Professional Associations: Their role in our professional past, present, and future

Presenter: Giovanna Lester

Presenter: Giovanna Lester

Gio’s career as a translator and interpreter started in 1980. She is a member of many professional associations - ATA (US), ABRATES (Brazil), NAJIT (US), IAPTI (Argentina), and ATIF of which she is a co-founder. Gio has been very active in the ATA. She was a member of the PR Committee for 3-4 years, a Grader (for the Portuguese into English language pair), Assistant Administrator and Administrator of the Interpreters Division, served in many nominations committees for the ATA Board and for the different Divisions. While serving on the Interpreters Division she developed and organized the ATA-American Red Cross Partnership which consisted of a nationwide network of interpreters. The ATA_ARC Partnership was instrumental during Katrina. As an interpreter in international events, Gio is the voice of presidents, prime ministers, ministers, surgeons, scientists, hairdressers, entrepreneurs, teachers, students, programmers.

Sometimes the path from where you are to where you want to be is hidden under uncertainties, fears, questions. That’s when a guide comes in handy, leading the way, making the journey smoother and even more pleasant. This presentation will help you in the search for that right path, provide you the tools for choosing your guide and calculating the ROI of your investment in a professional association. Come learn how professional associations have shaped our profession, are shaping our careers and how they ensure our professional future.

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