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

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC-22:00 (Melbourne)

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:00 PM -11:30 PM BST (30 June) (London)

Daily Opening Session

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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

It's About Time For... A Leader Like Me

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; DE&I; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Priya Bates, Co-founder, A Leader Like Me

Advita Patel, Director, CommsRebel
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

2020 highlighted both challenges and opportunities for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Starting with protests and performative...
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

New Internal Comms Platforms: Robbers of Time

SESSION TRACK: Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Kirsten Major, Communications Strategist, Josh Walker Digital Strategy
FORMAT: Breakout

Over the past decade, starting with major players such as Slack, Yammer, and Salesforce, there has been a movement to adapt and offer social media...
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

Building a Culture of Communication and Collaboration

SESSION TRACK: Culture; Skills; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Colin Ellis
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

2020 will be forever remembered as the year that organizations around the world finally embraced technology, which for too long had been held back...
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

From Communications Leader to Business Leader

SESSION TRACK: Leadership
SPEAKERS: Catherine Ducharme, Co-Founder, Fluency Leadership
FORMAT: Breakout

Massive disruption and pervasive uncertainty vaulted the communications role and contribution right on stage, under the brightest of lights, in...
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

All > Some: The Importance of Accessible Content in Communications

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Professional Development; DE&I
SPEAKERS: Matisse Hamel-Nelis, Project Manager, Inclusive Workplaces, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

Imagine if your business could reach millions of potential clients your competitors are missing, just by changing your outlook on the world?...
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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 22:30 (Melbourne)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
11:30 PM - 12:00 AM BST (30 June) (London)

The Art of Engagement and Connection in Our Virtual Communication

SESSION TRACK: DE&I; Communication Strategy; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Cecilia Lui, Founder & Director, ILIA Connect
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

In the era that is Covid-19, everyone has been pushed to the virtual space for their professional, personal and social needs. Yet, engagement has...
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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 23:00 (Melbourne)

4:00 PM- 4:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
12:00 AM - 12:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Regional Meet Up (Asia Pacific & Americas Audiences)

FORMAT: Networking Activity

Come together with peers in your region to discuss ongoing activities, ideas for the future, and how you can get involved! The following...
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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC-23:00 (Melbourne)

4:00 PM- 4:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
12:00 AM - 12:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

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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9:30 AM- 10:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC-23:30 (Melbourne)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
12:30 AM-1:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Exhibit Hall Break/Solution Provider Session

FORMAT: Exhibit Hall

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

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10:30 AM - 10:50 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM -1:50 AM BST (1 July) (London)

You're Worth It. Prove It! Move Beyond Metrics and Measure What's Most Important: Behavior.

SPEAKERS: Cindy Crescenzo
FORMAT: Breakout

It IS about time! We've finally got a seat at the table, and we've got to keep it!   But, that's not going to happen if all...
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10:30 AM - 10:50 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM -1:50 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Making Meaningful Change: Improving the Representation of Women and Girls in Sport in New Zealand

SESSION TRACK: External Communications; Communication Strategy; Research and Evaluation
SPEAKERS: Ngaire Crawford, Insights Director, Australia and New Zealand, Isentia

Philip Clark, Strategic Communications Manager, Sport New Zealand
FORMAT: Breakout

It's about time that the fair representation of women was a discussion no one needs to have. But we know that women are still underrepresented...
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10:30 AM - 10:50 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM -1:50 AM BST (1 July) (London)

How to Effectively Tackle Misinformation?

SESSION TRACK: External Communications; Communication Strategy; Crisis Communication
SPEAKERS: Elisabeth Spits, Strategic Government Advisor l Behavioural and Communication Strategist, Phillips Group
FORMAT: Audio Only

Behavioural strategies for combating misinformation. We live in a era of rampant misinformation, most recently and globally about voter fraud and...
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10:30 AM - 10:50 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 5:50 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM -1:50 AM BST (1 July) (London)

HEROES2021: Employee Volunteerism Elevates CSR Through Innovative Campaign

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Communication Strategy; corporate social responsibility
SPEAKERS: Dave Devilles, Vice President for Employee Relations, CSR and Sustainability, Union Bank of the Philippines
FORMAT: Breakout

In the Philippines, when the corona virus pandemic hit, the digital capability of a local bank was leveraged to mount a campaign that sought to...
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM - 2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

The Power of Play in Virtual Meetings

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; Culture; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Caelan Huntress, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

The present moment is what makes a live presentation matter. If you send a prerecorded video to someone, they can ignore you in favor of a...
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 00:30 (Melbourne)

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:30 AM -2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

It's About Time We Made Our Communication Less Boring!

SESSION TRACK: Marketing; Communication Strategy; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Kieran Flanagan, Co-founder, The behaviour report
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

The biggest danger facing our communications is them being invisible. Human beings are overwhelmed with information and communication. Every year...
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10:50 AM- 11:10 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC-00:50 (Melbourne)

5:50 PM- 6:10 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
1:50 AM- 2:10 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Coffee Chat with Fellows

FORMAT: Networking Activity

Grab a cup of coffee and join IABC Fellows for an interactive chat about the following topics: Rajeev Kumar and Ritzi Ronquillo: The...
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11:10 AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:10 (Melbourne)

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:10 AM - 2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Speaking Virtually? Remember the Triangle!

SESSION TRACK: Skills; Professional Development; Leadership
SPEAKERS: Anand Tamboli, Principal, Anand Tamboli & Co
FORMAT: Virtual Variety

For any professional relying on communication getting the message across is the key. Yet, most people make a mistake by assuming that content is...
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11:10 AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:10 (Melbourne)

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:10 AM -2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Applying Neuroscience to Your Corporate Communication

SESSION TRACK: Culture; Skills; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Laura McHale, Leadership Psychologist, Conduit Consultants Limited
FORMAT: Interactive Workshop

It's about time that we upped our game, transforming the practice and delivery of corporate communications using neuroscience. Join business...
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11:10 AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:10 (Melbourne)

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:10 AM -2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

It's All About Employee Experience

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; Culture; Communication Strategy
SPEAKERS: Drew Munn, Future Impact Advisor, Gallagher
FORMAT: Breakout

Millions of dollars are invested each year by e-commerce firms into making it easier for people to get to what they need: from the age-old...
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11:10AM - 11:30 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:10 (Melbourne)

6:10 PM - 6:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:10 AM -2:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

PR Tech, Apps & Tools : Create Human Connection in a Digital World

SESSION TRACK: Internal Communications; External Communications; Marketing
SPEAKERS: Kristy Christie, Director
FORMAT: Digital Bootcamp

As the technology landscape changes and everything from departments to press conferences have gone online, PR & communication practitioners...
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11:30 AM - 11:45 AM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:30 (Melbourne)

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:30 AM -2:45 AM BST (1 July) (London)
11:45 AM-1:00 PM AEST (1 July)
UTC- 01:45 (Melbourne)

6:45 PM- 8:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
2:45 AM - 4:00 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Giant Leaps Start Here: It’s About Time…to Explore!

SPEAKERS: Isidro Reyna, Senior Communications Specialist, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
FORMAT: Keynote Presentation

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as the iconic setting to some of humankind’s greatest achievements. For nearly 60 years, as...
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1:00 PM- 1:30 PM AEST (1 July)
UTC-03:00 (Melbourne)

8:00 PM- 8:30 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
4:00 AM -4:30 AM BST (1 July) (London)

World Conference Summary Song

FORMAT: Group Activity

With music’s proven links to happiness and memory, a Summary Song from SongDivision is the perfect way to conclude the event and make...
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1:30 PM -3:00 PM AEST (1 July)
UTC-03:30 (Melbourne)

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM PDT (30 June) (San Francisco)
4:30 AM - 6:00 AM BST (1 July) (London)

Excellence Gala Watch Party (Asia Pacific & Americas Audiences)

FORMAT: Group Activity

Join us for an incredible Excellence Gala presentation as we honor IABC’s award winners, including the Chair's Award, Rae Hamlin Award,...
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