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Women in Localization Announces New Colorado and Texas Chapters

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, USA, June 6, 2019. Women in Localization (W.L.) the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is delighted to announce the launch of new Chapters in Texas and Colorado. Texas and Colorado will be W.L.’s nineteenth (19th) and twentieth (20th) Chapters and the first Chapters in these states. Leading the Women in Localization Texas (WLTX) Chapter is 26-year localization industry veteran and owner and CEO of MasterWord, Mila Golovine. The WLTX leadership team will include Eva Ratti, Manager of Localization at Inspired eLearning, Natalia Noland, Translation and Interpretation Program Coordinator at Houston Community College, Leigh […]

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Women in Localization Announce New Eastern Canada Chapter

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, USA, May 8, 2019. Women in Localization (W.L.), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is delighted to announce the launch of a new Chapter in Eastern Canada. This will be W.L.’s eighteenth (18th) Chapter, expanding their global reach into fourteen (14) unique countries. Leading the Women in Localization Eastern Canada (WLEC) Chapter as Chapter Manager is Catherine Christaki. Catherine is the Co-Founder of Lingua Greca Translations and the lead Greek translator for Apple’s software and help content. The leadership team will also include Kathrin Bussmann, Ph.D., International Marketing Consultant, Head of Verbaccino and […]

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A Day in the Life of an Interpreter in the Gaming Industry

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Legal and medical interpreting assignments require a deep knowledge of specialized terminology to help people communicate. But there’s another kind of interpreting work that requires specialized lingo and research into empires, galaxies, and eras spanning from medieval quests to outer space exploits to post-apocalyptic worlds. These varied realms are all in a day’s work for Russian-English interpreter Kseniia Topolniak.  With revenues surpassing USD 116 Billion in 2017and expected to reach USD 130 Billion by 2020, gaming is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the localization and interpretation industries. This explosive growth is fueling the demand for specialized gaming interpreters to assist at […]

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Accent Coach ESL: Love to Hear You Speak!

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Anyone who has studied a second language understands how challenging it can be to master spoken sounds in other languages. Even after a person has become fluent, they may have a pronounced accent that requires the listener to strain to understand what is being said. “If something has to be repeated more than twice, it is likely that the listener is no longer engaged, and the vital human connection that is part of all fluid conversation has been broken,” said Veronica Adamson, Director at Accent Coach ESL, who works with professionals at multinational companies to improve English pronunciation and reduce […]

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LOY SEARLE NAMED 2019 WOMEN IN LOCALIZATION PRESIDENT

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, USA, January 22, 2019. Women in Localization (W.L.), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is proud to announce Loy Searle has accepted the role of President effective January 1, 2019. Searle previously held the position of Vice President and will continue serving as a Board Member and sponsoring Education and Mentoring. Searle said, “I love being part of this organization. I think we bring value to women in our industry and this requires a contribution of love and effort from all of us. It can mean each of us serves in different ways […]

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Localization at Mayo Clinic Means Putting the Patient’s Needs First

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If you are a Fortune 500 company, your reasons for investing in localization often include expanding and growing your global sales. But if you are Mayo Clinic, the #1 ranked hospital in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report, your primary objective for localization is to ensure the needs of the patient come first. Gianna Martella, Senior Editor for the Global Business Solutions Unit at Mayo Clinic, said Mayo Clinic fulfills this goal by providing accurate and actionable health information for patients. With its full website in English, Spanish and Arabic, and microsites in Simplified Chinese and Portuguese, […]

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Women in Localization 10th Anniversary Gala an Opportunity to Give Back

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SUNNYVALE, California, USA, November 13, 2018. Women in Localization (W.L.), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is thrilled to announce their 10th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to supporting Women in Localization. They celebrated their anniversary by giving back to Translators Without Borders and inspirational wisdom from Silicon Valley leaders, Anna Yen and Lisa Stone. Members and supporters of Women in Localization gathered the evening of Friday, October 5, 2018 to celebrate the organization’s 10th Anniversary at Fairview Crystal Springs in Burlingame, CA. The gala event marked a decade since Women in Localization was founded to provide […]

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WOMEN IN LOCALIZATION ANNOUNCES NONPROFIT STATUS

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SUNNYVALE, California, USA, September 17, 2018. Women in Localization (W.L.), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is excited to announce certification as as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code provides tax exemption for groups organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes. By generating donations, raising awareness, and encouraging efforts that will benefit the advancement of women in the localization industry, Women in Localization will clearly be fulfilling a charitable purpose. In honor of this important milestone and keeping with its mission to promote women and the localization industry, Women […]

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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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Game On: Two Women Smashing Gaming Localization Stereotypes

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While roughly half of all online gamers are women (42% in 2015), there is a widespread belief that the gaming industry is unwelcome to women. Only one in five game developers is a woman and female gamers have faced online or in-game sexism, hostility, harassment and even death threats, the worst example being 2014’s Gamergate controversy. Gender stereotypes persist, such as the belief that girls can’t play as well as men or play “stupid” games like role playing or interpersonal relationship games. Additionally, anatomy used in female game characters can tend to be male-focused (for example, think 1990s Lara Croft). […]