January: 60th Anniversary Gala


January 2015 marks STC Chicago’s 60th anniversary as a chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and we’re celebrating! Join us Thursday, January 15th at Willis Tower in downtown Chicago as we recognize some of our longest-tenured members and honor this special occasion with noteworthy guest speakers.

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The actual per-person cost of this meeting is $70; however, in honor of this special event, STC Chicago is subsidizing each ticket so you pay only $40. The event includes networking, a full course dinner with your choice of entree, and a program with special guest speakers.

Bring a guest
This event is a celebration, so we encourage you to bring your spouse, significant other, or friend! There has never been a better STC Chicago event to invite family and friends to.


Thursday, January 15
Networking and Registration: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm


The Metropolitan Club on the 66th Floor of Willis Tower
233 S Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606

Once inside the building

Enter Willis Tower at the Franklin or Wacker Street Entrances. Every attendee must check-in at the security desk in the lobby with a valid ID. Take the elevators from the lobby to the 66th floor and look for the Michigan Room.

Getting There and Parking

Willis Tower is conveniently located within walking distance of both Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Willis Tower is also within blocks of all El train lines, the closest stop being the Quincy/Wells station, which is serviced by the Orange, Pink, Brown, and Purple lines.

If you drive, parking is available at the Traders Parking Garage (326 S Wells St). You can purchase parking vouchers from the Metropolitan Club the night of the event for $15.

For a full set of directions and parking options, see the Metropolitan Club’s directions document.

Guest speakers

We’re honored to have a great line-up of speakers to help us celebrate our 60th anniversary!

Kit Brown-Hoekstra

President of the Society for Technical Communication
kit_0654-EditKatherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra is an STC Fellow and STC 2014-15 Society President, an experienced professional, and a small business owner with over 23 years of experience in technical communication, much of it working with localization teams. Kit speaks frequently at conferences worldwide on a variety of technical communication topics. As Principal of Comgenesis, LLC, Kit provides consulting and training to her clients on a variety of topics, including localization, content strategy, and content management. Her blog is www.pangaeapapers.com.

Ken Cook
President, CEO, and Chairman of Ken Cook Co.

KenCookKen Cook is president, CEO, and Chairman of Ken Cook Co., a leading technical communication business with a staff of 60 professionals in Milwaukee, WI. He’s served on the AEM Product Safety Seminar Planning Committee for over eight years and has hosted the Safety, Signs, and Symbols as well as the Operator Training session at the seminar. Ken has more than 40 years experience in the technical communications field as a writer, editor, executive, and consultant. An STC Fellow and past Society president, Ken continues to serve STC as a member of both the Senior Advisory Council and the Executive Director Search Committee. Ken also serves on the advisory councils for technical communication degree programs at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bill Leavitt
STC Chicago’s longest-tenured member (50 years)

billleavittBill Leavitt is an STC Fellow and a past international president of STC.  Bill retired from USG Corporation in 2000 after 32 years’ service; at USG he was a technical writer, a technical publications manager and a marketing professional.  He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in technical writing.  He is a former contractor for NASA.

During his 50 years of membership in STC and predecessor organizations, Bill has served in many Chicago chapter elected and appointed positions, and numerous international-level positions.  He is currently chapter historian and a member of the Society’s Senior Advisory Committee.

Bill is owner of Write On Technical Communications, Inc., and in that role taught technical and business writing for several years at Purdue University Calumet.  He is also author of several books on construction and history, and most recently wrote Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.  


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