The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. In his message to the world on March 13th, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the critical importance of better representation of women in workforces. “Our world needs more women leaders,” Guterres said. “And more men standing up for gender equality.”
In light of this, we thought it was more important than ever to pay tribute and respect to 7 exceptional women influencers in the language services industry. We made our selection based on those who consistently share quality and relevant news about the language services industry on social media.
Here are our ones to watch in 2017.
1. Britta Aagaard
As a graduate of the school of Philosophy, Britta studied epistemology and modern philosophy of language. So it makes sense that she would one day turn towards the Language Services Industry. She was the CEO and Partner of Oversaetterhuset A / S for over a decade. In 2012 she founded TextMinded where she has been CEO of the thriving company since.
2. Tea C Dietterich
Tea C. Dietterich is the founder and CEO of Australian Language Service Provider 2M Language Services since 1999; in addition to currently being the President of the Australasian Association of Language Companies (AALC). She holds degrees in Translation, Interpreting, Linguistics and Cultural Studies for Spanish, English, German and French from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (FASK Germersheim) and University of Granada (EUTI).
3. Lori Thicke
Lori Thicke is a person of many talents and has been in the language industry for nearly 30 years. Aside from being a linguistic activist she is also the founder of both Translators without Borders as well as Lexcelera (and by extension Lexworks, a Lexcelera subsidiary). Since its founding in Paris in 1986, Lexcelera has expanded its global reach to offices in London, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, and Singapore.
4. Véronique Özkaya
As the international Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Xplanation, Veronique has also been the Chair of the Board at Globalization and Localization Association for more than a year. She is fluent in French, English, Turkish, as well as German.
For a more in-depth look, our own Tom Newman interviewed Veronique a few months back about growing an LSP.
Click here to read it.
5. Laura Brandon
Laura Brandon has been the Executive Director of GALA for 2 years and before that she was the COO/ Managing Director there. Being the Executive Director of GALA means that Laura’s day to day work brings together the best professionals and companies in the space to help the Language Services industry continue to grow and thrive.
6. Kathleen Bostick
Kathleen Bostick has been an Executive Vice President of North America at SDL plc since October 2015. Before her success at SDL she was the VP of Strategic Accounts at Lionbridge.
7. Diane Cheesebrough
Diane Cheesebrough is the new Deputy CEO at thebigword. thebigword is an international language service provider, with clients in the private and public sector. Having invested heavily in technology, they are now on a path to continued growth as one of the largest privately-owned LSPs in the world.
Charlotte Brake recruits for Language Services sales professionals at all levels, from junior inside associates up to VPs, as well as sales engineers. Feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn for a networking conversation.
Tel: +44 208 123 0760
Email: charlotte.brake (@) adaptiveglobalization.com
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