This page provides both announcements for upcoming events, as well as links to recordings of past events. We hope you enjoy the programs and events offered by STC Women in Tech Comm.

Upcoming Events

May Program - Flow-based Leadership in TechComm

When: 10 May 2018 at 4:00PM EDT (UTC-5)
Speaker: Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D.
Cost: Free for SIG members
Register: Sign up today (limited to first 100 attendees)

Have you ever watched firefighters and EMTs at work? They flow in a group consciousness, much like a murmuration of starlings. Firefighters know what it means when they arrive on the scene of a house fire to find a frantic woman in the driveway. There is a child in the house. They immediately enter "the zone," because they know what to do. This is based on their training and experience. The feeling of being "in the zone," is referred to in the field of positive psychology as "the flow."

Please join us as Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D. describes what flow is and what flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership look like. She also details a flow-based leadership model for implementation, based on an extreme, experiential training program in the fire service called Georgia Smoke Diver (GSD). GSD’s success and longevity is a result of rigorous commitment to this model that helps firefighters stay safe, ensure excellence, and live a life of well-being, both personally and professionally. It is a model any organization can adopt to better the lives of the people within the organization and the lives of the people the organization serves.

Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions, as well as a contributor and co-editor of Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Leading in the New VUCA Context. She has been a communication and leadership consultant in the world of Technical Communication and Information Technology since 1983. Judy is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., the home of The Center for Flow-Based Leadership®, which focuses on helping organizations prepare for the unexpected by facilitating flow-based work environments.

For more information about this program, see the What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You about Leadership and Making Hard Decisions blog article.

May - Women in Technical Communication Panel

When: 22 May 2018 at 4:00PM EDT (UTC-5)
Moderator: Liz Herman
Panelists: Nicky Bleiel, Alyssa Fox, Lisa Meloncon, & Tavia Record
Cost: STC Summit Registration
Register: Sign up today at https://summit.stc.org/

Join us for an engaging dialogue where panelists at varying stages of their careers provide thoughtful insights around current events pertaining to women in technology and technical communication. Learn firsthand how these professional women navigate career development, mentorship, leadership, and career advancement. Hear from women engaged in academia, consulting, content management, proposal management, and business development. In addition, find out more about STC’s new Women in Tech Comm Special Interest Group (SIG). Don’t miss what is sure to be a lively conversation.


Past Events

We have enjoyed the following list of programs and events:

  • 28 Mar 2018 - Press Play! The Power of Personal Energy Management

    Cindy Currie, a senior program manager at DXC Technology, joined us for our March program. Managing your personal energy, both professionally and personally, is key to getting your life in order and performing well without feeling depleted when you’re done. We all have a personal energy rhythm that lends itself to performing well during periods of peak energy buffered by periods of rest and renewal – yes, like a cell phone battery, we all need to fully recharge. Cindy shared how to manage your personal energy in ways that foster increased capacity and high performance!

  • 15 Feb 2018 - Prioritizing the Pressure through Better Time Management

    Alyssa Fox was the speaker for this initial program! Why do people talk about work/life balance? Work is a part of our lives, whether we like it or not. I know, people are really talking about balancing your work responsibilities and time with your personal responsibilities and time, but it is still a funny thought. Regardless of what we call it, the struggle is real — how do we handle the obligations in every area of our lives in a way that satisfies the people involved and keeps us from burning out? Join me to discuss some things that might help.