GALA in 2015: Toward a Fully Representative Association
Dear GALA Member,
Last month, GALA celebrated its 13th anniversary. Membership has grown from the 15 founding member companies to more than 400, and today GALA represents the largest group of companies in the language industry. GALA's future is the members' future. It is with that in mind that the board seeks to engage the membership to discuss GALA's strategic direction. GALA was initially founded as an organization for language service providers; its mission, purpose, and goals reflected the needs of its founding members – all LSPs. Since then, three progressive changes have paved the way for a more collaborative, representative organization that can serve the interests of not only language service vendors, but also other key stakeholders in the language enterprise.
- 2009: In a bylaws revision, the membership approved the establishment of new categories of membership
- 2011: Affiliate membership was introduced for non-supplier entities such as universities and end-user companies
- 2012: The membership approved a new strategic framework, which expanded GALA's mission and goals
When the GALA membership approved the creation of new membership categories in 2009, it did so with the understanding that any new categories would have no vote and would be ineligible to serve as Directors or Officers. The Board of Directors believes it is time for that to change.
Increasingly, we see growth and innovation occurring through collaboration. When all stakeholders have influence and buy-in, progress happens. To this end, GALA leadership has committed itself to empowering its members – all of its members. We believe that it is the key to achieving legitimacy with external stakeholders, elevating the position of the industry, and being a fully representative industry association. We believe that all GALA members deserve a voice and a vote, regardless of their type of company.
As the industry itself evolves, so must GALA. The GALA leadership envisions a future where the association is indeed the voice, the community, and the resource for the global language industry. Over the next several weeks, we will be discussing this topic (and more) on GALA's major social channels (Facebook and LinkedIn). We welcome your comments and your input and look forward to writing GALA's next chapter with you.
The GALA Board of Directors