Happy New Year!
January is a time of renewal and setting goals for the next year, which means you couldn’t have a more appropriate time to plan your community’s strategy for this year.
We’re offering two leadership webinars this month on this topic–one for chapters, and one for SIGs (COPs/COIs). Register today (see below) to take advantage of the guidance these can provide! (And remember, every webinar you register for counts towards the STC Leadership Incentive Program!)
Strategic Planning for Chapters
Join STC chapter leaders Alex Garcia, Debra Johnson, and MK (MaryKay) Grueneberg for an informative and lively conversation about strategy planning for STC chapters. The panelists will begin the program by providing a brief overview of the Florida and Chicago chapters’ processes as two examples of strategy planning. The remainder of the program will be dedicated to Q&A and info sharing among attendees and panelists. The program will be recorded.
Please note: While this program is focused on STC chapters, SIG leaders are welcome to attend.
Attendees are welcome to send questions prior to the program to Ann Marie Queeney
See you at our first CAC program of the new year!
MK (MaryKay) Grueneberg
MaryKay has been a professional technical communicator for 37 years. She is a writer and editor and has ten years of team management experience. She is a Certified Professional Technical Communicator and an STC Fellow. She is currently the Sponsorship Manager, Webinar Manager, and Competition Co-Manager for STC Chicago and the editor of the chapter’s newsletter, Byline. She has previously held the position of chapter secretary, nominating committee, web manager, program manager (many years), and has been chapter VP/president twice.
MK is a Senior User Assistance Developer at SAP and is a remote employee working with multiple global teams. She has presented at LavaCon, Spectrum, Leadership Days at STC Summits, STC Chicago meetings, and various STC chapter meetings.
Alex Garcia is the current Vice-Chair of STC’s Community Affairs Committee, specializing in chapter outreach. Professionally, he has over 13 years’ experience documenting hardware systems in the aerospace and defense industry.
An STC member for 16 years, he has held just about every role in the STC Florida Chapter. As a student member, he was president of the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) organization at the University of Central Florida and served as co-manager of the student mentoring program. As a professional member, he served as the Jaffe Award Committee chair, editor of the Memo to Members chapter newsletter, chapter treasurer for two years, and then two terms as chapter president. For his leadership and dedication, the Society awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS) in 2006 and the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2013 and 2015. Alex presented at the 53rd Annual STC Summit in Las Vegas in 2006 and the 65th Annual STC Summit in Orlando.
Debra Johnson is the current President of the STC Florida Chapter. A member since 2010, she has held multiple offices and roles in the chapter. In her service to STC, Debra served on the Society’s 65th Anniversary Summit Committee and attended five Summits. She has presented at Washlines, organized 26 monthly chapter programs, and joined with other key members of the chapter to transform the local chapter into an increasingly successful virtual chapter across Florida and other states.
Under her Presidency, the Chapter has earned Chapter of Distinction three times, Community of the Year twice, the Pacesetter Award twice, and the Platinum Community Achievement Award. Debra mentors Tech Comm college students getting ready to graduate, developing a student member a year for the past seven years. For her leadership and dedication, the Society awarded her the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2018. She was awarded the Gloria Jaffe Outstanding Technical Communicator Vision Award in 2011. Debra has 26 years of professional experience across a wide range of industries and has led teams of Technical Communicators.
Strategy Planning for STC SIGs (COPs and COIs)
Join Ann Marie Queeney, CAC Chair and former SIG leader, for a webinar on strategy planning for Special Interest Groups (COPs and COIs). The webinar will be held on January 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. There will be time for Q&A and info sharing. The webinar will be recorded.
Please note: While this program is focused on SIGs, chapter leaders are welcome to attend.
See you at the webinar!
Ann Marie Queeney has held several SIG leadership positions and is happy to share her strategy planning experience. She serves as the Chair of the CAC (Communities Affairs Committee) and a 2020-2022 STC Board member. Her STC presentation experience includes several Summits and SIG webinars.
Ann Marie has over 20 years technical communication experience in the medical device industry. She is the owner of A.M. Queeney, LLC where she focuses on procedures.