Meet the Candidates – Liz Herman

This entry is being posted on behalf of Liz Herman, candidate for Director in the 2016 STC election. More information about Liz can be found on her STC election page.

My name is Liz Herman and I would welcome your vote for Director on the STC Board. My story, in short, is that I see technical communication in everything that I do and have done in my 20 years of professional experience. I am an advocate for this wonderful, dynamic field of work. From teaching technical communication courses to serving the STC organization to managing large operational projects in multiple industries, I will bring scholar, member, and practitioner perspectives to this important position.

I often tell people that I fell into technical writing when starting my career writing response letters to U.S. Department of Education student loan borrowers. Of course, I didn’t realize this was technical communication at the time. After additional jobs writing user guides for higher education software and healthcare claims processing systems, I happily discovered STC, learned that I was doing something called technical communication, and realized I had found my professional home and my people. I haven’t looked back.

STC has offered me the opportunity to expand my network, present, teach, lead, volunteer, review books, and write articles and blog posts. As much as it has given me, I want to give back in order to make our organization viable well into the future. I know there are things we must improve related to retention, expansion, value, recognition, certification, event attendance, and member benefits. Those are just a few of the topics that are on my mind. What is most important is for me to learn what’s on your mind. I have big ears. Really. And if elected, I look forward to hearing what’s on your mind and how STC can continue to be your premiere professional organization.

For more information on my background and experience, please see my Election page on the STC website and click the Ballot Information link.

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for this tremendous honor.

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Liz Herman presenting a lightning talk at the 2014 Summit titled “Perfecting the Technical Communicator’s Hat Trick: Why My Hair’s Messy.”


Voting for STC election starts 29 February and ends 9 March. Only members who have renewed their membership for 2016 by 1 February will be eligible to vote in this election. Click here to renew. Check out more about election candidates on the STC election site, or ask a question on the election forum.