2019 Annual Conference

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

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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.             Check back after February for lodging link.

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. 

Call for Papers

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


Pre-Conference Workshop proposals due:  Friday, March 1, 2019
Mentor and Peer Review proposals due:  Friday, March 1, 2019                            

Submissions close:  Friday, April 26, 2019.

Guidelines with submission parameters and review criteria
Sample submission form

Click here to submit.  

Want to participate in sponsored sessions?
     Business Practices Committee panel - Click here for Call     Deadline-April 16, 2019
     How Do You Teach Diversity? with Jacqui Lowman - Call coming near mid-March.
     My Favorite Assignment with D. Joel Whalen - Call coming in late Spring.

Want to be volunteer reviewer or peer mentor?  Learn moreClick here to sign up.


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
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Social Responsibility, Civic Engagement, Sustainability, and Business Ethics
Technology, Digital Communication, Social Media, and Web 2.0
Visual Communication

Consulting & practice

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
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.

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.

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 Contacts

Clive Muir & Dirk Remley