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The Best Internal Communications Conferences Happening in 2021

Last updated: May, 5th 2021.

The switch from in-person to virtual internal communications conferences shouldn’t stop you from continuously learning.

Companies of all shapes and sizes are realizing that engaging their employees goes far beyond the occasional virtual happy hour.

Now, more than ever, organizations are figuring out that it’s time that they started investing in their employee communications and that starts with investing in you – their communicators.

Here at Cerkl, we’re passionate about showing the value of our communicators’ hard work. To help others continuously learn and stay up to date with the best tools and tactics, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite COVID-friendly internal communications conferences for corporate comms professionals in the US. 

Best Internal Communications Conferences

Previous IC Conference Resources (change into a post-events LP section)

2021 IABC World Conference

Conference Type: In person

Dates: July 27 – 30 2021

Location: Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York 

Who’s hosting: IABC

Conference description: Our opportunity to reconnect with each other and share our stories and expertise. We are evolving into a new normal across boundaries. We are listening, challenging, innovating, and supporting you for your future. 

Speakers include: TBD

Why we think you should attend: We love the IABC World Conference! Four fantastic days filled with different sessions, workshops, and keynotes? Yes, please! Take this time to learn from industry champions on how to navigate the changing landscape of many industries. Stay tuned for updates on this one-of-a-kind conference.    

IABC Heritage Region Conference

Conference Type: In person 

Date: Fall 2021, TBD

Location: Boston, TBD

Who’s hosting: IABC

Conference description: We are excited thinking about the networking opportunities; learning from really incredible professionals during the sessions; and being in a historic and inspiring city with communicators from all over the Northeast, Midwest and beyond.

Speakers include: TBD

Why we think you should attend: With several breakout sessions, this conference has many educational opportunities. You get to know your fellow attendees, grow your network, and expand your knowledge. 

Check the 2019 Heritage Conference recap video.


Previous Conferences

2020 IABC World Conference [Virtual Recordings]

In case you missed it:

  • EXPANDED 2020 Virtual World Conference Highlights + Keynote: Receive10 of the most popular sessions from the 2020 Virtual World Conference and 1 of our keynote presentations from the conference.
  • 2020 Virtual World Conference Highlights: View 6 of the most popular sessions including specific education on maintaining long-term communication relevance, public relations technology for small teams, business storytelling, privacy considerations for communicators, and proactively navigating change.  
  • A New and Virtual World: From AI to digital PR to trending new media, this package helps navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape with ease. Learn from subject matter experts on adapting to AI, optimizing podcasts as a strategic communication vehicle, building virtual events, navigating top trends in tech, and leveraging video.

Other Previous IABC Events

2020 People Analytics & Workforces Planning Conference [Keynote Videos & Resources]

Who hosted: HCI 

Speakers included: 

  • Sara Sheffer, Director Strategic Workforce Planning, Henry Ford Health System 
  • Dan L. Ward, Special Advisor, Talent Solutions, NASA 
  • Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst, Lighthouse Research and Advisory 
  • Tracey Smith, President, Numerical Insights LLC

Who’s hosted: PRSA

Speakers included:

10th Annual Internal Communications & Situational Messaging

Who’s hosted: marcusevans

Speakers included:

  • Adrienne Hoyt, Senior Director, Internal Communications & Employee Engagement, CNN, WarnerMedia News
  • Wendy Sherwood, Vice President, Corporate Communications, CBRE
  • John Shea, Director, Internal Communications, Amtrak
  • Monika Davis, Head of Internal & Executive Communications, Pizza Hut, Yum! Brands
  • Lawrence Galardi Jr, Director, Employee & Leadership Communications, Siemens Healthineers
  • Ashley Engler, Director, Internal Communications, Global Communications, Prudential Financial

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