Ben Woelk

Biography

Ben Woelk is an Associate Fellow and the most recent recipient of the STC President’s Award. He’s served as guest editor twice for Intercom, most recently for the February 2017, “Personality, Temperament, and Technical Communication” issue. Ben presents frequently at regional and international conferences and has been recognized with numerous Society and local awards.

Ben has been a Technical Communicator for more than 20 years. He’s helped manage a technical communications firm, consulted in communications and training to Fortune 500 companies, and is currently full-time staff and adjunct faculty in higher education. Ben has developed SW and HW documentation, documented processes for ISO 9001, developed and delivered instructor-led and web-based training, managed end user communications, designed processes, and written policies and procedures.

Ben has served as the Program Manager in the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2004, where he created a Digital Self Defense security awareness program that is respected across higher education and manages policy development and adoption. Ben is an adjunct professor, teaching Computing Security and Technical Communication courses. Ben is mentoring Introverted Leaders within and outside of STC and speaks on Introverted Leadership regularly.

Ben is a former co-chair and current member of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council Awareness and Training Working Group.

Ben has served his local chapter, STC Rochester, in many positions, including president and is the current vice-president and Spectrum Conference co-chair. Ben also built STC Rochester’s student mentoring program and served as webmaster for many years.

Ben’s Society-level service includes a term (2013-15) as Director and Chair of the Community Affairs Committee. Prior to his Board service, Ben developed a team to serve STC community leaders in his role as Outreach Lead of the Community Affairs Committee. Ben is currently the STC Scholarship Committee Chair.

A Florida native, Ben began his studies at the University of Florida and did graduate work at Trinity International University, the University of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ben holds an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design. He’s also a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (Foundation), an Approved Trainer for the CPTC, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Candidate Statement

Fellow STC Members,

I am thrilled to be on the ballot for Vice President of STC. I’ve found that my membership and experiences gained in STC have had a profound impact on my career and growth as a leader. I’ve had the opportunity to serve our local chapter, help chapter leaders across STC through the Community Affairs Committee, and help redefine our vision as a previous member of the STC Board of Directors. I’d like to continue my service to STC as your Vice President.

Goals for STC

  • Focus on building STC, by serving and equipping our members to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace
  • Identify prospective members and develop plans to attract and retain them
  • Understand what value our members want and need from STC
  • Provide meaningful engagement and leadership opportunities for our current and future members
  • Foster health and longevity by being responsive to the needs of our current and future members
  • Be and remain relevant in a rapidly evolving profession
  • Lead the profession by providing valuable resources and building expert practitioners
  • Have a profound impact on our careers
  • Honor and serve our longtime members

Philosophy

The role of the Board is to be strategic. However, it’s also important to be pragmatic. We will use what works while maintaining continuity with the vision and mission of STC. We must maintain a strategic focus while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

I recognize that building for the future could mean significant structural changes to what membership means and how the office supports the Society. Yes, we need to be able to discard less-relevant initiatives that are not working. I also recognize that we may need to reinstate specific initiatives to ensure we represent the profession.

Yes, we have challenges and opportunities. Let’s embrace them and work together to strengthen STC and ensure we maintain a leadership role in technical communication.

I greatly appreciate your support and will do my utmost to serve the Society and our membership well as your Vice President and future President!

Your vote matters. Many times only a few votes separate candidates.

Campaign video: https://youtu.be/kQECWWZa03U
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