San Francisco, United States will host the 2015 IABC World Conference from June 14 through 17. If you can engage, inspire and inform audiences, we want to hear from you. Our audiences want career-building knowledge, professional development, and international networks that help them advance their careers.

We're accepting presentation proposals for World Conference 2015. The deadline for submission is 15 November 2013.

Presentation Formats

IABC Talks

15 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion


45 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion (may be co-presented)

Pecha Kucha

20 slides x 20 seconds per slide plus 20 minutes for discussion


20 minute presentation, 20 minute rebuttal plus 10 minute counter debate and 20 minutes for discussion


30 minute panel discussion with 30 minutes for questions and answers



  • Career Builder
  • Crisis Communication
  • Research and Measurement
  • Strategic Leadership and Business
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Reputation and Brand
  • Employee Engagement
  • Potpourri (Open for any topic)

When proposing your sessions, please use IABC’s Global Standardsâ„  and the four levels of a communication professional’s career as a guideline to help inform content.

The Global Standardâ„ 

  • Ethics
  • Strategy
  • Analysis
  • Context
  • Engagement
  • Consistency


Tips for preparing a successful World Conference proposal

For more information on how to prepare a winning proposal for the 2014 World Conference, check out this webinar recording. This year we are asking presenters to review the IABC Global Standard for Communicators and indicate how the proposal links to the Standard. In this session, Neil Girffiths, ABC, and Charles Herrick reviews the new online submission process, explains the importance of the Global Standard and provides tips on including the Standard in the conference proposal.

Webinar Handout PDF

Are you up for the challenge?

Please use the information provided to develop your proposal, indicating the Global Standards supported by your material, and the communication level that it targets. If you have presented in the past but have new material, bring it on! If your material is fresh and relevant or you want to try one of our new formats, we’d love to hear from you.

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