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March 2006 event

Career Forum Cancelled

Event Summary

Saturday, 18 March 2006
10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Registration / Networking / Lunch
12:00-4:00 p.m. – Progressions
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Directions are provided below.
Fees are listed below.
Registration is required for this event and must be made by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, 14 March 2006. To register, complete the online Event Registration form.

Don't forget your business cards for networking!

About the Event

Interested in learning more about specific disciplines in the Technical Communication field? Thinking of making a change? Get information from the experts on topics of interest to those who are new to the field of technical communication, established practitioners, and those who are interested in a new field. Attendees have the opportunity to attend 4 out of 5 tables. The topics include

  • Usability
  • Science Writing
  • Instructional Design
  • Information Architecture

The roundtable progressions will focus on the following:

  • Background information on the field
  • An overview of the types of jobs available
  • Training or certification requirements
  • Ways you can receive introductory training
  • Resources for learning about the field

Job seekers, employees, contractors, consultants and others seeking work opportunities are invited to bring their cover letters, résumés, Web site content and marketing collateral to the Career Forum. Business owner Judy Shenouda, a senior member of the Rochester, NY, chapter of STC, will help you assess how effectively your printed matter communicates your capabilities and promotes your uniqueness. In addition, she will share her tips for becoming a "keeper" — an in-demand worker who is suited to the mission of technical communication businesses, such as hers, and to their clients.

About the Speakers

Beth A. Martin: Usability

photo of Beth MartinUsability Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Beth A. Martin is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Web Management Team. She specializes in usability and accessibility of Web sites and Web applications. Before working at HHS, Beth worked for several consulting firms and was a freelance writer. She obtained her M.A. in secondary education from West Virginia University. Beth may be contacted at . And on her LinkedIn profile. Download the PDF for "Segmenting Your Audiences", September 2005.  Updated

Kathryn Summers, Ph.D.: Information Architecture

photo of Kathryn SummersKathryn Summers teaches user research, interaction design, and information architecture for the University of Baltimore's graduate program of Interaction Design and Information Architecture. Her consulting work integrates the theoretical and the concrete through usability testing and usability design reviews. Along with a host of projects for major corporations, she has done research about Web navigation, online reading comprehension, and information design. She is the co-author of Creating Websites That Work. Kathryn may be contacted at . See for her home page at the University of Baltimore.

Laura van Dam: Science Writing

photo of Laura van Dam Laura van Dam specializes in science writing and has worked as a book and magazine editor and as a newspaper reporter. President of the National Association of Science Writers in the United States, she has served as a judge for the American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism awards and worked on the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. She now works as an independent editor.

Conni Billé: Instructional Design

photo of Conni Bille Constance Billé, M. Ed., has more than 25 years of leadership in curriculum and instruction in the private sector as a manager, developer, and producer of training, multimedia, and technical information. She has been a pioneer showing companies and educational institutions how to successfully implement new learning technologies and has consulted in the software, pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial, insurance, and information industries.

Judith Ellison Shenouda, Owner, Shenouda Associates, Inc.

photo of Judith Ellison Shenouda Judith Ellison Shenouda is the owner of Shenouda Associates Inc., now celebrating 20 years of providing clients with professional paper-based and electronic publications and other communication solutions. Judy earned a B.A. degree in English and Secondary Education from SUNY at Buffalo and an M.A. degree in Literacy Journalism from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She completed additional courses in curriculum design and development, group dynamics, information studies, publication management and project management, and she has NYS Certification to teach Secondary English.

Before starting Shenouda Associates Inc., Judy taught English and Language Arts courses at the secondary, post-secondary, and college levels; provided academic support and career services at the college level; and worked as a freelance writer. She is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication; active in the Toasted Sage Toastmasters Club; and a frequent presenter at local, national and international conferences. Judy has presented to audiences in Canada, England, Germany, Italy and the U.S. She is eager to support your organization with a range of communication solutions. For more information about Shenouda Associates, visit You can also contact Judy at .


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The registration fee is to cover the cost of food and refreshments.

Confirmed present event volunteer **
Confirmed event reviewer for Capital Letter ***
Chapter officers and chapter nonevent volunteers
STC Members
Walk-ins (food and entrance are not guaranteed)
**If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the Events Committee Manager to confirm your volunteer role. Only confirmed volunteers are eligible for the event volunteer rate.
***If you are interested in volunteering to review this event for our newsletter, Capital Letter, please contact the Newsletter Manager. Only one confirmed volunteer is eligible for the event reviewer rate.


photo of the NRECA conference center

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Conference Room 1
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22203
Phone: 703-907-5939

Map and directions to National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center in Arlington, VA.

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