Spectrum Leadership Day

Leadership Day at Spectrum 2021 takes place Sunday, April 18, from 12:30 to 5:00 PM ET.

Leadership Day Schedule

12:30 to 1:00 PM Leadership Day networking

1:00 to 1:10 PM Welcome and opening

1:10 to 2:10 PM Technical Communication and Social Justice Communication During Disasters, Sweta Baniya

2:10 to 2:25 PM Video presentation, Mak Pandit

2:25 to 2:30 PM Break

2:30 to 3:15 PM A Journey to Inclusive Leadership, Joanne Lee

3:15 to 3:25 PM Break

3:25 to 4:00 PM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel discussion with Wendy Ross, Roger Renteria, Liz Fraley, and Viqui Dill

4:00 to 5:00 PM STC Update hosted by STC Immediate Past President and Rochester chapter member Ben Woelk. STC President Craig Baehr and Vice President Kirsty Taylor will speak and everyone is invited to share ideas and ask questions.

Presentations and Speaker Bios

Social Justice Oriented Technical Communications During Disasters, Sweta Baniya

How can content producers work in social justice communication during disasters? Using social justice and transcultural frameworks, researchers and practitioners can rethink digitally complex modes of risk and crisis communication in global disaster management. This presentation addresses specific ways technical communicators and content producers can help in a disaster, drawn from the presenter’s current work on a book, Transnational Assemblages: Social Justice Oriented Technical Communication in Global Disaster Management. The book includes case studies of the 2015 Nepal earthquake and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.

Sweta Baniya is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Writing at Virginia Tech University. Sweta is from Nepal. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University. She  has worked for Nepal’s national radio and the Nepal Bureau of China’s official Xinhua News Agency, and as a communications officer with non-profit organizations including the United Nations. Sweta’s research is informed by non-western rhetorical traditions and practices. Her teaching focuses on community engagement.

Video presentation, Mak Pandit

Changing Working Trends in India

  • Working from home trends in India
  • How it is accommodating diversity
  • Will it affect productivity
  • How it is affecting family (small houses, lack of privacy, (calls can be disturbing)

A Journey to Inclusive Leadership, Joanne Lee

Good leaders and their organizations must move beyond diversity alone to capture the potential of inclusion, even though the definitions of and approaches to inclusive leadership tend to vary worldwide. This presentation takes a closer look at a framework for inclusive behaviors and how they leverage diversity to enhance team performance. In this session participants will learn to

  • Define inclusive leadership
  • Identify the benefits of inclusive leadership
  • Identify the traits, mindset, and practices of an inclusive leader
  • Identify the next action step on the inclusive leadership journey

Joanne Lee is a Leadership Development Learning Design and Delivery Professional for the State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services. Joanne serves as a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Seattle Society for Human Resource Management, Career Development Subcommittee Chair at Washington Immigrant Network, and a member of the Education faculty of the Seattle Colleges and Bates Technical College. Joanne received her Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Education from California State University, San Bernardino.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel discussion with Wendy Ross, Roger Renteria, Liz Fraley, and Viqui Dill

Visit https://www.stc.org/committees/deiap/ to learn about the work of the advisory panel.