ISC Event Guide Bio Template

How to Create Your Biography for an ISC Event

Peer learning is at the core of ISC workshops, and the biographies in our event guides are one of the many ways we hope you’ll be able to connect with and learn from your peers, both in-person at the workshop and long after the event is over. These bios will provide brief summaries of each attendee’s relevant roles, responsibilities and experience to facilitate directed networking for all participants.

Consistency is key for keeping these bios easy-to-read and reference, so we’ve provided a template for easy formatting.

Content Wording Example
First and last name, job/position title (capitalized), organization name (fully written out and with abbreviation in parentheses, if applicable) [First Name] [Last Name] currently serves as [Position Title] for/of [organization]. George Hamilton currently serves as the President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC).
Description of current job role written in an active voice. Focus on highlighting 1-3 of the most relevant or important responsibilities. In this role, [he/she] [responsibilities of current job]. In this role, he oversees ISC’s U.S. and international programs, which have developed and carried out more than 100 projects to strengthen communities in 30 countries, and advances the strategic direction of ISC.
Option to include another sentence about your current job, if there is a key takeaway that isn’t covered in the previous sentence. Could include another role in the organization, a specific project relevant to the event, a current role outside of the one listed in sentence 1 or an award/honor relevant to the event. George also serves on the Board of Directors for ISC.
Description of previous work, including job titles (capitalized) and organization names (spelled out) for up to 3 of your most relevant or important previous positions. Option to include a brief description of duties if not clear from job title. Previously, [First Name] served as [Previous Title] for [Organization name](, where [he/she]  – [description of previous duties]) and as  [Previous Title] for [Organization name](, where [he/she]  – [description of previous duties]). Previously, he served as Planning Director for the State of Vermont and as Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Madeleine M. Kunin.
Education, including degree types (always fully written, not abbreviated), areas of study (capitalized) and institutions. Apostrophe after bachelor’s degree and master’s degree (lowercase), no possessive for Bachelor of Arts or Master of Science (capitalized). [He/she] holds a [degree type] in [Area of Study] from [Educational Institution] and a [second  degree] in [Area of Study, if relevant (e.g., not needed for Juris Doctor] from [Educational Institution]. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Geology from St. Lawrence University.

Examples:

  1. George Hamilton currently serves as the President of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). In this role, he oversees ISC’s U.S. and international programs, which have developed and carried out more than 100 projects to strengthen communities in 30 countries. Previously, he served as Planning Director for the State of Vermont and as Chief Policy Advisor to Governor Madeleine M. Kunin. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Geology from St. Lawrence University.
  2. Elliott Bent is the Communications Officer for the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ (ISC) Urban Program. In this capacity, he supports the day-to-day communications of a number of urban projects, including Solar Market Pathways, the Sustainable Communities Learning Network, and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact and plays a key role on ISC’s global communications team. Previously, Elliott was Manager of Community and Media Affairs at KSE Partners, a government relations and strategic communications practice in Vermont. There he managed issue-based and traditional communication campaigns for a wide variety of clients on a state, regional, and national level. Many of his previous communications projects dealt with climate change and its impacts, as well as resiliency and sustainability – including an 80-minute video series about small on-farm biofuel creation in Vermont. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of King’s College.

General Style Guide:

  • Avoid personal information about religious, family, or special interests, unless it is particularly relevant.
  • Throughout the bio, interchange [he/she] with [first name]. Always use your first name.
  • Always use one space after each period.
  • Always write out the full name of project and organization titles, and for trade/industry concepts. Acronyms can be used on second mention.
  • Always capitalize current and previous work titles.
  • Reports and book names are italicized.

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