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

Check back in mid-December.


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

Submissions open January 6

Expected deadlines:
Proposals for blind peer review due by March 2
Workshop proposals due by March 2
Roundtable proposals due by March 2  
Final proposals due by April 20

Check back for the full Call for Papers and submission instructions.

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


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

Registration opens by June 2020.

Conference Contacts

Dee Fuchs and Ashley Nelson



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