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FROM THE PRESIDENT
Working Together to Move ATA
Forward in a Changing Landscape
MADALENA
SÁNCHEZ ZAMPAULO
president@atanet.org
@mszampaulo
As I begin my term as ATA president, I find myself reflecting on-and
grateful for-how the past decade contributed to my ATA experience.
I've served the Association as an administrator of one of ATA's largest
divisions, chair of three standing committees, five years as a director on
the Board, and, most recently, president-elect and conference organizer.
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The greatest lessons
I carry with me into
my presidency are
not those learned as
a result of taking on
large projects and roles,
but those that came
about from working
with such a diverse
group of colleagues
and volunteers.
ach of these positions
has offered some
unique lessons
while allowing me to see
a different perspective of
the largest translator and
interpreter association
in the world. These roles
came with challenges
and achievements, small
projects and large ones. All
in an effort to move our
Association forward in one
area or another.
But perhaps, more
importantly, the greatest
lessons I carry with me into
my presidency are not those
learned as a result of taking
on large projects and roles,
but those that came about
from working with such a
diverse group of colleagues
and volunteers.
During my two terms
as administrator of ATA's
Medical Division, I had
the chance to engage
with colleagues from
many different linguistic,
cultural, and professional
backgrounds. I worked
with both translators
and interpreters, often
collaborating with the
Interpreters Division to meet
the needs of members we had
in common. Continuing to
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find ways to work together as
a stronger unit will be crucial
in the coming years.
As chair of the Public
Relations Committee, I
learned about the importance
of promoting our members
to the general public and to
the media, getting the word
out about who we are and
who we serve. Elevating our
professions in the eyes of the
public remains a top priority
for me and for ATA.
Chairing the Membership
Committee taught me to
better understand the needs
of our individual members
and how ATA can show up
for them better. Working
to refine and improve our
member benefits will be an
ongoing effort, and I will
continue to look to you to
offer feedback and ideas.
As chair of the Governance
and Communications
Committee, I was able to
look at the Bylaws and
policies that govern our
Association to see where we
could make improvements
and bring some of our
guiding principles up to
date to serve our members
as a whole.
As a Board member,
president-elect, and
conference organizer, I've
been fortunate to see ATA in
a different light than any of
my previous positions offered
me. The big, complex picture
that is our Association, made
up of thousands of language
professionals from all walks
of life, is a humbling one. All
the gears that turn to make
ATA what it is continue to
impress upon me how far
we've come and how far we
can go, even in, or especially
in, the changing landscape of
our professions.
There will surely be more
to learn in this next chapter.
When making decisions
that affect our members,
my goal will be to keep all
members in mind regardless
of background, membership
class, voting, or certification
status. I want to assure you
that I am here, ready to work
with you, learn from and with
you, support you however I
can, and offer a seat at our
Association's table for every
diverse voice that makes up
ATA as well as those who
wish to join us.
Thank you for your
confidence in me. I look
forward to serving you in
this role during the next
two years.
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