October 27, 2010

2013-2014 Speakers & Programming

Do you have a topic you are passionate about and would like to share with the chapter? Are you speaking at an upcoming conference and want to test your presentation? Or, is there a past speaker you would like to see return or a past topic revisited? Or are you interested in hosting a meeting? Contact the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter today!

November 2013 Meeting


Getting a Position in Today’s Job Market – A Virtual Presentation

Date:Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time:6:00-6:30 PM Networking
6:30-8:00 PM Presentation
Location:300 S. Craig St.
Room 403
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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RSVP:An RSVP is required to guarantee a space. E-mail David Caruso at vp@stcpgh.org for more information.

Topic Overview

To get a position in today’s difficult job market is no easy task. New technical communicators-or technical communicators who haven’t had to search in a while-can find it exceptionally difficult, even with many positions available. But with some extra effort to promote yourself and your skills, you can get ahead and establish yourself as a technical communications candidate who is above the rest. Danielle M. Villegas shares pointers based on her own recent experiences.

Speaker Bio

Danielle M. Villegas

Headshot of Danielle VillegasDanielle M. Villegas graduated from NJIT with a Master’s degree in Professional and Technical Communication in May 2012, after having completed the Technical Communications Essentials graduate certificate program from NJIT in December 2010. It was during her graduate studies that she launched TechCommGeekMom.com, a popular technical communications and e-learning blog that is continuing to flourish.

Danielle is currently a web publishing consultant at BASF North America, with a background in consumer affairs, client services, project management and web content management, concentrating on online learning and e-learning sites. She has worked at such companies as Church & Dwight, CIBA Consumer Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis), Blackwell’s Publishing, Princeton Learning Systems, the Associated Press , Princeton University Press,  Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and World Learning. Her zest for learning new technology and her interpersonal skills have been the foundation of her success at these companies. Her main professional interests include social media, content management/strategy, technical editing and writing, and m-learning and e-learning.

*This presentation was arranged by the STC South Florida Chapter. Thanks to both Danielle Villegas and Neal Alhadeff.


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2013-2014 Events

Dates with an * are tentative and may change.

Note all dates listed are the 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise indicated.

Sept 19, 2013
Writing for Visibility: Bringing Analytics, Social and SEO Together
3rd Thursday @ LunaMetrics
Oct 10
WordPress – Why You Should Be Using It To Run Your Website Or Blog
2nd Thursday
Nov 20
Getting a Position in Today's Job Market - A Virtual Presentation