Candidate: Marie Flacassier
Chief Operating Officer
Marie Flacassier is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BeatBabel, an LSP headquartered in San Diego, California. Both a native of France and a US citizen, Marie has been working in the language industry for the past 20 years in Europe and the USA. Having completed her Master's in English Studies at the University of Nice, Marie started her career at the French Department of the University of Cork, Ireland. After working as a translator, then as a Senior Localization Manager for various LSPs and OPI companies, she received her MBA in International Business. And ultimately, she started her own localization company in California.
Marie believes it is essential to be involved in the international community. She has been a speaker and attended many language conferences to stay informed about our industry. She served for four years on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego. She took part in GALA’s Program Committee in Europe for two years. Her international, management and organizational experience has helped her build the required skills to serve GALA further by working on the board. In her spare time, Marie enjoys backpacking around the world, particularly in Asia, to discover new cultures.
Running for the board is an important decision for me for several reasons. Over the last 20 years, as I grew professionally from Translation Intern to Managing Director, I was able to follow GALA’s progress over time. Co-founding BeatBabel, allowed me to devote more time to attend industry events. I am very passionate about the annual conference and when I served on the GALA Program Committee, I realized how much work is involved behind the scenes.
Recent events taught me that leadership is crucial, and the worst thing is for good people to do nothing and sit on the sidelines. I now feel it is my time to give back to our community by sharing my knowledge and expertise.
I am a strong believer in GALA as an association and in its value for our industry, and as such I want to:
- Share my experience as a business owner and continue the great work of current and previous board members while supporting GALA’s staff;
- Advance the need for industry-wide standards both in technology and processes by supporting initiatives that will focus on standardization;
- Ensure new-comers have all the necessary skills needed to be successful in their careers;
- Be a counter-weight to Big MLVs’ influence when necessary.
My contribution to GALA will be to bring my dedication and operational skills to:
- Increase GALA’s visibility by helping with conferences, local networking events and media attention;
- Engage members through more member organized activities;
- Expand the transatlantic reach to other markets that are still not well represented;
- Improve the cooperation between academia and the language industry with more standardized training and global qualifications.
The Global Talent program is indeed important to me. I have participated in this conversation for several years. In my companies, I established internship programs to reduce the gap between academia and the workplace. More could be done through GALA and I want to encourage a discussion around talent gap and mentoring.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet many incredible colleagues. But when all is said and done, it is not about me, not about the politics, not how it will benefit my company. It is about all of us and our community, whether we come from North or South America, Europe or Asia. It is about the desire to unite and make our industry stronger and more visible. And I hope I can help us take one more step in that direction.
I realize that our industry is still fragmented, that universities still don’t talk to companies, that we still fight over talents, that women entrepreneurs are a minority in upper management, that smaller companies still struggle to reinvent themselves or compete against the Big Ones. I believe in cooperation across borders and growth through collaboration and innovation. I feel it is my responsibility to give back to a community of peers that has given me so much over time, and I am asking for your vote to accomplish these goals.