E.g., 07/11/2020
E.g., 07/11/2020
Free for GALA Members
$75.00 for Non-Members


How does the C-Suite view languages? How does the American society? What changes to language policy and priorities have we seen and do we expect in the Trump administration? This short-format “town hall,” organized by members of the Working Group on Languages of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences who are also language industry professionals, engages the audience in a discussion of what might be done by the Working Group to increase awareness and improve conditions for the language industry in the U.S. plus what others can do around the world to advocate for language education and the importance of language in business.

Bill Rivers

Dr. Bill Rivers serves as the Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages, representing more than 140 organizations from all sectors of the Language Enterprise in Washington, DC. A long-time researcher, strategic planner, and business leader, he advocates for language with the US Government and the business community. Having received his Ph.D. in Russian, Dr. Rivers has lived and worked in more than 20 countries.

Sonia Zamborsky

As Director of Product Field Support & Communications, Sonia Zamborsky helps optimize Marriott's global eCommerce channels across a diverse portfolio of international products. She provides operations leadership for an extended team at HQ and around the globe. (Basically she's the Chief Dot-Connector between corporate and the field.) Sonia's latest focus has been creating and refining a global operating model that examines the components of people, process, and technology to maximize product ROI.

John Tessitore

John Tessitore is a Senior Program Adviser at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has served in a variety of capacities at the America Academy, including Program Director, and was the project leader on several national commissions, including the blue-ribbon Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Lincoln Project, and the Commission on Language Learning. From 2004 to 2008 he was a lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University and has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University.