The Best Internal Communications Conferences Happening in 2020 and 2021

The Best Internal Communications Conferences Happening in 2021

Last updated: January, 14th 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

8th Annual Strategic Internal Communications – Winter

Conference Type: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Dates: January 26th, 2021 – January 28, 2021

Location: Zoom

Who’s hosting: ALI Conferences 

Conference description: Build a great experience for employees, create an inclusive culture, and provide the tools needed to drive productivity & collaboration.

Speakers include:

Why we think you should attend: Now more than ever, communicators are expected to think strategically and show results. This conference is focused on benchmarking best practices to engage with your at home workforce and bridge the gap between internal communications and HR, walking out with strategies that will accelerate your internal communications. 

ALI has adopted fully virtual conferences. Check it out:

10th Annual Internal Communications & Situational Messaging

Conference Type: Virtual

Dates: February 23-25 2021

Who’s hosting: marcusevans

Conference description: This premier marcus evans event will bring together the foremost leaders in Internal Communications from leading Fortune 1000 companies to not only discuss best practices learned from COVID-19, but also share innovative tactics and strategies deployed in continuing to maintain an engaged and empowered workforce while navigating the future of work.

Speakers include:

  • 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

Why we think you should attend: Between the big-name attendees and the innovative sessions, this conference is perfect for IC innovators or if your scouting out out different tools.

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]

Conference type: Virtual recordings

Who’s hosting: IABC 

Conference description: IABC has launched new 2020 Virtual World Conference Recordings for those who were not able to attend the full conference. Recording packages include 80+ educational sessions focused on topics pressuring communications professionals now. 

The IABC World Conference is a long-standing, global professional development event designed for communication practitioners. The only major conference of its type, the event draws over 1,000 attendees from around the world. Speakers are selected through a peer-reviewed process, with evaluations conducted by top experts in the field. Selections are based on alignment to the IABC Global Standard, and the degree to which the sessions will inform, engage and deliver on the conference theme.

Speakers include:

In case you missed it:

  • 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.

Why we think you should watch: The IABC World Conference is focused on providing concrete internal communications solutions to its attendees from across the globe. If you were not able to attend the full conference, IABC has you covered with their new virtual recordings. 80+ recorded educational sessions from a top tier conference? Don’t miss out on this! 

2020 People Analytics & Workforces Planning Conference Keynote Videos & Resources

Conference type: Keynote Videos and Resources 

Who’s hosting: HCI 

Conference description: Learn how to integrate your people strategy with your business strategy from a hand-picked group of thought leaders, practitioners, and experts. Understand how to develop, adapt, and execute workforce plans when your environment is constantly changing.

Speakers include: 

  • 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

Keynote videos

  • Building a Modern Strategic Workforce Planning Team 
  • Through a Glass Darkly: Illuminating to Future with Scenarios 
  • Artificial Intelligence, The Power of Data, and 5 Skills of the Future

Speakers include:

Why we think you should attend: While you can’t have the full HCI conference experience, here you get a little taste of it. Join industry experts for this very special, very free, super-sized webcast that combines three full keynote videos recorded at last year’s conference. Liking what you hear?

Conference Type: Virtual Zoom Meeting 

Date: October 26, 2020 – October 29, 2020

Location: Zoom

Who’s hosting: PRSA

Conference description: ICON 2020 is a fully digital networking and educational event for professional communicators across all continents, all industries and in all stages of their professional journey.

Get ready for a vibrant online program packed with education, thought leadership, networking, business solutions, exhibits and healthy fun. ICON 2020 is designed for today’s public relations and marketing professionals, educators and students, with a special focus on industries innovating to stay ahead of the curve and ahead of the story.

Speakers include:

Why we think you should watch: With no travel time or travel-related expenses, you can attend interactive sessions, hear keynote speakers, participate in fun social events and connect with friends and colleagues from around the country and the world. No matter your time zone, ICON programming is available in real time or on-demand.

3rd Annual Aligning HR & Internal Communications

Conference Type: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Dates: October 28, 2020 – October 29, 2020 

Location: Zoom

Who’s hosting: ALI Conferences 

Conference description: Create a modernized employee experience that fosters collaboration, improves productivity, and drives engagement across the organization.

Speakers include:

Why we think you should attend: Building a solid relationship between HR and internal communications is key. This event will teach you how to craft compelling stories, identify champions, drive employee engagement, and effectively work together to achieve results. Check out what people have to say about ALI conferences in the past.

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