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: $20 conference special.
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. Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Campus Martius Park (and the Q-Line), Cobo Center, and Detroit Opera House. Fox Theatre and Greektown Casino are also within 15 minutes. Detroit's scenic RiverWalk is nearby. The Michigan Ave. and Fort Cass People Mover stations are within a 5-minute walk.
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Theme: “Innovations with Business Communication: Companies, Communities, and Classrooms
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How Do You Teach Diversity? with Jacqui Lowman Openings!
My Favorite Assignment with D. Joel Whalen
Research Roundtable with Sky Marsen (Closed)
Business Practices Committee panel (Closed)
Graduate Studies Panel: Emerging Trends in Business and Professional Communication (Closed)
Pre-Conference Workshop proposals (Closed)
Learn about Proceedings. Log in and then submit your full paper by July 1. Find past conference Proceedings on the ABC Publications page.
ABC Member - Base Registration
$350 - early bird deadline August 30
$450 - payments received after August 30
$575 - payments received after September 30
$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 email@example.com 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
Bringing a Guest? Wednesday reception $70. Friday Awards Banquet $100
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.
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
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
Friday, October 25
Awards Banquet - The evening will have awards presentations by our Executive Director and time for conversation.
Saturday, October 26
Sessions conclude by noon
Detroit Metro Airport is a Delta hub.
Arriving via Amtrak from Chicago? Pick up Q-line at Baltimore Street Station to Campus Martius.
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. (Jump off at Mack Ave Station for Whole Foods--2 minute walk.) The PeopleMover's Michigan Avenue Station is within a 5-minute walk and The Rosa Parks Downtown Detroit Transit Center is located directly across the street from this station. Note: PeopleMover uses change only for the .75 fare. Download the QLINE Detroit app to purchase tickets on your iPhone or Android or purchase at QLINE stations with credit card. Cash purchases can be made on the streetcar.
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
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
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