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Vice Chair message

As I'm sure you've heard, the #Fusion20 Conference Call for Speakers opened last month, and its closing date is fast approaching this Friday, 8 November. FUSION Regional Conference – a conference for business communicators in Asia Pacific region – has had the pleasure of hosting outstanding speakers from all over APAC, who have shared their knowledge and experience on a variety of key topics. Some of our speakers have included industry stalwarts & thought leaders such as Tracey Spicer, Ashwani Singla, Shawn Callahan, Dr Shih-Chia Wu, Gabrielle Dolan and more.

We're looking forward to putting together yet another exciting programme for #Fusion20 in Wellington, New Zealand. So, if you know anyone who is talented at what they do, or a thought leader who would be a great addition to the conference, please do pass on the word. The FUSION website has an extremely straight forward speaker form that makes it easy to get submissions in.

Planning for the conference is fully underway and early bird tickets will be available very soon. Do connect with us online and keep an eye out on our social media channels - Twitter and LinkedIn - to be first to hear the moment they are available for purchase. As always, the FUSION website will include a Business Case Letter to help you gain the support of your employer in attending #Fusion20.

Meanwhile, we're on the lookout for partnerships with brands who are interested in reaching a diverse audience of communication professionals from all over Asia Pacific. If you know of a company or brand that may be interested in the opportunities available, our Sponsorship Lead would be happy to reach out to them.

Kristy Christie
Vice Chair | IABC APAC Region Board

Save the Date
25 - 27 March 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand

FUSION Regional Conference
– a conference for business communicators in Asia Pacific region.

#Fusion20: Call for Speakers

We are looking for outstanding presenters to join ranks of the stellar speakers like Gabrielle Dolan (author), Kristin Flor Perret (marketer), and Tracey Spicer (journalist) who presented their thoughts in the past FUSION conferences.
With a variety of interactive formats, Fusion20 will take a thematic approach to exploring opportunities, challenges and practical solutions as the communications industry in Asia Pacific continues to transform.

Discussion topics will include:
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Crisis Communications
  • Technology, AI and Ethics
  • The Future of Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Communications Skills
  • Marketing & Brand Reputation
  • Internal Communications
  • Careers in Communications
Deadline for speaker applications is closing soon: 8 November 2019

This is what IABC APAC looks for in a keynote, session or masterclass presenter:

  • An authentic, dynamic speaker with a compelling presence who is able to connect with this audience in a meaningful way
  • Knowledgeable about international business communication and able to articulate the tangible importance and critical value of communication to an organisation
  • Prepared to offer innovative content that will resonate with an audience of international business communicators, with a focus on Asia Pacific
  • Proven ability in terms of presentations to international audiences at commercial business conferences

If you’re an expert on a topic that can help communicators gain the knowledge, tools and ideas they need to be prepared for what’s ahead, we want to hear from you! Please submit your speaker proposal by 11:59 P.M. AEDT, 8th November 2019.

Fusion20 Speaker Application
We're calling for volunteers to help to make Fusion20 a great success. We are looking for further support for our Conference Committees: Program Advisory, Communications, Content Marketing, Sponsorship, and Logistics. These roles are open to IABC members from across the whole region. It’s an outstanding opportunity to be a part of this leading event for communication professionals.

In particular, the Communications committee is looking for people to help with PR and social media content creation, and the Sponsorship committee is seeking further support.
If you (or anyone else you know) is interested in joining our fantastic band of volunteers let us know. It’s a great opportunity to connect with communicators throughout Asia Pacific: create connection and be a part of making sure Fusion20 is amazing!
You can see who is currently volunteering at:
Send us an email to or contact Jo Curkpatrick, Conference Vice Chair Fusion20, for more information.

#CreateConnection #Fusion20

Recommend #Fusion20 Sponsors

Fusion20 is the premier communication event in the Asia Pacific region, and we are looking for sponsors to become a part of it. Do you know an organisation who is looking to maintain an edge over their competition? Please refer them to Laura Kerr Melvin, Fusion20 Sponsorship Lead and IABC APAC Director of Partnerships.

Fusion20 Sponsorship Opportunities
FUSION20: The Future is Now – Communicating in the dynamic Asia Pacific, will be held from 25th to 27th March 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand at Te Papa, National Museum of New Zealand. Early bird tickets will be available soon.

Get certified at #Fusion20 in March 2020

Good news for fellow communication professionals interested in GCCC Certification! We will be hosting a GCCC Certification exam on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Need more information? Get in touch with:

Get certified in November 2019 - Melbourne, VIC

IABC Victoria is now proud to announce that a second CMP and SCMP certification exam will take place in Melbourne on Sunday 24 November 2019. We encourage anyone interested in certification to apply and sit the exam in Melbourne, particularly if you are in Australia. Contact IABC Victoria President Sia Papageorgiou, or check the chapter’s website for more information.

IABC Foundation Gift of Excellence grant

IABC Foundation has grants open for GCCC certification under the Gift of Excellence grant program. There are scholarships of US$600 each available to IABC members who qualify for funding. The scholarship will be given to eligible members who are seeking their CMP or SCMP certification.

Click here to begin the application process and access the briefing packet.

Questions about getting certified and preparing for the exam? IABC APAC can organise a Zoom call for those interested in learning how to prepare for the GCCC exam -- just get in touch!

If you missed last week's webinar on watch the recording of "Gold Quill Awards - Tips for Success" webinar. You'll find this webinar and other resources on our #IABCAPAC YouTube channel.

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IABC library of past webinars and future webinar listings

Ongoing FREE access to the library of past webinars, and all future webinar events, is one of our IABC member benefits. As well as our popular IABC APAC webinars, IABC offers free member-only webinars on the latest trends and best practices in communication. And you can listen to recordings at your convenience if you can't join the live sessions. Access past session recordings and see a list of future global webinars scheduled through to Feb 2020 that can help your professional development: ...

Past session recordings
Upcoming webinars
Reminder of our new IABC APAC website is up at This is the first phase and we'll be updating it over the next couple of months. You’ll find it provides everything you need to remind yourself and to help others learn about current initiatives, upcoming events, and new items relevant for today’s communication professionals, including links to:  
  • Recordings of all APAC webinars
  • All you need to know about how to get GCCC certified
  • A recap video of the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver
  • IABC's private online community for members, The Hub, which connects you with your peers worldwide. Get advice, start a discussion, or access resources 

The website offers this, and much more, “About IABC” and IABC membership, so that you can refer your peers to it when people ask, “Why join IABC?”.

Visit the IABC APAC website
Submissions are now open! Remember to submit your work for recognition in the IABC Gold Quill Awards. Submissions are open until January 2020. Prepare early for success. IABC members also enjoy discounted submission fees compared to non-members. Check out the GQ Awards resources link to learn more and get started on your entry (or more than one entry). 

Looking for a mentor? Felicia Shiu can coordinate volunteer mentors for entrants to help them improve their entries.
GQ Awards resources link

IABC World Conference 2020

Shift #AreyouReady? It's the theme of IABC World Conference in Chicago, 14-17 June 2020. Will we see you there? Explore latest trends and solutions in communications and experience Chicago's amazing architecture and culture.

Start planning now!

Read all about the #IABC20 World Conference here
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