GALA Academy Q3 2023 - Project Management

12 Sep 2023 to 03 Oct 2023
07:00 AM to 08:30 AM
Pacific Standard Time (Mexico) (UTC-08:00)

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The Project Manager role has evolved dramatically over the past 10 years. Our clients’ needs and expectations have changed, technology has changed, and we’ve had to raise the bar.

In these sessions we’d like to give you an overview on what Localization Project Management is like today and some tools to help you stay relevant to your clients, be efficient and add value where needed.

This event is for…
  • Junior PMs who would like to elevate their Project Management skills.
  • Senior PMs who would like to see other angles, exchange insights and network.
  • Client/LSP/Freelance PMs

- Understanding role differences – Develop a well-rounded approach to your project management practices.

- Addressing projects’ needs - Learn how to provide value-added services.

- Embracing technology and AI – Learn which AI-based tools are available to boost your productivity.

- Collaboration and networking – Establish connections with your peers and develop your professional profile.

The Program

Week 1: Two sides of same coin: What brings us together?
12 September 07:00 - 08:30 PST (16:00 – 17:30 CEST) 

(This event is available globally. See the World Clock Meeting Planner to check your local time.)

Guided discussion exploring the similarities between 3 different roles including live polling to find out the professional profiles of the audience.

Live activity: Mix&Mingle! Breakout rooms in which people from different professional backgrounds are mixed together to discuss different ways to approach same situation + final open poll to add new topics to the session 2.

Some discussion points:

  • Workflow
  • Quality
  • Technology
  • MT projects
  • Budget
  • Problem solving
  • Educational background

Moderator: Verónica García (Semantix)

Experts: Luciana Gargiulo (TransPerfect Translations), Myriam García (Kobalt Languages), Marta Gil (MANGO)

Week 2: Same Background, Different Context: What sets us apart?
19 September 07:00 - 08:30 PST (16:00 – 17:30 CEST)

Let’s open the perspective. Separate vision of each role’s responsibilities and different journeys including responses for questions raised in the previous session.

Live activity: Role play! Breakout rooms in which people from different professional backgrounds are mixed together to play a different role (e.g. if you are a LSP PM, you will try being client PM or vice-versa for the first time).

Some discussion points:

  • Localization
  • Translation
  • Internal process
  • KPIs
  • Stakeholders
  • Final Product
  • Quality assurance

Moderator: Verónica García (Semantix)

Experts: Luciana Gargiulo (TransPerfect Translations), Myriam García (Kobalt Languages), Marta Gil (MANGO) 

Week 3: How to survive the chatGPT hype and use AI to boost productivity
26 September 07:00 - 08:30 PST (16:00 – 17:30 CEST)

Session devoted to summarizing the latest developments in generative models and how PMs can leverage AI to improve productivity.

Live activity: Practical session in smaller group using chatGPT or similar tools.

Moderator: Verónica García (Semantix)

Experts: Diego Bartolomé (

Week 4: Discussion Panel
3 October  07:00 - 08:30 PST (16:00 – 17:30 CEST)

We will be discussing some of the presented topics more in depth, as well as other relevant topics that may have not been covered during the sessions. The goal is to create a conversation, sharing different perspectives and giving a voice to the attendees since there are so many different Project Manager profiles.

Moderator: Verónica García (Semantix)

Experts: Luciana Gargiulo (TransPerfect Translations), Myriam García (Kobalt Languages), Marta Gil (MANGO) & Diego Bartolomé (

Host organization: Globalization and Localization Association

Event Speakers

Verónica García

Verónica is a Department Manager at Semantix focusing on Marketing and Media localization content. With a Master's in Translation and Interpreting she's had diverse roles that provided her with a well-rounded overview of the localization industry as a freelance translator, video game tester at Nintendo of Europe, project manager and managing a department of 50 Project Managers in TransPerfect.

Luciana Gargiulo

Born and raised in a small town in the province of Buenos Aires, but my roots are from Naples, Italy. Studied Sworn Translation in the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and also took some English teaching classes. Passionate about challenges and coaching. Currently living in Spain and leading a team of project managers in one of the largest LSPs in the world.

Myriam Garcia
Kobalt Languages

As Kobalt’s Operations Manager, I work on improving all the processes and workflows and assure the best end product. I'm also Kobalt's first-ever employee, having worked there for a decade now! My career does not stop there, as I also love learning and sharing, so I'm currently teaching a subject at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and volunteering in the Catalan Chapter of Women in Localization. I'm not only passionate about localization and languages, but also about electronic music, reading thrillers, vegan recipes, and my lovely dog Trax.

Marta Gil

Currently ensuring and leading Localization in MANGO's digital product, particularly in the Content Design team. +4-years’ experience in Project Management and Production Team Leadership at one of the world's largest LSP. Specialties: Marketing, Entertainment, and Digital content, creative and out-of-the-box programs, Localization Consultancy. Translation and Interpreting Undergraduate with a Master’s in Advertising Strategy and Creativity.

Diego Bartolome

Diego Bartolome is the founder of, a start-up focusing on generative AI solutions. Prior to that, in 2006, he founded tauyou language technology, which provided machine translation solutions for LSPs and was acquired by TransPerfect. In between, he has had leadership positions at TransPerfect (Director of AI), Microsoft (Senior Program Manager), and Language I/O (CTO).

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