In the Spotlight: Julianne Forsythe

Julianne Forsythe is a senior member of NEO STC and is serving her second year on the PR committee. In this role, she sends out communications for our program meetings, networking lunches, and social events. Further, she is also responsible for our social media presence and often posts to Facebook, LinkedIn, and occasionally Twitter. Julianne urges, “Be sure to follow NEO STC on social media, and add to the conversation.”

Julianne is an Information Architect at Rockwell Automation. In her 20 years at the company, she has worked on a variety of projects “including marketing communications, technical documentation, online help, catalog publishing, web content development, usability research, and content strategy.” As an Information Architect, she works to “promote the findability, usability, and consistency of information across the technical deliverables that we create for our customers.” She shares, “one of the most challenging and fun aspects of my job is finding new ways to leverage technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint and OneNote, and implementing solutions that enable information sharing and team collaboration both within our department and across other areas of the company.”

Julianne is also an active member of the Cleveland chapter of the Professional Women’s Council (PWC), a Rockwell Automation Employee Resource Group. She explains, “PWC sponsors networking and educational events to help women within our company navigate their career and life paths. I lead the communications committee for this group, promoting our events and creating posts for Yammer, our internal social media site.”


With such an active career, I asked Julianne her secret to work/life balance, to which she replied, “Work/life balance is a little easier now that my husband, Bill, and I are empty-nesters. I believe that the key to balance is to make yourself a priority, and not feel guilty about it. Know the difference between what you have to do, and what you think others expect you to do. It’s okay to let some things slide and tend to your own health and well-being.” Julianne shares that she unwinds with her husband from mid-spring to late fall aboard their boat “jet-skiing on Sandusky Bay and cruising the Lake Erie Islands with fellow boaters.”

She continues, “I’m also a roller coaster fanatic! I spend a lot of time on the thrill rides at Cedar Point. I once rode the Top Thrill Dragster seven times in one hour.”

Thanks for sharing with us, Julianne!

By Sara Buchanan and Julianne Forsythe