“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” ~ John Crosby
The Mentoring Program was created to help students, recent graduates, and career changers to enter the technical communication industry. The program is also designed to help develop the next group of enthusiastic
and dedicated chapter leaders.
The mission of the mentoring program is to provide a structured approach by which mentors provide one-on-one assistance to mentees, helping them establish themselves in our profession.
How It Works
A veteran technical communicator is paired with a mentee in a short-term, project-based relationship intended to provide real-world working experience, strengthen the mentee’s candidacy in the local job market, and start the mentee’s professional network.
Potential mentors and mentees have a chance to meet 3-4 times per year at the meet-and-greet events. The mentoring committee pairs mentors and mentees based on the mutual desire to work together. The program spans three months, but mentors and mentees can choose to work together longer if desired.
- Gain personal satisfaction from helping others discover their potential.
- Enhance coaching, feedback, and leadership skills.
- Gain exposure to new perspectives from the mentee.
- Expand professional networks.
- Develop pieces for your professional portfolio.
- Develop a professional network.
- Receive career guidance and resume help.
- Increase visibility in the industry.
- Develop and enhance skills needed to move forward in your careers.
Mentorship Spotlight for the Current Cohort
Special thanks to our current mentors for the Spring 2020 Program.
Art Berger currently works as a Technical Writer for IBM, and can share his experience in cloud computing and open source documentation, such as user guides, application program interface (API) docs, user interface (UI) text, command line interface (CLI) strings, error messages, and other developer experience (DX) docs.
I’m also the Vice President of the STC Carolinas chapter, so if you’re looking to get connected with other professionals, training events, and tech comm resources, I will do my best to help you out with this. I earned an MS Technical Communication NC State and a Bachelors in English, minor in Spanish from Campbell University.
Landra Cunningham serves as the 2019-2020 Communications Director for STC-Carolina. She is a Senior Technical Writer in the JMP Division of SAS Institute where she develops a variety of communications with a global software marketing team.
Landra holds a Master of Science in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Guiseppe Getto is an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University and is President and Founder of Content Garden, Inc., a digital marketing and UX consulting firm.
He has taught at the college level for over fifteen years. During that time, he has also consulted and formed research and service-learning partnerships with many non-profits and businesses, from technical writing firms to homeless shelters to startups. He is also a poet. Visit http://guiseppegetto.com/ to learn more.
Larry Kunz, an Information Architect with Extreme Networks, is a seasoned project manager and facilitator, having planned and executed numerous content-development projects. Larry teaches the Project Management section of Duke University’s Technical Communication Certificate Program. He holds the rank of STC Fellow and received the STC President’s Award for leading the Society’s strategic planning effort.
Christina Mayr, Information Architect at Epic Games, was recently elected to the STC Nominating Committee. She has been actively involved with STC Carolina since 2007 and has spent countless hours promoting the technical communication profession and assisting students, new professionals, and career changers to thrive in the local market. She has volunteered in nearly every capacity: blog writer and manager, secretary, competitions judge and manager, presenter, two-term president, and mentor.
When not working her day job, teaching technical communication at Duke, or volunteering—oh and managing a household with two young children—Christina enjoys reviewing and writing resumes and keeping up with the industry via social media, reading blogs, and learning new skills.
Sree Pattabiraman serves as the current Chapter president for STC-Carolina. She works as a Senior Technical Writer for the Information Development team at Extreme Networks. Before coming to the Research Triangle Area, Sree worked internationally as a technical writer.
Sree holds a master’s degree in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with a specialization in Corporate Secretaryship from M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, India. Her areas of specialization are DITA, information gathering from SMEs, resume writing and editing, WordPress, video production.
Samantha Zerger serves on the STC-Carolina Administrative Council as the Blog Editor. Samantha works as a business analytics consultant with Financial Risk Group (FRG) and specializes in technical writing and training. Since graduating from the North Carolina State University’s Financial Mathematics Master’s program in 2017 and joining FRG, she has worked with FRG clients to create various technical user guides, technical designs, model lifecycles, software development lifecycles, and project documentation.
In 2019 she became certified as a Professional Technical Communicator (Foundation level) and has been involved in the STC-Carolina chapter ever since.
Check out the work of recent mentees in the program.