2020 Annual International Conference

85th Annual International Conference
October 27 to 31, 2020       
Virtually Everywhere

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Already registered at conference time? If you registered for the 2020 Conference, log into your account here (link closed) to continue to view sessions and chat on the virtual platform. 

Most conference recordings were available on the virtual platform until October 2021. Read on about possible discount codes needed BEFORE you register.  Want your university to pay?  Complete your registration and follow prompts to pay.  Once invoice is generated, click to email the invoice to your finance office.  For registration assistance, contact: abcoffice@businesscommunication.org

All presenters and participants must pay to register. 

Once registered, you will receive an invitation from Association for Business Communicaton via no-reply@Pathable.com.  Add this address to your mail contacts. 

Get ready now!  Visit the virtual platform and find your schedule.  Download (or update) Zoom software and install the Chrome browser.

Late rate (after October 15, 2020)

  • Member: $200  (If new member since June 15, learn more here of 10% conference discount.)
  • Nonmember: $275  (Before attempting to register, click to learn of 10% conference discount with paid membership.)
  • Retiree: $125
  • Student: $125
  • Group rate for 20 or more students - Click for details
  • Part-time or adjunct member: $125 (Before attempting to register, request discount code here

Want to upgrade your membership from Guest to Paid Member for full member benefits?  Click for steps.

Want to add Workshop (closed) or Donation After Already Registered--or--
Want to pay separately for a Donation? Click for steps.

Presentation and Equipment Tips

Where is my unique invitation to the virtual platformClick to learn.

• Learn about the virtual platform. Visit https://camp.pathable.co/login       This is NOT the same site as for your unique link to the conference.
• Click “Create New Account” and enter your information
• Use access code “pathabletraining”
Video to learn more:  https://vimeo.com/pathable.

Please review this page for information that will optimize your presentation experience, help you record, and share the best equipment and technology to use. Be sure to cite your sources for videos, images, research, and content.

Uploading steps - click here. You may upload your presentation (2GB maximum video size) to the conference platform (due 21 October, but you can still upload), then "come" to the conference to share your presentation and hold questions and answers during your session.   Invitations to the virtual site were sent October 20.  If you did not get your invitation or if you can't get into the platform, submit a support ticket hereUpload is not required.

How to Upload for My Favorite Assignment and How Do You Teach Diversity? - CLICK HERE

Troubleshooting Tips 

On conference day, if you experience trouble connecting to Pathable, click here for tips.



Registered workshop attendees will see their My Schedule on the virtual platform showing name(s) of workshops as requested. 

Read of workshops - click here

Expected Schedule

Presenter Schedule with session description (downloadable pdf). Times reflected are Eastern Time; when planning your agenda in virtual platform, time will convert to your time zone. 

Schedule at a Glance - Download to spot committee meetings, regional meetings, and more.


Presenters may share pre-recorded presentations or present live.  Both presentation options include live question and answer.

Tuesday, October 27 and Saturday, October 31
New Attendee Welcome, Workshops, Opening Reception and Virtual Welcome
Wednesday, October 28
Opening Plenary - ABC President  Presidential Address                
Sessions begin
Thursday and Friday, October 29 to 30
Sessions continue
Saturday, October 31
Sessions conclude by 1:30 pm EST

First Time Attendee Tips

  • Arrive early to settle in comfortably; stay for the entire conference.
  • Take time to meet new people.
  • Attend the First Time Attendee Welcome Address to hear from the ABC President and ABC Executive Director.
  • Participate in a workshop to make even more connections.
  • Take care of yourself.  Consider gentle stretching and meditation.  Make good choices; allow time to process your thoughts and take time for a bit of quiet each day.  Enjoy fresh air and exercise. Get enough sleep. 
  • If you need a friend or mentor, visit ABC Connect; you will discover seasoned ABC members who are happy to "show you the ropes."
  • Visit ABC Connect.

Call for Papers

Theme:  Strengthening B-comm in an era where perception is reality

Click for Call for Papers (downloadable pdf)


Click for steps to edit submission.

Final proposals (panel, poster, regular) CLOSED     
Workshop proposals CLOSED         
Roundtable proposals  CLOSED

Click for submission guidelines. 

Note: All submissions will be double-blind reviewed with opportunity to share your 500 to 1000 word extended abstract in Conference Proceedings.  Learn more about Volunteer Reviewer here.

Want to participate in sponsored sessions?
 How Do You Teach Diversity? with Jacqui Lowman (Closed) - Click for details.
 My Favorite Assignment with D. Joel Whalen (Closed) -  Click for details. 
Business Practices Committee panel with Sam DeKay (Closed) - Click for details.  
Graduate Studies Panel with Stephen Carradini (Closed) - Click for details.


Consulting, Research, Teaching


Click to view conference tracks.


This year's conference gives the opportunity to share your extended abstract in the Conference Proceedings, citation ISSN 2472-0658.  You do not have to write a separate paper, though you may expand your original proposal submission. There is no maximum word limitation. Your permission will be requested on the conference submission form. Learn more here.

Conference Contacts

Dee Fuchs and Ashley Nelson