Localization Business School: The success of Women in Localization

Andrew Lawless
MultiLingual July 2018
Columns and Commentary

Women in Localization is currently planning its ten-year anniversary. It will be celebrated around the world with satellite parties and a larger event in Silicon Valley.

On September 8, 2008, three women had a vision and changed the face of the localization world for good. They started Women in Localization, a small local networking group that would go on to become an international organization with 4,000+ members, with chapters in 11 countries and counting....

Women in Localization has been on a transformational journey since its inception. Hard work and a new strategic focus have moved the organization on track to become a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation later this year.

As a further result of continuous evolution, it is most notable that this work was overseen by the first male board advisor, Duaine Pryor. Women in Localization is by nature inclusive and firmly believes in fostering relationships with men who support equality, inclusivity, and support women and women’s issues.

Men are welcome to attend events and there are currently two men on the board of advisors. Duaine Pryor and Fabiano Cid serve with long-time supporter of the organization Mimi Hills, and former board member Allison McDougall.

All committees and chapters that work under the board's supervision are sponsored and mentored on a regular basis. The board has clear values and goals; it builds and fosters key partnerships and manages the organization like a well-oiled machine....

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