Previews & News

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

Picture of a young smiling woman using a phoneThe 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!

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

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

The power of communication on marketing and brand

As a communication professional, you are in the best position to use the power of communication to unify and support your organization’s marketing and brand efforts. That’s why the IABC World Conference, happening 11-14 June 2017 in Washington, D.C., will offer a rich assortment of new insights, case studies and expert analysis to help you get there.

We’ll bring our theme, Global Business: Lead Communication—Make Real Impact, to life with sessions that will inform your ability to improve the performance of your organization. Read More

Join the World Conference community on Facebook!


One of the things that makes IABC so special is the warmth and support offered by its diverse community. As part of helping you to make connections ahead of the World Conference, we’ve launched a Facebook event page where you can virtually meet up with other attendees.

This is the place where you can arrange for sharing a room, connect on transportation or reach out to other attendees on anything that will help to support your experience. We’ll also be posting previews and updates about the conference program leading up to the event.

We invite you to add the event to your timeline so that all of your friends know you are coming. And, if you are a longtime member and past World Conference attendee, we hope you’ll share your photos from past conferences. The experience at the World Conference is like no other, and there’s nothing more fun than sharing a special moment.

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A simple approach with a real business result

new-mark-jeffries-headshot-2016Top business influencer, author and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker Mark Jeffries will be the closing keynote at the IABC World Conference, happening 11–14 June 2017 in Washington, D.C. Presenting on the “Art of Business Influence,” Jeffries will show how specific communication techniques will build trust, success and connections. Read More

Authentic leadership: What does it really mean?

gabrielledolanGabrielle Dolan, is the opening keynote speaker at the IABC World Conference, happening 11–14 June 2017. She has worked with thousands of leaders around the globe helping them to embrace authentic leadership and business storytelling. She has published several best selling books including Stories for Work: The essential guide to business storytelling, which was published in March 2017.

“Gabrielle epitomizes the concept of authentic leadership,” says Georgia Russell, head of inclusion and engagement at National Australia Bank. “She has worked alongside our most senior leaders to give them the capability and courage to be their real selves and communicate in a way that truly connects and inspires.”


Here’s what Gabrielle says about authentic leadership.

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