2019 Annual Conference

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

Video courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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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,

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

Download the Call for Papers

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


Submissions close:  Friday, April 26, 2019.

Guidelines with submission parameters and review criteria
Sample submission form

Click here to submit.  

Pre-Conference Workshop proposals    (Closed)
Mentor and Peer Review proposals      (Closed)
Want to be volunteer reviewer or peer mentor?  Learn more.  Thank you volunteers.  Sign-ups are complete.

Want to participate in sponsored sessions?
 Business Practices Committee panel - Click for Call     Deadline April 16, 2019
 Graduate Studies Panel: Emerging Trends in Business and Professional Communication - Click for Call  Deadline April 12
 How Do You Teach Diversity? with Jacqui Lowman - Call coming March 25
 My Favorite Assignment with D. Joel Whalen - Call coming in late Spring.


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

Poster Tips


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

(Times and additional details will be available after March 27.)

High-Impact Coaching Skills to Create Career-Ready Students
Carol Carter, GlobalMinded  9AM-3PM      Read more.

Gamification: Designing Games Courses
Lauren Malone, Iowa State University

Artificial Intelligence for Global Virtual Teams
Peter Cardon, Carolin Fleishmann, Jolanta Aritz, University of Southern California

Researching Visual Communication: Issues, Methods & Results
Charles Kostelnick, Iowa State University

Gendered Communication Skills for Classrooms and Workplaces
Sabrina Pasztor, University of Southern California

Creative Problem Solving in Business Communication Classrooms
Becky Crews & David Eyman, Miami University, Ohio

Starting Student-Run Business Podcast and Online Journal
Marianne Richardson + 2 students, Brigham Young University

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.

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

Conference Contacts

Clive Muir & Dirk Remley