Networking Events

The 2016 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, 15 May

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, 15 May

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.

Speed Networking

Looking to add value to your Summit experience by making new connections? Then plan on participating in the Summit’s Speed Networking event in the Expo Hall! Back by popular demand, this 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.

Annual Business Meeting
Monday, 16 May

Make time for the annual business meeting where a variety of association-related topics will be discussed and the 2016–2017 Board of Directors will be installed. This meeting is open to everyone, however, only members in good standing may vote. The rules have been posted to the STC website, and the minutes of last year’s annual meeting are also posted on the STC website. You may wish to familiarize yourself with the rules and minutes in advance.

Communities Reception

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. This event will be in the Expo Hall and include light snacks and soft drinks. This event is included with your registration fee.

Honors Reception
Tuesday, 17 May 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 continue the celebration with friends after. This event is included with your registration fee.

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.



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