In the Spotlight: Lisa Adair

Lisa Adair joined the Northeast Ohio Chapter of STC in the late ‘90s, first by participating in NEO STC competitions – most noteworthy, earning the chapter Award of Distinction in 2012. She also acted as a judge for several years, including one for the Summit competition.

She’s spent her career at Rockwell Automation as a technical writer, then editor, and now content quality lead. Her published articles include ‘Styling for Structure’ for Intercom, and two STC Summit proceedings articles – ‘Editing Metrics’ and ‘Improve Content Quality with One Process Change’.

Over the years, she’s given her share of presentations for STC – five with the local chapter, five with the Summit, three for the Technical Editing SIG, two at local universities, and even one with the Pittsburgh chapter in the early 2000s.

What she’d really like to tell you about, though, is the next presentation that she has slated for the STC Summit this May in Bellevue, Washington. Along with Liz Gardipee, Rockwell Automation Technical Communications Manager from Milwaukee, they’ll talk about ways to juggle projects, plans, and people with project tracking.

All of us juggle with the demands of planning and tracking – for your own projects or for a group of projects with multiple writers. But how do you stay organized and plan for the future? We have over 10 years of tracking under our belts, so we like to think that we know a thing or two about project management. We’re planning to explain what to track and how to get started. You can then use this data for everything from managing schedules to distributing workload to even making business cases for additional writers.

Lisa lives in small-town Berlin Center (somewhere between Youngstown and Akron) with her husband, RJ. Their children, Kelley (19) and Russell (17), keep them busy. Kelley is in her second year at the University of Mount Union where she is pursuing a dual-major in Marketing and Human Resources. Russell, ever the athlete, is a high-school junior and just starting his college search.

Now that her kids are getting older, she has started to become more involved in the NEO chapter. She’s volunteered to be Speaker, Academic Relations and Website Assistant.

Lisa graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Editing. She even acted as vice-president for the student STC chapter. If you’d like to know more about the Summit presentation for this spring or you just want to chat, contact Lisa at lmadair@ra.rockwell.com.

By Lisa Adair and Jeanette Evans