Memories were made at the GALA Conference

The first GALA on-site event since the pandemic took place in San Diego from April 24 to Apr 27, 2022 and was an absolute success! More than 200 participants attended and enjoyed 4 days of sharing knowledge and best practices, networking and fun! The excitement during the Welcome Reception (Thank you, BeatBabel) was something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.

Agus, Vasso, Ceci and Sophie.Cecilia Maldonado and Agustina Pioli were there on behalf of Latamways, and they took advantage of every opportunity to connect with all of their friends and colleagues at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

On Monday April 25, Cecilia and Renato Beninatto were co-presenters on stage, and together shared the story of Latamways’ journey as a company, including the strategies implemented to improve overall organizational health and strategies to continue the company’s growth path. Stay tuned for a summary of this presentation coming soon. The Program was populated with an array of topics, my favorites being those about business practices in the face of growth and new realities as well as those about automation.

Cecilia Maldonado and Renato BeninattoTranslated in Argentina (TINA) – the first regional non-profit association for language services in Argentina – was also strongly represented at the conference, and further established the country’s position as the go-to place for into-Spanish language services. TINA’s representation included its President and the majority of its founders as well as many members, making the South American delegation the largest in the event. Mission accomplished!

Cecilia Maldonado and Women in LocalizationWomen in Localization was also well represented by not only its President but also a number of Board members, volunteers and members from around the world who made the most of attending by gathering at designated lunch tables to reconnect in person after so much time away in the “virtual world”.

There was plenty of time for networking, getting to know first-timers and reconnect with long-time industry friends and partners. The conversations were amazing! Back at our desks, it’s gratifying to remember our time in San Diego, and how valuable it was. And now we’re looking forward to our next in-person industry event!

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