What’s Important to Me in STC

Sharing ideas and great food with STC members.

Sharing ideas and great food with STC members. On the far left is Kirsty Taylor, candidate for Secretary. Second from left is Alyssa Fox, candidate for Vice President.

I’m honored to be a nominee for Director of STC. We have a great slate of candidates this year, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

I’ve been a member of several professional organizations in my career. I think that in recent years, STC has proven itself to be innovative, financially responsible and committed to moving forward rather than sticking with the “We’ve always done it this way” mentality. This is why I’m happy to be a nominee, and excited to help guide the organization through this period of industry transformation.

So what’s important to me?

Education, Collaboration and Mentorship. In recent years, I’ve spoken with many communicators who are transitioning from large corporate jobs to startups, small consultancies and freelancing. With that comes a significant cut in available budgets for travel and education, meaning that many members can’t afford fees, flights, hotels and days out of the office to attend conferences.

I love the annual Summit, but with this in mind, we can no longer think of it as the primary source for education and networking. I want to use webinars, independent study courses and regional chapter events to bring knowledge, networking and support to the membership.

Financial Stability. We need to ensure that whatever new avenues we pursue are fiscally responsible, guaranteeing the long-term success of the organization.

Relationships. I have met fantastic people through STC, people who have made a difference in my life both personally and professionally. I want to ensure that members can make those same sorts of connections, even if they can’t make it to the Summit each year.

Mentoring. Throughout my career, I’ve maintained mentoring relationships. When I was younger, I traded my understanding of new technologies for the experience and guidance of my mentor. Now… well, let’s say that the tables have turned. But at every step of my career, there has been a valuable give and take. I’d like to see an increased ability to connect our talented members for the benefit of all.

But I can’t do any of this without your vote. Please take the time to review the slate of candidates on the STC website. Elections will be open from 29 February to 11 March.

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to ask questions on the STC Candidate Forum.

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