88th International Annual Conference by Association for Business Communication Concludes in Denver, Attracting Global Industry Leaders

Denver, CO | December 2, 2023 – The 88th International Annual Conference, hosted by the Association for Business Communication (ABC), concluded on October 28 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado, marking a resounding success. This prestigious event brought together industry leaders, scholars, and professionals in business communication from across the globe.

Renowned for its dedication to promoting innovation and knowledge-sharing in business communication,
the ABC Conference featured a dynamic line-up of workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and networking
opportunities. This year’s theme, “Reaching New Heights – The Future of Business Communication,”
resonated in a world increasingly reliant on technology for communication and collaboration.

The conference commenced with a remarkable Bonus AI and Business Communication Research Summit on
October 24. This day-long event delved into the evolving landscape of AI, captivating a diverse audience of
AI enthusiasts, tech professionals, and communication experts.

 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Diverse and Engaging Sessions: The 88th Annual Conference boasted an array of sessions covering
topics such as AI in business communication, virtual communication strategies, inclusive
communication, and crisis communication. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from field
experts and gain insights into the latest trends and best practices.

2. Global Industry Leaders: The event gathered influential figures in business communication,
including academicians, CEOs, CTOs, communication directors, and prominent scholars. Networking
opportunities enabled participants to exchange ideas and connect with leaders in their respective
fields.

3. Interactive Workshops: Hands-on workshops provided attendees with practical skills and tools to
enhance their communication strategies. These interactive sessions allowed participants to put
theory into practice and learn through experience.

4. Keynote Speakers: Distinguished keynote speakers delivered inspiring talks on the importance of
effective business communication in the digital age. The opening keynote speaker, Stacy Wilson,
Founder and Owner of Eloquor Consulting, shared insights into the evolving business
communication landscape. The closing keynote speaker, Rita Kakati-Shah, Diversity and Inclusion
Strategist, Empowerment Coach, International Advisor, Guest Lecturer, and Author, provided a
thought-provoking perspective on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

5. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Track: In the track dedicated to the Scholarship of Teaching
and Learning, panelists discussed strategies as powerful tools for building successful careers. “The
energy that can come from a creative collaboration that makes new knowledge is the true reward,”
said Deborah Andrews, University of Delaware. In the same track, N. Lamar Reinsch, Georgetown
University, emphasized the importance of managers improving life for others.

6. Social Media and Visual Communication Track: A standout track at the conference was: “If you
do not establish your brand, someone else will define it: session presented by Tushar Unadkat,
Creative Director and Business Communications Specialist at MUKTA Advertising; this track focused
on consulting and practice in social media and visual communication. Unadkat delivered a
captivating presentation on how personal branding involves painting one’s reputation in an era of
misinformation, disinformation, and long-lasting Google records, even if you are not a business
owner. With the right strategy and consistent effort, anyone can build a reliable personal brand
that helps them achieve their goals and stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Thursday morning sessions 250 Thursday, October 26, 2023.

7. ABC Mentor Program: The ABC Mentor Program paired experienced mentors with individuals
seeking guidance to foster personal and professional growth. It offered structured mentorship, skill
development, networking, personalized support, knowledge transfer, confidence building, and
long-term growth. This program proved a valuable resource for those looking to advance their
careers and personal development through one-on-one mentorship.

Canadian Judith Ainsworth, Course Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, McGill University, and the ABC President, said,
“ABC needs to be responsive and vigilant regarding who is present among our Association membership,
leadership, journal editors, and published authors.”  Other Canadian participants included Valerie
Creelman, Saint Mary’s University, and ABC Regional VP.

Kathryn Rybka, Interim Executive Director of the Association for Business Communication, expressed, “The
88th International Annual Conference has once again proven itself as the premier gathering for business
communication professionals worldwide. The enthusiastic participation of industry leaders, scholars, and
students, along with the success of the Bonus AI Summit and the valuable insights shared in the Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning track, underscores the relevance and impact of the conference in the fast-
evolving landscape of business communication.”

The Association for Business Communication extends its gratitude to all attendees, sponsors, and speakers
for their contributions to the success of the 88th International Annual Conference. The organization looks
forward to continuing its mission of advancing the field of business communication in the years to come.

For more information about the ABC and its annual conferences, please visit

www.businesscommunication.org

About the Association for Business Communication (ABC): The Association for Business Communication
(ABC) is a global organization dedicated to advancing the study, teaching, and practice of business
communication. With a mission to foster excellence in business communication through education,
research, and professional development, ABC has been a leading authority in the field for over eight
decades. The association hosts an annual conference and provides valuable resources to its members to
promote innovation and collaboration in business communication.