2020 ABC Western U.S. Conference
March 1-5, 2020
Baja, Mexico Cruise

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Aboard a cruise ship departing from Long Beach, California, absent Internet connections, and surrounded by beauty and open space, this conference offers a rare opportunity to be in the moment and enjoy rich presentations and discussions about business communication topics. A major goal of this conference is to engage in more profound and meaningful conversations than are often not possible in our distracted lives on land!

On this 4-day cruise, we'll depart Long Beach, California on March 1 and wake up off the California Coast at Catalina Island.  From there, we'll sail to Ensenada, Mexico where an excursion awaits. 


Submissions

All business communication topics are welcome.

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Submission deadline - August 15, 2019

Session Types
  • Research. These presentations involve completed research projects with empirical data about communication in the workplace. In rare cases, these may be theoretical presentations. Research presentations will be 15 minutes in length with 10 minutes for discussion.
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). These presentations involve completed research projects with empirical data from communication classes and training. SoTL presentations will be 15 minutes in length with 10 minutes for discussion.
  • Research development colloquia. These sessions are devoted to developing early-stage research projects and /or for early-career folks who may be completing their dissertations or starting a new research project. Researchers who have developed research designs and, in some cases, who have collected preliminary data will present their projects in roughly 5 to 10 minutes. Then, colleagues will spend 15 to 20 minutes discussing how to move the projects forward.
  • Innovative teaching. These sessions involve 5-minute presentations about innovative teaching of business communication topics.

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Registration

Price includes conference registration and cruise with either oceanview cabin or interior cabin and meals.  You can relax as the sole occupant of your cabin, or see guest price below.  When registering, prepare to enter passport number, date of birth, and full legal name.  A passport is required to board the cruise ship.  Consider purchasing travel insurance; if you miss the boat, there are no refunds! 

Price also includes all daily activities and entertainment as provided aboard ship for all passengers.

Oceanview cabin

ABC Member
$797 - early bird deadline October 4              
$897 - payments received after October 4        
$950 - payments received after October 25    

Student
$747 - early bird deadline October 4. If under age 21 at time of cruise, contact.
$847 - payments received after October 4
$900 - payments received after October 25

Non-member
$897 - early bird deadline October 4                
$997 - payments received after October 4         
$1150 - payments received after October 25   

Interior cabin (very limited availability)

ABC Member
$683 - early bird deadline October 4              
$783 - payments received after October 4        
$950 - payments received after October 25    

Student
$633 - early bird deadline October 4.     If under age 21 at time of cruise, contact.
$733 - payments received after October 4
$833 - payments received after October 25

Accessibility:  accessible cabins are extremely limited.  Payment should be made as soon as possible in order that ABC secure a suitable cabin.  For assistance, contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org

Guest

Bring a guest to cruise with you for only $100.  This price covers the cruise and meals.  If you want guest to also include the ABC reception, cost is $125.

If your guest is under age 21 read more.

Registration opens near the end of June.

Cruise Schedule

Sunday, March 1          Long Beach, CA        depart 5:00 pm  

Monday, March 2         Catalina Island, CA    7:30am-5:30pm
                                     (presentations)

Tuesday, March 3         Ensenada, Mesico     8:00am-4:30pm

Wednesday, March 4    Day at Sea (presentations)

Thursday, March 5   Return to Long Beach   7:00am arrival

 


Travel Tips


For this cruise departing from Long Beach, California, more details are coming soon, including parking, pre-boarding instructions and boarding time.  We encourage you to purchase travel insurance. Nearby airports: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County. In the event of a delay for any reason, the ship won't wait.  Nearby hotel tips.

You may purchase Internet during the boarding process.  Internet service is limited. 

Packing and restrictions.  PASSPORT REQUIRED.

Questions?  Contact Jolanta Aritz, Western United States Regional Vice President or Peter Cardon, Conference Chair