MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, USA, August 18, 2019. Women in Localization (W.L.), the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry, is delighted to announce the launch of six (6) new Chapters, expanding from 16 to 22 worldwide chapters so far in 2019. Women in Localization is now active in 15 unique countries.
Located in Eastern Canada, Colorado, Texas, India and Los Angeles, 2019’s new Chapters provide highly sought after networking and educational opportunities for people who work and have an interest in the localization industry.
“I’m so excited to announce the opening of these new Chapters,” said Women in Localization President Loy Searle. “It was a big goal for us to open six Chapters in the current year and make Chapter launches a sustainable and repeatable process. Last year we spent a lot of time building our foundations, which has enabled this year’s focus on growth and outreach into new markets.”
Program Director for Women in Localization’s Global Growth committee, Michele Carlson, echoes the excitement while praising the hard work, dedication and teamwork needed to start each new Chapter.
“I am amazed by the talented and motivated group of women leaders from all over the globe who wanted to open chapters in their communities,” Carlson said. “Although the women leadership teams span diverse countries and cultures, they all have a common bond of wanting to create a community where they feel supported to grow in our field. This bond of community has brought six new Chapters to life. It’s wonderful to see the new connections being made already all over the globe.”
Launching a new Chapter truly takes a global village. Led by dedicated local leaders at each Chapter, plus Program Director Michele Carlson, Geo Managers Rachel Lord (Americas) and Maria Jesus de Arriba Diaz (EMEIA), each new Chapter offers opportunities for networking, career advancement and personal enrichment.
Eastern Canada, Colorado, Texas and India completed their inaugural events earlier this year, introducing Chapter leadership and focusing on education and networking opportunities.
The Los Angeles Chapter inaugural event in will be held August 21, 2019 at Netflix. Interested parties should register for the event and become a member of Women in Localization to keep up to date on future events.
“Opening new chapters strengthens the work that W.L. does in support of professional equality and the advancement of women in the localization industry,” said Cecilia Maldonado, Women in Localization Board Member and head of Chapters and Global Growth. “We train, support and empower women around the world, enabling them to become great leaders.”
About Women in Localization
Women in Localization (W.L.) was founded in 2008 by Silvia Avary-Silveira, Eva Klaudinyova and Anna N. Schlegel, and is the leading professional organization for women in the localization industry with over 5,000 members globally. Its mission is to foster a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. It aims to provide an open, collaborative forum where women can share expertise and experience and help each other move forward in their careers. Started in the San Francisco Bay Area, W.L. has expanded its membership to include women across the globe, encouraging members to meet in other local geographies.