About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a trade association — a nonprofit organization that serves and supports the language services and technologies industry. That industry encompasses translation, interpreting, localization, internationalization, and the technologies that support those activities.

We believe that a strong professional community creates a strong industry. We focus on best-practices, knowledge-sharing, professionalism, and industry development. We know that multilingual communication is at the heart of global business and that companies with a global mindset that invest in translation and localization come out ahead. 

GALA delivers value to our member community by providing resources that help language industry professionals solve their business challenges. 

  • GALA is future-oriented and human-focused 
  • GALA provides access to expertise on industry trends, technologies, and best practices
  • GALA is a community and a platform where people learn, share, and inspire one another 
  • GALA supports the growth of professionals, businesses, and the global language industry

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GALA is a nonprofit organization. We serve an international community of organizations and individuals that enable communication and business across languages and cultures. GALA’s mission is to help our members succeed and to drive our industry’s development by building professional communities, sharing knowledge, and advancing best practices in the globalization sector.

GALA delivers programs, resources, and events that help our members serve the needs of local markets worldwide. We offer a non-biased platform for information-sharing and collaboration, and we build connections between industry stakeholders. GALA creates and supports initiatives that advance localization best practices and raises awareness about the value our sector brings to global business.

GALA’s members are diverse. The majority are global translation companies, many of which also provide interpreting services. About 35% are global enterprises or universities. Members deliver a variety of services and technologies to support global communication and business. As individuals, they occupy diverse roles ranging from CEOs to software developers, translators to sales managers, interpreters to consultants, and many more. Visit our member directory.member directory.

GALA’s independent, nonprofit status, its global reach, and its commitment to quality make it a trustworthy source of industry information. Through GALA’s programs and insightful content, individuals become more knowledgeable, organizations grow and mature, and the global language industry makes gains in professionalism and prominence.

GALA was founded in 2002 by leaders from 15 businesses who recognized that language services companies needed an organization dedicated to their professional growth and to the betterment of the industry. Those 15 founding members expanded to well over 400, and now include organizations playing diverse roles in the global language industry: global translation and interpreting companies, language technology companies, universities, consultancies, and global enterprises producing multilingual content. Through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and a small, but mighty staff, GALA has grown into the largest association in the industry with the broadest representation.

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