Ideas and Notes from STC WDCB Summer Vision Day 2014

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The recording for Summer Vision Day 2014 in in our list of podcasts in the sidebar.

Download the Summer Vision Day 2014 PowerPoint Slides (3.2 Mb .pptx).

During the meeting, we asked members to post ideas and needs for future events. Please use our WDCB website as a forum for sharing ideas.

  • What kinds of events would you like to see in the coming months?
  • What kinds of topics should we cover?
  • For what kinds of speakers should we look?

We asked to hear from you, the membership, and we mean it. What’s on your mind? What do you need?

Please share your thoughts here.

Our Chapters in the New Year

Happy New Year, STCers!

Merger News: The Washington, DC and the Metro Baltimore chapters are merging. The logistics are being worked out now with STC, so we’ll have more news as the process unfolds. The leaders of both chapters have polled their members and received a favorable response to the merger proposal. We believe we can offer our members better services and more value through combined resources and cooperative efforts. New candidates running for office represent our larger geographic area. The events committee is planning to offer events throughout the greater Washington-Baltimore area. New synergies will benefit us all.

Naming Contest: We will need a new chapter name to reflect our new geographic composition. Submit your suggestions to email hidden; JavaScript is required by midnight Sunday, 1/9/11. Then we’ll include the suggestions on the ballot when voting begins for new chapter officers. The person who submitted the winning name will win a $100 cash prize.

Chapter Elections: We will hold elections via electronic survey ballots beginning 1/10/11. We now have candidates for all positions, and we’ll be posting their bios and pictures here on the blog. To review the responsibilities of each office, please see the Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council.

Upcoming Events: So far, we have plans for events in each of the first four months of the year. The first one, on January 18, is an exciting panel discussion with academics in technical communication. See the blog post about it and click to register. Check our Upcoming Events list periodically for updates, as the other events get posted.

New Job Descriptions for the Chapter’s Administrative Council

We’ve revised, streamlined, and focused the job descriptions for our elected officers and directors who serve on our chapter’s administrative council. The voting period to elect new officers will begin in the next few days. Please see these new job descriptions, which replace the descriptions currently posted on the chapter’s website.

2009-2010 STC WDC Chapter Elections Now Open

The STC WDC chapter elections for the 2009-2010 Administrative Council year are now underway. An email message has been sent to all members with a link to the election survey. The election will remain open through August 14, 2009, with results being tallied by August 16, 2009. All members are encouraged to respond to the election survey.

This year’s election involves voting for the 2009 – 2010 chapter officers (also called the Executive Administrative Council).

In addition, this year, the voting will include the approval or rejection of our new Chapter Bylaws and the election of one or more At-Large Directors. An At-Large Director is a new position on the Council required by the new Bylaws. An At-Large Director will have voting rights on Administrative Council issues. For additional information, see the Administrative Council Election Slate page.

If you are a chapter member and did not receive an e-mail with a link to the ballot, please contact the Elections Manager, Jennifer Bonaguide, at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Brian J. Lindgren Running for STC Treasurer

Brian J. Lindgren
Brian J. Lindgren

Hello, and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this message. As per the heading, I am a candidate for STC Treasurer. Two questions that come to mind are “Why are you running for a seat on the board?” and “Why are you running for treasurer?” The simple answer to both: I was asked.

A year ago, almost to the day, at the 2008 International Technical Communications Competitions (ITCC), former STC President Mark Hanigan and I were chatting at an after-event social with current First Vice President Cynthia Currie and International Competitions Manager Karen Baranich. This was a couple of months before I was formally named Associate Fellow. Mark and I had briefly met about 12 years earlier when he was Director-Sponsor of my region, and we reconnected at this after-hours event. As we talked about my STC background and forthcoming Associate Fellowship, he said, “Maybe next you should consider a national seat.”

Honestly, to that point I had never considered such a thing, but Mark’s seemingly out-of-the-blue comment stayed with me. Some six months later the nominating committee e-mailed me that my name had been mentioned for possible consideration as a candidate for the STC Board of Directors. Naturally I was honored, and filed the paperwork accordingly, figuring that I would be best suited as a Director on the board.

A week or so later the Nominating Committee contacted me again. After reviewing my resume, they wondered if I might consider running for Treasurer. In hindsight, I imagine they picked up on my previous business ownership, and my current involvement with Government requests for proposal. The official STC description reads, “Candidates for treasurer should have some business experience, familiarity with managing a budget, a sense about the financial impact of initiatives, expectation of inevitable expenses, and comfort with spreadsheets.” Guilty as charged.

The description continues, “a good candidate is willing to advocate for fiscal responsibility and have a different viewpoint from the rest of the Board of Directors.” Having a divergent opinion is certainly one of my strengths – sometimes to a fault! Again, I was honored that the committee asked me to run for Treasurer, and I accepted. I have benefited greatly from involvement with STC, and if running for Treasurer is a way for me to give back, I am happy to do so.

There is an old riddle, “How can you spot an extroverted engineer? He looks at *your* shoes while he’s talking to you.” While I am not an engineer, I certainly have some of the same traits, and I am not particularly enamored with talking about myself. I have set up a website – www.brianjlindgren.com – that provides some insight into my background. Please take the time to review my past involvement with STC, with other technical and volunteer organizations, and my resume. If you believe I will serve STC as your Treasurer, please vote for me. Once again, that I was asked to run is a major honor.

Thank you again for your time in reviewing my information.

Regards,
Brian J. Lindgren
Associate Fellow

Aiessa Moyna Announces her Candidacy for STC Treasurer

Aiessa Moyna
Aiessa Moyna

by Aiessa Moyna
Associate Fellow, STC
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STC 2009 Election

Statement from Aiessa Moyna, Candidate for STC Treasurer

When I was asked to consider running for STC treasurer several months ago, the outlook for our global economy was uncertain. Today, it seems downright bleak. Then, layoffs were rare and shocking. Today, they seem to be commonplace. Then, the stock market was down. Today, the market is at the lowest point in a decade. Then, employers might pay annual STC dues as a professional development expense. Today, some members have had to choose between paying their own dues and paying a utility or grocery bill.

The environment around us has changed, and the next two years will be a challenging time to serve as treasurer of a nonprofit professional association. Still, my commitment and my reasons for running have not changed.

I want to serve STC as treasurer to help ensure the continuing success of the Society, which has contributed so much to my professional and personal development. I want to give back, and I want to help ensure that others who follow me will be able to benefit from STC in the same way.

I joined STC as a college freshman 25 years ago. (Go ahead; do the math. I’m running for treasurer, after all.) As a student member, STC offered me opportunities to grow as a technical communicator through exposure to educators and professional mentors, plus the chance to assume chapter leadership roles. As a new professional, STC offered me employment opportunities, ongoing education and volunteer roles in which to broaden my technical skills and gain leadership experience. As a seasoned communicator, STC today offers me a network of other professionals with whom to share experiences and lessons, as well as volunteer roles in which to sharpen my project management and leadership skills.

Serving as treasurer would give me a chance to return the favor, helping to ensure the ongoing financial viability of the Society. In this way, I hope to help ensure that STC continues to serve other technical communication students, professionals, educators and leaders for years to come.

My experience in STC and the field of technical communication has prepared me for this role. I’ve served STC in a variety of roles at the community, regional and Society level. As treasurer for two STC communities, I learned the Society’s required processes for budgeting, managing expenses and reporting within the rules for nonprofit tax-exempt organizations set by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. I also learned the importance of following these practices to ensure the financial security of the local community and avoid jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of the entire Society.

I currently work as a communications director at American Express Company, supporting the Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer. In this and previous roles, I’ve managed and tracked spending for projects with multiple work streams. I’ve also gained experience in public affairs, compliance and technology development for a financial services corporation, which has made me comfortable with providing fiscal transparency under scrutiny by business, industry and regulatory entities.

To learn more about me, my involvement with STC and my career as a technical communicator, read my biography on the STC Candidates’ page. When you vote in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll consider me for treasurer.