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Join W.L. in Thanking our Chair, Allison McDougall

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Women in Localization (W.L.) is pleased to announce that 2017 Chair, Allison McDougall, will be joining the advisory board for 2018. We are thrilled to have Allison’s continued mentorship, insight, and support as we continue to grow and flourish as an organization. During this past year, Allison has led the W.L. Board implementation of our newly established Executive Committees. She has been instrumental in propelling W.L. into new partnerships, opening 4 new Chapters (including our first chapter in South America), and launching the new brand. Please join us in thanking Allison for an amazing year and her incredible leadership in […]

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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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Michele Carlson and Diana Ballard talk LocWorld35

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Marketing committee content contributor, Anagha Patil speaks to two W.L. members about #LocWorld35 – Michele Carlson and Diana Ballard. Michele Carlson is the Chapter Manager for Women in Localization’s Silicon Valley chapter. She is the Senior Localization Manager at Survey Monkey. Michele will host a session titled, “Translation is Dead” as part of the Core Competencies track with presenters Aido Bermudez from Lookout and Káre Lindahl from Venga Global. Michele says, “(I am) so excited to attend LocWorld Silicon Valley this year. The program line-up is outstanding with speakers engaging in hot topics across the industry. Can’t wait to see […]

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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 […]

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Women in Localization @LocWorld35

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Are you attending LocWorld35 in Silicon Valley this year? There are so many reasons to attend, especially if you are a member of Women in Localization. This will be a great place to meet fellow members from all over the world. Allison McDougall, Chair of Women in Localization says, “Women in Localization is delighted to partner with LocWorld, and to contribute our collective thought leadership to this important industry conference.  As always, I’m impressed with the diversity of our members’ conference sessions: from gender equality, to process automation and machine learning, to program management and budgeting.  During the conference, please […]

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Virginia Minhondo

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Virginia is our newest Chapter Manager, she has just launched the Argentinian chapter last month. Reading about her and her entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring. Every time I read about a woman who has accomplished a lot and still managed to have a family, to be a mom and enjoy both her professional and personal life, I feel we are one step closer because we have one more role model. How exactly does Virginia manage to be the COO of her company, manage the household and two kids, play tennis, do an MBA and be our chapter manager? And all of […]

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Women, or Warriors!, in Localization

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Q3 Chair Update Fall is spectacular in Colorado, and I love this season of reflection and transition.  Spending time in nature the past few weeks has provided me time to reflect on Women in Localization.  Over the past quarter, our Board has experienced a marriage proposal, strategic job and career changes, a Board member resignation, ongoing illness, a new home purchase, and jury duty. Knowing that each of our members experience similar situations, somehow we persist with our W.L. mission.  We persist through various transitions, continuing to make a difference when and where we can.  Perhaps we should change our […]

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WORKSHOP: Manage Better Projects in 30 Days | September 14 | Washington DC, US

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Attention W.L. members, Andrew Lawless from Lawless Guides is offering an exclusive discount for W.L to attend this workshop. If you are always beating deadlines, killing fires, and fixing bad work – mostly from others, this class is for you! This workshop is designed to inspire and guide you to strengthen your customer relationships and increase client satisfaction by: Utilizing your unique project management strengths Engaging your clients to fully work with you Building trust with your clients and prospects Managing up and across the client organizations Clarifying your commitments for which you provide the most value You will learn […]

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Michele Carlson

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I think that one day  someone will probe deep into the phenomenon that we call globalization. He or she will be stunned by its reach, its pervasiveness and its sophistication, and will want to understand how all this could be accomplished in a few decades. What will be uncovered will become a movie similar to Hidden Figures, where the work of countless women in localization will be showcased. They will portray women who have devoted their careers to making sure products reach even the most remote areas in the world, and they do so with all the linguistic and cultural […]

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Don’t Google That: CSA Research Finds that Women Excel in Localization Positions

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It was the memo heard around the world, the one that led Google’s CEO to cut short his vacation to deal with a firestorm of criticism, and the one that reignited the perennial and fiery debate about sexism, women’s role in the tech industry, and political correctness. Lost in the discussion (and most media coverage) is a focus on the facts about men and women. Common Sense Advisory’s (CSA Research) recent survey on gender and family in the language services industry provides an evidence-based perspective from which to consider these issues. It suggests, if anything, that women often outperform men […]