Jamie Gillenwater works as an independent contractor, contributing to technical writing, training, and graphic design projects. She has been an active member since she joined the Society for Technical Communication in 2010. She immediately became involved in the STC Foothills chapter, which merged with STC Carolina to offer greater value to the decreasing membership in the Foothills. Jamie was heavily involved in making the merger a successful one. She then served the Carolina chapter as secretary for two years.
After serving at a chapter-level, Jamie wanted to serve the Society as a whole. She began volunteering on the Summit Committee as a reviewer (2013), continuing as a track manager (2015, 2017), and program manager (2016). Because continuing education is critical to the technical communication industry, Jamie approaches Summit programming with an aim to provide cutting-edge ideas for experienced communicators as well as beginner topics for first-time attendees.
In addition to her service for the Summit, Jamie has also been an advocate for the Certified Professional Technical Communicator (CPTC) program. She is an authorized trainer who works to help new, transitioning, and experienced technical communicators earn the certification to enhance their skills in the competitive marketplace.
Outside of her involvement in STC, Jamie served as the Chairwoman for Connect Young Professionals, a local Chamber of Commerce organization. She also organized their annual fundraisers for two years and served on their steering committee for more than three years.
Jamie earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a professional writing emphasis from Lander University. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and three-year-old daughter. They enjoy hiking, swimming, and traveling together.
If elected to the Nominating Committee, I understand the future of the Society is shaped by my diligence and candidate recommendations. STC has been a cornerstone for the technical communications industry, and under solid leadership can continue as such for decades to come. I have built a solid network of technical communication leaders over the past seven years. These connections will allow me to identify potential candidates for the 2018 and 2019 slate.
I pride myself in teamwork and building consensus. To assess ideas (and potential candidates), I plan to weight the pros and cons for each option. I want to know each potential candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. What can the potential candidate offer the board: business acumen, people skills, organizational skills? What experience does the potential candidate have in our industry and in leadership positions? How has the potential candidate managed failure and handled opposition to their ideas?
As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will do what I say I will do. I follow through with my commitments and I am prepared for the time required to thoroughly evaluate potential candidates and work with the Board of Directors to approve the incoming slate of candidates.
I have gained so much through my membership in the Society for Technical Communication—knowledge, skills, and friendships. And I am ready to give back if elected to this role. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will work with my fellow committee members to ensure candidates for the Board are prepared, so the Society can continue its role as the industry leader.