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Board Members

Allison McDougall

Allison McDougall (Board Member- Chairwoman)

Allison McDougall began her career in localization on the client side at HSBC, and moved to the supplier side 16 years ago.  As a Vice President at Lionbridge, she is responsible for a global team of business development and account management professionals dedicated to helping some of the world’s leading brands with their customer experience management strategy.  Allison is based in Boulder, Colorado and is excited to help bring further visibility to Women in Localization through public relations efforts.

Loy Searle

Loy Searle (Board Member - Co-Chair)

Loy currently leads the Content & Globalization Center of Excellence at Intuit where her team’s mission is to “Build Global – Deliver Local!” She has been a leader in the localization industry for nearly 20 years, leading in-house, blended and fully outsourced client-side localization and global content organizations. She has led content and localization teams at Mincom, JD Edwards and Google. At Intuit, Loy’s team is building a scalable globalization foundation that will support their market expansion plans. Loy is based in the Bay Area, CA.


Silvia Avary-Silveira

Silvia Avary-Silveira (Co-Founder and Executive Board Member)

Silvia Avary-Silveira has over 16 years of localization experience working for high-tech companies including Juniper Networks, Symantec, VeriSign and NetApp. She is a native of Brazil and has been living in the U.S. for the past 20 years. Silvia is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish and she has a diverse background, which includes an MBA from San Francisco State University and a Doctor degree in Veterinary Medicine. Silvia is based in the Bay Area in CA and is a co-founder of Women in Localization.


Eva Klaudinyova

Eva Klaudinyova (Co-Founder and Executive Board Member)

Eva Klaudinyova is Manager, Linguistic Services at Apple. She has been working in the localization industry since 2000, in companies like Medialocate, VeriSign and VMware. She is multilingual and holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Teaching from Slovakia, as well as a Master’s degree in Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. Eva is based in the Bay Area in CA and is a co-founder of Women in Localization.


Anna N Schlegel

Anna N Schlegel (Co-Founder and Executive Board Member)

ANNA N SCHLEGEL is a native of Catalunya, and the founder of Kenya’s “Imagine Educating Everyone” and co-founder of “Women in Localization” which was started in California. Anna has led globalization teams for over twenty-five years with large enterprises including Cisco, VMware, Xerox, and NetApp and for two localization vendors as the CEO and general manager. Her work has been published on Forbes.com, Fortune.com, Gala.com, Multilingual.com, and other research industry forums. Anna is a respected leader in the globalization community. Anna is Chair of WIT at NetApp and is the recipient of 2017’s Women Worth Watching in STEM. She frequently delivers lectures, webinars, keynotes and round tables at universities, corporations, and other international organizations. She lives with her family in Santa Clara, California. You can follow her @annapapallona on Twitter.


Liesl Leary

Liesl Leary (Board Member)

Liesl Leary is a Product Marketing Director, heading up marketing for SDL Americas Global Solutions Group. She is an active corporate philanthropist, raising money for causes that promote sustainable economic development. She lives in Boulder, CO with her 2 children, loves to ski, connect with others, and promote workplace diversity.

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