Fearless Stenographers Conference

Conference Agenda

April 13th– April 15th (Thursday- Saturday)

Thursday - April 13th

Come test your writing skills by competing in the “Speed in the City” skills test. The contests are open to all steno machine writers. The first “Super Speed” contest will consist of a five-minute Q&A at 320 wpm. The second contest, which will be the “Speed in the City” tests, will consist of three five-minute legs: 280 wpm Q&A, 260 wpm Jury Charge, and the 220 wpm Literary. Thirty seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Session 1 – Software Training (.2 CEUs. per session)

Eclipse Macros and Display Settings: Your Realtime and Editing Super Powers

Realtime veterans Ron Cook and Michelle Kirkpatrick will show you how to dial in some realtime and editing Super Powers using your Eclipse CAT software.  We’ll review editing macros on your QWERTY keyboard versus realtime writing macros from your steno machine. We’ll show you how to pull up the default editing and realtime macros already preprogrammed into Eclipse, show you what the programming looks like, then show you how to get started on making some of your own. (We’ll even give you some of ours.)  Importing and exporting them in and out of different users can sometimes be a bit of a mystery about where they go and why they won’t load, so we’ll touch on that as well.

Next, we’ll talk about the Super Powers you can find in your display settings. This will include Auto-Brief settings and your Translation Magic display colors. We’ll touch on various user colors for your scopist(s) and your proofreader(s) and show you how to have them show up in the display colors that you and your team pre-program so that your realtime changes, your rough draft run-throughs, and your last pass through your final transcripts will work systematically for you and like a well-oiled machine.

We can’t wait for you to leave this session with some new secret Super Powers of your own!

Anthony Frisolone will show you how to tap into the power of Case CATalyst’s realtime and editing features to boost your productivity!  Anthony will review editing macros found in your software and how to customize your computer keyboard. Then he will show you what benefits are found in the Realtime Commands Dictionary and the powerful AccelerWriters found in your software! Look like a realtime superstar by learning just a few of these realtime macros and how to easily and simply add job defines quickly and easily from your steno keyboard!  Anthony will show you how to access these editing and realtime macros and how to set them up and get you going on the road to realtime glory!   

Anthony will demonstrate RealTeam and how it can benefit you and get transcripts to your clients faster than ever!  

Finally, Anthony will show you how to customize the “look” of Case CATalyst and how to easily customize toolbars, resize windows, and change the color scheme of Case CATalyst.

Location (Offsite): The Buckhead Club
Agenda and details coming soon!

Friday - April 14th

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast


Ever thought about changing career paths and becoming a Federal Court Reporter? Come and find out what two stellar court reporters, Scott Wallace and Shacara Mapp, have to say about becoming a federal reporter.  Learn about the job’s requirements from a supervisor’s perspective, the importance of USCRA membership, obtaining the FCRR certification, and the outstanding benefits federal court offers.  This is a highly skilled professional role within our judicial system. The Federal Way.


Are you providing realtime just for yourself and not your clients? Have you ever considered transitioning into the exciting world of live captioning? Have you considered competing in local and national speed contests? And, finally, have you ever thought about competing at Intersteno? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you are definitely not going to want to miss this dynamic session featuring the incomparable and unstoppable stenographer Sheri Smargon, who will share what it is like to wear several hats within the court reporting and captioning profession.


10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break


Would you like to walk confidently and boldly into your next season of greatness in 2023? Are you prepared to cast off all limitations and transition from fearful to fearless? Are you ready to conquer once and for all whatever might be holding you back? Now is the time to get out of your own way and catapult yourself to the next level. During this exciting session, Whitney Kumar, TV personality and court stenographer for the Judy Justice television show, and Kim Xavier, official extraordinaire from Texas, will deliver presentations that will leave you supercharged and fully equipped to meet the challenges of the new year and beyond. These stellar stenographers will share their steno career paths that led them to greatness and will help you to release every setback, every fear, every obstacle that might be impeding your progress on a professional and personal level.

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own


Join Tori as she explains the watershed moments in her court reporting career, including the addition of realtime voice writing to her skill set.During the timeline, she’ll explain the evolution of realtime voice writing from the original “Stenomask ©” analog reporting to the speech engines being used to achieve realtime translation to the addition of CAT software, the education and certification requirements, and, finally, she will demonstrate how a realtime voice writer uses their two software programs to get output for use in realtime settings of court, deposition, and captioning.Further discussion will cover the grassroots efforts to create more inclusion in licensing for voice writers and for education of stakeholders so that they may understand the value of a realtime voice writing professional. This program will be combined lecture, slide deck, and demonstration. Audience participation is encouraged

We’ve inherited old beliefs and blueprints from the generations of reporters who came before us. This is no one’s fault. We’re going to be promoting self-care through the lens of how you charge for your services. We’re going to reverse-engineer our beliefs through evaluating our individual financial needs and personal commitments to find balance. Come join us in an interactive workshop empowering and supporting one another for a healthy future for all of us and for those who will follow in our footsteps.


4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mingle with the vendors


5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Steno United- Cupcakes and Cocktails Happy Hour

Saturday - April 15th

Together we stand, divided we fall. Join us for a dynamic and engaging discussion with Lisa Migliore Black on what you can do when it comes to protecting the record. You will learn about current events and developments in the court reporting profession, the threats we face, and what we can do to fight back and win.


You may have the belief, or some similarly limiting idea, that it’s “too overwhelming” to integrate technology into your everyday personal or professional practice. In this seminar, we will shatter those limitations and open your eyes to the ways you can easily and effectively make technology work for you and not against you so that you can become your very own tech wizard and finally “work smarter, not harder.”


10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

Phrasing is the key to short writing. This session will teach you a system of phrasing that is easy to understand, possible to implement, and will leave you writing much shorter, with an overall cleaner file come editing time.


This session will cover the importance of certification and why it matters. Come join us as we learn from our highly skilled reporters on how certification will set you apart and the opportunities from having multi-state and national certifications. This panel will encourage and motivate you to strive, reach further, and keep chasing your certifications on every level.


12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Awards Luncheon

Can you imagine being the court reporter on a high-profile case such as the Johnny Depp trial, a Hollywood movie star, or the trial of El Chapo, the former drug lord and leader of a Mexican cartel? Can you see yourself as the court reporter for a United States president? The sky is the limit to where you can take your career path as a court reporter. During this eye-opening session, you will hear from actual reporters who have been assigned to these notable cases and what it is like to be considered the most important person in the room during a deposition or trial.


4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Group Pictures