It is important to forge connections with and learn from your industry, no matter how early you are on your career journey. Whether you are a current student, transitioning from a campus experience to a career as a communications professional, or early in your career, World Conference 2023 is your opportunity to connect with and learn from communication professionals from around the globe.
This year's theme, Communication Can Deepen highlights the power of how effective communication can deepen relationships, purpose, impact, curiosity, and more among our teams and organizations.
Take a look at some top reasons to attend the event this year:
Sessions to Further Your Career
You can expect curated, dialogue-focused learning experiences that focus heavily on peer-to-peer interaction at this year's conference. All sessions will align with the IABC Career Paths to aid communication professionals at any stage of their careers!
The Dangers of Disinformation: How Professional Communicators can Preserve and Promote Civic Order
5 June | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Disinformation and misinformation kill — both people and society. Disinformation is intentionally communicating dishonestly in order to deceive or manipulate the public in support of a political end. Misinformation is members of the public picking up on the disinformation and unknowingly passing it along without necessary awareness that it is false. Both are implicated in hyper-politicization and violent extremism, in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and around the world. Read more.
Keep It Simple Stupid: Duolingo’s Guide to Calculated Risk on Social
6 June | 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Duo, a sassy and fiercely loyal owl, has landed countless viral TikToks by riffing off of trending audio clips. Whether it’s fan-girling over Dua Lipa or getting in trouble with Legal, Duo has stolen the hearts of gen-Z and #brandtok. Hear from the brains behind language-learning platform Duolingo’s TikTok account, Zaria Parvez about the entertainment-first account. We'll take a peek into how Duolingo implemented a test-and-learn approach, empowered Gen-Z talent to take the reigns, and flipped the script on traditional marketing. Read more.
Rules of Engagement: Future of Work & Nonverbal Communication
7 June | 8:45-9:30 a.m.
First impressions are formed within the first seven seconds and, whether we like it or not, can last for a lifetime. In this interactive workshop, attendees will be lead through a series of activities to help rising professionals gain a functional understanding of how to make positive first impressions and build mutually beneficial relationships. Read more.
This is just a taste of the sessions World Conference has to offer. View the full schedule and secure your spot using the links below!
Opportunities to Connect
World Conference offers many opportunities for attendees to connect with peers from around the globe! Visit our Schedule at a Glance for a quick look at the many opportunties you will have to interact with fellow attendees, including an Opening Reception, Region Receptions, a multitude of Networking Breaks, a Happy Hour, Mentor Meet-Up Breakfast and more!
NEW THIS YEAR: Make sure to check out our Dialogue Den sessions at the event! These sessions are focused on intimate, small-group conversations about important topics in the industry, and are a great way to hear insights from fellow attendees.
Make an Impact
Want to see how you, as a communication professional, can give back to the community? Consider signing up for the Gift of Communication, 4 June from 1:00-4:00 p.m.! The Gift of Communication is a free pre-conference event where you will join colleagues from around the world to help Toronto-area non-profits address their most pressing communication challenges. Be part of communication as a catalyst for good!
Learn more and make sure to add it to your registration.
Consider joining the IABC Student/Early Career Shared Interest Group!
IABC’s Student and Early Career Professional Shared Interest Group provides opportunities, resources and support to college students and early professionals with the goal of enhancing career readiness and instilling a life-long passion for the field. This initiative takes inspiration and action from its members who assume volunteer leadership roles to facilitate networking, produce programs, promote volunteerism and provide access to experienced professionals.
Not yet an IABC member?
It is important to forge connections with and learn from your industry, no matter how early you are on your career journey. IABC membership is here for you, at an accessible rate! With options that include a Student Membership, Campus to Career Membership, and an Early Career Membership, you can find the membership option that best fits you and your career journey.