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


Virtual presentations will be Monday, October 3, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4, 2022.  On-site programming begins with workshops Wednesday, October 5, 2022. On-site presentations will be Thursday, October 6, 2022 to Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Schedule Draft (Downloadable pdf as of July 28, 2022. Subject to Change. All times are Eastern Time Zone.)

Dates and Deadlines
Early bird registration - Ends August 15, 2022

Click here to register.

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."


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.
Click to learn more about Best Paper and more Proceedings details and dates.


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. 

Excursions and Area Information

Dali Museum - Art History
Wednesday afternoon, October 5, 2022

Florida Aquarium - Education and Conservation
Saturday afternoon, October 8, 2022

Learn more about these optional excursions. Excursion signups are limited. Excursions are an optional extra cost to your registration.

Area Attractions and Food Tips - Click here.
Reading ListClick here for books and readings on the history and people of the Tampa area and more.


Venue - Onsite

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

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. Sit down to eat (or order ahead) at 1823, the hotel restaurant. On the grounds for dining is Oystercatchers; reservations are a must for this 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.) Reserve your specially-priced room here.

For lodging assistance, contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org
Rooms are especially limited the weekend of October 1 due to a Tampa Buccaneer football game.

Packing List and Travel Tips- Click here.
Accessibility Information - Click here.
Safety Precautions - Click here

Venue - Virtual Programming

This year's virtual platform will use ABC's own site. Near late September, registered attendees will be able to explore the agenda builder with your usual ABC login. For as long as you maintain your ABC membership and as long as ABC uses this same software, you will be able to continue accessing conference materials as shared by conference presenters. Planning ahead?  Unless you are concerned of internet stability, pre-recording is not expected (unless required as part of My Favorite Assignment or How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.) Should you be concerned of internet stability, contact the conference co-chairs for permission for you to provide a link to your recording.



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

Click here to register. Plan to pay before August 15, 2022 for the best rate. Rates increase after August 15, 2022.

On-site registration includes all on-site sessions with presenter AV (laptop, projector, and screen) in all breakout rooms, breaks, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday breakfast, along with a Thursday, October 6, 2022 light lunch, an evening reception, and the Friday, October 7, 2022 awards luncheon. Workshops are optional extras. On-site sessions will not be recorded, nor broadcast, nor otherwise available to virtual attendees.

Bonus! On-site registrants can attend all virtual sessions at no extra charge (Monday, October 3, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4, 2022.)

Virtual registration allows access to all virtual sessions Monday, October 3, 2022 and Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Virtual workshops are optional extras. Virtual sessions will be recorded for continued access by all registered attendees.

Registration Rates
Click here for registration rates, deadlines, how to have your university pay, and more.

Graduate Student Travel GrantClick here to learn more.

Adding Options (Excurions, Workshops, Donations) after Registering

Want to add an option after you have already registered or pay separately for an option?  Find steps here.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines with samplesClick here to see tracks.

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

Expanded opportunity! Submit your poster proposal by July 13, 2022. (link closed)

Poster presenters will give a three-to-five minute overview during the scheduled poster roundtable in a conference room. If attending onsite, after the session, posters will be displayed in a common areas for conference attendees to view.

A virtual poster session is planned for the October 2-3 virtual conference days.

Click here for Poster tips.


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

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.  We look forward to gathering by the Bay.

ABC Conference Co-chairs
Nancy Mahon and Leslie Seawright 

Exhibitor Contact abcoffice@businesscommunication.org