My name is Bethany Aguad, and I am honored to be a candidate for STC Treasurer in 2021. We live in a time of unprecedented change, but the financial challenges we face in STC are not new to us. To grow as a Society and a profession, we need to work together to find new solutions to our challenges. Building for the future means embracing change, weighing risks, and evolving our services. I hope to bring my experience as a career-long STC volunteer and board member to ensure we meet our financial obligations while investing in our members and our communities.
I am grateful for your support, and I will do my utmost to serve the Society and our membership! Thank you for your continued support of STC and our profession.
I have been honored to serve on the STC Board of Directors as a director since 2019. In this role, I worked with the rest of the board to make strategic decisions and act tactically when required. As a director, I generally contributed to carrying on the work of the Society, while balancing long-term plans. In the budget setting process and at every meeting, I helped to execute our fiduciary responsibility and ensure the continued operation of the Society.
“Invest in the Future … Sponsor an STC Student Mentoring Affairs Committee Program: Reference Guide and Turnkey Toolkit.” 59th Annual STC International Conference Leadership Day presented with Dan Voss.
Leveling Up: First Years on the Job. Bethany Aguad, Nick Ducharme. STC Orlando Central Florida Chapter. Picking a Path at the University of Central Florida. April 2017 (Progression Event). Presentation summarized at: http://memotomembers.stc-orlando.org/?p=2771
“Invest in the Future … Sponsor an STC Student Mentoring Affairs Committee Program: Reference Guide and Turnkey Toolkit. Comprehensive (CAC) 110-page reference guide and CD”, published by CAC at 59th STC international conference. (Co-authored with Dan Voss)
“Building a Bridge from Industry to Academe: It’s a Two-Way Perspectives (CPTSC) Street!” (Proceedings article from 2012 CPTSC conference) (Co-authored with Dan Voss)
Invest in the Future … Sponsor an STC Student Mentoring Affairs Committee Program: Reference Guide and Turnkey Toolkit . (CAC) at 59th STC international conference. (Co-authored with Dan Voss)
If you Google “Bethany Aguad” or follow me on social media, you will find everything is related to two interests:
STC and technical communication
Dungeons and Dragons
In my non-STC life, I produce a Dungeons and Dragons podcast, DnD RAW, with my husband and friends. At the 2018 Summit, I was surprised and thrilled when an attendee at my presentation asked me a question about what kind of characters I like to play. This reinforced what I have always believed: that the qualities and aptitudes that lead us to technical communication also make us outstanding players of tabletop role playing games.
When we petitioned to have our name changed to the Florida chapter, our chapter committed to delivering on a statewide presence that would engage STC members across the state. Our initial approach was to establish local meetups in different parts of the state. However, this proved difficult to promote and sustain, since it required effort form a local member to coordinate and manage the meetups.
Based feedback from our members, I recommended that we virtual engagement with our members our primary goal. This proposal was met with understandable concern since it inverted our current approach: enabling virtual attendees to dial in to our face-to-face meetings. I was able to win the support of the Administrative Council by providing a detailed plan for executing virtual meeting, listening to the concerns raised, and suggesting that we conduct a trial run with our January meeting before moving forward. In the end, we implemented this approach to meetings for our chapter year.
This year, I was honored to be elected as President of the Florida chapter. My responsibilities are broad: to preside at meetings, manage the Administrative Council, and support the voting members. In practicality, my primary activities are to collaborate with my fellow Administrative council members, to work with our treasurer to ensure we are making wise financial choices, to motivate our volunteers, and to promote the benefits of membership.
As we prepared to embark on our statewide initiative as the Florida chapter, I strongly encouraged our administrative council to update our brand. In addition to preparing for hosting the Summit, this required us to update our logo, our website, and our communication strategy in general. While everyone supported this effort, I made the decision to spearhead the initiative. By collaborating with the chapter members, I cannot express how proud I am of our new logo and new website.
At our annual leadership retreat, I worked with our core group of volunteers to create a plan for the chapter year driven by responses to a survey of our membership. While I am still in my first year in this role, we have already made strides to sustaining a cohesive statewide technical communication community with greater engagement from members in other parts of the state.
At the Florida chapter leadership retreat this year, as each attendee explained why they had joined the society, many of our talented, young members had originally joined because I had spoken to them one-on-one after their class to share what mentoring and STC membership mean to me. I have always seen my role as an influencer, where I can encourage and support others.
I have worked as an Associate Technical Communicator at Wyndham Vacation Ownership for nearly two years, responsible for documentation, communication, and support. Prior to this current role, I worked at the University of Central Florida (UCF) as a Technical Marketing Writer. A graduate of UCF with a B.A. and M.A. in English- Technical Communication, I served as president of the Future Technical Communicators organization, president of the Sigma Tau Delta Zeta Xi chapter (International English Honor Society), and received the prestigious Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship for excellence in technical communication. I have managed the Society for Technical Communication local chapter’s mentoring program pairing professionals with student members for five years. I co-authored a chapter in the textbook Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices to be published on April 25 this year.