2018 Annual Conference

83rd Annual International Conference
October 24-27, 2018
Miami, Florida, USA      


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Image courtesy:  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Theme:  Celebrating Diversity and Culture in Business Communication

Call for Proposals

See the call for proposals.  We welcome proposals relevant to the theme or a business communication-related topic.
Convocatoria (Call for Proposals in Spanish)

Focus - Teaching, Research, Consulting, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


  • Communication Issues in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • Consulting and Training
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employment Issues in Business Communication
  • Executive, Managerial, and MBA Communication
  • Innovative Instructional Methods
  • Intercultural and Global Communication
  • Interpersonal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Social Responsibility, Civic Engagement, Sustainability, and Business Ethics
  • Technology, Digital Communication, Social Media, and Web 2.0
  • Visual Communication


Click here for Submission Guidelines.

Click here for sample submission form.

Mentor/Blind Peer Review Proposals Due:  February 26, 2018    CLOSED
Workshop Proposals Due:  February 26, 2018    CLOSED
Final Proposals Due: Monday, April 30, 2018

Presenters and Co-Presenters must be either an "Organization Member" or "Organization Guest".  If you do not yet have an ABC membership or a guest account (free, but with no benefits), please create an account before submitting by visiting the ABC membership page at: https://tinyurl.com/yaznm64k

                         CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

To view your submission, log into the ABC site and click My Profile, then click My Options. Next, select My Presentations (at bottom of list—lower right corner). Click your Miami submission. Co-presenters and co-authors will see submission title, but cannot view the submission.

Session Types

Regular Presentation (15 min.)
Group Panel (45 min.)
Lightning Roundtable (75-min) (6-7 designated presenters)
Research Roundtable (6-10 min. TBD)
Pre-Conference Workshop (2-3 hours)   (WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)
Award Winners  (Instructions pending; please submit later.)
Committee/SIG Sessions (chairs only)
Spanish (15 min.)
Virtual Presentation (15 min.)

Volunteer Call

Volunteers are needed now for blind peer review, mentoring, and research roundtable experts.  Learn more.


Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132
Rates: Single/Double $199 (plus 13% tax; subject to change). Includes internet and health club access.

Conference delegates are responsible for making their own reservations and paying for their lodging, travel, and other expenses.


Enjoy the tropical ambiance of South Florida at our conference venue:
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132

Click here for a virtual visit to Miami.  Images courtesy:  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Click here for Miami fun facts.

Submissions for workshops are closed.  Registration begins in May.

Wednesday, October 24

9 am - 3 pm    Read more about all-day workshop.

Mastering High Impact Coaching Skills: Facilitation, Collaboration and Co-creation with Students so they are Employment Ready and Promotion Worthy
Carol Carter, LifeBound

8 am - 11am    Read more about concurrent early morning workshops.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusiveness: Preparing Students for Critical Conversations in Today’s Workplace
Paula Lentz, University of Wisconsin and Kathy Rentz, University of Cincinnati

Get On Your Feet: Using Technology Tools to Evolve Beyond the Canned Elevator Pitch
Michael Mandel, University of Arizona

11:15 am - 2:15 pm   Read more about concurrent mid-day workshops.

Developing Your Research with Purpose and Impact                                    Limited Enrollment
Peter Cardon, University of Southern California

Earn Accreditation in SOCIAL STYLE® to Cultivate Students or Clients’ Strategic Communication Skills
Judy Tisdale, University of North Carolina; Jana Seijts, Western University (Canada); and David Collins, TRACOM Group

2:30 - 5:30 pm       Read more about concurrent afternoon workshops.

Cross-Cultural Business Vignettes and Cases: A Methodology to Enhance Real World Analysis
David Victor, Eastern Michigan University

Engaging Classroom Interaction: Strategies & Best Practices To Promote Learning
Lolita Paff, Penn State Berks


A schedule summary will be posted near April.  The presenter schedule will be posted in August.


Check back for details on how to submit your full paper to the Proceedings.  Find past conference Proceedings on the ABC Publications page.

Proceedings ? - Contact Leigh Ann Whittle, Chair, Proceedings Editorial Review Board.


Online registration opens in May. 

If you do not yet have an ABC account or membership, please click here to set up your account or membership.  You'll need to establish an account or pay for membership before you can log in and register for the conference.

Want your university to pay?  Login and register for the conference.  Follow the prompts through the registration steps.  Click to "pay".  On the payment screen, click to EMAIL INVOICE (towards top left).  This allows you to send the invoice to your university for payment.  (Payment still needs to be received by deadline dates.)  This is easier than requesting staff to guess their way through your registration form!

All presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference.  Virtual presenters should register using a discount code available from abcoffice@businesscommunication.org.

Rates      (Coming in March.)
ABC Member (TBD)
Student (TBD)
Non-member (TBD)

Silent Auction

Plans are underway for the annual C. R. Anderson Foundation silent auction.  The auction is a great way to involve our graduate students and also support our graduate students and a literacy-based charity in our conference host community.  Stay tuned!

Past projects include the Voices Poetry Project (high school) helping immigrants share their stories in the Seattle area, an after-school writing program serving inner-city Philadelphia, and a literacy project for the under served in the Albuquerque area. 


A Biscayne Bay float? An outing to Little Havana?  A visit to Coconut Grove?  Check back later.

Travel Tips

Check back later.


Airport to Conference Venue via Public Transit-one way under $2.50.  At Miami International Airport, take free MIA Mover (every 5 min.) to Miami Airport Metro.  Purchase Metro fare card at station or online.  Travel South to Government Center.  Exit Metro and take the free Metro Mover-Omni Loop (every 6 min.).  Exit at Adrian Airts/Omni Metro.  Go 1 block north to hotel.       (Wheelchair accessible.)

Conference Forum

Would you like to upload handouts?  Would you like to connect with ABC members to find a roommate for the conference or share transportation to/from the airport? Maybe you would like to discuss the conference before heading to Miami?  Visit the conference forum, which is private and available to ABC members only.                                                                          

Conference Co-chairs  Becky Morrison and Susan Schanne.