Welcome to our new blog feature “In the STC Spotlight”! Each month, we will profile either an STC community or an individual STC member. In our first blog entries, we will profile two members of the STC Board. We will also get an insider look at what the STC Board does.
Alisa Bonsignore serves as a Director of the STC Board. Among their duties, Directors serve as liaisons to committees and task forces within the Society.
What made you decide to become a Board member?
“It was something that I’d thought about for a few years before running. I’d reached a point in my career where I felt like I had the experience and flexibility to give something back to the STC community. Education and professional development were (and are) my personal focus. I had been involved with the education committee at AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) and the education and Summit review committees at STC, and wanted to take that experience to the next level.”
What do you enjoy most about being on the Board?
Being able to work with a variety of companies, departments, and industries has greatly helped Alisa in her tenure on the Board. “I love that I have the opportunity to constantly learn new things in a way that I didn’t when I had a specific role at my in-house jobs,” Alisa explains. “I see my involvement with the Board as an extension of that.”
“The Board uses my skills and experience in a completely different way than my day-to-day work. There’s a lot of focus on strategy and finances that’s on a completely different scale than what I get to experience in my own business. And it’s given me the opportunity to work with some really excellent people, both on the Board and on staff.”
“While I knew a lot about STC when I began, Board service has led me to do a ton of research into the broader category of membership associations, organizational dynamics, online learning, and professional development. I’m an absolute research nerd, so this has been fantastic.”
More about Alisa
Alisa runs her own strategic communications consulting firm in the Bay Area. In her spare time, Alisa enjoys reading, traveling, practicing Muay Thai, crocheting, and hiking. She also enjoys taking long walks, which gives her “the peace and quiet to do some serious thinking.” She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and 7th grade son.
Interesting facts about Alisa
“I know how to crochet, but I’m baffled by knitting; I once ran a half marathon in Germany; and I’ve given more than two dozen talks at a variety of conferences.”