Save September 22 - 24, 2019, for the IABC Heritage Region Conference in Detroit

Eager to share your professional insight? Learn from communication experts? Meet people from across our 17-state region? It's time to mark your calendar to attend this year's IABC Heritage Region Conference. The image below will take you to more details, including our call for speakers, as well as sponsorship information.

2018 Regional Conference Photos

Business communication professionals from across our region, ranging from the Midwest to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states and portions of the South, enjoyed exceptional sessions and great networking in November at the IABC Heritage Region Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

2017 Regional Conference Photos

2016 Conference Photos

Nearly 160 business communication professionals from across the Heritage Region and beyond enjoyed outstanding sessions and networking Oct. 9 - 11, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.

Conference News

Kip Soteres shares 3 things complicating health benefits communication. Discover employee communication sessions and much more at #IABCHRCONF, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus, Ohio.

August 22, 2016

Digital media ROI: how to determine its effectiveness

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Jerry Allocca will share how to not only track digital media but also to prove ROI and influence decision-makers who sign off on marketing budgets at ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬.

Feel like you're banging your head against the wall in video communications? Rocky Walls shares a few practical smartphone video production tips. Discover how to make video less intimidating and complicated -- and a lot more rewarding -- at ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬

Marty Dauer to present at the IABC Heritage Region Conference, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus, Ohio. If you attend, you will learn about brand transitions during M&A transactions--when brand should become part of the acquisition discussion as well as various strategies for leveraging data to support your brand transition pathway.

Join Jeff Corbin, CEO and Founder of APPrise Mobile, at the IABC Heritage Conference in Columbus, OH, October 9-11, where he will be speaking on this topic together with Jennifer Miele, VP, Marketing and Communications of Excela Health.

August 12, 2016

How improvisation can drive innovation

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IABC Heritage Region Conference keynoter @KarenHough shares two tips how improvisation leads to more creative, flexible and adaptive work. Discover this and more at ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬. Register today at

Stephanie Ryan looks at how communications shops can develop and maintain their reputations as solid service providers that bring value to an organization. Discover more about ‪#‎corporatecommunications‬ and other communication areas at the IABC Heritage Region Conference, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus, Ohio. ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬

August 9, 2016

Discover: interactive video

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Discover the Possibilities at the IABC Heritage Region Conference with this interactive video.

Kip Soteres to speak about how to make change stick at the IABC Heritage Region Conference, Oct. 9-11, in Columbus, Ohio. ‪#‎changecommunications‬ ‪#‎employeecommunications‬ ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬

What are the characteristics of your Capital S story? Presenting at this year's conference ‪#‎IABCHRCONF‬, Paul Furiga of WordWrite Communications will speak about ‪#‎storytelling‬ and "Finding the Hero in Your Organization." Discover knowledge at

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13th Annual IABC Heritage Region Conference

IABC%202018%20Conference%20logo.jpgBusiness communication professionals from across our 17-state region and beyond gathered in Richmond, VA, November 11 - 13, 2018, for the IABC Heritage Region Conference.

Participants engaged in outstanding sessions and enjoyed presentations by a range of exceptional speakers sharing the latest effective communication techniques. The conference was also an opportunity to network with the industry’s best practitioners. The forward-thinking "Revolutionize Your Career" spirit permeated keynote sessions, breakouts and dining activities geared specifically to communication, public relations and marketing professionals.

See information on sponsors and sponsorships. You can click the sponsor logos to visit their websites.

At the close of the conference, we announced our 2019 venue: Detroit, Michigan! Watch your email for more details. To be added to our contact list, just email 

2018 Conference Planners

Questions about the conference? Or interested in volunteering? Contact Patricia Frey at

Conference Chair
Pat Frey, ABC

Marketing Chair
Steve Massien

Sponsorship Chair
Now open! Contact Pat Frey at

Speaker Chair
Joy Lovejoy

Finance Chair
Amy Miller

Consulting Leaders
Gary Spondike
Mara Samuels









cropped-IABC-HR-RLI2018.jpgChapter and region leaders, as well as members-at-large interested in volunteer leadership, attended the face-to-face IABC Regional Leadership Institute on November 11, 2018.

Participants heard updates and enjoyed interacting with IABC leadership, Heritage Region board members (including chapter liaisons) and leaders from other chapters. Attendees enjoyed:

  • Renewing relationships in a collaborative, friendly environment
  • Celebrating successful results and brainstorm ideas
  • Leveraging regional support 
  • Focusing on best practice strategies and tactics
  • Gaining tangible takeaways to support chapter success 


Find details on the program and region financial support here. The Heritage Region will offer a similar program in 2019.

CMP and SCMP Certification Exams

In November 2018 IABC/Richmond and IABC/Heritage Region co-hosted IABC certification exams offered through the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC) prior to the start of Heritage Region Conference. The region will offer this opportunity at future conferences. Chapters also can host the exam, and it's available at the International Leadership Institute and IABC World Conference. 

The two GCCC exams are the Communication Management Professional Certification (CMP) and the Senior Communication Management Professional Certification (SCMP). 

Global Certification Offers Benefits

Professionals who hold GCCC certification are included in a register on the GCCC’s website. Your listing will show your GCCC certification credential along with any other professional designations you hold, the country and city where you are based, and the date when your certification is up for renewal.

Additional Benefits

  • Keep your professional skills and knowledge both fresh and applicable to your career stage and career objectives. This is accomplished through the Global Standard and the GCCC’s annual requirements for maintaining your certification.
  • Your GCCC-issued certificate is third-party evidence that you are knowledgeable and hold expertise in communication.
  • Gain an edge to differentiate yourself from the competition to win that job or promotion! Certification provides evidence of your qualifications and your participation in continuous learning.

Portability of your certification credential on a global basis.

Acknowledgment of your skills and expertise among your peers.

Demonstration of a commitment to your communication career.

A well-earned sense of professional achievement.

Certification Exam Qualifications
GCCC certification is open to any communication professional who qualifies as determined by the information provided on the application form. An individual does not have to be a member of IABC or any other professional organization.

To qualify for the CMP Exam, you must have:

  • Eight years of experience
  • Completed 40 hours of training within the two years prior to your application date


  • Six years of experience
  • Two years of education
  • Completed 40 hours of training within the two years prior to your application date

To qualify for the SCMP, you must have:

  • 11 years of experience
  • Completed 20 hours of training within the two years prior to your application date
  • Submitted a letter of recommendation with your application form.

It is not necessary to hold the CMP credential in order to take the SCMP exam.

Complete These Steps to Take the Exam 

  • Submit your completed application and the application fee to the GCCC for verification. You will be notified of your application status within 30 days. There is a specific application form for each exam.

    Once your application has been approved, you must register for the exam and submit the exam fee. You have two years from the date of your application to take the exam.

Taking the Certification Exam

The exam is web-based. All exam questions remain in the multiple-choice format. Each candidate must bring a laptop and cables/connectors to tap into the hotel’s hard-wired internet service.

Once your registration request and fees have been received by the GCCC, you will be sent an Admission to Examination Notice for the exact location and related details for your exam. This notice will be sent to your email address on record with the GCCC.

Here’s Where to Find More Information on Certification

For complete information on the certification program, qualifications, application forms, exam registration, fees, and the Candidate Handbook (aka GCCC Handbook), visit the GCCC website.

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