November 24, 2014

Recado da nossa Administradora

- Tereza Braga (PLD Administrator) - 

Alô, PLD,

Fizemos hoje nossa primeira reunião virtual mensal do Leadership Council pós-congresso. Acolhemos duas novas integrantes e com prazer apresentamos a nova configuração do conselho para 2015:

Tereza Braga, Bianca Bold, Thais Lips, Elenice Araujo, Mirna Soares, Elena Langdon e Erika Lessa

Bem-vindas, Elena e Erika. Fotos e mais informações sobre elas estarão no nosso site em breve.

Reconfiguramos também o comitê de hospitalidade para a organização da festa da PLD em 2015 em Miami (sim, aqui começamos cedo!)

Bem-vindas, Ana Paula de Paula e Alexandra de Vries.

Obrigada a todos que contribuiram para o sucesso do congresso em Chicago e para melhorar a cada ano a nossa divisão. Aguardem muitas novidades para o ano que vem.

Sinto orgulho da minha equipe e da nossa PLD.


November 14, 2014

Thanks for another amazing ATA Conference!

- Bianca Bold (PLD Assistant Administrator) -

The end of an ATA Conference is always bittersweet to me. On the one hand, there’s that great sense of accomplishment, besides an intense bubbling of new ideas—which usually results in an impossibly long to-do list. On the other hand, saying good-bye to friends and colleagues, most of whom I only get to see once a year, leaves me feeling half empty. The bright side: there’s always next year to look forward to! Warm Miami looks very promising, and I bet the Brazilian crowd will help beat this year’s mark of 1,842 attendees.

In delightful Chicago, 175 new and old PLD members had plenty of opportunities to mingle and network, the highlight being the PLD party on Thursday. A number of veterans have voiced their opinion since then, and this seems to be unanimous: it was the best event organized by the PLD in many years. We should all thank Elenice Araújo, Chair of the Hospitality Committee, the powerhouse behind the event. She and all the members who joined us made it an unforgettable evening of karaoke, conversation and laughter.

I would also like to thank our Distinguished Speaker, Angela Levy, for her two special sessions, and all other PLD members who kindly presented sessions in the Portuguese track aiming to help colleagues in their continuing education efforts: Cláudia Belhassof, Jayme Costa-Pinto, Marsel de Souza and Naomi Sutcliffe de Moraes. Let’s also not forget our PLD colleagues who presented in other tracks.

Several PLD members have contacted us about volunteering for our Division. Thank you so much for your interest! We’ll soon announce the changes we’re implementing for the 2014-2015 Leadership Council and Hospitality Committee.


PLD Annual Meeting

As usual, we’ll be collecting reviews for publication on our blog in the next few months. If you really liked a specific session, please drop us a line at before you start drafting your text. If you’d like to write about your impressions of the Conference as a whole, just go ahead and submit your review to the same email address. For all submissions, please follow these guidelines: texts should be 500-700 words in length and be in English, Portuguese or bilingual.

Finally, we’d like to organize our photos in an album that we can share with everyone. Do you have pictures of the PLD party, any sessions by PLD members or any shots of you and your colleagues during the Conference? Please send them our way.

I leave my huge thanks to all Conference attendees, wishing to meet old and new colleagues in Miami and hoping to see the PLD grow even stronger with all your help.

October 31, 2014

Making the Most of Networking

Bianca Bold (PLD Assistant Administrator)
Original publication: PLDATA, Volume XXII | Issue 4 | October 2013

As most seasoned and down-to-earth translators and interpreters probably know, networking is a crucial part of our life and career. However, not all of us know exactly what to do and how to behave around fellow translators and potential clients at large events, such as the ATA Conferences.

I’ve decided to interview an expert in the field and share some insight with our readers. I spoke to Walethia Aquil, a coaching professional who specializes in business etiquette, personal/professional branding, networking skills and other interesting stuff.

Walethia shared advice on how to network effectively and explained that it is not just handing out a bunch of business cards – as I’ve seen colleagues do. She emphasizes that networking is all about interacting with like-minded business people in order to (1) build new business relationships and (2) create new business opportunities. Continue Reading →