STC Annual Conference – Regional Conference Co-Chairs!

Conference Chairs

One of the great things about going to the STC annual conference is Leadership Day, when you can meet other chapter leaders. These lovely ladies are actually co-chairs for regional conferences for the Philly-Metro Chapter and the New England Chapter, and we all have red hair! What are the chances that we are all really cool, smart, redheads doing the same thing for our local chapters?

I Just Created my First Infographic!

We needed a handout for Slideshare for a roundtable on regional conferences that the president of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter and I are giving at the STC Annual Conference during Leadership Day. Being technical communicators, we were getting bogged down in all of the little things, when really what works best when publishing like this is the big picture. So I thought an infographic would be a good option….if only I could figure out how to make one! I had tried in the past, but I couldn’t make it work for me. So I searched the web for infographic and the piktochart website came up. So much easier to use and I think it came out pretty good considering I am not a graphic artist and I needed something quick.

I used one of their free templates, but ended up paying for the service in order to get it uploaded to Slideshare and to get a PDF of it (instead of a .jpg or .png). I have some other ideas while I am in infographic mode, so I am going to try to make the best of it. 🙂

The Path to a Successful Regional Conference

I got my Essential Skills Certificate from AMWA

Over the last 5 years, I have attended the following workshops at AMWA conferences in order to earn my Essential Skills certificate:

Statistics for Medical Writers and Editors

Elements of Medical Terminology

Essential Ethics for Medical Communicators

Establishing Style: Exploring and Developing In-House Guides

Tables and Graphs

Basic Grammar I

Punctuation for Clarity and Style

Effective Paragraphing


Essential Skills Certificate


BELS Certification

At the AMWA Annual Conference in October 2013, I took the BELS exam for the second time. After studying a bit more than I did the first time I took the exam, and having a better idea of what was expected in the exam, I passed!

I am now a certified Editor in the Life Sciences, hence the ELS after my name.

For more information on the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences: