2018 Annual Conference

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

Celebrating Diversity and Culture in Business Communication


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Image courtesy:  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

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. 


Download ABC's Guidebook for Conference Info On-the-Go! 
Here's how to do it: 
1. Download the (free) Guidebook app from your mobile phone's app store. It's available for Apple and Android users. 
2. Search for the "ABC 83rd Annual Conference" guide within the app
3. Enter the passcode: miami
4. Start exploring by looking through the speakers and building and customizing your personal schedule. You can also use Guidebook to network with other members and share photos. 

Wednesday, October 24
Pre-conference workshops - all day
Networking and Community Building Reception

Thursday, October 25
Opening Plenary - ABC President and ABC Second Vice President
Lunch and Learn with Cengage Learning (Optional; sign up required.) 
Sessions begin

Friday, October 26
Sessions continue
Awards Banquet - The evening will have awards presentations by our Executive Director and time for conversation.

Saturday, October 27
Sessions conclude by noon

Presenter schedule ordered by Submitter (downloadable) (as of 10-9-18)

Presenter schedule by date with short description (downloadable) (as of 10-9-18)                 Schedule subject to change.

Schedule at a Glance


Floorplan - Breakout Area


Sign up for workshops with registration.  Want to add a workshop after you have already registered? Find steps here.

Wednesday, October 24

9 am - 3 pm    Read more about all-day workshop.   $75

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$40 each

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.   $40 each

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.   $40 each

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 Berk

Lunch and Learn with Cengage Learning

Thursday, October 25

Cengage Learning is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn.  Enjoy a Cengage-provided lunch and take this opportunity to learn how the accessibility and affordability of course materials influence how many students meet your desired learning outcomes.  

Additional details will be posted by early August.   Sign-ups are limited with conference registration.  Want to add this option after you have already registered?  Find steps here.


Click here to register for the conference and optional workshops.

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.

Full Registration Includes

  • Wednesday evening opening Networking and Community Building Reception
  • Breaks:  Thursday and Friday (morning & afternoon); Saturday (morning).  
  • Breakfasts:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday.  (Lunch on-your-own)
  • Awards Banquet:  Friday evening (Awards presentations by our Executive Director and time for conversation.)
  • Session rooms with AV (computer, projector, internet connectivity)
  • Tech support


ABC Member - Base Registration
$350 - early bird deadline September 1              
$450 - payments received after September 1        
$575 - payments received after September 29.     

$175 (Graduate student registration fee waived if the ABC student member is presenting at the conference and if registered by September 1.  Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org for discount code.)
$275 - payments received after September 1
$300 - payments received after September 29

Non-member - Base Registration
$450 - early bird deadline September 1               
$550 - payments received after September 1         
$650 - payments received after September 29      

Workshops $40-$75

Bringing a Guest?      Wednesday reception $70.   Friday Awards Banquet $100

Adding Options (Workshops, Donations) after Registering

Want to add an option after you have already registered or pay separately for an option?  Find steps here.

Lodging & Location

Enjoy the tropical ambiance of South Florida at our conference venue:

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

Click here to reserve.        Should you require a roll-in shower or other needs for accessibility, please reserve directly with the hotel by calling (305)374-3900.        As of Sep 14 a few rooms remain.  Block closes by Sep 21 or when full.

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


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 title, but cannot view the submission.

Submitter can edit and can accept the submission.  Click here for steps.

Click here for Submission Guidelines.  (Submissions closed.)
Click here for sample submission form.

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 or registering by visiting the ABC membership page at: https://tinyurl.com/yaznm64k     

Call for Proposals

See the call for proposals
Convocatoria (Call for Proposals in Spanish)

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

Session Types 

Click here to visit session types and roundtable calls.
Click here for poster size and tips.


Learn about Proceedings here.  Log in and then submit your full paper by June 30.  Find past conference Proceedings on the ABC Publications page.
Proceedings ? - Contact Leigh Ann Whittle, Chair, Proceedings Editorial Review Board.


Silent Auction

Plans are underway for the C. R. Anderson Foundation Silent Auction held at the ABC annual international conference.  The auction is a great way to involve our graduate students.  This year, 100% of auction proceeds will go towards supporting our graduate students travel grants.  Click here to tell us what you are bringing to the auction or to donate. 

ABC affiliate C. R. Anderson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Your donations and contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by U. S. tax law.

Questions about the silent auction?  Contact auction co-chairs Clive Muir or Dirk Remley.


A Biscayne Bay float? A tasty outing to Little Havana?  A visit to Coconut Grove?  A walk through the pop art of Wynwood Walls area?  Hitting South Beach?! 

Sign up for "on your own" outings with ABC mates on the conference forum.  You may like to start your own "excursion" thread there, but to get started, check out the forum threads.  All transportation is on your own.  Read of some options in Transportation & Travel Tips.

Want to get further away?

Transportation & Travel Tips

Airport to Conference Venue via Public Transit-one way is about $2.25.  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.)

Cab to hotel is about $35.  Lyft or Uber is about $20.

Renting a car?  For tolls, consider purchasing a SunPass mini sticker transponder to pre-pay tolls.

Miami transit tips.   

Apps to navigate public transportation:  Miami-Dade Transit Tracker and the Miami Trolley App.

Trolley stops near hotel are free and fully accessible with lift.    Wynward stop immediately in front of the hotel travels to Wynwood Walls area with walls and buildings decorated with street art.  Biscayne stop within the block has stops that include museums and Bayside Marketplace.  Load the mobile app for more details.    Learn more about trolley here.
Metro Mover (one block north at Omni Center) is free and fully accessible.  Stops include Museum stop and Bayside Marketplace. 
Public bus (one block north at Omni Center) is fully accessible with lift.  Cost about $2.25. 

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


Conference Contacts

Becky Crews and Susan Schanne.