Board Sponsor Operations & Metrics
CECILIA MALDONADO has 20+ years of experience in the localization industry that includes co-founding, managing and merging language service companies and co-founding the first language industry association in Argentina. She also volunteers with different international organizations and has organized more than 30 training events such as the Language & Technology Conference, Think Latin America, and the Vendor Management Seminar in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Peru and the United States.
Board Sponsor Non-Profit
EVA KLAUDINYOVA has been working in the localization industry since 2000, first managing localization programs at Medialocate, or later leading localization teams and implementing new globalization, quality and vendor management strategies in companies like VeriSign, VMware and Apple. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Localization Practice at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, imparting her knowledge to graduate students of Translation and Localization Management. 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 Middlebury Institute. Eva is also a co-founder and Secretary of Women in Localization.
Board Sponsor Media Channel
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.
Global Strategic Partnerships & Events
JILL GOLDSBERRY is the Enterprise Sales Director for Lionbridge. Her diverse client base serves Software, IT, Manufacturing, Financial, Hospitality and Retail. She is passionate about understanding her clients’ organizational goals and objectives, Jill enjoys creating optimal multilingual communication solutions; while building a custom implementation and service delivery schedule model that aligns with existing technology and processes. Recently, she completed the Global Digital Marketing and Localization Certification (GDMLC) Program and is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University. Based in San Mateo, CA and has 20 years of localization, media and marketing experience across multiple verticals.
Chapters & Global Growth
MICHELE CARLSON is a globalization and localization leader with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Most recently Michele served as the Globalization Director at SurveyMonkey where she spearheaded localization and international growth from the ground-up. She is actively involved in Women in Localization, currently serving as the Director of Global Expansion, after having led the Silicon Valley Chapter as Chapter Manager. Previously she was the Director of Localization for Sony Computer Entertainment America where she led the PlayStation localization team to deliver PS4. Before Sony, Michele spent eight years at Yahoo! where she held various positions including the Director of Localization. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
MARIA KANIA has been working in the localization industry for 20 years in global localization companies in sales and operations roles. She’s Polish-Canadian and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Maria has had the privilege to present at localization events worldwide about varied topics, including Cultural Intelligence. She is a Women in Localization activist ever since she discovered it six years ago. She opened the chapter in Barcelona and held the role of chapter manager, was an EMEA Global Expansion Program Director and currently holds the role of Global Sponsorship Program Director.
OLGA BEREGOVAYA has over 20 years of experience in localization, translation and language technology, with a particular focus on machine translation and machine learning technology development and deployment. She is currently driving the AI Innovation strategy at Welocalize, one of the top 5 localization companies in the world. Olga is very active in the industry; she is a frequent presenter at Localization World, TAUS, GALA and AMTA conferences and is a former president of AMTA. Olga has also presented as a guest speaker and panelist at several Women in Localization events.
OLGA BLASCO brings over 25 years of experience in rapid growth + M&A habitat in the language services industry. She started as a linguist but quickly pursued a journey to create client solutions, get things done and build teams around the world. After 20 years in leadership positions in Lionbridge and Welocalize, since 2016 she is a growth strategist, mentor and social entrepreneur. Her mission is to help business owners to increase the value of their companies and fulfil their end game through the right investments in talent, technology and M&A. Born in Barcelona and a nomad at heart, Olga is M&A Principal Partner at Lionpeople Global (Dublin), leads Strategy / International Business at Aglatech14 (Milan), is CIO of their tech spinoff Orbital14, and co-founder of JANA (Istanbul). Olga is also Board member of Translators without Borders Ireland, now rebranded as Clear Tech.
CARRIE FISCHER one of the charter members of Women in Localization when it first started in Silicon Valley, is the Globalization Services Manager at Subway, headquartered in Milford, CT. She is responsible for all globalization-related strategies for the company. She has over 25 years of localization experience and has held previous localization positions at companies such as Bodybuilding.com, Hyperion/Oracle and Transparent Language. She has presented and moderated many sessions for various industry-related events such as LocWorld, SlatorCon, LocLife and others. Carrie lives in Boise, Idaho with her son, Christopher. In her personal time she enjoys playing tennis, bodybuilding and spending time with her animals.