IABC World Conference in San Francisco, June 14-17 2015










If you’ve not yet signed up to come to IABC’s World Conference this year, happening in San Francisco, 14-17 June, here are five reasons to sign up:

  • We have over 60 sessions from speakers from all over the world, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Ireland, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, the U.K., the U.S. and Venezuela.
  • The sessions are structured so you can choose from four career levels, for your specific professional needs.
  • You’ll get a unique opportunity to network with global peers; last year’s attendees came from some 40 countries.
  • Topics are of critical relevance to the success and survival of organizations everywhere, with topics across the entire communications discipline.
  • It’s San Francisco in June. What could be better than that?

Put all of that in the business case to your boss. Well, the first four anyway.

But what about the venue? Visting San Francisco means you can:

  • Ride the city’s beautiful streets on a cable car.
  • Explore the neighborhoods, each with its own soul and personality, from the hippie roots of the Upper Height to the hipster heart of the Mission.
  • After art and culture? San Francisco is host to a variety of festivals, museums, theaters, dance performances and more.

And on top of this, what makes IABC’s World Conference the most important conference for communication professionals is the extra something that comes on top of the stellar program and exciting city.

The programme is, and always has been, beyond comparison to any other conference. IABC simply brings together the top names in the communication profession every year.

I believe it gives some of the best professional development opportunities available. Whether you’re new to the communication field or not, there’s always something to learn.

Those of you who’ve experienced it know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, I encourage you to come and discover.

Join me in San Francisco in June. Register here.


Russell Grossman, ABC
IABC International Chair

May 8: Communicators Conference

Spotlight on: #pdxcc15

At last year’s Communicators Conference, we focused on storytelling, storymaking and storydoing. This year, for the 20th annual Conference, we’re taking it one (big) step further: We, storytellers, are heading to the C-suite. So grab your executive, and join us for 2015’s ultimate Master Class. (Registration opens next week.)

About your keynote speakers

Thought Leader: André de Waal, MSc, MBA, PhD

Dr. A de Waal is Academic Director of the HPO Center, which conducts research into high performance organizations. He is also Associate Professor at the Maastricht School of Management, guest lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and visiting fellow at Cranfield University (UK). Learn more>

Trendsetter: Shonali Burke, ABC

Shonali Burke takes your business communications from corporate codswallop to community cool™. One of25 women that rock social media, she also blogs, teaches, and cooks.

Learn more and watch her TED talk >

Trusted Advisor: Frank X. Shaw

Frank Shaw is corporate vice president of communications at Microsoft, where he defines and manages strategies worldwide, including planning and execution, product PR, consumer marketing, media relations, executive communications, employee communications and global agency management. Learn more >

The 20th annual Communicators Conference is brought to you in partnership with the Oregon Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (OCIABC). Members of both OCIABC and PRSA Portland receive a discount on tickets. Please consider joining one or both organizations before registering to start earning your ROI now.

May 7, 2014 | The Sentinel Hotel (formerly The Governor) in PortlandRecap of what you missed at the 2014 Communicators Conference: Storytelling. Storymaking. Storydoing.

Humans are hard-wired to tell stories. When we don’t have a story, we make up one. When we like a story, we retell it. Skilled storytelling can spark a major change across a company, among clients, and even within your own self.

Storydoing and storymaking take storytelling to the next level. From talk to action. From words to transformation.

More than 350 communicators from around the Pacific Northwest explored the possibilities of storytelling, storymaking, and storydoing to define ambition, collaborate with audiences, and drive action. Learn more about our 2014 conference and keynote speakers.

Photos from the 2014 Communicators Conference are available on our chapter Flickr site.

Highlights from the 2014 Communicators Conference are available on our chapter YouTube channel.

About the Communicators Conference

Since 1996, the annual Communicators Conference has been the premier professional development opportunity for communicators in the Portland metropolitan area. Make it your day.

The Communicators Conference is organized by the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Apr. 6 – May 24, 2015: Discount on Digital Channel Content Strategy Course

Oregon State University is offering a 10% discount to IABC members who register for Building A Digital Channel Content Strategy, an online course offered this spring.

Click here for more information.

  • April 6, 2015 – May 24, 2015 and next year March 28, 2016 – May 15, 2016
  • Online; twenty-eight hours of coursework to be completed over a seven-week period.
  • Discount: IABC members can get the 10% discount by entering the following promotional code upon registering: IABC10% .

For more information, contact John Buzzard, Marketing Manager in the Professional and Continuing Education department at Oregon State University .

Email:  john.buzzard@oregonstate.edu
Phone: 541-737-5741
Web:  pace.oregonstate.edu