Welcome to GALA Connect!
I am so delighted that we have opened the doors to GALA's newest offering, and I hope that you will find it to be a valuable resource in the months and years ahead.
GALA's membership is diverse – in company type, size, location… just about everything. But across our 400 member companies in over 50 countries, there is one thing that has always been true: our members want to connect with one another. They want to know what other companies are doing to grow and thrive; they want unbiased feedback on what technologies, approaches, and processes are working (and what's not); and they want to know that they are not alone!
Over the years, we have developed a wonderful following of members who are fortunate enough to participate in our annual conference where they experience what it means to be part of something bigger. And yet for every member who experiences the GALA community "in person," we know that there is an entire team back at the office who is also hungry to connect with peers and experience the support that a membership community can offer.
It is our hope that GALA Connect will extend the year-round desktop value of GALA to our many members and the teams that keep their programs running, adapting, and growing. We also hope that the platform will extend GALA's reach to industry professionals who are not members. As you will see, there are a number of groups that are open to non-members, including freelance translators, instructors/academics, and others who might not have access to a membership.
As you get started, please know that we would like to create more groups! The groups you see posted now are our starter groups, and we will continue to add more as we hear your input. Please let us know what interests you.
We also have a general discussion forum, independent of groups. The forum will be your place to post questions to the general community and to generate interest in forming new groups.
Finally, I’d like to emphasize the non-commercial nature of this community. GALA already has numerous channels for members to build marketing visibility. GALA Connect is about genuinely sharing lessons learned, collectively discussing tough industry questions, and collaborating to continue improving our amazing industry.
So, welcome! I hope that you enjoy GALA Connect, and I look forward to your feedback.