In the STC Spotlight – Back from Break!

In May, we introduced our new blog feature “In the STC Spotlight”, where we profile either an individual or community within STC. In our first spotlight, we profiled STC Director Alisa Bonsignore. In our next article, we shine the spotlight upon Kirsty Taylor, STC Secretary.

What made you decide to become a Board member?
Being from Australia, Kirsty brings international perspective. “I decided to nominate to be considered for the Board elections so that I could hopefully provide a unique view point as a member outside North America, whose professional technical communication career has always been in Australia, even though the companies I’ve worked for have all been multinational.”

What do you enjoy most about being on the Board?
“Understanding more about the guts of the Society, and working with my fellow board members to create a strategy for our Society’s future.”

More About Kirsty
Kirsty is the Manager of Product Internationalisation for RPMGlobal, a company that creates software for the global mining industry. She works with product managers and the development teams to ensure her company’s software and content are internationalized and ready to be translated into their key languages.

In her spare time, Kirsty enjoys reading, knitting, “endlessly scrolling through items on [her] iPad, introducing as many Aussie slang terms to as many bemused foreigners as possible”, travelling, eating cupcakes, and singing loudly to John Farnham’s “You’re the Voice”, any Beyoncé song, and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” while in her car.

“When I combined my love of travel with singing at a Karaoke shop in Tokyo,” Kirsty explains, “I discovered my singing sounds a lot better in my head or when I’m alone in my car than it does with a microphone.”

Kirsty lives in Brisbane, Queensland with her husband and their daughter. “We do not yet have any pet Drop Bears,” Kirsty comments, “though we have a number of possums who roam our backyard at night and eat many of the herbs and veggies that I try to grow. Also – google Australian possums. There’s good reason Dame Edna Everage used “possum” as a term of endearment. Aussie possums are not related to American opossums.”

“Like 80% of the Australian population, I live on the east coast, specifically in Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bunn, not Bris-bain), which is the capital city of Queensland. Queensland is the sunshine state, and we mostly enjoy a sub-tropical climate, but perhaps not so much in mid-summer when it’s too hot to think, and it’s so hot and humid your eyeballs feel like they’re sweating.”

Interesting fact about Kirsty
She was born in a small outback town in Queensland, where researchers for the first Jurassic Park movie studied how dinosaurs stampeded; in the 1970s, a set of dinosaur stampede tracks were found about 100km outside of the town.

New Blog Feature: In The STC Spotlight

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

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.”

Alisa crocheted a gorgeous shawl -what a lovely stitch pattern!