Friday | Saturday| Sunday

NCRA application pending for 1.2 CEUs 

*Please note, the times listed below are in Eastern Time (ET)

Friday, April 16, 2021

(Pending approval for 0.50 CEU)

10:45 am – 11:00 am ET

STARtech21 Virtual Opening

Speakers: Jim Connor, STAR President, and Anir Dutta, Stenograph President

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

The Basics of Cybercrime and Cybersecurity 

Speaker: Shoba Pillay, Assistant U.S. AttorneyNorthern District of Illinois 

This presentation will cover some of the core facts about the cybercrime landscape, including the nature of current computer crime activity, the basic technologies used to commit cybercrime, and the workings of the underground cybercrime marketplace. In addition, this presentation will provide some basic tools and techniques to mitigate the risk of cybercrime exposure.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET


Opening the Window to Your Technology World

Speaker: Megan Reid

A presentation on making new tech work for you. Covering everything from Windows 10 to DropBox, Evernote, iPhone apps, and more. Save yourself time by learning these new features and adding them to your workflow. Designed with the busy professional in mind - you're bound to learn a new trick or two.


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Marketing Strategy

Speaker: Mary M. Burns, MBA, Career CoachNorthwestern Kellogg School of Management 

Session description coming soon

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET


Human Trafficking: Part I

Sponsored by 

Speaker: Honorable Virginia M. KendallU.S. Court, Northern District of Illinois

Judge Kendall will give an historical overview of the human trafficking laws in the US and highlight the latest issues and concerns regarding trafficking.  She will explore new and innovative ways that corporations and various nonprofit groups are attacking this global human rights violation.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

Human Trafficking: Part II

Sponsored by 

Speaker: Honorable Virginia M. KendallU.S. Court, Northern District of Illinois

An open discussion about the issues discussed in Human Trafficking: Part I.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

(Pending approval for 0.40 CEU)

10:45 am – 11:00 am ET

Sponsor Welcome
Meet the sponsoring companies for STARtech!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Power Up Your Profit Per Hour

Speaker: Lauren Lawrence, founder of Stenovate

Opportunity is knocking.  Everywhere. Agencies are dying to cover all the jobs, and they know stenography is the golden standard.  But how do you level up your game up and keep everything moving when you’re buried in pages? How do you organize and execute transcripts like a CEO? 

Lauren Lawrence shares how she’s redefined transcript management for the court reporting community.  In this session, learn to:  

  • Hack your work-life balance.   

  • Build and manage a rockstar team of scopists and proofreaders. 

  • Massively reduce inefficiencies and streamline your workflow.  

  • Increase your bottom line while actually doing less. 

  • Be the boss you were born to be. 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Stenograph: Current Products (for Reporters and Agencies)

Speakers: Ryan Piper, Lucy Smith and Jeff Cobb

Session Description:

  • CATalyst v21
  • Luminex II
  • YESLaw


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Stenograph: New Products (for Reporters)

Speakers: Lucy Smith, Chris Page, Kelly Sieracki, Cindi Lynch

Session Description:

  • CATalyst v21.5
  • APEX: What is it?
    • Timeline release
    • Demo
  • Loyalty Program
  • Ascend Training Program

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Stenograph: New Products (for Agencies)

Speaker: Janet Harris, Jeff Cobb, Chris Page, Pratul Patel, David Farrell
Session Description:

  • APEX: What is it? What’s the value?
    • Timeline release
    • Loyalty program
    • Demo
  • MAXScribe: What is it? What’s the value?
    • Timeline release
    • Demo

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

STAR Lounge/ Irv's Place


Sunday, April 18, 2021

(Pending approval for 0.30 CEU)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

What’s New in CATalyst?

Speaker: Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph

CATalyst version 21.5 will soon be released, which will benefit stenographers through integration with Stenograph’s agency management solution, APEX. In this session, you will discover what information will flow between APEX and CATalyst and demonstrate how it will streamline processes before, during and after a job or proceeding. 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm ET

Case CATalyst: Which Shortcut Do You Need?

Speaker: Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph

It’s one thing to be sure there’s a faster way to do the thing you’re trying to do, but how do you know which shortcut you need? Do you need a Personal Global or an EZ Text? A Live Suggestion or a Power Define? A Quick Suggest or a Global Suggest? A Macro or a Keyboard Map Assignment? In this class, learn which shortcuts do what you want and the advantages of each shortcut for different editing needs.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ET


Case CATalyst What's Best for YOU! & Closing Announcements

Speaker: Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph

Can you imagine moving into a furnished space and not changing anything to customize it to your own comfort? You spend a lot of time living in your software, and changes can be made for convenience and efficiency! In this session, you’ll learn to adjust CATalyst default settings that don’t match your style: customizing placement and content of toolbars and panes, storing customizations in settings files that can be used on any computer where you use CATalyst, and setting options to remember your preferred settings for different work environments.