Society for Technical Communication 2021-22 Leadership Series

The Community Affairs Committee, the STC office, and the Board of Directors encourage all leaders past, present and future to join us online for a time of connecting and learning with our STC CAC Leadership series. Holding virtual events will enable us to:

  • Provide welcoming and inclusive leadership programming for all STC leaders
  • Focus on community leadership activities
  • Highlight community programming and networking
  • Accommodate attendees across time zones
  • Provide broader, more in-depth training and networking for our current and potential community leaders

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Upcoming Programs:

The CAC Leadership Series events are free and open to anyone currently in a leadership position in an STC chapter or special interest group (SIG), or if you want to be more involved in the leadership of your chapter or SIG. Registration is required for each event. A registration link will be posted under the program title when registration opens.


Growing Your Volunteer Capital

Hosted by the STC CAC

Join the CAC for “Growing Your Volunteer Capital” webinar! Anita Matechuk, Instructional Design & Learning (IDL) special interest group (SIG) Secretary and Student Liaison, will cover her process for identifying, welcoming, and engaging new members. Attendees will learn a proven, successful approach to increase member participation and volunteerism, which they can adapt to their own communities. There will be time for discussion, Q&A, and info sharing.  The IDL SIG will make the STC IDL SIG Volunteer Orientation Guides (Anita’s university project) available to STC leaders and volunteers. It will be located on the CAC website’s Leadership Resources page. All STC members are invited to this free webinar.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Click here to register!


Social Meet-Up: The CAC Dives into the New Year

Hosted by the STC CAC

The CAC is hosting its first social meet-up of the year! Join us for fun activities related to this year’s CAC Incentive Program theme, “The STC Deep Sea Adventure.” Meet other leaders and volunteers. This is an informal event so drop in as your schedule allows. See you there! 

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

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Past Programs:

Programs and webinars will be recorded. Links for recordings, slides, and chat transcripts will be posted on the Community Affairs Committee website: after each event. Links to recordings will also be sent to registered participants of each event.


Getting to Know the STC Slack Workspace

Hosted by the STC CAC

Tuesday, 7 December 2021 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Join the CAC (Community Affairs Committee) for an informal tour of the STC Slack Workspace! Grant Hogarth, an experienced Slack user will cover Slack tips and techniques. Todd DeLuca will discuss how STC uses Slack for community engagement, member collaboration, and information sharing. All STC members are invited to this free webinar.


CAC Meet-Up: Deep Dive into STC Communities Preferred Tools Survey

Hosted by the STC CAC

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Join the CAC for a deep dive into the results of the “STC Communities Tool Preference Survey”. This meet-up is an informal, open forum for STC leaders to discuss tech tools, share info, and connect with other leaders who use the same tools. Drop in as your schedule allows and let’s continue the conversation! The CAC looks forward to chatting with you!. 


CAC Virtual Open House

Hosted by the STC CAC

Tuesday, 9 November 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

You’re invited to the CAC’s (Community Affairs Committee) Virtual Open House! This invitation is open to STC leaders, volunteers, and members who would like to know more about our committee

Meet the CAC team! We’ll share our plans for the upcoming year and discuss several new exciting projects we are working on to support STC’s chapters and SIGs. There will also be time for Q&A. The CAC team looks forward to seeing you there! 


Leader Meet-Up: STC Communities Tool Preference Survey Results

Hosted by the STC CAC

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Join the CAC for a discussion of the committee’s STC Communities Tool Preference Survey results. The CAC created the survey to identify the tools STC leaders are using to manage their communities and to share this information with the STC leadership. Thank you to all who completed the survey. The meet-up will begin with an overview of the results by Jamye Sagan, CAC Director and Survey Project Manager. The remaining time will be dedicated to discussion and info sharing. 


STC Community Budget Season Treasurer Meet-Up

Hosted by STC Board Treasurer Bobbi Werner and STC CEO Liz Pohland

Wednesday, 6 October 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Are you an STC community president or treasurer? You won’t want to miss this valuable meet-up with STC’s Board Treasurer Bobbi Werner, and STC CEO Liz Pohland, as they answer your questions about this year’s annual community budgeting process and share important banking and IRS information that you will need to know for your community. We encourage all attendees to view last years Community Budget webinar ahead of the meet-up and to bring your questions about the process, as well as any treasurer related concerns to discuss.


STC SIG COI One-Year Anniversary Celebration Meet-Up

Hosted by the CAC

Thursday, 23 September 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

All STC members are invited to the SIG COI (Communities of Interest) One-Year Anniversary Celebration! The SIG COIs are virtual networking groups, each focused on a particular tech comm topic. Join the CAC (Community Affairs Committee) for this fun, informative event! Learn more about the SIG COIs and how they can broaden your tech comm experience, and meet and chat with SIG COI facilitators during the program’s breakout session. Attendees will also be entered in our special door prize raffle and you must be present to win. See you there! Learn more about our SIG COIs.


2021 STC Community Achievement Award (CAA) Application Update

Presented by Alison Phillips

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

Please join us for a webinar to discuss the 2021 Community Achievement Award (CAA) Application. The CAA recognizes a SIG COP, professional, or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities. All communities are encouraged to apply. Year over year, the CAA and Pacesetter Awards Committee strives to ensure the activities on the CAA application are both meaningful for communities and relevant in helping to further the goals of the Society. In that spirit, there have been a number of revisions to the CAA application this year.

In this webinar, Alison Phillips, chair of the 2020-2021 CAA/Pacesetter Award Committee, will highlight what is new on the 2021 CAA application, provide some tips for preparing your community’s application, and will answer your questions. Alison will also introduce the 2021-2022 committee chair. We look forward to your participation in this interactive session!

Alison Phillips is a senior member of the STC and has served in leadership roles for the STC Michigan Great Lakes chapter since 2014. She served on the STC CAA/Pacesetter Awards Committee as a committee member from 2019-2020 and as the committee chair from 2020-2021.


5 Things Content Creators Should Know About Accessibility – Accessibility SIG COI Meetup

Presented by Jessica Sams

Friday, 20 August 2021 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

As a technical communication professional, you have had plenty of training on efficient proofreading, chunking content, and writing incredible documentation, but have you been formally trained to meet accessibility guidelines? During this meetup about digital content and accessibility, Jessica will lead the discussion about her experience running a webinar for the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and the top five accessibility errors she encounters on a consistent basis.

Jessica provides website content guidance, web standards, and training to content managers who work in the various divisions under Colorado’s Department of Personnel & Administration. She manages 13 websites and the Department’s intranet. As an accessibility advocate, she spreads awareness about the need to make digital content accessible to all people. She has works on government websites for nine years, and has been a website professional since 2000.


Planning the CAC 2021-2022 Season: Chapter Leader Meet-Up

hosted by the CAC

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT

The CAC (Community Affairs Committee) invites STC chapter leaders and their teams to help us plan the 2021-2022 CAC season. Join us for an informal discussion on 13 July from 7:00 to 8:00 PM EDT. Let’s discuss your challenges, what’s important to you as leaders, and how the CAC can help. Share your community list with us! The meet-up won’t be recorded, but the CAC will provide a summary.

Please note: For STC members who are also leaders in SIGs (COPs and COIs), the CAC will be scheduling separate meet-ups.


STC Superheroes Graduation and Meet-Up

hosted by the CAC

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

The CAC invites everyone to join us for a fun time as we close the CAC’s 2020-2021 STC Superheroes Journey Incentive Program. We will recognize our recruits with a special STC Superheroes graduation.

There will be time for conversation and a few surprises. The CAC will also announce the winners of the incentive program’s participation prizes. As a thank you for participating in the program, all enrollees have been automatically entered in the drawing. Details about the drawing will be sent to program enrollees soon!

See you there, STC Superheroes and friends of Superheroes!


2021 Leadership Program: The STC Superheroes Journey

hosted by the STC CAC

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

2021 Leadership Program: The STC Superheroes Journey

The CAC invites all STC superheroes (AKA leaders and volunteers) to STC’s second virtual Leadership Program on May 19 from 5:00-7:00 PM EDT. Members who are interested in becoming more involved in STC leadership and communities are also welcome.

  • Join us as we recognize STC’s award winners and provide community updates.
  • Learn about the CAC’s activities and plans to support the STC communities.
  • Strengthen your own STC superhero powers by attending one of the program’s five breakout sessions.

As with all superhero journeys, there will be a few surprises!

Stay tuned for the agenda, breakout session topics, and additional info.


CAC Virtual Meet-Up: Celebrate National Superheroes Day!

hosted by Ann Marie Queeney

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

The CAC invites all STC Superheroes (AKA STC community leaders and volunteers) for a fun, virtual meet-up on April 28, National Superheroes Day.

We’ll celebrate with activities (your superpowers can take a night off), conversation, and door prizes (must be present to win).

Our generous donors are: XML Press, a book from their catalog; Dr. Judith L. Glick-Smith (MentorFactor, Inc.), lessons from real superheroes with Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach you about Leadership and Making Hard Decisions; and Sonos, a Sonos One Speaker!

This is an informal event, so join us as your schedule allows. The meet-up is open to all STC leaders and volunteers (not limited to enrollees in the CAC’s STC Superheroes Journey Incentive Program).

What better way to celebrate the CAC’s 2020-2021 theme “The STC Superhero Journey” than a day dedicated to real and fictional superheroes! See you there.


Guide to Building and Sustaining a Vendor Partnership

presented by Sree Pattabiraman

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

Learn how to identify potential vendors for short-term and long-term chapter partnerships. In this webinar you will learn tips and tricks to start, maintain, and incorporate a software vendor partnership for your STC chapter. Examples of past and on-going vendor relationships with the STC Carolina chapter will be shared.

Sree Pattabiraman is a Senior Technical Writer at Extreme Networks, Inc., where she manages software and hardware documentation and creates videos for the wireless networking product offerings of the company. An alumna of the North Carolina State University, Sree has worked on global teams and has led various initiatives to produce high-quality customer-facing documentation at her job and strives to promote technical communication in the Carolinas region. Sree is an active STC volunteer, STC Carolina mentor, past STC Carolina president (2019-2020), and a member of the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM).


What’s Instagram & Why You Should Add It to Your Social Media Strategy

presented by Maureen Scallatino

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

So you think you know Instagram. Or do you? If you think Instagram is just another social media platform, you could be missing out on potential followers. Join us for a dive into what Instagram is and why it could be the perfect social media addition to your strategy. It could open a brand new world of followers. Join STC Philadelphia Metro chapter leader Maureen Scallatino, as she introduces the benefits of this unique social media platform to better inform your community and enable you to consider incorporating Instagram to your social media arsenal and marketing strategy. After the presentation, there will be time for Q&A.


Encore of 2020 Summit Cornerstone Presentation “Summon Your Superhero” (not recorded)

hosted by Ann Marie Queeney

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

The CAC invites all STC leaders and volunteers (AKA superheroes) to join us for an encore of Dona Sarkar’s 2020 Summit Cornerstone presentation, “Summon Your Superhero”.

Dona invites listeners to “summon their superhero” and guides them through ten steps for achieving their goals. But, not just any goals. She wants everyone to dream big and bold. You can apply Dona’s advice to your tech comm career, other pursuits, or revitalizing your STC community. Following the 50-minute presentation, there will be time for discussion.

Don’t miss this special event! The CAC received permission to offer this encore of Dona’s Cornerstone presentation. This event will not be recorded.

Please note: There is a minor audio quality issue (soft, background static) during the first half of the program. However, Dona is an engaging speaker with a remarkable personal story so we hope you will join us. 

Dona Sakar’s Biography

Per her website (, Dona Sarkar has a successful career at Microsoft. She currently leads “an advocacy team for the Power Platform at Microsoft, a toolset specifically for intrapreneurs to solve their business problems.” Outside of Microsoft, she writes non-fiction books for young professionals to help them achieve their dreams and runs Prima Dona, an ethically-made fashion line.


Five Hacks to Improve Your Community’s Social Media

webinar presented by Maureen Scallatino

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Do you treat your social media posts as a second thought? Do you only gear your content for your website? If so, you may be missing out on some very important marketing tools. Yes — tools. In one hour learn five social media hacks to improve your posts right now! Whether you are actively posting or have never used social media for business, these hacks are easy, manageable for busy professionals, and can be scheduled in advance so you can market your message better. Join STC Philadelphia Metro chapter leader Maureen Scallatino, as she provides advice and techniques to help you think outside the box to better strategize your marketing efforts.  After the presentation, there will be time for Q&A.


I ♥ STC: February Virtual Meet-Up (not recorded)

hosted by Danielle Villegas

Thursday, 11 February 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Join us for an opportunity to “feel the love”! The CAC and our host, CAC Director Danielle Villegas, invite you to a virtual meetup to celebrate Valentine’s Day (and Lunar New Year).

This is an informal event where we can hang out together globally to network and simply chat. Bring your wine, chocolate, candy hearts and flowers! (or coffee, depending on where you are in world!) Register for this free event! This event will not be recorded. 


STC Student Chapter meetup 

hosted by John Clement

Friday, 5 February 2021 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Join fellow STC student chapter leaders and advisors for a presentation on Revitalizing Your Student Chapter. CAC Director John Clement, CAC Chair Ann Marie Queeney, and STC Director of Community Relations & Membership Erin Gallalee, will each be sharing advice, experiences, and resources aimed at helping student chapters increase their membership and engagement. After the presentation, there will be time for discussion, Q&A, and info sharing. 


Strategy Planning for STC SIGs (COPs and COIs)

webinar presented by Ann Marie Queeney

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST

Join Ann Marie Queeney, STC CAC Chair, for a webinar on strategy planning for STC Special Interest Groups (COPs and COIs). There will be time for Q&A and info sharing. The webinar will be recorded.


STC Slack for SIG COI Facilitators

webinar presented by Todd DeLuca

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

Todd DeLuca will present an informative webinar on Slack basics for SIG COI (Community of Interest) facilitators. Join Todd and learn how you can use the STC Slack Workspace to promote your SIG and engage your membership. There will be time for Q&A following the presentation. The webinar will be recorded. Ann Marie Queeney, STC CAC Chair, will also be participating and will be available to answer community questions.


Panel Discussion: Strategy Planning for STC Chapters

Event presented by: Alex Garcia, Debra Johnson, and MK (MaryKay) Grueneberg

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST

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.

Attendees are welcome to send questions prior to the program to

Please note: While this program is focused on STC chapters, SIG leaders are welcome. There will be a webinar focusing on SIG strategy planning on Wednesday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST


CAC Virtual Yoga/Relaxation Meet-Up (not recorded)

Event presented by Lisa Perry

Wednesday 9 December 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

The CAC invites you to a special virtual meet-up on December 9, 6:00-7:00 PM EST. Lisa Perry, professional yoga instructor, will guide attendees in several easy yoga exercises and a relaxation session. The session will last 20 Minutes. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing and have a mat or blanket with a wall, chair, or couch available to use during the session.

After the session, we will have time for conversation. See you there!


2021 STC Community Reports Review

webinar presented by Erin Gallalee

Tuesday,  1 December 2020 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

As a community leader, are you unsure about STC’s community reports and how you can use the information they provide? Or are you a new leader and perhaps did not know that STC has community reports available for you to use? Join Erin Gallalee, STC’s Director of Membership & Community Relations, as she reviews all the community reports available to community leaders and shows where you can track your community’s current membership, and how you can use the data for your member recruitment and retention projects. There will be time set for the reports review, and for Q&A. We hope to see you there!


Launch of CAC’s STC Superheroes Journey Event

webinar presented by the CAC

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

Join the CAC to learn about a new CAC program! The Bureau of STC Superheroes (AKA the CAC) is excited to announce the launch of the STC Superheroes Journey!

This incentive program recognizes community leaders’ hard work and dedication to their chapters and SIGs. Earn points and virtual badges–– created especially for the program––as you strengthen your leadership skills and communities. As with all superhero journeys, there will also be surprises along the way. To learn more about the program and how you can enroll to begin your own superhero journey, please register and join us!


CAC Virtual Meet-Up (not recorded)

hosted by: Jamye Sagan

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Come join the CAC and our host, CAC Director Jamye Sagan, on Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm EDT for our first CAC Virtual Meet-Up of the 2020-2021 season! This is just a fun way for us around the globe to gather together and chat. Let’s celebrate Halloween a bit early! Bring your favorite witches’ brew and wear something festive (work-friendly) for Halloween! 


CAC Virtual Open House

hosted by: Ann Marie Queeney

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Meet the CAC! Join Ann Marie Queeney, STC’s CAC chair, as she introduces the new CAC members for 2020-2021, and shares the plans for the committee for the upcoming year!


2021 Annual Community Budgeting Process

webinar presented by James Bousquet

Tuesday, 6 October 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Are you an STC community treasurer? Then you won’t want to miss this online session with Jim Bousquet, STC Treasurer, as he guides you through this year’s annual community budgeting process. After attending this session, you’ll be all set to submit your community’s budget properly and on time this fall. We’ll also touch on filing your income tax return in the spring. Other community leaders who will review their budgets will also be interested in this session.


Using LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator to Save and Grow a Chapter

webinar presented by Bobbi Werner

Friday, 25 September 2020 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

In 2017, the STC Central New York (CNY) chapter had 2 members and a grim future. Two years later, STC recognized the chapter’s impressive turnaround with Pacesetter and Most Improved Community awards at the annual Summit. This webinar recounts the story to rebuild the STC CNY, the integral role LinkedIn’s Sales Navigator played in the process, and the lasting effects on what continues to be a growing and vibrant STC community. Please join Bobbi Werner as she shares practical advice on strengthening your chapter.


Honoring Our Own: Creating and Maintaining a Community Recognition Program

webinar presented by Lori Meyer

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT 

STC communities do great things, thanks to their hard-working volunteers. Recognizing those volunteers is a vital part of a community’s success. In this webinar, we will talk about why recognition matters, options for recognition, and how you can honor your volunteers through creating and maintaining a meaningful community recognition program.


Building and Sustaining Your Community by Training New Leaders

webinar presented by Dan Voss and John Clement

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

STC community leaders are invited to an overview of six successful programs STC Florida has found effective in building and sustaining their community over the past 25 years.  Learn more about student mentoring, leadership development, active membership, scholarships, sharing conference learnings, and joint events with a local university. In this webinar, STC communities can learn how to adapt and implement these programs for their members.


Leadership Happy Hour Social with Todd DeLuca (not recorded)

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT

An informal networking event. Come and network with fellow community leaders and members!


New Community of Practice & Community of Interest Model Overview webinar

Monday, 8 June 2020 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Community Affairs Committee is excited to announce a new chapter in the development of STC’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Communities of Practice (COP) and Communities of Interest (COI). Join the CAC as we share more information about this new model, which comes as a result of over two years of research, reflection, and listening to the concerns and suggestions from our STC members and community leaders.


2020 Leadership Program event

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT

Our first virtual 2020 Leadership Program event that delivered community news and announcements, held community leadership topic discussions, and recognized the winners of our Community Achievement Award Winning Chapters and Pacesetter Award Winners.