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New Year, New Decade, Same Mission

By: Allison Ferch, Executive Director

07 January 2020

I’m a fan and subscriber of National Geographic, the honest-to-goodness paper and print magazine. (Who isn’t wowed by the remarkable photographs and stories?) The January issue included a message from the National Geographic Society’s President and COO and shared their mission statement: The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. As far as mission statements go, that’s a gem.

Do you know GALA’s mission statement? Our raison d'être? It is: to support the growth and development of our members and the globalization sector by creating communities, sharing knowledge, and promoting professionalism. This statement guides our priorities and activities and it is the gauge by which everything we do is measured and aligned.

Last year, we rolled out a road map stating our priorities for the next 1, 3, and 5 years. I’m happy to say that we’ve made solid progress on all three year-one goals: we produced our best conference yet, an outstanding webinar series, lively i18N and Client SIGs, and partnerships with national, regional, and global associations.

This year, we’ll continue building communities by launching an Interpreting SIG and a Global Talent SIG. We are planning to further grow our local networking events (Loc Mixers) and will explore additional ways to leverage partnerships. Beyond that, we’ll begin working toward our year-three goals by expanding industry PR and fostering connections with other related verticals.

We also have some important operational goals which aim to improve member and user experience and streamline staff efforts. Before midyear, we’ll roll out a new GALA website and a new association management system, both aimed at improving UX and accessibility to our content and programs.

As ever, we’re committed to delivering member value. We want your GALA membership to be essential to your team’s success; we want you to consider GALA a partner in your growth and development. We welcome your feedback any time, and especially this month, when we conduct our annual member survey. Please take ~8 minutes to share your input with us. (And you could win a free registration to GALA 2020 in San Diego in March!)

We look forward to starting a new year and a new decade together. We’ll do our best to ensure you’re informed, supported, connected, and prepared to face whatever it brings.

Happy 2020, and I hope to see you in San Diego,


Allison Ferch

Allison is GALA's Executive Director. Over the past 10 years she has served GALA in several roles and provided leadership for many of the association’s programs and activities. As Executive Director, she leads operations at GALA and is responsible for the growth of the association, its financial stability, and for the expansion and delivery of member value. Allison has an undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. A lifelong athlete and a lifelong learner, she enjoys podcasts, reading, and all kinds of sports and athletic endeavors.