2020 Annual International Conference

85th Annual International Conference
October 28 to 31, 2020
San Diego, California, USA

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Lodging & Venue

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, California  92101

Rates: Single/Double $189 (plus 13.3% tax; subject to change).  Includes guest room internet.
At check-in the optional $26 resort charge (plus tax) covers:

  • Local & domestic phone calls from the guestroom (rates vary)
  • 1-hour of bicycle or non-motorized water sports rentals, including kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats offered through SD Adventures. See standard rates at https://www.sdadventures.com/
  • 1-hour tennis court rental with equipment for 2
  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily food & beverage credit of $10
  • Internet access ($12.95 per day).  (ABC room block lodging includes internet in lodging room.)

Call for Papers

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

Click for Call for Papers (downloadable pdf.)


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 and sign up to review proposals.     

Submit here

Workshop proposals due by March 2
Roundtable proposals due by March 2  
Final proposals due by April 6   (Submitting earlier helps us plan best for you.)

We especially invite business communication proposals that address topics including:

  • Adaptation: keeping up with communication trends for greater student preparedness
  • Digital/Cloud: understanding conversational platforms, immersive experiences, and privacy and ethics issues
  • Strategy: putting purpose first to improve effectiveness and overcome “noise” or “over-communication”
  • Technologies: probing the influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), voice recognition, and other innovations
  • Tools: harnessing the power of social media, apps, and data/info visualization
  • Visuals: transmitting information and ideas using symbols and imagery


Consulting, Research, Teaching


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


This year's conference gives the opportunity to share your 500 to 1000 word extended abstract in the Conference Proceedings, citation ISSN 2472-0658.  Your permission will be requested on the submission form. 


Early bird member rate $350
Non-member rate and other details will be announced at later date.

Registration opens by June 2020.


Workshop proposals due by March 2.  Visit submission guidelines above.

Silent Auction

Expected Schedule

Wednesday, October 28
Pre-conference workshops
Networking and Community Building Reception

Thursday, October 29
Opening Plenary - ABC President and ABC Second Vice President                  
Sessions begin    

Friday, October 30
Sessions continue
Awards Banquet - The evening will have awards presentations by our Executive Director with time for conversation and socializing.

Saturday, October 31
Sessions conclude by noon

Travel & Transit Tips

If travelling via plane, you are required to present a REAL ID compliant driver's license or a valid passport (or other approved ID) to board a domestic flight.  This federal requirement is effective October 1.

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Conference Forum

Conference Contacts

Dee Fuchs and Ashley Nelson