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.


Érika Lessa
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.

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