2017 ABC Western U.S. Regional Conference

Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah
March 30–April 1, 2017

Theme: Messaging Beyond Memes: Pioneering a New Era of Communication

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Call for Papers

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The proposal-submission system is now closed.


  • Business Education Issues
  • Communication Technology
  • Executive/Managerial Communication
  • Innovative Instructional Methods
  • International Business Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Legal and Ethical Communication Issues
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Paradigm Shifts in Communication
  • Technology and Education
  • Training and Development/Consulting

Student Competitions

Calling all pioneering business communication students to participate in the ABC Western Region Writing and Presentation Competitions! The Western Region Conference held at Utah Valley University will host four competitions—two written and two oral.

  • First-place winners will receive $500.
  • Second-place winners will receive $300.
  • Third-place winners will receive $200.

The ABC Western Region Writing and Presentation Competition is sponsored by the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University.

See more information here:

Contact: Amy Bettridge
Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University


The proceedings submission deadline is February 23, 2017.


ABC members  $160 ($195 if received after February 24, 2017)
Non-members  $185 ($215 if received after February 24, 2017)
ABC Student Members  $85

Click here to register. 


Hampton Inn & Suites, 851 West 1250 South, Orem, Utah  84058
Phone (801)426-8500

$89.00 per room per night; available until March 17 or sold out, whichever comes first

Reservation link:  http://tinyurl.com/haopavz

Located directly across from UVU. Offers continental breakfast and campus shuttle service.

Keynote Speaker

Ballard.jpgTimothy Ballard, Founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R)

O.U.R. is a non-profit organization which rescues children from child-trafficking organizations with the ultimate goal of eliminating sex trafficking world-wide. The organization has been documented for their covert operations with jump teams consisting of former CIA agents, U.S. Special Operations Forces members, and other support volunteers. A renowned speaker, and best-selling author of The Washington Hypothesis, The American Covenant, and The Lincoln Hypothesis, Tim recently received the distinguished George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. For further information about Timothy and the O.U.R. please visit https://ourrescue.org/about/.

Contact Information

For submission information, contact Jennie Barber, Utah Valley University, JBarber@uvu.edu

Conference Chair - Laurie Bott, Utah Valley University, LBott@uvu.edu