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GALA 2012: The Language of Business. The Business of Language. Call For Papers Available Now

26 – 28 March in Monaco

Thursday, 1 September, 2011


Seattle, Washington, USA (1 September 2011) –The Globalization and Localization Association announces that its next conference for global content delivery professionals, “GALA 2012:  The Language of Business. The Business of Language.” will be held 26 – 28 March 2012 at Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The international non-profit association has issued its call for papers and will accept proposals through 21 October 2011.  For more information or to submit a proposal, please see the GALA 2012 Call for Papers.

Each year GALA assembles a talented team of language and localization professionals from the vendor and buyer side of global content delivery to develop the programming for the annual event. Led by Robert Etches, CEO of EICOM in Denmark, the participants of this year’s program committee are as follows:


Robert Etches, CEO, EICOM
Wayne Bourland, Director, Global Localization Team, Dell
Bob Donaldson, Principal, Carson Strategy Group
Joseph Gomes, Managing Director, Viva Translations
Kim Harris, Managing Director, text & form

GALA 2012 will bring the global content delivery community together for informative and energizing interactions. The attendees represent a wide selection of professionals including owners of language service providers, sales and marketing managers, project managers and localization/globalization managers from all facets of the language and localization industry.  In 2011, 65 percent of GALA conference attendees were top executives.

The programming of GALA 2012 will provide attendees with the opportunity to collectively share, discuss and debate the latest advancements in localization, translation and global content delivery. New in 2012, the conference will include an “agile conferencing” track where small groups of professionals in such disciplines as marketing, sales and vendor management will collaborate to tackle specific issues.  The association’s famed speed networking also will be offered with a new twist, as will its CEO Forum (pre-conference day). More details on the program will be available soon.

Feedback from the GALA 2011 conference, which was held this past March in Cascais, Portugal, was overwhelmingly positive.  In a survey conducted after the conference, 97 percent of participants reported that they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the conference.  Eighty-eight percent said they learned new concepts or strategies and 79 percent reported making contacts at GALA 2011 that may generate new business for them. As summed up by Fabiano Cid of CCaps in Brazil: “The event exceeded my expectations and I will definitely include it in my calendar for 2012.”

For 2012, the conference moves to the beautiful French Riviera which is known not only for its relaxed lifestyle, but also for its business centers.  Sophia Antipolis, just 40 kilometers away, is the technology hub of France where many multinational companies maintain offices. The conference hotel is the only hotel in Monaco with a private beach, and the GALA meeting space is situated steps from the beach. It also is within walking distance of Monaco’s renowned tourist attractions.  Affordable room rates will be available to participants.  Transportation to and from the venue is simple from the Nice airport.

“We are creating a conference that will be refreshingly different, offered in an attractive destination with new programming concepts like “agile conferencing” for participants to enjoy alongside our comfortably familiar program elements like small group discussions,” said Laura Brandon, Managing Director of GALA.  “It is our desire that attendees leave inspired, recharged and educated to lead global content delivery internally at their enterprises and throughout the global business industry.”

More information on GALA 2012 can be found on the GALA website. The Call for Papers is open until 21 October 2011.

About GALA
The Globalization and Localization Association is the largest global non-profit association within the language industry, providing resources, education and research for companies working with translation services, language technology and content localization.  GALA member companies are vendors and buyers of language services and technologies.  They deploy sophisticated multilingual strategies and proven tools to take content and products to markets around the world.  For more information, visit www.gala-global.org