Sarah’s Goals for GALA
I guess I’ve already put down why I’ve put myself forward to be a member of the GALA board in my candidate statement. But for those of you who know me well, you’ll know that I’m one of these people who best express themselves through the power of words. So rather than spamming you straight off with a cringry video (although I do plan on making one!), here’s a bit more info about why going for GALA means so much.
As one of the top 100 young innovators in the UK and Ireland, it’s probably no surprise that one of my main focuses is on innovation. One thing I’ve realised from being in the language industry for 9 years is that there is so much potential, but there seems to be an underlying fear to look outside the box and implement solutions from outside the industry. There are so many solutions out there that could help us, not hinder us, and I want to bring that to GALA and their members.
We all joined for the same reason – and that’s to meet members and network. Having just put on a local networking event in Dublin for GALA, networking really is something I want to focus on. Not only that, I know from speaking to other fellow translation buyers that they often feel targeted by LSPs trying to sell their services, while at the same time LSPs are under pressure to sell to end clients. That’s why I want to find a way to facilitate everyone’s needs and find a way to meet in the middle and come together.
Supporting the next generation
Having set up my own charity, the Retro Digital Foundation, to help young parents access education and training, I’ve realised that helping the next generation within the language industry is something I really want to do. I want to help the next generation thrive, whether that’s students or young PMs/company owners forging their way within the industry. Young people are our future, and we should be doing all we can to support them and help them reach their full potential so that they’re fully equipped to take the reins on an industry that industry veterans have worked hard to build.
As a professional marketer, marketing has to be on list! I’d of course love to help GALA grow and help increase their online presence. But I’d also like to increase the marketing opportunities out there for members, so that they really can make the most out of their membership and see it pay off.
Finally, I want to be approachable. Board members often have a stereotype of being a bit distant due to their very busy workloads, but I would like to change that. I’d like to work with members to implement whatever means the most to them. I want members to feel they can come to be, beit positive or negative, so that we can grow GALA together, with their members at the heart of everything they do.
I may not be from an LSP, but I feel that having a translation buyers opinion on things can only help to strengthen the bonds we have with enterprise localization departments, and help gain new members. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle. I come from a translator background and have held almost every possible position within an LSP and a translation technology company, too. I’ve even worked in comms for another industry association. That’s why I know that I’ll have your best interests at heart, no matter where you are in the industry.
I want to innovate, and open GALA up to new horizons. I may not have 20 years of experience, but I can promise you far too many new ideas, innovation, and the passion to move the industry forward. We can all grow, if we grow together.
If you’re from a GALA member company, ballots will be send out by email on 24th.