About me

I am enthusiastic about life. I am curious and often take the path less travelled. I am a persistent optimist. I enjoy mastering technical skills, building relationships, and pursuing lifelong learning.

I am a communications professional with extensive experience in planning, designing, developing, delivering, and maintaining information products for a variety of audiences and purposes. I love what I do.

In March 2011, I was “separated” from IBM and found myself in the enviable position of choosing my next earning opportunity. I followed two IBM colleagues into the cloud, literally (as I’m currently a remote worker). I served as a contract technical writer for VCE, the virtual computing environment company, from June 2011 to March 2012. VCE provided a great team, cutting-edge technology, and an excellent work environment (my home offices).

My former IBM colleagues continued to serve as excellent resources. At the invitation of a former teammate, I interviewed and accepted a position at Rocket Software in March 2012. I happily served as a Rocketeer while working from home offices in south Florida and central New Jersey. After three years, I stretched my wings and joined Silicon Valley startup DataStax to enter the wide world of big data. Global teams, collaborative and open development, and sterling colleagues make DataStax a great place to thrive while I work.

barrieI am an enthusiastic member and volunteer leader in Toastmasters International. In 2013 I earned the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Toastmasters International’s highest distinction in recognition of communication and leadership. I am past president of Princeton Toastmasters, and have served various leadership roles including District 38 Public Relations Officer (PRO).

With more than 15 years of service, I have earned the rank of Associate Fellow in the international Society for Technical Communication (STC).

For all of this professional volunteering, I’m a silver medalist! I have twice earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition and appreciation for my commitment to strengthening our Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.

You can view my technical communication career profile on LinkedIn.com at http://www.linkedin.com/in/barriebyron, read my blog, and follow me on twitter at @barriebyron.


One thought on “About me

  1. I recently saw a cartoon drawing of a blogger/tweeter that appeared on a post on this blog. It would be a perfect illustration for a short story I’ve written entitled The Importance of Communication, which is soon to be posted on my own blog. I wondered if you would give permission for me to use it as an illustrated title. Naturally I would credit it to you. Many thanks, hopefully. Kind regards. Val.

    Posted by Valerie Daggatt | February 13, 2012, 11:02 am

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