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Global Expansion Committee – 2018 Update

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Women In Localization has been expanding globally for the past few years and  going global Is methodically curated by a Committee. Women in Localization’s Global Expansion committee is chaired this year by Michele Smith, W.L. Board Member. Executive Director Kristin Gutierrez is responsible for partnering with Geo Managers Cecilia Maldonado for the North Americas, Miyuki Mori for APAC, and Maria Kania-Tasak for EMEA. Also serving on the committee is Valeria Barbero who manages Geo Chapter Content, Kate Kovtun as Social Media Lead and Maria Jesus de Arriba Diaz as Chapter Committee Assistant. Our committee would like to share what we […]

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The Lowdown on Translation Crowdsourcing: Overview and Benefits for Volunteers

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Back in 2008, Facebook asked its users to help translate its then unlocalized site into other languages – within a year of launching this project, Facebook was available in 16 languages. Following Facebook’s success with translation crowdsourcing, other companies and organizations started to adopt the idea of utilizing volunteer translators for their localization needs. The rest is history, with more success stories or failed efforts. Because volunteers donate their translations without getting paid, many tend to assume that translation crowdsourcing is cost-free to implement; however, this is far from the truth. The engineering cost of building and managing a proprietary […]

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Miyuki Mori

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  This impressive group of Women in Localization met at LocWorld Tokyo earlier this month. Miyuki Mori, the APAC Geo-Manager for Women in Localization, helped coordinate the group’s activities and supported and contributed to the organization of LocWorld. In the interview she tells us about herself, about her new role and about LocWord and localization in the crucial Asian markets. Well done Miyuki, you did an amazing job!         1. What is your name and what do you do? My name is Miyuki Mori.  I am a freelance marketing and business consultant in the localization industry in […]

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Selling Localization Services into the Life Sciences Market

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As a Business Development Manager in the Localization industry, what do you need to know and how do you approach the task of selling your company’s services into the broad field of life sciences? At first glance, particularly for a new recruit to the industry or to the field of sales, the paths to take to achieve some level of success could seem at best daunting and challenging, at worst complicated and difficult to know where to start. With almost twenty years in the localization industry, the last ten of which focusing on the life sciences market, I do remember […]

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Diversity in Localization: Entertainment Localization

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    Loy Searle is a Board Member and VP of Women in Localization and has worked in the localization industry for 20+ years. Loy has led content and globalization teams at JD Edwards, Mincom, Google, and Intuit. Most recently, Loy served as VP of Localization Operations at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in Burbank, California. I connected with Loy to talk about her recent experience in entertainment localization, to learn more about this part of the industry, and to see how it’s different from technical or traditional localization. What attracted you to moving to Los Angeles and working at Deluxe? […]

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GALA 2018 Boston

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Get ready for the must-attend event of the translation and localization industry Author: Susanna Fiorini We are thrilled to announce that Women in Localization is participating in the 10th annual The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) conference in Boston (March 13-16, 2018). Every year, GALA’s Language of Business conference provides localization professionals with an fantastic opportunity to discuss emerging trends, best practices, and challenges in the language industry. With its innovation-oriented focus, the conference is the right place to exchange strategic information on the translation and localization business in the high-tech, digital world. The highly-qualified speakers and renowned exhibitors make this […]

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Anna Pietruszka

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The Polish Chapter of Women in Localization just opened last month. The timing could not be better, since Poland is becoming a very important hub for the localization industry in Europe. Anna Pietruszka is the Chapter Manager for WL Poland and she tells us something about herself, something about our industry in Poland and what she is planning for the newly minted chapter. She is a very impressive professional who has kept nourishing younger women because she values education and mentorship and knows what a difference they can make at the onset of someone’s career. We need more women like […]

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Maria Kania-Tasak

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As the year draws to a close, I cannot but look back in pride and astonishment about what Women in Localization has achieved this year. We have reached 12 chapters around the world and we have several more lined up for the next quarters. All of this would not be possible without the passion and devotion of women like Maria, who has been reaching out, mentoring, supporting, coordinating our members in the EMEA region. A successful Chapter founder herself, she has been a crucial player in the global expansion of our organization. Maria is also Account Director at Translations.com and […]

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Thinking Outside the Box

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Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja is the Product Manager – Localization at Box. Hanna is a member Women in Localization and has been a presenter for Women in Localization’s Silicon Valley chapter events.  She will be a presenter at next week’s LocWorld35 in Silicon Valley. Her conference program, “Global by Design,” will be held on November 2nd, 1:30-2:15pm and will be hosted by Donna Parrish, Publisher MultiLingual and co-organizer of LocWorld. “Global Product is a bit of data and a lot of empathy” Tell me about your background and what brought you to Box? I grew up in Belarus in the 90s, when […]