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and was awarded two patents as coinventor of ZipDX. An active member
of the International Association
of Conference Interpreters, he has
interpreted for the G20, the World
Economic Forum, U.S. Department
of State, Inter-American Development
Bank, Organization of American
States, and many other public and
private sector clients. In 2020,
Barry joined KUDO, a multilingual
web conferencing platform, as vice
president of client success.
As a visionary and innovator, Barry
is focused on the future and the
growing effects of technology on the
interpreting profession. From 2016
to 2020, he wrote and produced a
monthly blog and video series called
The Tech-Savvy Interpreter examining
specific technologies and trends that
are changing the way interpreters work.
He is a highly sought-after speaker
on multilingual communication and
technology, and has been interviewed
by CNN, CBC, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS.
His co-presentations for TEDxMonterey
and Wired have become go-to resources
for explaining what's involved in being a
professional interpreter.
Barry's innovative force in a
number of areas and ability to explain
professional interpreting to a larger
segment of the general public make
him a natural choice for ATA's first
Innovation Award.

MENTORING AWARD
Susanne van Eyl
Susanne van Eyl is the
recipient of the 2020 ATA
Mentoring Award, which
recognizes a person or
entity that has provided outstanding
mentoring to the next generation of
translators and interpreters, either
through ATA's Mentoring Program or
another channel.
Susanne is an ATA-certified
English>German translator specializing
in legal and business texts. She is also a
certified paralegal with over 20 years of
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translation experience and the owner of
van Eyl, Inc. She has always been eager
to share her experience with others and
encourage them on their professional
path, most notably with her work as
chair of ATA's Mentoring Program.
Susanne is well-known for the
considerable amount of time and effort
she has dedicated to ATA's Mentoring
Program, providing translators and
interpreters with opportunities to
connect with and guide one another.
Translators and interpreters benefit from
the advice of experienced practitioners
like Susanne and from opportunities
to develop a sense of professional
camaraderie. The exchange of advice
and ideas between mentors and mentees
participating in ATA's Mentoring
Program ultimately contributes to the
professionalization that ATA encourages
from its members.
Over the past decade, Susanne has
proven instrumental in revamping
ATA's Mentoring Program. Susanne's
close involvement since taking charge
in 2010/2011 has led to her name
becoming practically synonymous
with the program-a testament to her
dedication to translator and interpreter
mentoring within ATA.
In light of Susanne's contributions
to ATA's Mentoring Program, it's only
fitting that she be formally recognized
for her successful efforts to provide
translator and interpreter mentees with
structured access to the advice and
guidance of experienced professionals.

RISING STAR AWARD
Beth Smith
Beth Smith is the
recipient of the 2020 ATA
Rising Star Award, which
recognizes an earlycareer translator, interpreter, or entity
that has already " made a mark " on ATA
and is seen as having great potential to
positively impact ATA and the language
professions in the future.
Beth is the assistant administrator of
ATA's French Language Division and

serves on the Divisions Committee.
She frequently gives back to the
translation community by advising
newbies and sharing her hard-earned
knowledge with anyone considering
translation as a career. Despite her
relative newness to the industry, she
has rapidly come to the attention
of career veterans, not only for her
translation prowess, critical thinking,
and creative solutions, but also for
her down-to-earth demeanor, quick
wit, and can-do attitude. She is a role
model to translators new and old, and
we look forward to her impact on the
Association and the broader profession
in the years to come.
Beth has a master's degree in French
language and literature from the State
University of New York at Binghamton.
After graduation, she held a variety of
jobs (including teaching English for a
year at the Université Lumière Lyon 2)
before teaching French for 12 years for
the Conroe Independent School District
in The Woodlands, Texas.
She slowly transitioned from
being a teacher to a full-time
translator, completing a certificate
in French>English translation at
New York University. She also joined
ATA and earned her certification
(French>English). She specializes in
advertising and marketing, transcreation,
entertainment (e.g., music journalism,
TV scripts, TV show treatments, and
film proposals), and literary translation.
Her translation (with Lynn Palermo)
of L'Essence des ténèbres (The Essence
of Darkness), a thriller novel by Tom
Clearlake, was published in April 2020
by Moonlight Publishing.

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