It's About Time

Schedule of Events

Below is the schedule at a glance for the World Conference 2021, taking place 28-30 June. As an international association, please note that the times listed include:

The schedule is subject to change.

Schedule of Events

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-18:00 (San Francisco)

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM BST (28 June) (London)
4:00 AM - 5:30 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Gift of Communication (Americas Audience)

FORMAT: Pre-Conference Session

Each year, the IABC Foundation holds a Gift of Communication event during the World Conference. During the Gift event, conference attendees will...
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1:00 PM- 2:15 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-20:00 (San Francisco)

9:00 PM - 10:15 PM BST (28 June) (London)
6:00 AM - 7:15 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

The Vaccine Race: A Story of Collaboration & Communication

SPEAKERS: Sally Susman, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Pfizer Inc.
FORMAT: Keynote Presentation

This keynote session is sponsored by Workplace from Facebook. When the high-stakes race to find an effective COVID-19 vaccine took hold in...
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2:15 PM- 2:45 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-21:15 (San Francisco)

10:15 PM - 10:45 PM BST (28 June) (London)
7:15 AM - 7:45 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Speed Networking, Powered By Gatheround

FORMAT: Networking Activity

We know there is no replacing in-person networking receptions where you can mingle around the room, so we're bringing you the next best thing...
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2:45 PM- 3:00 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-21:15 (San Francisco)

10:45 PM - 11:00 PM BST (28 June) (London)
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

From Covid to Climate: Communicating the Social Transformation We Need Now

SESSION TRACK: Culture; Professional Development; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Susannah Raffe, Climate Communicator, Facilitator & Coach, Self-Employed
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

It's about time... for change. The planet has put us on notice. We need to simultaneously recover from Covid, address growing inequality,...
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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Confident Communication For The Communicators

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Professional Development; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Judith Quin, Vocal Confidence Specialist, Your Whole Voice
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

You work in communications, right? So when was the last time you avoided a challenging conversation? When was the last time you avoided delivering...
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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Brand Reimagined: The DNA of Purpose-Driven Content

SESSION TRACK: External Communications; Marketing; Culture
SPEAKERS: Maliha Aqeel, Director, Global Communications & Digital Channels, Fix Network World
FORMAT: Breakout

Purpose-driven brands see more market share gains, grow their competitive advantage faster and achieve higher employee and customer satisfaction....
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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Breaking Through Zoom Fatigue To Create Engaging and Meaningful Meetings and Events

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Communication Strategy; Events
SPEAKERS: Jenifer Bice, Senior Director - Event Solutions, Walmart
FORMAT: Breakout

Do you have enough TIME? Do your audiences? Are you making your content relevant in these days of Zoom fatigue to capture that precious TIME?...
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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

It's About Time to W.A.T.A! An Energizing Approach to Communication Projects

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; Professional Development; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Roxy Tomacder, Corporate Communication & Aloha Experience Manager, King's Hawaiian
FORMAT: Breakout

What's W.A.T.A!? As communications professionals, we are like "ninjas" behind the scenes defeating challenges and with no...
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3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:00 (San Francisco)

11:00 PM - 11:20 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Water Coolers and Weak Ties: Keeping Informal Networks Alive in a Virtual World

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications
SPEAKERS: Diana Hong, Managing Director, CRA, Inc.
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

What the research and our experiences show is that during virtual work, our networks narrow down – our strong ties get stronger and our weak...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Inclusive Virtual Experiences in a Post-COVID World

SESSION TRACK: External Communications; Professional Development; DE&I
SPEAKERS: Anthony DeVergillo, Internal Digital Communications Associate, Amicus Therapeutics
FORMAT: Breakout

In 2020, the world was forced to transition from in-person events to fully virtual experiences. This transition started off slow with many...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

The Communicator's Playbook to Support Non-Traditional Leadership

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; Culture; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Laurence Simard, Communication advisor, PCN Physio
FORMAT: Breakout

Are you hoping your organization was a little less hierarchical? Is your organization in the process of flatening its structure? Have you joined a...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Taking the High Road: Creating Injury-Prevention Awareness for Cannabis Users

SESSION TRACK: Marketing; Public Relations (PR); Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Kelley Teahen, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Parachute
FORMAT: Breakout

Leading up to cannabis legalization in Canada in 2018, there was a concerted public relations effort to show the relative harmlessness of...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Disinformation: How We Got Here, and What to Do About It

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; External Communications; DE&I
SPEAKERS: Deanna Troust, Founder and President, 3 Stories Communications
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

Disinformation campaigns are threatening lives and democracies around the world. The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building in January showed...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Your Mandate Matters

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; Communication Strategy; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Karen Johnston, Director of Communications, IC Thrive
FORMAT: Breakout

While one might assume that the presence of a designated internal communicator implies a mandate, the harsh truth is that without an explicit...
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3:20 PM - 3:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 22:20 (San Francisco)

11:20 PM - 11:40 PM BST (28 June) (London)
8:20 AM - 8:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Quick Hit Showcase

SESSION TRACK: Professional Development; Wellness; Self Care; Marketing; Communication Strategy; DE&I; Leadership; Public Relations (PR)
SPEAKERS: Shaniek Parks, Business Communications Consultant, Cable & Wireless Communications

Vip Sitaraman, Digital Consultant / Founder

Mubashira Farooqi, Communications Fellow, FleishmanHillard Highroad

Kylie Taylor, Group Managing Director, Baldwin Boyle Group
FORMAT: Quick Hit Showcase

Get ready for rapid-fire sessions on the most pressing challenges and innovative opportunities in the communications industry. Sessions include:...
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3:40 PM- 4:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-22:40 (San Francisco)

11:40 PM- 12:40 AM BST (28 June) (London)
8:40 AM-9:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Exhibit Hall Break

FORMAT: Exhibit Hall

Head to the virtual Exhibit Hall to engage with vendors. Don't forget to scan your badge!

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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Leading with our Values AI and Internet of Behavior

SESSION TRACK: Skills
SPEAKERS: Joanne B. Henry, President, PR for Good

Donna Itzoe, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Global Medical Response
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

Learn about new opportunities and also what might go wrong when we don’t lead with values and let decisions be made for us. We’ll...
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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Agile for Communicators

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Communication Strategy; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Caroline Kealey, Principal & Founder, Results Map
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

This active learning workshop is a deep dive exploring how communicators can adapt agile methodologies to help elevate their performance....
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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Miserable - Shift Stress to Advantage for Your Teams and Your Clients

SESSION TRACK: Culture; Professional Development; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Deborah Gilboa, Family Physician & Resilience Expert, Ask Doctor G
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

The developed world is terrified of stress. For decades we've accepted this narrative – struggle magically makes organizations, teams...
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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

What the History of Livestream Opera Can Teach Us About Zoom Calls (and Other Lessons About Virtual Connection)

SESSION TRACK: Culture; Professional Development; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Chris Graham, Principal, TellPeople
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

Drawing upon the history of livestream opera (popularized by New York’s Metropolitan Opera), the history of the cubicle, and best practices...
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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Live Streaming: Communicating in Real Time Across Multiple Channels

SESSION TRACK: Skills
SPEAKERS: Shel Holtz, Director, Internal Communications, Webcor
FORMAT: Digital Bootcamp

The hottest communication technology trend is live streaming. It is easier than ever to broadcast live simultaneously to multiple channels,...
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4:40 PM - 5:10 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC- 23:40 (San Francisco)

12:40 AM - 1: 10 AM BST (29 June) (London)
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

It's About Design: The New Approach for a New Normal

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Communication Strategy; Design Thinking
SPEAKERS: Brie Thorsteinson-Ogle, Principal, Skipti Strategic Consulting
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

Communicators are at the forefront of disruption as sense-makers, bridge-builders and early-adopters, so isn’t it about time we tested a...
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5:10 PM - 5:40 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-00:10 (San Francisco)

1:10 AM - 1:40 AM BST (29 June) (London)
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Rock & Roll Game Show

FORMAT: Group Activity

Part trivia, part talent show, this energetic and music-inspired competition gives teams the opportunity to blow off some steam while uniting. The...
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5:40 PM - 6:00 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-00:40 (San Francisco)

1:40 AM - 2:00 AM BST (29 June) (London)
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)
6:00 PM- 6:45 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-01:00 (San Francisco)

2:00 AM- 2:45 AM BST (29 June) (London)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Topic Driven Roundtables & Boardrooms

FORMAT: Networking Activity

Meet face to face with other attendees on industry topics by joining these Roundtables and Boardrooms within the Social27 platform. Roundtables...
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6:45 PM- 8:15 PM PDT (28 June)
UTC-01:45 (San Francisco)

2:45 AM- 4:15 AM BST (29 June) (London)
11:45 AM- 1:15 PM AEST (29 June) (Melbourne)

Gift of Communication (Asia Pacific Audience)

FORMAT: Post-Conference Session

Each year, the IABC Foundation holds a Gift of Communication event during the World Conference. During the Gift event, conference attendees will...
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