1200-Member Globalization Professional Organization announces 2014 Board and plans  international Chapter expansion

San Francisco, CA – January 23, 2014 – Women in Localization (WL) (, the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, recently welcomed their new Board for 2014, each of whom is returning to complete a two-year term appointment.

Silvia Avary-Silveira, co-founder of the organization, has been elected Chairwoman for 2014, assuming the reins from Anna N. Schlegel, another original founder, who will assume the position of Senior Advisor, continuing her writing and speaking engagements on behalf of the organization. Eva Klaudinyova, a third co- founder of WL, will concentrate on the group’s international Chapter development.

Other returning Board members include Luciana Vecchi, who will oversee the Women in Localization digital presence, as well as assist with the organization’s partnerships; Stephanie Gabriel, Liesl Leary, and Allison McDougall will continue to elevate the visibility of the organization through public relations, social media, and industry events; Katell Jentreau, in collaboration with Stephanie Gabriel, will spearhead Women in Localization events

“2013 served as a tremendous springboard for Women in Localization, as we experienced increased interest in the organization in the U.S. and beyond.  The fact that our membership grew by25% is a testament that our mission resonates with women in every country and across cultures,” said Silvia Avary-Silveira, Chairwoman.  “Together, the Board is excited to take the organization to the next level, both in terms mentoring opportunities as well as launching new international Chapters. ”

The first international Chapter of Women in Localization will be formed in Ireland, and plans are underway to introduce this in Q1.  Women in Localization is also fielding interest from members in the UK and China.

About Women in Localization

Women in Localization was founded in 2008 and is the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry.  Its charter is to promote professional development, networking, and continuous education among its rapidly-growing global membership. Started in the San Francisco Bay Area, Women in Localization is currently expanding its membership to include women across the globe, encouraging members to meet in local geographies. To learn more, visit or


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