Interpretation & Translation Career Seminar

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Interpretation & Translation Career Seminar

Join UT Austin’s Center for Professional Education (CPE) for a complimentary event at the Thompson Conference Center (TCC) on April 29, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The need for professional interpreters is growing. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects 18% growth in interpreter and translator jobs through 2026, well above the projected average job growth of 7%.

Join us to learn more about career opportunities at this event, which is free and open to the public. This seminar will feature lectures by guest speakers from the interpretation and translation industry, and a representative from the Texas Office of Civil Rights.

If you have not already signed up for the career seminar, please register for the event here.

 

Meet the Speakers

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Inna Kassatkina

Inna Kassatkina came to the United States from Russia in 1990 as a student. After graduating from University of California Irvine with a B.A. in Linguistics, she worked for an international firm with a strong presence in Russia.

In 1994, together with her best friend, Olga Smirnova, she co-founded Global Language Solutions (GLS), Inc., a translation firm providing services in 100+ languages to multinational organizations across a variety of industries and served as its president for 22 years. Kassatkina’s excellent management, strategic planning and communication skills helped drive the success of GLS. In June 2016, the company was acquired by Welocalize, Inc., a global leader in the translation and localization industry.

Kassatkina’s current passion is to grow and support the next generation of thoughtful business leaders. Together with Smirnova, she formed Plan A, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, resources and accountability to self-driven women and first-generation immigrants to help them achieve their life’s vision.

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Olga Smirnova

Olga Smirnova came to the United States from Russia in 1992 after graduating with honors from the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod.

In 1994, after working for an international firm with strong presence in Russia together with her best friend, Inna Kassatkina, she co-founded Global Language Solutions (GLS), Inc., a translation firm providing services in 100+ languages to multinational organizations in the life sciences industry and served as its CEO for 22 years. Smirnova’s excellent management, strategic planning and communication skills helped drive the success of GLS. In June 2016, the company was acquired by Welocalize, Inc., a global leader in the translation and localization industry.

Smirnova’s current passion is to grow and support the next generation of thoughtful business leaders. Together with Kassatkina, she formed Plan A, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, resources and accountability to self-driven women and first-generation immigrants to help them achieve their life’s vision.

Smirnova also serves on the board of directors of Human Options, a charity based in Orange County, CA that helps victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives.

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Hanly Funderburk

Hanly Funderburk is a contractor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in Dallas, TX. OCR enforces federal civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination in the delivery of health and human services based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, religion and the exercise of conscience. The office also enforces the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. Funderburk is responsible for conducting complaint investigations and compliance reviews of covered entities in support of OCR’s enforcement mission.

Funderburk is a native of Montgomery, AL. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama in 2011, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2016.

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Jorge Ungo

Jorge U. Ungo has been a well-known figure in the language services industry for almost 15 years. In addition to working for established language services companies like Pacific Interpreters and LanguageLine Solutions, Ungo has served the industry as president of the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators (TAHIT), board member and social media administrator for the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare (NCIHC) and now, a commissioner for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

Ungo was born in El Salvador and raised in a bilingual, bicultural family in Texas, and he is the recipient of the 2015 Texas Star in Language Access Award.