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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




Think Global Forum European Technology Event

Think Global Forum European Technology Event

Think Global Forum European Technology Event

The European Think Global Forum hosted in Dublin, Ireland.

November 21, 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

For Immediate Release

The Think Global Forum Technology Event returns to Ireland with numerous guests from leading organizations joining the European Technology Forum hosted at the Marker Hotel, in Dublin.

Aoife Murphy, Managing Director, Think Global Forum Europe will welcome attendees to the event and Thomas Murray, CEO, Vistatec, will deliver an opening address for what is expected to be an in-depth opportunity to share and discuss upcoming industry opportunities and challenges.

Speakers at the Technology Forum will include:

·      Dr. Martyn Farrows, Chief Operating Officer, Soapbox Labs

·      Ben Wainwright, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Abodoo

·      Rachida Chekaf, Head of Translations, Axelos

·      Phil Ritchie, Chief Technology Officer, Vistatec

The European Technology Forum returns to Ireland after a successful launch event in Croke Park, in March 2018. Many other industry forums take place across Europe and the United States. The event will be held in the heart of Dublin's 'technology hub,' Grand Canal Docks, also known as the 'Silicon Docks.' 

To learn more or to join the Think Global Forum, please visit https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and, most importantly, the future.

Media Contact

Priscillia Charles
Communications Director, Think Global Forum
priscillia@thinkglobalforum.org
https://www.thinkglobalforum.org

Think Global Retail Forum launching in 2017

Think Global Retail Forum launching in 2017

The 5th Think Global Forum will be launching in 2017

The Think Global Retail Forum follows on from the successful Technology, Travel and Hospitality, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Think Global Forums.

This new forum will cover many of the latest retail topics and provide insights into the global considerations facing international retail now and in the future. The forum will comprise of leading retail professionals from companies in this sector.

The forums launched so far include leading experts from many companies including GoPro, Generali, NetApp, LinkedIn, Yamaha, Illumina, Motorola, VMware, Toyota, Viator, Deloitte, Expedia, Europe Express and many more. 

Two-thirds of the top 250 global retailers already operate outside their home country borders. On average, these retailers have retail operations in more than 10 countries and derive almost one-quarter of their composite retail revenue from foreign operations.

The launch of the Think Global Forum for retail is an invitation only event at this time.

To register your interest in joining the wider Think Global Forum community please click here.

Life Sciences Forum to Launch February 9 2017

Life Sciences Forum to Launch February 9 2017

The 4th Think Global Forum will be launching on February 9, 2017 in San Diego. 

The Life Sciences forum follows the successful launch of the Technology, Travel and Hospitality and Manufacturing forums. Vistatec Senior Vice President of New Business Worldwide, Michele Smith will be hosting the new forum that will comprise of leading life sciences professionals from many global companies in the sector. Erin Nye from Illumina will be speaking at the event and will be joined by a host of industry people. John Freeston and Lara Daly from Vistatec will be joining proceedings at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego for the launch event. 

The launch of the forum for Life Sciences is an invitation only event at this time. 

To register your interest in joining the Think Global Community please click here.

Executives Announced For New Technology Forum

Executives Announced For New Technology Forum

Executives Announced For New Technology Forum

Vistatec and Think Global Forum announce Technology Forum Executives

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA | DECEMBER 05, 2016

Executives for the new Technology Forum are announced ahead of the Think Global Forum launch event taking place on December 7, 2016 at the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel, California.

The launch will see many senior leaders from the technology sector coming together to discuss the very latest trends in technology and how they will impact the global industry in years to come. San Francisco is home to an impressive number of globally focused, industry-leading technology companies, and it is here where the inaugural event for the Think Global Forum for Technology will take place.

The executive panel for the Forum will be chaired by Michele Smith, Vice President for New Business Development Worldwide at Vistatec. The panel will consist of representatives from a cross-section of the technology industry.

The Think Global Forum Executives are from some of the most iconic global companies including Skype (Microsoft), GoPro, LinkedIn, VMware, Motorola, Author-It, [24]7 Inc and NetApp.

The Forum Executives: 

  • Anna N Schlegel, NetApp

  • Sonia Oliveira, GoPro

  • David Snider, LinkedIn

  • Simon McManus, Motorola

  • Susie Winn, Author-It

  • Paris Loesch, [24]7 Inc

  • Giancarlo Pacheco, PCA

  • Sergey Parievsky, VMware

  • Osama Shabaneh, Skype

  • Ana Boardman-Hsue

  • Phil Ritchie, Vistatec

  • Michele Smith, Vistatec

 

"We are excited to launch the Think Global Forum for Technology in San Francisco. From our own offices in Mountain View, California we can really appreciate how technology companies operate and expand globally. We have seen other successful and thought-provoking forums launch earlier this year within the manufacturing and travel sectors, and we are now looking forward to continuing the success of the Think Global Forum with the Technology Forum launch. We are proud to be part of this initiative and demonstrate how Vistatec is an industry thought leader," commented Phil Ritchie, CTO, Vistatec.

In addition to the Forum Executives, many leading industry professionals will be in attendance to help launch this new Think Global Forum initiative.

To learn more about the Think Global Forum visit - http://www.ThinkGlobalForum.org

About Think Global Forum

Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and importantly the future.

About Vistatec

Vistatec has been supporting some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading localization solutions providers headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

Media Contact

Simon Hodgkins, Chief Marketing Officer, Vistatec
simon.hodgkins(at)vistatec(dot)com

Technology Forum Launch Event

Technology Forum Launch Event

Michele Smith and Anna N Schlegel to launch the Think Global Forum for Technology

Technology Forum to be launched in San Francisco with leading industry experts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA | NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Think Global Forum and Vistatec are delighted to announce the latest Technology Forum as part of the developing Think Global Forum community.

Vistatec, Senior Vice President, New Business, Worldwide, Michele Smith and NetApp, Senior Director, Globalization Programs Strategy Office and Information Engineering, and Women in Localization Co-Founder, Anna N Schlegel will be launching the Technology Forum on Dec 7, 2016 at the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel, San Francisco, California.

The forum is part of the expanding Think Global Forum initiative, where leading experts within industry verticals (Technology, Travel, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Retail) come together to develop global thought leadership initiatives and outputs for specific sectors around the world.

Michele Smith will chair the inaugural Technology Forum and will be joined by Anna N Schlegel who will be a forum executive along with other leaders from within the technology sector. Anna N Schlegel is the author of the recently published book ‘Truly Global’ and a well respected senior industry leader who brings a wealth of experience in the globalization industry. Anna will be a keynote speaker at the launch event in addition to her role as a forum executive.

Michele Smith commented on the launch of the Technology Forum “We are really looking forward to launching the Think Global Forum for Technology in California in December. Palo Alto is known as a hub of tech giants and it was our number one choice when the Think Global Forum team were considering places to launch this exciting technology event.”

Other Forums launched by this initiative include, Think Global Forum Travel and Think Global Forum Manufacturing. This new Think Global Forum Technology event marks the third in the series of dedicated forums so far this year.

The Think Global Forums for Life Sciences and Retail are to be launched in 2017.

Each Forum has a dedicated group of industry leaders all of whom are senior executives in their respective companies. The Think Global Forum has some of the worlds leading companies, brands and people who are all part of this growing global community.

‘When businesses around the world are considering going global, they need to have different cultures in mind and consider things from another’s perspective. The Think Global Forum for Technology is a super initiative as it brings people together from different areas of the same industry to discuss various aspects of technology, localization and globalization which is increasingly important across the world for all companies.” Added Anna N Schlegel.

To learn more about Think Global Forum - Technology visit http://www.thinkglobalforum.org

About Michele Smith

Michele, a leading localization executive, is Senior Vice President of New Business Development Worldwide at Vistatec. Her focus is on growth and innovation to help Vistatec further develop global clients. With over 15 years travel and hospitality industry experience, Michele has held a number of senior positions with companies such as United Airlines, Royal Caribbean International and Expedia. 
You can follow Michele @chelelife on twitter.

About Anna N Schlegel

Anna N Schlegel is a native of Catalunya, and the co-founder of Kenya’s “Imagine Educating Everyone” and “Women in Localization” which was started in California. She has worked in globalization teams for over twenty years with firms including Cisco, VMware, Xerox, and NetApp and for two localization vendors as the CEO and general manager. Her work has been published on Forbes.com, Gala.com, Multilingual.com, and other research industry forums. Anna is a respected leader in the globalization community. She frequently delivers lectures, webinars, keynotes and round tables at universities, corporations, and other international organizations. She lives with her family in Santa Clara, California. 
You can follow Anna @annapapallona on twitter.

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and importantly the future.

About Vistatec

Vistatec has been supporting some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading localization solutions providers headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

Media Contact

Simon Hodgkins, Chief Marketing Officer, Vistatec
events(at)vistatec(dot)com

Think Global Forum Technology

Think Global Forum Technology

Think Global Forum Technology Event

The Think Global Forum for Technology will be officially launched on Dec 7 2016 in San Francisco. Michele Smith, Think Global Forum Panel Executive and SVP, Vistatec will bring together a group of top leading experts to give a greater voice to the global technology thought leadership community.

Panel members include senior executives from many well known global technology organizations.  The forum mission is to provide thought leadership in the area of globalization for the digital future.

The Think Global Forum Event will be held at the Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel.


"I am delighted to be part of this exciting global initiative, each of the panel members are industry thought leaders and experts in their respective areas. The Think Global Forums are the key to driving valuable insights and real industry sector benefits."

Michele Smith

Please check back for more information on this Think Global Forum Technology launch.

We shall be announcing the Technology Panel Executives presently.

If you would like to join the Think Global Community you can apply here: Join the Community

#ThinkGlobalForum

 

Media Contact

Simon Hodgkins Think Global Forum, Chief Marketing Officer, Vistatec

+353 1 4168000 | info@vistatec.com

 

 Manufacturing Experts to Join New Forum on Thought Leadership

Manufacturing Experts to Join New Forum on Thought Leadership

Manufacturing Experts to Join New Forum on Thought Leadership

Mountain View, California August 11, 2016

The Think Global Forum – Manufacturing will be launching on September 26th in Newport Beach, California. Following on from a successful Think Global Forum Travel event earlier in the year, industry leaders from global brands within the manufacturing sector will now come together to create a new thought leadership executive panel focused on the manufacturing sector. This newly appointed thought leadership panel will address the challenges and large-scale opportunities that exist across the spectrum of consumer and industrial manufacturing industries including aerospace, automotive, computer and electronics, transportation and more.

The thought leaders will comprise individuals from many of the world’s leading manufacturing organizations who will help to collate a series of industry-wide global outputs. The inaugural Think Global Forum - Manufacturing will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, CA 92660, United States.

To learn more about Think Global Forum - Manufacturing visit http://www.ThinkGlobalForum.org.

About Think Global Forum

The Think Global Forum is a body of industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of products and services around the world. With a strong interest in all things localization the forum is made up of industry thought leaders who can offer keen insights into the here and now and importantly the future.

About Vistatec

Vistatec has been supporting some of the world’s most iconic brands to optimize their global commercial potential since 1997. Vistatec is one of the world’s leading localization solutions providers headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in Mountain View, California, USA.

Media Contact

Simon Hodgkins, Chief Marketing Officer, Vistatec
simon.hodgkins(at)vistatec(dot)com

Technology Forum

Technology Forum

We will be announcing further details of the new Technology Forum as part of the recently launched Think Global Forum. Following the successful launch of the Travel Forum we shall be expanding the Think Global Forum to include the technology sector. Industry executives will be joining this new panel to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities in the technology sector around the world. The technology sector is rapidly changing every aspect of global business and consumer experiences. From Fortune 500 companies to the latest start ups, mobile, apps, b2b and b2c technologies there is a lot to focus on in this rapidly changing landscape. 

We shall be launching the Think Global Technology Forum later in the year.