Name: Staci Bender
Position: Publicity Chair, Conference Committee
When and how did you get involved in STC?
I first got involved in STC when a co-worker recommended that I attend a local event. I signed up for membership because I had just graduated and STC has lower rates for young professionals. I thought it was a good deal for the package they offered. As I attended more events, other members asked if I was interested in volunteering to help out with the Mid-Atlantic TechComm Conference. I joined the planning committee and started participating in meetings as the sponsorship chair.
What are the duties of your current position with STC-PMC?
As the publicity chair, I handle our publicity and marketing. A lot of my normal tasks involve managing our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn) and posting on our blog. I cross-promote events from other chapters and STC webinars. I also create a monthly newsletter which summarizes the highlights of the month.
What advice would you offer to someone looking to get more involved in STC-PMC?
I would advise anyone interested in the local chapter to come out to a meeting! We offer meetings in a variety of locations from University City to the suburbs. There are also great opportunities to network, so you can meet other local techcomm professionals.
How has your STC membership benefited you?
I have only been a member for a year, but one of the greatest benefits to me are the publications. I love reading what other professionals are doing in the field, so that to me is a huge benefit. I also like the opportunities to network. I attended the local conference for the first time last year and had a great time meeting new people.
What is your educational background?
I have a BA in Creative Writing from Lycoming College and a MS in Technical Communication from Drexel University.
How did you get started in TechComm?
While working full-time, I went back to school. I originally intended to focus on public communication, but as I took more classes, I became more interested in technical communication. I had experience copyediting, but I didn’t have many opportunities to write. Prior to graduating, I accepted a new position as an entry-level technical writer.
What does your current professional position entail?
I write end user and application administrator documentation. I also create, edit, and review messages that appear in the user interface that are translated into more than 10 languages.
What advice would you give to a college student interested in a career in TechComm?
Take advantage of networking with professionals in your field. Ask for business cards or a LinkedIn connection to keep in touch with them. Consider volunteering at events. Even something like working the registration desk can allow you to meet new people and listen to a great speaker.
And finally, what do you enjoy for fun?
I like spending time with my friends and family. I’m active in a women’s leadership group at work. I also enjoy trying to complete crafts I find on pinterest, doing puzzles, and shopping.
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