Planning for the 2021 Technical Communication Summit & Expo is now under way! STC is pleased to announce the team leading the Summit Conference Committee as well as some exciting changes to the Summit for 2021.

STC 2021: Onsite and Virtual

STC plans to offer both onsite and virtual programs in 2021. The onsite Summit 2021 will take place Sunday, 6 June – Wednesday, 9 June in Atlanta, GA, while the virtual event will offer a smaller set of live sessions during the same time period that will be available at times that are friendly for technical communicators the world over.

By adding the virtual event, we will be able to expand the reach of the Summit to participants outside of North America, and provide a virtual-learning option for all participants who are unable to travel. For more information about the Summit, please see the Conference Overview: https://summit.stc.org/conference/

Call for Proposals

We are committed to offering a robust conference experience in both formats, including education sessions, preconference workshops, keynotes, vendor showcases, and networking opportunities.

We are looking for speakers to present their knowledge, research, work experiences, technical expertise, and, most importantly, their willingness to teach others. We are especially interested in topics that demonstrate new ideas around content development and delivery, and discussions of how our industry has changed or been challenged by the move to a more distributed workplace.

On 8 September 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT, the Conference Committee co-chairs will present a webinar focused on preparing a Summit session proposal. Everyone who registers for the webinar will receive the link to the recording after the webinar. To register for the webinar click here: How to Submit a Summit Session Proposal.

You can also learn more about the submission process using these important links:

Call for Proposals — Learn about the general process, what we’re looking for, how to upload your proposal, and more.

Tracks and Topic Ideas — Review a list of topic areas and tracks to inspire you.

Session Types and Audience Levels — Submit either an education session or a preconference workshop proposal. Submitters may propose up to three sessions and two preconference workshops. Individuals who are accepted will be limited to no more than two education sessions and one preconference workshop, depending on program availability.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM EDT (GMT-4) on Wednesday 30 September 2020. All proposals must be submitted through the online submission system outlined on the Call for Proposals webpage. You will have the option to specify whether you prefer to be part of the onsite program, the virtual program, or either.

The work you are doing is an important element in the education process, and we invite you to share it with Summit attendees. Good luck, and we hope to see you at the Summit!

Conference Co-chairs

STC is also pleased to announce the Conference Co-chairs for the 2021 Technical Communication Summit Conference & Expo. Cindy Currie will lead the virtual Summit program, while Aiessa Moyna and Jane Wilson will lead the onsite Summit program.

Cindy is a SAFe Agile coach and trainer at PCI Strategic Management, where she trains and coaches US Department of Defense resources in the implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in support of major DoD programs. Cindy is an STC Fellow and Past STC President (2009-2010). She currently serves as a member of the STC Fellows Nominating Committee and is co-author of the Ask A Manager column in STC’s Intercom magazine. She previously supported the Summit as a track manager and co- chair.

Aiessa Moyna has worked in various technical communication and corporate communications roles in corporate, government, and nonprofit settings. She currently serves as communications director at American Express, providing consultation and support for the CIO and Technology organization. She holds a B.S. in Technical Communication from New Mexico Tech and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A long-time STC volunteer, Aiessa is a former Society treasurer and member of the board of directors. She currently serves on the STC Associate Fellows Committee and is manager of the STC New York Metro Chapter’s

Elections Committee. An STC Fellow, she previously supported the Summit as a proposal reviewer, track manager, and Conference Committee co-chair.

Jane Wilson is a technical communicator with experience in a variety of software and manufacturing organizations. She is currently Senior Manager of Information Experience at VMware in Atlanta, GA, where she leads the team providing content for the End User Computing product line. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology, and M.A. in English from University of Florida, and a PhD in English from University of Georgia. Jane is a past Society President (2018-19), and also served two terms as Society Treasurer. She belongs to the Atlanta Chapter.

We are thrilled to have their experienced leadership as we craft a new type of program and launch both events.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee (stcsummit@gmail.com) for more information.
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