Special events and highlights of the IABC World Conference

capitol-at-night1340In 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.


All-new Pre-conference Academy Workshops

This year’s pre-conference program puts the focus on organizational performance. That includes making the critical connections in the organization that enable communication to solve real business problems. Featured facilitators were carefully selected by the World Conference Program Advisory Committee and IABC Academy. Each session counts toward professional certification. Learn more…

Welcome Reception

In the center of Washington, D.C., you’ll find the International Trade Center, a splendid space to welcome IABC’s attendees. You’ll partake in outstanding wine and exquisite cuisine, as an award-winning, in-house culinary team, led by Executive Chef Xavier Deshayes, blends seasonal ingredients, regional flavors and international inspiration to create innovative dishes presented in uncommon ways. Learn more…


World Café (new!)

Fitting with “Discover,” the theme of the day, we’ll feature an all-new event where we’ll take on some of our most challenging and pressing issues. On day one of the main conference, you can be part of an innovative form of crowdsourcing to tap into the collective intelligence of all attendees. Imagine having the chance to connect 1,000 communicators in a room to tackle major questions affecting the profession. Learn more…

Foundation Reception

This networking reception will highlight the work of the IABC Foundation since its relaunch in 2016, and will specifically celebrate the Gift of Communication program, which has helped charitable organizations across the globe. The Foundation is committed to giving support where it’s needed most. Join us and learn more…

Dine Around

Here’s a chance to sample the best cuisine that Washington, D.C., has to offer. Choose from a variety of dining experiences selected for you by the local chapter—people who know the city best. At the same time, you’ll connect with new colleagues and find friendships that could last a lifetime. What could be better?


Speed Networking Lunch (new!)

Make the most of your conference experience by expanding your networking of communication professional colleagues. Here’s the chance to make lasting connections that count. Join an event that will give you maximum access to IABC’s welcoming and supportive community. Learn more…

Excellence Awards Gala

Be prepared to be inspired by the best in the profession, your communication peers who have been honored with the coveted Gold Quill Award. This year’s Gala has been re-imagined to include dedicated time for all award winners to be recognized on stage, starting with a pre-event reception, followed by a special ceremony and capped off with a sparkling dinner party. Learn more…


Special closing sessions

The final day of the conference puts the focus on what it means to “achieve” with impact. Cap off the conference with a final opportunity for networking during breakfast, a selection of special workshops, more sessions and a thought-provoking closing general session from Mark Jeffries, a top global business adviser.

Register today!