November 27, 2018

Keynotes announced for 2019 Convergence Summit

The 2019 Covergence Summit (cosponsored by IABC Minnesota and the Minnesota Journalism Center at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota) takes place Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Get special pricing for the Convergence Summit by registering now (Member $229, Nonmember $299). Special pricing ends February 28 so hurry and register! Nonmembers can take advantage of special Join and Go pricing: $459. Join IABC for one year + Attend CONVERGENCE Summit ($176 savings)

The Convergence Summit brings together experts from both the business and academic realms to explore the changes and challenges convergence presents for business communicators. The sessions explore cutting-edge theories alongside real-world case studies to help you learn how to build your organization’s reputation, connect with your audiences, and influence stakeholders in this ever-changing environment.

This year’s event features advocacy and action with opportunities to get involved in both throughout the day. Full agenda

Opening Keynote: Brave New Workshop

For decades, the Twin Cities has enjoyed the audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire of the Brave New Workshop. With a basis from the book “The Innovative Mindset,” we’ll kick off the day, with laughter, learning, thinking and playing to motivate, energize and spur us to action.

Lunch Keynote and Panel: Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility

How do successful companies use “cause” marketing, advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility to connect with their customers and the community? Our lunch keynote speaker and a panel following lunch will address this trend.

Closing Keynote: Victoria Dew, SCMP, Vice Chair IABC 

Joining us from Boston, MA, the incoming Chair of IABC and global consultant, Victoria Dew will wrap the day with a lively discussion on fueling your career and leadership.


  • Working with Senior Leaders, Steve Wehrenberg, Teaching Professor & Program Director, University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism
  • Libel Proofing Your PR Campaign, Leita Walker, Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Creativity, Glenn Karwoski, Senior VP/Managing Director, Karwoski & Courage

Other Topics include: 

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Crisis Communication
  • Technologies impacting communication
  • Visual storytelling

For more information and to register visit