Previews & News


The World Conference will tackle critical ethical communication issues at the World Café session


As part of our commitment to open dialogue and problem-solving, the World Conference will provide a forum for tackling major issues emphasized by the rise of related world events. If there’s ever been a time when the communication profession must join together to work through some especially difficult challenges, this is it.

Key values that guide the profession, like ethics, truth and transparency, are under scrutiny. This will be the feature of a new event at the conference, an all-attendee discussion called the World Café. This in-person event will give us the opportunity to connect around common concerns, gather collective wisdom, hear personal insights and develop solutions together.

Learn more about the World Café…

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Make valuable connections at the new Speed Networking lunch (nearly full, sign up soon!)

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The 2017 IABC World Conference will see the introduction of a special Speed Networking lunch session. This fast-moving session will enable you to meet up with other attendees, create contacts and share what you’ve learned. Speed Networking sessions involve moving from one table to another in intervals, chatting with fellow attendees and making new connections.

Share, discover and grow

You’ll have a chance to meet people who you might otherwise have missed, enabling you to increase your network to include communication professionals from all over the world. And if you find that you have common business interests, these contacts may become a valuable part of your future, supporting your business and career. A sense of community, meaningful connection and shared learning are a hallmark of IABC and this session is another way to join your peers to share, discover and grow. Learn more…

Register for World Conference by May 1 to win a free IABC membership

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The global gathering of the year for business communication professionals is inching closer and closer! We’re now only 50 days away from the start of the 2017 IABC World Conference and we’re celebrating this milestone with a big giveaway…a free, one-year membership to IABC!

All you need to do to be automatically entered is register for IABC World Conference between 22 April and 11:59 p.m. PDT on 1 May. If you’re already an IABC member and you win this prize, we’ll add another year to your membership from the date it’s set to expire.
For an entire year, you’ll get to enjoy all the great benefits that come with IABC membership, from free webinars and great Communication World content to discounts on IABC Academy workshops, Gold Quill Awards entries and more!

Sign-up today and don’t forget to book your room at the Washington Hilton quickly, before the IABC block of discounted rooms fills up. We don’t expect the remaining space there to last long!

Register today!

Special events and highlights of the IABC World Conference



In addition to a stellar line-up of keynotes tailored to the unique needs of a communication audience, as well as a slate of outstanding break-out sessions, this year’s IABC World Conference,  happening 11–14 June in Washington, D.C., includes special events and all-new sessions that will take you on the journey of what it takes to lead communication and make real impact. More than 1,000 of your peers will join for an event that will create connections, reveal discoveries, draw inspiration from the best and give guidance on what it means to make genuine communication achievements. Read More

The World Conference hotel is filling up fast. Book your room soon!

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Hotel rooms at the IABC World Conference, happening 11–14 June 2017 at the Washington, D.C., Hilton, are filling up fast. Don’t wait to register, make travel plans and book your discounted hotel room. Secure your spot at this year’s most important gathering of communication professionals from around the world. Join your peers to address major communication issues, explore innovative ideas and discover new solutions to your biggest communication challenges.

In addition to a stellar line-up of keynotes tailored to the unique needs of a communication audience, as well as a slate of outstanding break-out sessions, this year’s program includes many special new sessions and events. See highlights here.


Book your hotel room today!

60 days until the World Conference: Register now and be entered to win Excellence Gala tickets


gq-award-inhand-cropThe start of the 2017 IABC World Conference is now only 60 days away and we have some exciting news to share about something we’ll be celebrating there.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards! There are more than 227 award recipients in total, with 74 recognized as Excellence winners and 153 as Merit winners.

A testament to IABC’s diverse, international community, winners come from around the world, with 16 countries represented in the list of recipients. These award winners come from a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. Read More

Join a gathering filled with networking and inspiration at the IABC Foundation Reception


Dating back to 1982, the IABC Foundation was established as a charitable, not-for-profit organization with a mission to support strategic initiatives that advance the practice, perception and effectiveness of the communication profession across the globe. Over the years the Foundation has supported both small and large projects, moving the profession forward through seminal research and educational support.

The Foundation Reception is on Monday, 12 June 2017, 4:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

During #IABC16, IABC announced is mission to re-launch the IABC Foundation around the following strategic pillars:

  • Gift of Communication– Providing the tools and funding for chapters to give back to their local communities.
  • Gift of Experience– Invest in experience-gaining activities for the next generation and those in transition. Includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and more.
  • Gift of Excellence– Support certification of professional communicators around the world
  • Gift of Insights –Grants for targeted research that results in case studies, white papers or other publications supporting member needs, IABC thought leadership and advocacy for the profession.

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Circles of Wisdom: Communication leaders offer special mentorship sessions

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When it comes to getting mentorship support that elevates your career, the IABC Fellows Circles of Wisdom sessions offer something special and unique. On Monday, 12 June, and Tuesday, 13 June, select leaders of the communication profession will lend their time, talent and knowledge, based on years of experience, to counsel participants in small “circles” that allow for meaningful dialogue and exchanges that will give you the kind of personal attention that is required to apply problem-solving that’s targeted to your individual needs.

Benefit from years of learning

Are you wondering what’s around the corner in your career trajectory and how you can put yourself in the best position to advance? The IABC Fellows have been there. They know what you’re dealing with and how to handle yourself in a way that will give you the best opportunity to succeed. These sessions bring together some of the greatest minds of the profession—so that you can benefit from years of learning and become the top-notch communicator that you want to be. Learn more…

The countdown to World Conference continues—it’s 70 days away!


Credit: As of 2 April, we are 70 days away from the global gathering of the year for business communication professionals, IABC World Conference! Have you made your travel plans, booked your hotel and registered for the conference?

If you haven’t done so yet, here’s an extra incentive to register before 11 April. We’re giving one lucky winner a complimentary pre-conference intensive workshop. Just register from now through 11 April at 11:59 p.m. PDT and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

Presented by the IABC Academy, pre-conference intensive workshops are offered by proven experts in the communication profession. They deliver interactive learning that will open your mind to creative problem solving and support lifelong learning. These workshops also allow you to earn credits toward qualifying or maintaining your professional certification through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC). Read More

Join a glamorous night of nights


29625311196_fbb2709dda_kHeld each year in celebration of the highest achievements in the communication profession, the glamorous Excellence Awards Gala at the IABC World Conference is the communication professional’s night of nights, filled with inspiration, delicious food, entertainment and great company.

IABC honors Gold Quill Award winners, IABC Fellows, and winners of the Jake Wittmer Award, Business Issue Award and Sharon Berzok Award. The Gold Quill Awards are IABC’s premier awards program recognizing and fostering excellence in the field of business communication, and recipients from all over the world are recognized for their achievements across the communication profession.

The Excellence Awards Gala is a black tie-optional celebration that has long been one of IABC’s most prestigious events. It’s a perfect opportunity celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of your team or clients.

This year, the Excellence Awards Gala will be held on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at the Washington D.C. Hilton. Join your peers for an evening of excitement and delight!…Read more