Women in Localization

Board members

Cecilia Maldonado, President | Women in Localization

Cecilia Maldonado

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.

Eva Klaudinyova, Secreatary & Co-founder | Women in Localization

Eva Klaudinyova

Co-Founder, Secretary
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.

Silvia Avary-Silveira, Treasurer – Co-Founder - Board Sponsor, YouTube Channel | Women in Localization

Silvia Avary-Silveira

Co-founder, Treasure
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.

Loy Searle, Membership, Mentorship & Global Community| Women in Localization

Loy Searle

Board Sponsor Membership, Mentorship & Global Community

LOY SEARLE has been a globalization and content industry leader for 20+ years. In the ERP industry, her teams pioneered single-sourcing content strategies and built extraordinary integrated global CMS/terminology solutions. At Google, she led Global Production and Language Services. Her focus was speed @ scale – turning language quality around while shortening time to market. At Intuit, her team built a scalable, globalization and innovative content foundation to support market expansion. At Deluxe, her team transformed their practice to support the Entertainment industry’s digital transformation. As current President of Women in Localization, Loy is committed to the localization industry and the advancement of women within it.  At her side gig – the Global Guild – Loy builds curated industry peer networks, strengthening our leaders and their globalization practices. Today at Workday, Loy’s team is building a Localization and Content CoE to scale and support the company’s expansion goals.

Jill Goldsberry, Partnerships & Events| Women in Localization

Jill Goldsberry

Board Sponsor 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.

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Monica Bajaj

Board Sponsor Technology

MONICA BAJAJ is a native of India and moved to US 20 years back. Monica has led and built  several high performing and collaborative Engineering Teams across larger enterprises like NetApp, Cisco, Perforce, ITradeNetwork . over the course of last 18 plus years. She currently heads as a Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software focused on AI and People software.  Her prime focus has always been on  facilitating creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie—all in the service of customer value. She also serves on the board of Women in Localization as a Chief Compliance Officer for their GDPR and Security initiatives.When not working, she shares wisdom with peers and youth alike as a speaker/mentor/advocate for women in tech leadership—whether through programs for young girls (Code for Fun) or upcoming professionals (Everwise, Plato). She is an active Scout Mom who  believes in equal engagement with boys and girls. Monica holds an M.S. in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai, India . She lives with her family in Fremont, CA . You can follow her at @mbajaj9 on Twitter or reach out to her on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mobajaj/.

Michele Carlson, Board Sponsor, Chapters & Global Growth | Women in Localization

Michele Carlson

Board Sponsor 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.

Liesl Leary-Perez, Board Sponsor, Chapters & Global Growth | Women in Localization

Liesl Leary-Perez

Board Sponsor Marketing

LIESL LEARY-PEREZ is the Global Head of Corporate Marketing at TTEC. Before joining TTEC this year, she was the head of global content marketing at SDL., where she was responsible for overseeing their brand, managing a worldwide team of creative resources, in addition to managing corporate localization for the organization. She has personally written SDL’s annual report as well being the author of multiple publications including the Five Future States of Content. With Women in Localization, she is responsible for managing the marketing committee and rebuilt the Women in Localization brand and logo in 2017. She is an active corporate philanthropist, raising money for causes that promote sustainable economic development. She lives in Denver with her 4 children and husband, and strives to connect with others and promote workplace diversity.

Maria Kania, Board Sponsor, Sponsorship | Women in Localization

Maria Kania

Board Sponsor Sponsorship

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.

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