Setting our Sights on 2021!

October 10-12, 2021

Make plans for in-person professional development next year in Boston!

The next Heritage Region communications conference will be in Boston October 10-12, 2021. This is a year later than originally planned, after life got hijacked by COVID19.

But we are excited thinking about the networking opportunities; learning from really incredible professionals during the sessions; and being in an historic and inspiring city with communicators from all over the Northeast, Midwest and beyond.

To those who submitted proposals to the call for speakers, we want to thank you! We received top notch submissions and will be working with those submitters on rolling the proposals, or revisions, over to next year, as well as welcoming new ones. The extra time will ensure a safe experience and travel for conference attendees and speakers, and an additional year to make the Heritage Region Conference a huge success and a uniquely Boston experience.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please send an email to, or reach out to Pat Frey, conference liaison to the board, or Hayley Corey, conference co-chair.

The International Association of Business Communicators is a vibrant global association with members from around the world, representing many of the Global Fortune 500 companies. At the international, regional and local level, we support our community of professionals with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning, and career guidance.

Past Keynote Speakers

Seeing Detroit as Detroiters See It

Aaron Foley, Chief Storyteller, City of Detroit

Consumers in Control: The New Reality for Marketing and Communications

Brad Heureux, Founder and CEO, Zing Media Group

Becoming a Superstar Communicator

David Pitre, President, Davis & Company


Engaging Employees and Stakeholders During Fundamental Company and Industry Transitions

Paula Silver, Vice President of Communications, DTE Energy

Managing Your Brand Reputation in a Fragmented, Omnichannel Media World

Andy Hetzel, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Detroit Homecoming: Tapping the Expat Community to Drive Investment, Revitalization

Colleen Robar, President, Robar PR

Thanks to Our 2019 IABC Heritage Region Conference Sponsors:

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Setting our Sights on 2021!