Q: What are your personal reasons for wanting to serve as Director?
I have served on the board for a year and a half, and I have been delighted with the progress we have made. I am also daunted by how great the remaining challenge is. I feel most of the issues I ran on have been dealt with to some extent, but STC has still not shed its image as top heavy and opaque.
I want to continue working to achieve our potential as an international society. I believe we need to partner with organizations in related disciplines, find new ways to show our value, and open new markets for our members.
By the end of my second term, I hope STC members will be proud to pay their dues because we are truly their professional organization, promoting and furthering the profession and their careers, with a truly international outlook, and partnering with other groups in our industry worldwide.
I continue to believe that my multinational, multicultural experience helps me to think “out of the box” and helps bring new ideas to our society at a critical time.
Over the course of my career, I have relied heavily on STC to help me with writing skills, teaching, managing, and strategic planning. As a Director, I would be honored to serve members and provide them with the same benefits that have helped my career. I will strive to ensure that STC continues to offer high value to all members, regardless of career level:
• Training opportunities to prepare students and entry-level writers for the job market.
• Coaching, mentoring, and resources for mid-level writers and managers.
• Exposure to research and cutting edge technologies.
• Opportunities to develop leadership skills.
• Promoting the profession and demonstrating the value of technical communicators.
• Skills to help independent consultants start and grow their business.
For me, serving the STC membership as a Director would be a great way to ‘pay it forward’ and play an active role in helping other technical communicators be successful in their careers.
I believe STC had to take some tough decisions which directly affected the value we are delivering to our members. For example, we have increased the fees but then are not circulating printed copies of Intercom. I suspect that this has had negative impact on our membership. I believe my “solution-oriented thinking” could have helped.
While we cope with the operational issues, the focus on strategic issues should not be lost.
For more than 50 years STC has witnessed and played an important role in helping the users accept the technological changes. Looking at tomorrow, I think STC has even a bigger role to play, especially with the increase in the pace of change. Without good Technical Communicators, this world will lead to a chaos.
STC has to see the future first and then show it to its members. We should increase our partnerships and alliance with apex agencies like W3C and OASIS. We should act a facilitators to bring about the transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 (the Semantic Web) and beyond.
We need leadership that has vision and capabilities to covert it to a road-map and finally an action plan. I am ready to take my share of challenges.
Personally for me, this will be a great opportunity to learn from other members from the director board and grow! Having been in this profession for nearly 20 years, and having made it my identity, if I don’t step forward, who will?