2022 Annual International Conference

87th Annual International Conference
Tampa, Florida, USA and Virtual
October 3 to October 8, 2022

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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay - Our Conference Site

Reconnecting and Reengaging our Research, Teaching, and Networks


We will gather face-to-face in Tampa, Florida, USA, and also hold a virtual component for online presentations.  Onsite sessions will be October 6 - October 8. Check back to learn more.

Dates and Deadlines 

Approval Notification - Notifications were sent mid-May with invitation acceptance due from submitter June 1
Submitter will be requested to confirm presentation preference (virtual or on-site) June 20
Schedule posted - July 28

Want to Participate in Sponsored Sessions?

Panel and Regular presentation submissions - closed
Presentation and panel submissions seeking early approval - closed  
Workshop submissions - closed

Poster Submissions

Check back to learn how we may expand the offering.
Click here for Poster tips.


We hope you will permit ABC to consider your extended abstract for publication in the citable Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2472-0658.)

Click to watch this YouTube video made by Proceedings Editor Leigh Ann Whittle with tips on what makes a good Proceedings submission.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines with samplesClick here to see tracks.


Workshops are 2-to 3-hour, highly interactive, themed events. Participants will walk away with a new approach to teaching, researching, or consulting in the realm of business communication.

Brought to you by ABC colleagues, click here to learn of this year's workshop offerings.  Check back in early April for more details.


Volunteer reviewers review, evaluate, and comment on submissions. Learn more here.


Venue - Onsite

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, Florida, USA

Safety Precautions - Click here

Terrific room rates!  Free parking!  Free guestroom internet!  No resort fees!

The resort hotel, with lush grounds, fronts a 35-acre nature preserve with mangroves extending to North Tampa Bay, yet it is just a five-minute ride from the Tampa International Airport (TPA). Some discount airlines also fly into St. Petersburg International Airport (PIE)--about 15 miles away.  Enjoy birdwatching from the boardwalk, a dip in the swimming pools, ping pong in the sand, tennis, basketball, bike riding, or find a hammock in the shade.  Hotel eateries include Oystercatchers, an award-winning seafood restaurant.  For off-site restaurants, services, and shopping grab a cab or social transit.  Tampa is about 30 minutes from St. Pete Beach, which is the Tripadvisor #1 America's Top 25 Beaches for 2021.

Lodging Rates

Single or Double $164; Triple $184; Quadruple $194  (All lodging rates before 13.5% tax; tax is subject to change.)

Packing List and Travel Tips- Click here.
Accessibility Information - Click here.
Area Attractions - Click here.
Reading List - Click here for books and readings on the history and people of the Tampa area and more.

Venue - Virtual Programming

Virtual platform details will be posted at a later date.  Planning ahead?  Please plan to record and upload your presentation, along with the transcript. Click here for tips.  (page under development)  

First Time Attendee Tips

  • Stay at the conference lodging.  If you want a roommate, consider posting on the private ABC Facebook page.
  • Arrive a few hours early to settle in comfortably; stay for the entire conference.
  • Volunteer at the registration desk and meet new people.
  • Attend the First Time Attendee gathering over breakfast Thursday and hear from the ABC President and ABC Interim Executive Director.
  • Participate in a workshop or an excursion 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, look for someone wearing an ABC Ambassador button; you will discover seasoned ABC members who are happy to "show you the ropes." 


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

Click here to register. (Link opens in May.)  Plan to pay before August 31 for the best rate.

On-site registration is expected to include access to all on-site sessions with presenter AV in all breakout rooms, virtual sessions, food and beverage breaks, along with receptions.

Graduate Student Travel GrantClick here to learn more.

Conference Contacts

The annual conference provides networking opportunities and supports ongoing professional development.  Our mission as conference planners is to help ABC members reach their goals and experience all that ABC has to offer.

ABC Conference Co-chairs
Nancy Mahon and Leslie Seawright 

Exhibitor Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org