Networking Events

The 2015 Summit will host multiple networking opportunities. Be sure to check this page often as events will be added as we get closer to the conference.

Leadership Program
Sunday, 21 June

This event is for anyone currently in a leadership position in an STC chapter or special interest group (SIG), or if you want to be more involved in the leadership of your chapter or SIG. At the Leadership Program, you’ll be able to talk with your counterparts about what they do, meet the award-winning communities’ leadership, and get details about the successes they’ve had. This event does not include any refreshments. There will be a break for lunch on your own.

Welcome Reception
Sunday, 21 June at 7:00–8:30 PM

Immediately following the Opening General Session, there will be a reception in the exhibit hall. The reception will include light snacks and soft drinks, and cash bars will be available to purchase other beverages. This is a fun event where you can talk with exhibitors and catch up with friends. This event is included with your registration fee.

New for 2015! Speed Networking
Monday, 22 June at 10:45 AM–12:00 PM

Looking to add value to your Summit experience by making new connections? Then plan on participating in the Summit’s first Speed Networking event on Monday, 22 June in the Expo Hall! The Summit’s brand new, fast-paced networking experience puts you in touch with industry veterans, fellow colleagues, and product experts. During this hour long event, you’ll participate in several rounds of networking at multiple tables with fellow attendees and industry movers and shakers. This fast-paced event will allow you to make initial connections early and leave you with plenty of time to follow up throughout the remainder of the Summit. Space is very limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Please only sign up if you are certain you will be able to participate as this event requires pre-scheduling each attendee’s networking schedule. You must be a full Summit registrant to attend this event.

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Communities Reception
Tuesday, 23 June at 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Want to meet people who focus on accessibility, Agile, technical editing, or other elements of technical communication? Most of the SIGs that represent these areas will have representatives available to tell you about their focus and their SIG. They’ll also be able to introduce you to other people who specialize in their interest. We’ll also be presenting the Community of the Year and Most Improved Community awards here. This event will be in the exhibit hall and include light snacks and soft drinks. There will also be a concession stand selling sandwiches and other items to augment the snacks served. This event is included with your registration fee.

New for 2015! Honors Reception
Tuesday, 23 June at 5:00–7:00 PM

We’re making the awards celebration a party for everyone! This reception will honor all of our award winners, but focus on the new Fellows, Associate Fellows, and a few of the more specific awards. There will be snacks, small plates, and soft drinks. There will be cash bars available for anyone who wants a cocktail or other “hard” drink. Come celebrate the best of our industry and then get together with friends for dinner at one of the great restaurants in Columbus. This event is included with your registration fee.

Honors After-Party
Tuesday, 23 June at 8:00 PM

Keep the festivities going after the Honors Reception with your fellow conference goers! This free event is being held just a block from the Hyatt at Denmark on High in the North Room. We start at 8:00 PM and go until they kick us out. Join us for music, dancing, karaoke, or even quiet conversation with friends, old and new. There may even be a few surprises along the way.


The party is sponsored by WebWorks Publishing.

SIG Meetings

Some of STC’s SIGs have scheduled meetings during the Summit. Below is the list of SIG meetings with the dates, times, and locations. For additional details about a meeting, contact the SIG manager listed. If you don’t see a specific SIG listed, they may be having their meeting off site.

Academic SIG Student Reception and Meeting
Monday, 22 June, 6:00 PM, Union C
Contact: Pam Brewer

Instructional Design and Learning SIG
Tuesday, 23 June, 7:00 AM, Regency Ballroom
Contact: Mellissa Ruryk

Lone Writer SIG
Monday, 22 June, 11:00 AM, Union B
Contact: Ed Marshall

Policies and Procedures SIG
Monday, 22 June, 11:00 AM, Union C
Contact: Dawnell Claessen

Technical Editing SIG
Tuesday, 23 June, 7:00 AM, Regency Ballroom
Contact: Ann Marie Queeney

Usability and User Experience SIG
Tuesday, 23 June, 7:00 AM, Regency Ballroom
Contact: David Dick


Follow Twitter username @stc_summit or hashtag #stc15 for conference-related tweets including announcements, deadlines, event information, and other news leading up to the Summit. During the conference, that hashtag will be in use by attendees, so feel free to jump in or simply follow from afar for a taste of the Summit! There will be a widget available during the Summit that will collect all tweets and display them together.

Follow @stc_org or hashtag #stcorg for news about the Society for Technical Communication.

Many STC communities tweet year-round. Below is a list of official Twitter IDs for many of our communities. Follow as many as you want!

Geographic Communities

Virtual Communities