2019 Annual Conference

84th Annual International Conference
October 23-26, 2019
Detroit, Michigan USA

Stylized photo of Detroit skyline.

Promotional video courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 


Lodging & Venue

Book here for group rate. For accessible rooms and details, click here.

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

Rates: Single/Double $185 (plus 15% tax; subject to change). Includes internet, fitness center and indoor pool.  Daily parking: parking $20; self $15.    For accessible rooms and details,

We'll host the conference in this grandly restored 1924 landmark was once the worlds tallest hotel.  Enjoy easy access to restaurants, casinos, and nightlife, as well as Comerica Park and Ford Field. 

Book List        NEW!                                                                                  
Click for a get-to-know Detroit and Michigan book list, including a selection of Michigan Notable Books from the Library of Michigan.  If you have a favorite "Michigan" book to add, let us know. 

Call for Papers

Download the Call for Papers

Theme:  “Innovations with Business Communication: Companies, Communities, and Classrooms


Submissions                          

Submissions close:  Friday, April 26, 2019.             SUBMIT SOON!

Guidelines with submission parameters and review criteria
Sample submission form

Click here to submit.  

Need to edit your submission?  Steps

Want to participate in sponsored sessions?
 How Do You Teach Diversity? with Jacqui Lowman  
 My Favorite Assignment with D. Joel Whalen 
 Research Roundtable with Sky Marsen    Deadline April 26, 2019
 
Business Practices Committee panel     (Closed)
 
Graduate Studies Panel: Emerging Trends in Business and Professional Communication   (Closed)

Pre-Conference Workshop proposals    (Closed)

Tracks                             

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

Focus                                
Consulting & practice
Teaching
Research
SOTL

Poster Tips


Proceedings

Learn about Proceedings.  Log in and then submit your full paper by July 1.  Find past conference Proceedings on the ABC Publications page.
Proceedings ? - Contact Leigh Ann Whittle, Chair, Proceedings Editorial Review Board.


Registration

Registration opens near May 1. 
Registration ? - Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org

Rates    

ABC Member - Base Registration
$350 - early bird deadline August 30              
$450 - payments received after August 30        
$575 - payments received after September 30    

Student
$175 (Graduate student registration fee waived if the ABC student member is presenting at the conference and if registered by August 30.  Graduate student presenters contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org for discount code prior to registering.)
$275 - payments received after August 30
$300 - payments received after September 30

Non-member - Base Registration
$450 - early bird deadline August 30                
$550 - payments received after August 30         
$650 - payments received after September 30    

Virtual presentation $175 - deadline August 30

Workshops $40-$75

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


Workshops

All day workshop - one
Early morning workshops - two
Mid-afternoon workshops - two
Late afternoon workshops - two

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Mastering High Impact Coaching Skills     $75
Carol Carter, GlobalMinded    

Learn to guide students to resolve conflict and become proactive contributors to the changing workforce.

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Gamifying Business Communication Courses    $40
Lauren Malone, Iowa State University

Learn how to design your course as a game to create collaborative and interactive learning spaces.  read more

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Recognizing Gendered Communication and Implementing Strategies to Improve Communication Effectiveness in Classrooms and Workplaces    $40
Sabrina Pasztor, University of Southern California

Examine how gendered communication practices and styles can create biases in classrooms and workplaces; learn specific strategies to help students and employees minimize them; and create more inclusive communication environments. (Two-hour workshop.)     read more

11:15 AM – 2:15 PM

Artificial Intelligence for Global Virtual Teams    $40
Peter Cardon, Carolin Fleishmann, Jolanta Aritz, University of Southern California    (limited to 15 people)
Sponsored by University of Southern California

The workshop will explore the trend of communication augmentation by AI in the context of global virtual teams, such as the Virtual Business Professional Project (VBP). The goal is to co-create a draft white paper around workshop topics.

11:15 AM - 2:15 PM

Creative Problem-Solving in Business Communication     $40
Becky Crews & David Eyman, Miami University, Ohio

Learn how to build an instructional toolkit of theoretical and practical methods and activities to enhance student learning and meet creative problem-solving skills employers seek in graduates. 

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Researching Visual Communication      $40
Charles Kostelnick, Iowa State University, ABC Outstanding Researcher Award Winner 2018

Explore visual communication issues and trends in text design, data visualization, and illustrations as well as the methods to research them. 

2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Student-Run Business Podcasts and Online Journals   $40
Marianna Richardson and Andrea Cabrera, Jennifer Goldsberry, Sarah Romeny, Brigham Young University

Learn from students and their adviser how to enhance student engagement with multiple elements of business communication by developing an online business journal and podcasts, using social media to market them. 


Silent Auction

The C. R. Anderson Foundation Silent Auction held at the ABC annual international conference is a great way to involve our graduate students.  Auction proceeds will go towards supporting our graduate students travel grants.  Check back later 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


Expected Schedule

Wednesday, October 23
Pre-conference workshops - all day; 7 options
Networking and Community Building Reception

Thursday, October 24
Opening Plenary - ABC President and ABC Second Vice President       
Sessions begin

Friday, October 25
Sessions continue
Awards Banquet - The evening will have awards presentations by our Executive Director and time for conversation.

Saturday, October 26
Sessions conclude by noon


Travel & Transit Tips

Detroit Metro Airport is a Delta hub.

Bus from airport (accessible) to near hotel.   Area map.

Jump on the Q-line at Campus Martius (a couple blocks from hotel) to find shops, attractions, & eateries along this 3.3 mile streetcar circuit

Metro Cars offers travel via fully accessible van (about $69+tip) or by sedan to the conference venue. Book online or dial 800-456-1701.  Metro Cars app available for your mobile device. Taxis are about $50 (not counting any unexpected traffic.  This information is shared for user convenience.  ABC does not intend to endorse or recommend a particular vendor.

Motor City...Motown...Hockeytown...Detroit's homegrown musicians include Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Eminem, Big Sean, Madonna, Ted Nugent, and Smokey Robinson.

Beloved teams include the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, and Pistons.  Game night has fans with a Detroit coney dog in one hand and a craft drink in the other hand.


Conference Forum

(coming after mid-April)
Want to share lodging or transportation?  Use this member's only forum to connect with others.


Conference Contacts

Clive Muir & Dirk Remley

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