investigating, writing, producing, and hosting prime-time TV programs.  Charmiant is now earning a second M.A. at Emerson College in Communication Management, and is fluent in Spanish, French, and English.  As a member of the Emerson Baja Coalition, Charmiant is creating the group's first bilingual grassroots program: “Rosarito en Positivo.” This initiative intends to positively influence Rosarito’s image, and to encourage Rosarito’s residents to gain confidence in telling their own stories to a global audience.

Stephanie Costa, Contributor

Stephanie Costa is a senior Marketing Communications: Advertising and Public Relations major with a minor in Political Communication at Emerson College, graduating in May 2010. Stephanie has explored the importance of communications in building strong brands and establishing brands as a part of a person's lifestyle while attending Emerson. She is passionate about the impact strong communications can have on companies, countries, and individuals. Excited to graduate and explore what's next, Stephanie is eager to begin her life as an Emerson alum. 

Evan Chapman, Contributor

Evan Chapman is a junior at Emerson College, majoring in Political Communication. Raised outside of Washington DC, Evan fell under the spell of politics at an early age. Evan is currently interning at the Deval Patrick Comittee. He has also previously interned in Senate President Therese Murray's press office. These experiences have inspired Evan to pursue a career in electoral politics, working to elect candidates he truly believes in. He will however continue to volunteer and advocate to help improve America's image abroad.  He is honored to have taken part in this years IABD Press Team and to have participated in this year's conference in Nevada.

Shannon K. Felton, Contributor

Shannon K. Felton is in her final undergraduate year at Emerson College, majoring in Political Communication. She has also completed a minor in Political Science. Through her professional endeavors, Shannon has had the unique opportunity to work closely with the offices of Speaker of the House Pelosi, Senator Dodd, and Senator Kerry while executing successful events for each official. Originally from Denver, Colorado, her passion for government and communication led her East to Boston to attend Emerson College. Shannon is very excited to be part of this year's IABD Press Team and to represent her generation's Public Diplomacy efforts.

Genevieve Gearity, Contributor

Genevieve Gearity is a senior at Emerson College, majoring in Political 
Communication.  A freshman WLP major - turned Sophomore Film major - turned 
lifetime PoliCommer, Genevieve was drawn to the department for its unique 
focus on advocacy and the interest in the success of its students.  Genevieve works at the Massachusetts State House as a legislative and media intern for State Representative Ellen Story.  She is also the Northeast Communications and Fundraising Director for the non-profit organization Children of the Light, a safe home for children in La Ceiba, Honduras. The combined experiences from these two opportunities has lead Genevieve to 
continue her pursuit of advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Her goal is to one day dedicate her life to the eradication of human trafficking. Genevieve shares many qualities with her home state of Connecticut. For instance, they have an affinity for nutmeg and both look great in pastels. She is honored to be a part of the IABD Press Team and to have participated in this year's conference in Nevada.

Emjaye McDonald, Contributor

Emjaye McDonald was born and raised in Arco, Idaho. She will graduate from Emerson College with a degree in Political Communication in 2011. Her experience thus far includes work with a variety of organizations such as Lost River Economic Development, Rose & Allyn PR, and the Massachusetts Republican Party.

Alex Pearson, Contributor

Alexandra Pearson is a senior in political communication at Emerson College who will be pursuing a Masters in Communication Management next year. She's lived in Monterey, CA and San Antonio, TX prior to Boston.  Alex has worked for Governor Deval Patrick as a Constituent Service agent and has worked on several campaigns while in college. This past year she managed the campaign to re elect Somerville's Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, and won by 74%. Alex is a passionate political activist and citizen journalist. She was a news writer for WERS 88.9FM for two years and has recently taken up blogging at Alex hopes to continue working on political campaigns and would like to work for Google Inc in the future.

Ada Renedo, Contributor

Ada Renedo comes from the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona. With a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations, she thought that the Emerson College Communication Management Program would be an ideal complement. A layover in Paris and 7 suitcases finally brought her to Boston.  Since age 12, Ada has studied and interned around the world, which explains her love for anything that includes the word "international." Ada has visited Rosarito twice and is determined to use her bilingual skills to improve the perception of Baja California.  Ada is also the International Ambassador for Emerson College and contributes to the Emerson Global Network.

Katie-Coral Sicora, Contributor

Katie-Coral Sicora, of Ventura, California, is a Senior Political Communication and Social Advocacy student. She has also studied Musical Theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Third World Development/International Relations at Richmond, The American International University in London. Katie-Coral is the Annual Giving Assistant in the Office of Institutional Advancement where she chairs the Senior Class Gift Committee. She is the Senior Corresponding Editor of the Emersonian, proud sister of Kappa Gamma Chi, and founder and co-president of the recently formed Emerson College Model United Nations. She has interned for The World Justice Project (a rule of law initiative within the American Bar Association), the American Heart Association in conjunction with M+R Strategic Services, and Senator John Kerry's Office of Online Communication. She recently returned from Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she and her husband shot the documentary "Live in Hope" about peace and progress following an 11 year civil war. She is currently working to improve post-conflict Sierra Leone through a public diplomacy awareness campaign supporting online dialogue between American and amputated Sierra Leonean soccer players. Her career goals include becoming a crisis communication/PR consultant and professor of Rhetoric and Interpersonal Communication regarding political/religious conflict and peace. She will be moving to San Francisco in the fall and will spread the word of IABD greatness.