Women in Localization – Connecting a Global Industry
Women in Localization (WIL) events are legendary. They sell out in days and bring together like-minded professionals, enabling fantastic networking, knowledge-sharing, and mentoring opportunities.
It’s been a busy time for the WIL European Chapters and if you couldn’t make any of the recent events, here’s some insight to what’s been happening in the community. At Welocalize, we were proud to have actively participated and sponsored two WIL events in one week, in Manchester, UK and Warsaw, Poland!
Women in Localization UK Chapter launched the North West Chapter, with the launch event held at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
‘The sense of community and unconditional support is always strong at Women in Localization events. This growing network in the UK is fantastic for nurturing and fostering talent in the global localization industry’ Inger Larsen, UK Women in Localization Chapter Manager
MT Powered by Women!
At the Manchester event, the discussions centered around Machine Translation (MT). Six MT experts shared their perspectives on the changing MT landscape with passion and power. Representatives from BookingGo, Booking.com, Welocalize, SDL, TranslateMedia, and The University of Manchester covered a lot from use-cases and neural network mapping, through to how MT can be beneficial to non-profits organizations – Translators without Borders use MT to disseminate multilingual content and get information to communities in crises.
The amazing thing about the WIL events in Poland is that they take place in a different city each time and during the weekend in order to give the opportunity for members of the Polish Chapter to travel from all over the country to meet. At the Warsaw event, we had members coming from Krakow, Opole, Olsztyn, and other towns sometimes requiring a few hours of travel by train. Still, the event sold out in a few days and everyone can’t wait for the next one.
In Warsaw, Our Senior Director of Global Marketing, Sabina Jasinska delivered a presentation focused on building your own brand and career in localization, based on 13 years of experience in the industry. The discussions on how to be your own cheerleader, build a network within and outside the company and even how to dress to impress continued until late hours in the networking session after the presentation. The attendees representing global and local LSPs, freelancers, students, and marketing professionals all agreed to continue those discussions.
There are more events on the Women in Localization calendar. Visit the events page to see what’s happening in your area.
If you would like to join the Women in Localization network, you can sign up here.
Can you spare one hour every 2-3 weeks? Women in Localization are looking for localization mentors to support and guide members in their careers. For more information click here.