Jan 242018
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series 2017-18 Program Chronicles
Icon of a woman holding up a checklistMarie Van den Broeck

Our February meeting, a joint offering with the Boston chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, is a panel discussion on communicating in highly regulated environments.

It’s not easy for communicators working in financial, biotech, pharma, and healthcare—environments with serious restrictions on what companies can say. How can you stay in compliance while engaging stakeholders in a social-media, always-on world? With smart guidelines, practices, pilots, and tools, you can do more than you (and your legal team) think.

This is a joint meeting with the Boston chapter of IABC. A joint panel of communications pros, including our own John Garison and Rick Lippincott, will share guidance, tips, and real world examples. The moderator will be Boston IABC president Christine Courard, Director of Communications at Raytheon.

Program Details

The program is Monday, February 5, 2018, starting at 6:00 pm, at Oficio, 129 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. (There is a parking garage at 149 Newbury Street.) Snacks will be provided.

The Chapter has switched to GoToMeeting for webinars. If you don’t live near downtown Boston or don’t want to fight the traffic, you can register for our webcast.

Registration Details

Register on Eventbrite for the program. Registration prices are in USD and include the Eventbrite transaction fee.

On Site
(food and presentation)
(presentation only)
STC member $28.45 $23.16
IABC member $28.45 $23.16
Non-member $44.28 $28.45


About the Panelists

Amy Atwood

Amy Tull Atwood is a communications leader with more than 20 years of experience in all facets of corporate communications. Currently the Head of Communications for Takeda’s Vaccine Business Unit, Amy has spent years in two very different–but both highly regulated–industries: energy and healthcare.




John GarisonJohn Garison’s experience in writing about electronic health records, clinical trials software, operating systems, programming languages, and business applications (among other things) gives him a unique perspective on most things documentation-related. He’s an STC Associate Fellow and taught technical writing at Harvard University.




Rick Lippincott

For several years, Rick Lippincott wrote technical documentation in the aerospace & defense industry for companies including Lockheed Martin and GE Aerospace. He currently works at Analogic in Peabody, a healthcare and security technology solutions company, where his tasks include writing user documentation for medical equipment in accordance with standards set by the FDA.




Andy Phillips

Andy Phillips is Senior Vice President and Director of Communications at Santander Bank. He currently oversees all internal, external and executive communications needs for the bank’s Commercial Banking and Global Corporate Banking US divisions.




About IABC Boston

One of the 100+ chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators, IABC Boston (formerly Yankee IABC) offers regular professional development programs, networking events and volunteer opportunities to help members connect with other local communicators and advance their careers. Its approximately 200 members hail from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, forming a diverse network of people with ideas and experiences to share.

About the New England Chapter of STC

The New England Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The New England Chapter serves technical communications professionals in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapter sponsors monthly programs, informal social events, and InterChange, an annual regional professional conference.

STC New England was formed in 2011 when the Boston Chapter and the Northern New England Chapter merged to form the New England chapter. The Boston Chapter, incorporated in 1953, and the Association of Technical Writers and Editors in New York City were founding chapters of the STC.

For more information, visit stcnewengland.org.

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