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 Turgut, Senior Quality Assurance Specialist at TransPerfect, Yuri Hayasaka, Project Manager at SDL, Olga Daggs, Manager of T&L Services at MasterWord and Jessica Rathke, Managing Director of L10N Sales & Marketing.
“Women in Localization has enabled me to get to know and learn from professionals in our industry whom I would not have otherwise met, and now we have this opportunity in Texas,” said Texas Chapter Advisor Jessica Rathke.
The Texas Chapter’s inaugural event will take place from 6:30pm-8pm June 13, 2019 in downtown Austin at the General Assembly offices (WeWork location). The event is sponsored by General Assembly and MasterWord and will feature a panel presentation and general overview of Women in Localization.
“This event is a unique opportunity for women who work in localization in Texas to connect with their peers, mentors and industry leaders,” said Texas Chapter Mentorship Manager Natalia Noland.
Leading the Women in Localization Colorado (WLCO) Chapter is Suzanne Frank, Vice President of Global Enablement at Vistatec. The leadership team will also include Elizabeth Senouci, Director of Business Development at XTM, Glenda Leung, Ph.D., Localization Strategist at SDL, Rose Morrissey, Program Manager at Translations.com and Andrea Ulrich, LRS Team Lead at Vistatec.
“The pent-up demand for a Colorado Chapter has been overwhelming,” said Chapter Manager Suzanne Frank. “Our initial membership is more than 45 members.”
Plans are in place to host events in Boulder, Denver and Golden, Colorado, in order to include as many participants as possible.
The Colorado Chapter’s inaugural event will be 6:30pm-9pm on June 27, 2019, at the Omni Interlocken Hotel & Resort in Broomfield, Colorado. The event will feature Michal Lebowitsch Dayan, head of International Content Operations at Gaia, presenting “A Global Paradigm Shift, Challenges. Choices. Solutions”.
Interested parties are encouraged to register for the event on the Colorado Eventbrite page or join the Women in Localization Colorado Chapter LinkedIn group. Event registration is currently underway.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to have a Women in Localization Colorado Chapter,” said Frank. “The localization community here in the Denver-Boulder-Golden area is large and continuing to grow. Having the opportunity to gather, learn and network will strengthen us and take our local localization community to the next level.”
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.