November 25, 2015

PLD Shop Talk: Interview with PLD Founding Member Edna Ditaranto

Assistant Administrator Érika Lessa (left) and PLD Founding Member Edna Ditaranto

Assistant Administrator Érika Lessa (left) interviews PLD Founding Member Edna Ditaranto

On our second installment of “PLD Shop Talk,” Assistant Administrator Érika Lessa interviewed Edna Ditaranto, one of the founding members of the ATA’s Portuguese Language Division, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

We hope you enjoy this interview and feel free to send us your comments and suggestions.


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Edna Ditaranto
Intro Song
“High Beams” by Nick Jaina
Transition Song
“Peas Corps” by Podington Bear

ÉRIKA LESSA is a conference interpreter who also loves translating, and truly believes one complements the other. She has worked in different sectors of the industry, including humanities, marketing, software and game localization. As an interpreter, she is proud to have worked at international events such as Rio +20 and Bill Clinton’s visit to her hometown, Belém. She now lives in Toronto, where she completed a Master’s program in Conference Interpreting at York University. After hearing at the 2014 PLD annual meeting that they wanted help, she decided to share some of her time and talents to help strengthen the Division, and has been elected Assistant Administrator for the 2015-2017 administration.

November 18, 2015

Introducing the new PLD Officers 2015-2017

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Dear PLD members,

By now, the ATA’s 56th Annual Conference is behind us and we are back to our everyday lives. At our PLD Annual Meeting during the conference, we changed over to a new Administration with recently elected officers. My name is Mirna Soares Andrade and I am the new Portuguese Language Division Administrator; my friend Érika Lessa is the Assistant Administrator, who will be working with me until the end of 2017. In Miami, we had the opportunity to thank our previous Administration officers, Tereza Braga and Bianca Bold, and to celebrate our 25th anniversary with PLD founder Edna Ditaranto, along with many other officers who have served the division since its beginning.

Both Érika and I have been part of the Leadership Council, which means we worked with the previous Administration to implement projects that are now up and running. We will continue to work with the Leadership Council as it is now constituted, including Tereza and Bianca, while we plan for next year, when we might add a couple of new members.

We are so grateful for the great division we have inherited from past administrators. For twenty-five years, the PLD has had dedicated professionals volunteering their efforts and establishing a creative environment where ideas become reality.

You can read about our general priorities in our candidate statements. I would like to highlight the priority to “encourage participation, exchange and networking,” because I think this is the central point that makes all the other plans possible. If you were a PLD officer in the past, we will be contacting you. We need to tap into your valuable experience. If you are a newbie, please read this special message for you. If you fall somewhere in the middle of the newbie/veteran spectrum, please contact us – we would love to hear your ideas, constructive criticism and feedback.

Now let’s roll up our sleeves!


Mirna Soares Andrade

PLD Administrator


November 12, 2015

ATA 56 in Miami Was a Memorable Event for PLD Members

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Rafa Lombardino (PLD Blog Editor)

The 56th ATA Annual Conference came and went, but it will forever stay with PLD members. There were so many memorable moments during the event, and we will share a few of them here, so those of you who were able to joined us can cherish them now. As for our colleagues who unfortunately could not make it to Miami, we hope these conference highlights will encourage you to make plans for San Francisco next year.

25th Anniversary ― ATA’s 56th Annual Conference marked 25 years of Portuguese Language Division. We were able to celebrate it during our dinner party at American Social, a laid back restaurant by the river, and our annual meeting, where some of the founding members were present, so we could pay tribute to their effort and get ready for the next 25 years.

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New Administration ― This year we also voted in a new Administrator and Assistant Administrator. Tereza Braga passed the shield to Mirna Soares, the new Administrator, and Érika Lessa will replace Bianca Bold as her Assistant Administrator.


Tereza Braga (Administrator) and Bianca Bold (Assistant Administrator) getting ready to welcome the new administration.

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Tereza Braga and Bianca Bold introduce the new Administrator Mirna Soares and new Assistant Administrator Érika Lessa

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Mirna Soares (right) and Érika Lessa talk about their plans for 2015-2017 and invite PLD Members to contribute with ideas with the new Administration.


Distinguished Speaker ― Captain Israel Souza had two special sessions to talk about his role as a translator and interpreter in peace missions. Click the links below to read more about each individual topic.

He also took the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved vacation through Florida with his daughter Elena.

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Captain Israel Souza in formal military attire during his presentation.

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Captain Israel Souza and his daughter Elena, who joined us at the conference.


Marian S. Greenfield’s Financial Translation Presentation Award ― It is with great pleasure that we saw our very own PLD Member João Vicente de Paulo Júnior receiving an award for his contributions to financial translations. During the event, he presented a session entitled Making Financese and Economese Sing.

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João Vicente de Paulo Júnior receives the Financial Presentation Award from Marian Greenfield herself.


Statements ― Thanks to a great initiative by our former Assistant Administrator, Bianca Bold, we now have a few statements from attendees, who shared their impressions about the event. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for more statements and interesting videos.


Extra Activities ― For a few years now, our PLD member Cris Silva has been leading a fun activity for those early birds who want to break a sweat before breakfast. Her zumba sessions are always a success and have already become a tradition. Another good, healthy habit some PLD members have picked up during the conference is signing up for a local race as a way to see more of the city and create a strong bond. This year, four PLD members got together to complete the iRun 5k, organized by a local sports store.

Cris Silva had a room full of translators and interpreters for Zumba at 6 a.m.

Cris Silva had a room full of translators and interpreters for Zumba at 6 a.m.


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Translators, interpreters, friends and family got together for a 5k race Sunday after the conference.


If you attended ATA’s 56th Annual Conference and would like to contribute to our Facebook page, please add the hashtag #PLD25 to the description of your Facebook pictures. If you prefer to email them, feel free to send us a message to As we receive more material, we’ll add them to our conference album.


RAFA LOMBARDINO is a translator and journalist from Brazil who lives in California. She is the author of “Tools and Technology in Translation ― The Profile of Beginning Language Professionals in the Digital Age,” which is based on her UCSD Extension class. Rafa has been working as a translator since 1997 and, in 2011, started to join forces with self-published authors to translate their work into Portuguese and English. In addition to acting as content curator at eWordNews, a collective blog about translation and literature, she also runs Word Awareness, a small network of professional translators, and coordinates Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories (CBSS), a project to promote Brazilian literature worldwide.