STC Election Meet the Candidates
This entry is being posted on behalf of Karen Levine, candidate for Director in the 2021 STC election.
Karen LevineI am Karen Levine and I am running for the position of STC Board Director. Professionally, I am a technical documentation manager, localization manager, and technical writer at Draeger Medical Systems, Inc. During my career, I have learned leadership skills, as well as the ability to balance and to prioritize project requirements and budget restrictions to achieve business goals.

In my many years in STC, I have volunteered in many capacities. Previously, I was also a member of the New York Metro Chapter (NYMC). Now I am an active member of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter (PMC). Currently, I am the STC-PMC Acting Treasurer and have held a variety of roles over recent years, such as Vice President, Secretary/Membership Chair, CONDUIT co-chair, Entries Manager of the regional competitions, and many other volunteer roles. At the society level, I am a member of the STC Scholarship Committee and the Distinguished Community Service Award Committee. I am an Associate Fellow of STC and a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award.

My many years of work experience and my work with STC have both provided me with a variety of leadership skills that will inform my ability to serve. I want to be an STC Director for a few reasons:
  • To help build the future of the society. We need to continue moving forward, adapting to changing times, and exploring opportunities to build on our successes.
  • To strategize ways to attract new members. In a time when professional organizations are losing membership, I want to help to find new ways to bring those new to technical communication to the society and all that the society has to offer.
  • To help our communities thrive. Community membership is shrinking around the globe. I want to explore avenues to help communities in their efforts to more than just survive, but to thrive.

I am dedicated to the success of the society, the chapters, and the SIGs. I have experience working on global, multi-functional teams with diverse groups of colleagues. This has taught me to be open to differing attitudes, cultural norms, and communication styles. If elected, I will do my best to represent all society members. But to be truly represented, you need to vote. So, get out there and vote when the election opens and make your needs known to the society leadership.

You can find me on LinkedIn or the STC elections page.
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