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1.2 CEUs NCRA approved

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

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

Liaison/Technology Committee Meeting (Invite Only)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

(NCRA approved:  0.45 CEU)

10:45 am – 11:00 am ET
STARCON20 Virtual Opening
Speakers: Jim Connor, STAR President, and Anir Dutta, Stenograph President
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Innovating in Changing Times
Speaker: Doug Keeley, CEO & Chief Storyteller, Stories Rule
Sponsored by Veritext

This keynote will focus on how to adapt and champion change in a world

that is not going to sit still for anyone. Technologies are converging and
changing at a blazing speed and the challenge for everyone, regardless
of their industry, is not just to keep pace, but to lead. Tomorrow’s leader
will find new ways to combine technology and human skills in ways that
have not been done before.  In the legal system, some of the technology-
driven changes are uncomfortable, but they happen to serve the one belief
that is not changing: the need for accuracy and fairness in the judicial system. 
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET


Stenograph Showcase – Reporter Focus, Part 1
Speakers: Lucy Smith, Senior Software Product Manager,
Stenograph; Ryan Piper, Product Manager, Stenograph; 
Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph

Lucy, Ryan and Cindi
will teach you how to use your CATalyst software and
Luminex II writer to become a more efficient and accurate writer.
Come join us to learn how to decrease editing time and increase your
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Stenograph Showcase – Firm Owner Focus, Part 1
Speakers: Jeff Cobb, CCR, CLVS, Sr. Director of Enterprise Sales, 
Stenograph, LLC; Richard Mechelke, MBA, Sr. Product Manager,
Stenograph, LLC; Chris Page, Director of Product Management

Jeff, Richard and Chris will introduce Stenograph’s latest agency-focused
products designed to optimize operational efficiencies and maximize your
bottom line. 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Stenograph Showcase – Reporter Focus, Part 2
Speakers:Jeff Cobb, CCR, CLVS, Sr. Director of Enterprise Sales, 
Stenograph, LLC; Kelly Sieracki, Loyalty Manager; Richard Mechelke, 
MBA, Sr. Product Manager, Stenograph, LLC; and Lucy Smith,
Senior Software Product Manager, Stenograph
Jeff, Kelly, Richard, and Lucy will introduce you to how Stenograph’s 
agency-focused products will work for individual reporters. Save time and
effort with CATalyst integration that eliminates keystrokes and redundant
data entry, while earning loyalty rewards
for product usage. 
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Stenograph Showcase – Firm Owner Focus, Part 2
Speakers: Brian Clune, CLVS, Vice President, YesLaw; 
John Garnett, Business Manager
, Stenograph

Brian and John will show you how YesLaw’s PDF Transcript Generator

software enables court reporting agencies and freelance court reporters
to easily create digitally signed PDF-formatted transcripts with a fully
hyperlinked word index and exhibits. 


Friday, October 16, 2020

(NCRA approved:  0.30 CEU)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
STAR 2020 Annual Business Meeting
STARCON20 Virtual Vendor Introduction
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Preserving the Record in Today’s Challenging Industry, Part 2
Moderator: Marybeth Everhart, MA, RPR, CRI, CPE, 
National Marketing Manager, Realtime Coach

Janet Harris, CER, CET, CDVS, Vice President Market
Development / Enterprise Solutions, AAERT President; Sandra VanderPol,
DSA, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CLR, RSA, CSR, Freelance Realtime Reporter,
Self-Employed Freelancer - S Corporation;
Kimberly A. Neeson, RPR,
Vice-President, Canada Operations,
Veritext Litigation Solutions Canada, Inc.; Judy Lehman; Kelly Moranz, CRI,
Program Director/Adjunct Faculty, Cuyahoga Community College;
Terrie Campbell
Back by popular demand, join members of the solutions-based group 
SOS Plan B as they discuss what SOS and the industry is doing to
work toward preserving the record in today’s challenging times. 
Stenographic reporters remain a vital part of the profession, but with
the shortage, how do you meet the clients’ need for a verbatim record? 
Is voicewriting an option? Is video an option? Is digital recording an option?
Will the uptick in remote depositions have an impact on the shortage? 
Join the panel of speakers and moderator Marybeth Everhart for this
honest, and frank, discussion.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Embracing Remote Reporting 

Speakers: Linda Fifield, MBA, Vice President,
Doris O. Wong Associates, Inc.;
Karen Tyler, CCR(LA), CSR(TX),
TCRR, RDR, CRR, CRC, Firm Owner/Freelance Stenographer,
Karen Tyler Reporting, LLC;
Kevin Hunt, President,
Jack W. Hunt & Associates, Inc.

Sponsored by Midwest Reporting Service

Remote reporting has been around for years, but with overnight 
office closures, reporters had to quickly pivot and embrace remote 
reporting on a larger scale. From technology to marketing to educating
clients, it has been a process. This group of experts will help you with
tips and tricks for the continuing challenges we are facing in the months
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm ET
Cocktails and Conversations


Saturday, October 17, 2020

(NCRA Approved:  0.45 CEU)

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Welcome Announcements & Stenograph/Case CATalyst Training:
Speed Up Page Production & Introductions to Ascend Training

Speaker: Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph

Why does it still take time to get the transcript done even when your
writing skills are great?  If you are working harder than necessary doing
things the old, long, but familiar way instead of taking advantage of an
available shortcut, you may be lagging behind!  In this class you will learn
some of the most popular editing shortcuts used to cut down transcript
production time so that you can enjoy whatever you want to do when you’re
not working on pages! You will also be introduced to the Ascend Training by
Stenograph learning community, which combines expert training with your
and your colleagues' real-world experience so that you can make better,
more well-informed decisions about which features to use and how to use them.
With Ascend, you’ll develop a regular habit of learning as an integral part of a
community that shares your passion to improve yourselves and the profession.
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Stenograph/Case CATalyst Training: Improve Accuracy via Options
Speaker: Pam Szczecinski, Stenograph Certified Training Agent,
Training Consultant, Tutor4computers

When you update your software, CATalyst adds options and may change
various files. If you did not read the Release Notes, you may not be aware
of what has changed or how to take advantage of the available
improvements in the software! In this class, we’ll take a look at some of the
options that have been added and files that have been updated over time,
and show you how to make sure you’ve got the latest, greatest features
in your user!
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Virtual Work & Virtual Meetings: Getting More Productivity from Both

Speaker: Randall Dean, MBA, The E-mail Sanity Expert(R),
Randall Dean Consulting and Training, LLC

In this new program reflecting our current times with the coronavirus outbreak, 
Randy Dean, MBA, The E-mail Sanity Expert®, will take his 16+ years of
"working from a home office" and leading multiple client meetings and webinars
virtually, and provide you with tips that can greatly help increase your productivity
and effectiveness with both.  We will discuss critical set up, equipment, software,
tools, and apps that will make your work from home experience more productive
and less distracting.  We will also discuss critical tips for running and/or attending
online virtual meetings so they can be more useful and effective.  All in a quick
90-minute webinar program!
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Stenograph/Case CATalyst Training: 
Confidence and Comfort in File Management

Speaker: Grace Molson, Stenograph Certified Independent 
Training Agent, CAT Smart Training Solutions, LLC

Are you happy with your job and case management routine? If you’ve ever had 
trouble finding something, instantly getting information you need or if you’ve
ever been unable to track the progress of a file, there are probably tools you
could be using in Manage Jobs that you’ve never learned or simply overlooked!
In this class we will talk about structure, search tools, making the screen cleaner
and easier to view, how to make practical use of color and much more!
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET
Tips for a Better Life Balance in the Time of COVID

Moderator: Kimberly A. Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC, CSR, RSA, FAPR,
Vice-President, Canada Operations, Veritext Litigation Solutions Canada, Inc.

Panelists: Tanya Barbiero, Manager of Litigation
Technology/Senior Case Manager, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Christy Pratt, RCR, RPR, CLR, Owner and Realtime Reporter,
Reportex Agencies Ltd.
; Jane Southren, LLB, Founder/Principal Coach
+ Advisor, Jane Southren Consulting
Sponsored by Midwest Reporting Service

Running a business during a pandemic is no easy feat. There is no playbook. 
There is no past experience. But we have also been given the gift of time,
reflection, and a chance to think about how we can shift our lives to make them
more rounded, more balanced, and more meaningful. Our panel will share their
survival strategies in business and share their ways of taking the silver lining out
of our COVID clouds.  
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Closing and Virtual STAR Lounge/Irv’s Place

Hosts: Mike Miller and Jim Connor

Graffle Drawings!

Purchase Graffle tickets for your chance to win a Luminex II, virtual eGift Cards,
and many more great prizes!