June 26, 2013 13:36 ET

IABC Closes Out a Successful World Conference in New York City

Draws Professionals From All Corners of the World

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) - The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) concluded their 2013 World Conference in New York City today. The conference, held in a different major international city each year, is IABC's largest event of the year, attended by over 1,400 members and non-members.

"As the outgoing chair, the conference provides a nice capstone on the year and serves as a great reminder as to the commitment and dedication members have to this organization," Kerby Meyers, former International Executive Board chair and interim executive director of IABC said. "The passion and excitement among the members is what sustains the organization and what makes volunteering in a leadership position so rewarding."

The conference featured eight tracks with over 100 sessions, on topics ranging from Media, Public Relations, Marketing, and Leadership to Career Building and Global Trends. High profile speakers included former Marvel CEO, Peter Cuneo, Edelman PR's Richard Edelman, Duarte Inc.'s Nancy Duarte, and Shelly Lazarus from Ogilvy & Mather.

Among the most anticipated sessions this year was the Conversation with Transformative CEOs with Lazarus, Cuneo, Bill McDermott from SAP, and Dolf van der Brink from Heineken US. This year, a new addition to the AGM was an open Town Hall, where members were encouraged to ask the International Executive Board anything they were concerned about regarding the organization, and the conversations ranged covered chapter support, IABC staffing, and International growth. Members not in attendance were able to tweet or call in questions using Collaboration Squared's teleconference software, making the Town Hall an interactive experience for all IABC members.

"This conference's success is a tribute to our membership and our staff, and I'm honored to have the chance to lead and serve IABC members as IEB chair for the next year. My immediate focus is going to be on local chapter development and building a strong student outreach program and I'm confident that we have the staff, volunteers and a solid strategy to make IABC thrive," incoming International Executive Board chair, Robin McCasland said.

About IABC:

Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. Members hold positions in areas of expertise ranging from public relations, writing, editing, teaching, and human resources.

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