STC 2020 Virtual Technical Communication Summit & Exposition

Logo for the 2020 virtual conference event May 17-20.

STC's Technical Communication Summit is the premier conference for technical communication education and networking. The Summit attracts over 650 attendees and 40 exhibitors during a three-day period and brings together like-minded individuals to grow in their knowledge of the technical communication field.

Under this year's theme "Career Vision 20/20", the Summit's content is focused on information to help you stay in control of your career and your professional goals. STC is committed to offering a robust conference experience, including education sessions, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities in support of your technical communication career.

Advance your technical communication career at the STC Summit!

Virtual Summit registration rates are available through the 17 May start of the 2020 Technical Communication Summit!

Don't miss the opportunity to explore 100+ educational sessions and networking events online.

Register at the Virtual Summit Registration page.

More info is in our Virtual Summit post.

STC WDC Wins Community of Distinction Award

Congratulations to our entire chapter for being such a vibrant community of professionals! For the first time ever, the STC Washington, DC chapter has won a Community of Distinction award, the most prestigious level in STC’s Community Achievement Award program!

Below is an excerpt from the notice we received from Rachel Houghton, Member STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee (CAAEC).

.. the STC Washington, D.C. chapter has earned the Community of Distinction award for 2008-2009. The citation on your certificate will read:

For your collaboration with related organizations, your unique membership promotion, your use of social networking to increase community visibility, and your extremely accessible website transformation.STC Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee

Your community will be recognized during the Leadership Day event on Sunday, May 3, at the Tech Comm Summit in Atlanta…

In addition, the STC Washington, DC community will be recognized at the Honors Banquet on Tuesday, May 5. At that event, all STC Washington, DC members will be welcomed on stage to receive congratulations from the STC president, Cindy Currie, and Immediate Past President, Mark Clifford.

The judges praised the high caliber of our volunteers, the way we used Cvent for a unique membership promotion this past January, our new accessible website design and the valuable resources on that website, the many ways we communicate with our members, the way we use LinkedIn to increase our visibility, and Cynthia Lockley’s redesign of several STC logos. Cynthia is also our webmaster and we have her to thank for our excellent website.

Though the judges didn’t specifically mention it, we all also know that our annual Technical Communication Competitions are consistently well run and result in internationally-recognized professional work. Thanks for taking the helm for the past two years, Lina Scorza!

Announcing the Chapter’s LinkedIn Group

For LinkedIn members who belong to the Washington, DC Chapter, we now have a group in LinkedIn. To join the group, go to

Joining will allow you to find and contact other STC Washington, DC Chapter members on LinkedIn. The goal of this group is to help members:

  • Reach other members of STC Washington, DC Chapter
  • Accelerate careers/business through referrals from STC Washington, DC Chapter Group members
  • Know more than a name – view rich professional profiles from fellow STC Washington, DC Chapter Group members

To join the Society for Technical Communication group, go to

What is LinkedIn?

Your professional success often depends on your professional relationships. LinkedIn is professional networking that helps you get in touch or get back in touch with people who have helped or can help your career, find a new job, or find a client. If there is someone you’ve worked with that you’d like to give a recommendation for—you don’t have to wait to be asked to write one. Write it now—surprise them. They get a chance to review it and decide whether or not to post it to their profile. You may also request recommendations from your co-workers or bosses (three gets you to 100% of your profile if you’ve filled out everything else in the profile.) LinkedIn has many groups you can join such as alumni groups of corporations and universities, special interests, professional, and more. Search for ones to join at

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Through your network you can

  • Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
  • Be found for business opportunities
  • Search for great jobs
  • Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
  • Post and distribute job listings
  • Find high-quality passive candidates
  • Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know

LinkedIn is free to join.

LinkedIn participates in the EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework and is certified to meet the strict privacy guidelines of the European Union. All relationships on LinkedIn are mutually confirmed, and no one appears in the LinkedIn Network without knowledge and explicit consent.

– LinkedIn