Message from the Board Q2 2007
By: Stephen Ryan (GALA)
04 May 2007
GALA has seen a couple of "firsts" this spring, which I am pleased to share with you.
In March, we hosted our first member events in China, including our second largest member meeting to date. Our activities surrounding the Localization World Shanghai conference came at a time when our membership has reached 250 companies, with 12% either headquartered in China or having an office there. Many members attended this event to meet partner suppliers; we helped to facilitate this through an energetic Speed Networking activity, an exercise borrowed from the social networking scene and adapted for a professional business environment. In the course of 90 minutes, member participants managed to speak one-on-one with at least half of the other members present.
Another recent first for GALA was our Language Technology & Services Pavilion at the AIIM conference in Boston in April. Nine member companies (both technology and language service providers) as well as a group of member volunteers collectively represented our industry at this large-scale content management expo. While localization is not yet top-of-mind for the typical attendee at this event, with our goal of raising the visibility of our industry, we will continue to look for the best places for this sort of initiative.
Since the last issue of GALAxy , GALA has hosted a number of member tools webinars, LocalizationCAREERS.net was launched, and our new GALA PR & Marketing Specialist Rebecca Petras has been working actively with a group of dedicated member volunteers to craft our external messaging. Looking forward in the near-term, May will feature an International Pavilion at the STC Annual Conference in Minneapolis, and in June the third California State University at Chico localization certification program and jobs fair will take place. In the longer term, GALA is continuing to collaborate with both the tekom and Localization World conference organizers, and working to get the best benefit for members.
Also noteworthy on April 15, 2007 GALA celebrated its fifth birthday as an association. As we continue to explore new firsts for our organization, I would like to thank the charter member companies and individual volunteers who have supported GALA from the very beginning. We look forward to sharing more first-time activities with our veteran members and new members alike.
For the GALA Board,
GALA Board Chair