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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ATA in LA!
P
WALTER BACAK, CAE
walter@atanet.org
lanning is in full swing
for ATA's 63rd Annual
Conference in Los
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Angeles, October 12-15. We
last met in LA in 2001, just
two months after the 9/11
attacks. That conference
gave attendees a chance to
come together for each other.
This year, LA's conference
offers another chance for
healing as we bring together
translators, interpreters,
and company owners from
around the world-many of
whom might be attending
their first in-person event in
three years.
We're planning for a
fully in-person conference
featuring all the classic
networking opportunities-
from the Job Fair (oneon-one
meetings with
agency reps and potential
employers) to Brainstorm
Networking (attendees
rotate through small
groups to tackle various
business scenarios) to
the Book Fair (authors
and translators share and
promote their books).
Of course, the educational
sessions are the core of the
conference. ATA PresidentElect
and Conference
Organizer Veronika
Demichelis has put together
three days of learning across
168 sessions. Plus, 16 indepth
courses are planned for
Advanced Skills and Training
(AST) Day, which takes
place October 12, the day
before the main conference.
AST courses are threehours
long and designed to
provide intensive, interactive
instruction from highly
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acclaimed speakers. These
courses have limited capacity
to ensure greater attention
from the speakers.
The breadth and depth
of the general conference
sessions not only feature the
experience and knowledge of
your colleagues, but we also
bring in experts with the
assistance of ATA's divisions
and committees. PresidentElect
Demichelis worked
with division administrators
and committee chairs to
arrange for 21 subject matter
experts to present. These
distinguished speakers are
typically from outside the
Association. (The sessions
given by these speakers
are denoted with a DS on
the agenda.)
Part of the excitement
surrounding an ATA Annual
Conference is visiting the
host city. ATA in Southern
California in October sells
itself. The same goes for all
the sights and sounds LA has
to offer. The hotel is centrally
located in downtown, just
steps away from the LA
Metro and a short walk from
great restaurants, shopping
centers, art museums, the
Walt Disney Concert Hall,
and other popular places to
visit. And, yes, you can see
the Hollywood sign from
the hotel!
ATA's Annual Conference
promises something for
everyone. Whether it's your
first, fifth, or your 25th
conference, register today for
an unforgettable experience.
Slate Set for
This Year's Election
The slate is set for this year's
election of four directors.
Three positions are for threeyear
terms and one is for a
one-year term. (The oneyear
term is to complete the
remaining year of Veronika
Demichelis' term when she
was elected president-elect.)
Here's the slate:
Yasmin O. AlKashef
Andy Benzo
Mihai Bledea
Robin Bonthrone
CĂ©line Browning
Amine El Fajri
Christina Green
Ben Karl
Hana Kawashima Ransom
Caroline Kyung Ha Kim
Edna Santizo
Note: Miao (Maggie)
Hong has withdrawn.
The election will be
online. Voting members
will be sent their proxy
voting information in
mid-September. Candidate
statements will be featured
in the September/October
issue of The ATA Chronicle and
on ATA's website.
To participate, you need to
be a Voting member. You can
become a Voting member by
passing a certification exam,
completing the Active
Membership Review process,
or successfully submitting
proof of being a credentialed
interpreter.
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