About Catalyst

Catalyst is the official publication of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). IABC serves business communication professionals and strives to support them with innovative thinking, shared best practices, in-depth learning and career guidance. This resource features thought leadership from members on topics that include innovation, business acumen and trends, career roadmap and Gold Quill.

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IABC Global Editorial Calendar At a Glance

IABC, in partnership with the Professional Development & Content Committee, has developed a global editorial calendar with monthly themes. The calendar below notes key IABC events, programs and observances as well as holidays and cultural/industry touchpoints that may be of relevance to our community.  If you have questions or would like to contribute on one of these topics, please email catalyst@iabc.com


Monthly Theme

IABC Events and Programs

Observances, Holidays, Cultural/Industry Touchpoints


New Year, New Ideas

  • Gold Quill Closes
  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (15 January - U.S.)
  • Australia Day (26 January)   



  • Ethics Month
  • Black History Month (U.S.)
  • Start of the Chinese New Year (10 February)
  • Family Day (19 February – Canada) 


Change Management 


  • 2024 Fellows Announced 
  • Women’s History Month (U.S.)
  • International Women’s Day (8 March)
  • Ramadan (10 March - 9 April)
  • Easter Sunday (31 March)
April Crisis Communication
  • Gold Quill Winners Announced
  • National Volunteer Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Passover (22–30 April)
  • Eid al-Fitr (9-10 April)
May Well-Being and the Role of the Communicator
  • IABC Committee slates announced
  • Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
June Communication Creates (World Conference)
  • IABC World Conference
  • IEB slate announced
  • Pride Month
  • Eid al-Adha (16-19 June)
  • Juneteenth (19 June – U.S.)
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day (21 June – Canada)
July Wild Card/What's Hot and Trending  
  • Canada Day (1 July)
  • Independence Day (4 July – U.S.)
August Crunching the Numbers/Data Analytics    
September Social Issues
  • Fellows Submissions Open
  • National Hispanic Latino Heritage Month
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (30 September – Canada)
October Storytelling
  • Fellows Submissions Close
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Black History Month (UK)
  • Rosh Hashanah (2-4 October)
  • World Mental Health Day (10 October)
  • Yom Kippur (11-12 October)
  • Canadian Thanksgiving (14 October)
  • Global Ethics Day (16 October)
  • Halloween (31 October)
November Gift of Communication: How Communication Supports Nonprofits
  • Gold Quill entries open
  • IEB and Committee Nominations Open
  • National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
  • Diwali (1 November)
  • Remembrance Day (11 November – Canada)
  • Veterans Day (11 November – U.S.)
  • U.S. Thanksgiving (28 November)
December DEI  


  • Hanukkah (25 December - 2 January)
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Kwanzaa (26 December - 1 January)

Catalyst Staff

Executive Director

Peter Finn

Content Manager

Kristin Frankiewicz

Content Associate

Dawn De La Torre


Emily Bichl
Steve Biernacki

Contribute to Catalyst

If you have an article idea or want to recommend yourself or a colleague as a subject matter expert, please review our submission guidelines and email catalyst@iabc.com with the subject line “Catalyst Submission,” briefly outlining why your topic is important and how it is relevant to IABC members and Catalyst’s content categories: Innovation, Business Acumen and Trends, Career Roadmap and Gold Quill.

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