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Be Global – Lightning talks | September 7 | Redwood City, CA, US

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Meetup link: https://www.meetup.com/WL-SVC/events/238102355/ Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM Box 900 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City, CA Come hear your fellow women in localization speak about their experience in these six bite-sized lightning talks! Our line-up Details matter—differences and similarities between Korean and Japanese by Laura Joo, SurveyMonkey The fine art of linguistic arbitration by Laura Gomez Chacon, eBay Globalization test strategies that meet deadlines by Gergana Angelova Using open source software to enhance your localization skills by Jianing Tang and Yizhi Shi, MIIS Students Leveraging localization to grow user engagement by Hanna Kanabiajeuskaja, Box Debunking community localization myths by Peiying Mo, Mozilla Event schedule  6:00 – 6:30 – Networking 6:30 – 6:45 – Introductions 6:45 – […]

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Appreciating our Founders and 2017 Mid-Year Progress

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It’s the afternoon of July 4th – Independence Day in the United States – and many of you are enjoying bar-be-ques, special family time, and fireworks.  Along with all of that, I find myself reflecting on the founders of America’s original colonies, as well as the three founders of Women in Localization: Anna, Eva, and Silvia. What began as a small, professional get-together for women in the localization industry in 2008, has now blossomed into a global organization with 11 Chapters and 3,000 members worldwide.  While our progress has been steady and strategic, we still have a long way to […]

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Stefania Russo

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Today I want to introduce you Stefania Russo, the manager of our newest chapter: The Netherlands. A warm welcome to Stefania and to all the members of the Amsterdam chapter. Stefania is Global Content Manager for TNT/FedEx and she is a certified Scrum master. One of the fascinating aspects of these interviews with the chapter managers is the fact that I get a close look at their career choices and how they manage career change. There are plenty of valuable lessons that apply to general career building and to our industry in particular. For example look at how Stefania managed […]

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MoonJu Kim

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MoonJu is the Manager of the Korean Chapter of WL and a graduate of the Middlebury Institute in Monterey. She launched the Korean Chapter just a few months ago and has already gathered enough members to organize and host her first event. Her June 29th event will focus on Technical Writing. We all know how challenging technical writing can be and how crucial it is to have a great source manual, IFUs that we can localize in all languages. What are the skills of a great technical writer and how can one become a great technical writer? Find out at […]

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Margarita Núñez

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Margarita Núñez is our Chapter Manager in Dublin, Ireland. With a background in translation, art history, European Studies and digital marketing, she represents very well the multifaceted and versatile talent that I see in the Women in Localization group. While some women started a career in localization from a linguistics or translation background, many have studied very different disciplines. Some end up in localization because foreign languages are valuable assets and allow women who live abroad to reinvent themselves through their native language. I have experienced first hand how the variety of background contributes to creativity and firmly believe this is […]

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Jessica Rathke

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For companies that want to be truly global, having their website in multiple languages is not enough. Optimizing the website for different geographies and languages is also very important, this is what we call “International SEO”. International SEO is defined as the process of optimizing a website so that search engines can identify the countries you are targeting. It also allows for ranking of your site for a specific country based on keywords in different languages. Jessica Rathke, Chapter Manager of Women in Localization UK, and a veteran of the localization industry, is organizing an event at Expedia in London focused on International SEO. The event will […]

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Patricia Gomez

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These are very exciting times for the localization industry. On the business front we are looking at several more years of growth and on the technical side we are living through an authentic paradigm shift. Even amidst the usual controversy about machines replacing human work, neural machine translation represents an incredibly exciting and novel approach to machine translation. It is fairly recent but has already grabbed the spotlight in the translation and localization industry. We are very excited to bring you this conversation with another amazing Chapter manager for the Catalan Chapter of Women in Localization, Patricia Gomez. Patricia is […]

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Rachel Lord

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The international exchange of goods and services has grown exponentially over the past decades despite ongoing low intensity wars, intermittent financial crisis and a major recession. The world has never been so tightly knit together in this phenomenon that we call globalization. While trade is the most visible and tangible part of globalization, all of this would not be possible without products and services that are ready for the global marketplace. Taking products and services global is what we do and our industry has an unusually high percentage of women that contribute at all levels. So we thought it was […]

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Having Fun with a Purpose – Fostering Momentum with 2,200 Women

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Author: Allison McDougall A friend of mine is a professional life coach and regularly provides me unsolicited advice about my career and my life. One piece of advice that has really resonated is “to always have something in your life where you are the ‘rookie’”. When I was appointed Chair of Women in Localization last December, it presented me the perfect opportunity to be a ‘rookie’! One quarter into this leadership role, I’m delighted to share a few of the organization’s accomplishments: The launch of 6 new Executive Committees that align with Women in Localization’s mission statement. These Committees include […]

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The Catalan Chapter of Women in Localization – my reflections

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Author: Maria Kania-Tasak As we are counting hours to ring in the new year, I wanted to reflect back on my year and a half tenure as a Chapter Manager of the Catalan unit of Women in Localization. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to open a Women in Localization chapter in Barcelona which gathered women (and even some men) who are passionate about localization and want to grow and develop in our exciting industry. I saw the need in our community for this organization, and I didn’t hesitate to pitch the idea of opening a new chapter […]