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Until Next Time GALA Friends

Until Next Time GALA Friends

Until Next Time GALA Friends

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director at Think Global Forum

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As I commence my return journey home after 4 days at the GALA 2019 Conference in Munich, I reflect on what I am bringing home with me.

And if learning, curiosity, excitement, inspiration and friendship were weighed in kilograms, my “baggage” on this return journey would be well over the permitted weight.

From having the honor to host a visionary discussion with 3 heavy weights in our industry – Patrick Nunes, István Lengyel and Patricia Paladini Adell, and how much I have learnt from each and every one of them (and not only about the evolution of the traditional L10N roles with the advent of AI), to being present, in every way, at one of the most inspiring keynotes I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to, thanks to Véronique Ozkaya.

From sharing the floor with 3 terrific experts – Sasan Banava, Oleksandr Bondarenko and Lena Marg, to explore together how the modern project manager will look like and how we can empower existing PMs to transform their role, as well as equip the new generations of PMs to excel in our new reality, to learning about emotional intelligence, empathy and leadership with Yuka Nakasone, Kris Girrell, Patrick Nunes, Latha Sukumar and Roman Zelenka. 

From meeting life-long friends again (you know who you are) and pick up the conversation right where we left it when we last met a couple of years ago, to making so many new ones, such as my amazing tribe of Women in Localization, and the amazing ladies who are the driving force behind Translated in Argentina.

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From having the opportunity to meet in person the language and technology professionals that support our customer success stories day in and day out (THANK YOU guys!), to feeling that, as members of GALA, we are building something larger than us, a legacy that will remain for future generations of global businesses and multilingual communication “addicts” .

From the fascinating conversations at every coffee break and lunch time, to the hilarious fun of the 80s tunes at the Translators without Borders #TakeonMe4TWB. Thank you Andrew Hickson for your selfless dedication and a memorable party!

So, despite the late nights and early mornings, the natural nerves and “impostor syndrome” of two speaking slots in front of a very large audience, the high heels and copious amounts of coffee, I return home excited, inspired, and energized, ready to help the continuous growth of my terrific Vistatec family, and the wider globalization and localization community, and above all I make my return journey with the utmost sense of fulfilment.

I know we all draw something different from life’s experiences, and I am sure that the other #GALAMunich attendees are taking home lots of other learnings, perhaps ideas on how to plan for the integration of AI in their businesses, or how to implement Lights-Out Project Management, or how the latest advances in NMT will help translators focus on elevating the user experience of the translated content for the target audience, or how the interpreting world is being revolutionized with the integration of AI in sophisticated remote interpreting systems.

Whatever it is that you are bringing home with you, I hope you got half as much as I did from all of you.

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This article first appeared on María Jesús de Arriba Díaz's LinkedIn blog.

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com

Inspiration, Camaraderie,  and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

Inspiration, Camaraderie, and Collaboration

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz - GALA 2020 Program Committee

In the beautiful city of sunny San Diego, California, language and localization industry leaders will gather for GALA 2020 on Sunday March 15, 2020 – Wednesday March 18, 2020. Industry leaders from global companies all over the world are drawn to the excitement of GALA.

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This four day annual conference hosts individuals looking to immerse themselves in an exciting space full of globalization (G11N) and localization (L10N) industry experts. We are very proud to announce that one of these industry experts is our very own María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Strategic Accounts Director at Vistatec and Development Director at Think Global Forum. She has been given the great honor and privilege of joining the GALA 2020 Conference Program Committee.

María will be joined by the committee, tasked with creating the program to appropriately reflect the range of attendees and industry verticals they represent. No one is better suited for such a task than María. ‘Think global’ is our motto at Vistatec and María truly embodies that in her work both at Vistatec and Think Global Forum. Her selection as a program committee member is a testament to her expertise and knowledge of the industry.

As proud members of GALA, we are excited to have a key player of our team represent both Vistatec and Think Global Forum at GALA 2020. These events are charged with individuals passionate about languages and globalization who are seeking high-level, strategic and growth-oriented discussion on how they can expand their business in a global context.

GALA is undoubtedly a place that will foster growth, but it goes far beyond educational. It is a place of inspiration. Being in a room full of people energized by the power of knowledge and the love for languages makes it impossible not to be excited for the next GALA 2020. GALA has the capacity to spark a sense of deeper fulfilment. María, globalization aficionado, speaks to the kind of experience that GALA has to offer in her article on LinkedIn. She writes about being inspired by fellows in the field but also in the camaraderie of collaboration and shared sense of purpose.

About GALA

GALA is the Globalization and Localization Association, a global non-profit that services the international community. Their mission is “…to support [their] members and the language industry by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.” As a resource and service for people passionate about multilingual communication and globalization, GALA offers collaborative and information-sharing opportunities with industry stakeholders.

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About María Jesús de Arriba Díaz

María is a globalization expert with 20+ years of localization experience. She has held multiple positions supporting the international growth of a multitude of global companies across all industries and verticals, and works directly with some of the world's leading brands and organizations to develop and deliver solutions that support their global plans. 

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz, Development Director, Think Global Forum

About Vistatec

We have been helping some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading global content solutions providers. HQ in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

To learn more about Vistatec please visit: www.vistatec.com