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Tuesday, May 17
 

8:30am PDT

Reinvent Yourself Through Career Change
Listen to the stories of four well-established professionals who have experienced changing positions, titles, and responsibilities during their technical communication careers. In some cases, they've had to accept, choose, or take risks on different paths than what they originally intended or expected. Come to this session to be inspired and hear how they've faced their situations and overcome obstacles to come out ahead. They will then open it up to the audience for questions.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Damrau

Jackie Damrau

Sr. Business Systems Analyst
My career today is business process management/modeling, requirements gathering, and functional testing. I love talking about business process modeling. For STC, my passion is being the STC Book Review Editor and finding people who want to sign on to do book reviews or help with... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Houghton

Rachel Houghton

Information Developer, Rockwell Automation
Rachel Houghton is an information developer with more than 18 years of technical communication experience. She is an STC Fellow, past program chair of the STC Technical Communication Summit, actively involved in the STC Phoenix community, and reviews books for the STC journal, Technical... Read More →
avatar for Brian Lindgren

Brian Lindgren

Program Manager, IT Portfolio, Engility Corporation
Brian currently works for Engility Corporation, a Government contractor, in the dual role of program manager and director of business development. Over the course of his career Brian has been a technical illustrator, technical writer, editor, and web developer. At times Brian's... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am PDT
Platinum 4

1:00pm PDT

TC Body of Knowledge, Certification, and Content Contribution

Are you interested in contributing your practitioner expertise to the body of knowledge used for certification? Come to this session to learn how the TC BOK is supporting CPTC Foundation certification as a supplemental resource and CPTC Practitioner certification as a primary resource. BOK editors are soliciting content for specific content areas and will cover the license that governs the content of the site. SIG volunteers and others interested in contributing content to the BOK are highly encouraged to attend.


Speakers
avatar for Deanne Levander

Deanne Levander

Talk with me about the TCBOK! Have you published an article in Intercom? Do you give presentations to technical communicators? Do you regularly present at the Summit? Are you passionate about what you do? You are only a few steps from becoming a contribution! :-)
avatar for Liz Pohland

Liz Pohland

Chief Executive Officer, Society for Technical Communication
Liz Pohland is the Society for Technical Communication’s Chief Executive Officer and Editor of Intercom magazine. She is an executive with extensive expertise in publishing, editing, design, and technical communication. During her tenure with STC, she has worked closely on the CPTC... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
Grand E
 
Wednesday, May 18
 

8:30am PDT

Have a Tech Comm Question? Ask the Experts!

Join our expert panel for a lively and fun Q&A session. The panel has over 125 years of combined experience, and their expertise areas include (but are not limited to): management, Agile, interviewing SMEs, soft skills, embedded help, minimalism, responsive design, Git/GitHub, wikis, Tech Comm Suite, Video, Mobile Content Delivery, Mobile Apps, Audio Recording, eLearning Development, content strategy, DITA, machine translation, and more. Come prepared with your questions!


Speakers
avatar for Nicky Bleiel

Nicky Bleiel

Watson Information Developer, IBM Watson
Nicky Bleiel is a Watson Information Developer at IBM. She is a Past President and Associate Fellow of STC. Nicky has over 20 years of experience writing and designing content for software products in the cognitive computing, tech pubs, media sales, industrial automation, simulation... Read More →
avatar for Alyssa Fox

Alyssa Fox

Director of Information Development & Program Management, Micro Focus
Alyssa Fox is Director of Information Development and Program Management at Micro Focus in Houston, Texas. Her interests and skills include technical communication, user experience, process improvement, project management, and agile development practices. Alyssa is a member of Customer... Read More →
avatar for Alan Houser

Alan Houser

Consultant/Trainer, Group Wellesley, Inc.
Technical publishing consultant and trainer; XML/DITA architect; Machine Translation guy; Former President of the Society for Technical Communication
avatar for Kevin Siegel

Kevin Siegel

Learning and Development Specialist, IconLogic, Inc.
Kevin is a certified technical trainer, a veteran classroom instructor (online and onsite), and a frequent speaker at trade shows and conventions. He has three decades of experience as a print publisher, technical communicator, instructional designer, and eLearning developer. Kevin... Read More →
avatar for Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Founder, Tech Comm Tools
I help folks deliver content to their audience, ranging from PDF to mobile, and from text/graphics to interactive/video. I love to talk about courseware, video, and mobile delivery. If you love that stuff as well, introduce yourself & let's chat! Talk to me about anything... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am PDT
Platinum 4

8:30am PDT

Tech Comm Throwdown: 2 Experts Enter, 1 Winner Leaves
Mixing fact and fun, two experts debate topics which may include "video tutorials are better than illustrated HTML or PDF/print content," or "the Table of Contents is better than the Index," or "junk food and caffeine is better for tech comm success than green tea and yoga." An unbiased, highly professional, and stone-cold serious moderator keeps them in line, guides the debate, and awards meaningless points. Love debates? Love comedic timing? Love tech comm? Don't choose just one, get all three! Debaters include winners (and losers) from last year's session as well as a few new faces. You can look forward to hearing from Jack Molisani, Leah Guren, Christopher Ward, Viqui Dill, and Greta Boller. Bonus points awarded to those who figure out the alphabetization scheme of the debater names.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard Aschwanden

Bernard Aschwanden

President, Publishing Smarter
Bernard helps companies generate more revenue by solving documentation-based content creation, management, and distribution problems. Once content is delivered, he helps socialize the message, understand and act on feedback, and improve the process and workflow. He is the founder... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am PDT
Platinum 2/3