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Why You (Yes, You) Should Run for the GALA Board

By: Allison Ferch, Executive Director

11 September 2019

An industry association’s function is to provide a cooperative link between people and organizations and to empower them to do more together than they can do alone. It’s the connection that’s essential.

GALA stands out as a true connector of people, companies, and ideas amidst the crowded landscape of forums, organizations, and sources of information. GALA is a community and a platform where individuals and organizations learn, share, and inspire one another.

Our mission, vision, and identity are clear. As we navigate the challenges facing our industry, we want our members to be drivers of change and designers of their destinies. That requires boldness but also knowledge, vision, and leadership. And maybe most importantly, it requires community and connection.

If you believe in personal connection at scale, in a future-oriented and human-focused approach to industry challenges, and in an association’s power as a cooperative link between people and organizations, then we invite you to become part of GALA’s leadership team by running for a position on the board of directors.

In November, the GALA membership will elect 3 board members for two-year terms. We invite leaders representing all our member segments – small and large LSPs and interpreting companies, technology firms, universities, heads of enterprise localization teams – to run for the board where they can provide informed counsel for major strategic decisions and help determine the future of the association.

If you’re passionate about your professional community and you care deeply about the future of your industry, now is the time to show it. Board service enables you to share your talents and make a meaningful contribution. I invite you to get more deeply engaged with GALA and help us support the growth and development of our members and our industry.

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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.