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President's Message Washington, DC – Baltimore Chapter

May 2021

CAA 2021 Platinum award (200x176)
STC Pacesetter award 2021 logo

Greetings STC WDCB Family,

Happy Mother's Day to all the courageous souls out there that have chosen this path. In the words of the great life teacher, Oprah, ". the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers. "

In the spirit of educating, and leading, we have a few professional development opportunities coming up for you to participate in, and other gems for you to take advantage of. Thank you for tuning in for our latest chapter announcements. Your support of our community is greatly appreciated.

Announcements

The Masterclass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series

Sign up for The MasterClass in TechComm Webinar Speaker Series, which features prominent figures in the technical communication (TechComm) industry offering candid discussions on crucial topics, trends, and skills within our field.

Why should you tune in? Because thought and practitioner leaders embark on ways to challenge themselves for refinement, inspiration, and mentorship. Join us!

Our chapter uses the GoToMeeting platform to host webinars. All registrants will receive the link to the event in their e-ticket. Please download the free GoToMeeting app to attend on your smart device, or attend by pasting the event link into your web browser. If you have any questions, please contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

May 2021

Marsi Fein Miller – Kanban and Technical Documentation
Attendees will learn how a technical documentation, and organizational change team, used Kanban to visualize its work to limit the amount in progress (visualizing the work, and limiting work in progress are features of Kanban).
Webinar: Wednesday May 26, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET
Adam Bradley – The Foundation of Technical Illustration
Discover how to determine when your content should be communicated graphically. Learn how to communicate with graphic artists using common technical terminology. Understand what the fundamentals are to create technical graphics in order to effectively instruct authors on what requests to make from graphic specialists.
Webinar: Friday May 28, 2021 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET

June 2021

Annette Reilly – You don't say! – A Discussion on Inclusive Language in TechComm
Learn the complexities of inclusive language in technical communication, and hone in on how to change accepted language, as well as how to overcome resistance to inclusive language/term changes.
Webinar: Thursday June 24, 2021 @ 7-8 p.m. ET

The Masterclass in TechComm Podcast

Latest Episode

Angela Trenkle – Discourse with a Tech Writer Working on Covid-19 Pre-Clinical Trial Work
Listen to a tech writer working in the bioresearch industry, share how her career path led her into pre-clinical trial work for COVID-19 research.
This podcast is also offered via the following outlets:

Please subscribe to The MasterClass in TechComm Podcast to support this growing professional development initiative. If you are an active, or a retired technical communicator that would like to be featured on the podcast, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss.

STC WDCB TechComm Competition

STC Alliance Competition

The STC Alliance Competition has concluded with 54 entries assessed by 18 teams of three judges. The STC WDCB chapter is a member of this alliance, along with the New York, Rochester, New England, South-Central Texas, and Atlanta STC chapters. Entrants will be notified of the status of their entries and award certificates soon. The STC Alliance Competition Council thanks the entrants, and judges for their support during another busy competition year.

2020 – 2021 Competition Data

  • Number of Judges: 54
  • Number of Entries: 54
  • Number of Awards: 34
  • Number of Distinction Awards: 3
  • Number of Excellence Awards: 13
  • Number of Merit Awards: 18

Congratulations to the South-Central Texas chapter for having the largest number of entries this competition year at 17. STC WDCB was not far behind with 12 entries.

Now is the time to get your best examples of technical communication ready to enter into the upcoming 2021-2022 competition (date will be announced). STC WDCB Family, let's encourage our colleagues, and prepare ourselves to enter the upcoming 2021-2022 competition.

STC Leadership Day

STC WDCB – Award-Winning Community

The STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC) is hosting the 2021 Leadership Program for all STC leaders to attend on May 19, 2021 @ 5-7 p.m. ET. STC members who are interested in getting involved in STC leadership are also welcome. The event will entail the following:

  • Recognition of STC award winners
  • Community updates
  • Information on CAC's activities/plans to support the STC communities
  • Breakout Sessions

Our award-winning community will be recognized for the following awards:

  • 2021 Community Achievement Award (CAA): Platinum Award
  • 2021 Pacesetter Award (PA): MasterClass in TechComm Speaker Series
  • 2021 Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS): Tavia Record

We are grateful for our STC WDCB Family's support of our programs! Please visit STC Leadership Day to register for this event.

STC Summit

STC 2021 Summit Details

STC's TechComm Summit is the organization's annual conference. The Summit attracts over 650 like-minded industry professionals that come together to continue growing in the TechComm field via workshops, panels, and other career enhancing opportunities. The 2021 conference will be held virtually.

See the STC Summit page to register.

STC WDCB Resources

  1. Sign up to Receive Event Notification Emails
    1. Go to the STC WDCB Events& News website.
    2. Scroll down to enter your email address in the Subscribe to New Posts by Email panel in the sidebar.
  2. Look for jobs and career information on our WDCB Jobs Board website
  3. Follow us on our social media accounts at
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Pinterest
    4. Instagram
    5. Flickr Albums
    6. Join our LinkedIn group to network with others in the technical communication field

STC WDCB Leadership Opportunities

Would you like to team up with members of the STC WDCB Administrative Council?
Please consider volunteering for a committee, run for a chapter office, or volunteer for community service work. By volunteering, you can network, share your talents, lend your support, develop transferrable leadership talents, or carve a new path.

STC WDCB Chapter Membership

Talk to Us

Not only do we want to continue to serve you with professional development events and opportunities to network, we would love for you to give us feedback on our programs and events. We're also interested in collaborating with you on professional development initiatives and projects, so please email email hidden; JavaScript is required or fill out our Contact Us form to set up a time to discuss the concept that you have in mind.

Renew Your STC WDCB Membership

December 31, 2021 is the last day of your 2021 STC membership. Annual dues are payable to STC on January 1 (membership year ends on December 31). STC dues are tax deductible. Refer to the chart of membership levels and dues at STC Membership Levels and Benefits for how to figure the rates for new and renewing members.

Membership in one chapter and one SIG is included in the dues for Gold, Student, and Retired members. Professional and Academic memberships and New Professional memberships pay $25 for each chapter and $10 for each SIG they would like to join. These fees go to support the operating costs as a rebate to your home chapter.

If you haven't already, please Renew Your STC Membership for 2022 and allow us to continue serving you by selecting STC WDCB as your home chapter.

Thank you very much for your time and membership. We greatly appreciate you.

Please reach out anytime to share your comments, or to request assistance.

Kind regards,

Tavia Record,
President and Professional Development Director
STC Washington, D.C. – Baltimore Chapter
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Last modified: December 7, 2021

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