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November Program Meeting - Translation Panel Discussion

Program MeetingNEO STC strives to add value to its members by providing a variety of educational and networking opportunities. Monthly program meetings give you a chance to hear discussions about timely topics from the thought leaders and practitioners who represent the future of the profession, and to share in dinner with fellow professionals.

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Pricing: Meeting only members/students: $15; Meeting only nonmembers: $25; With dinner members/students: $25; With dinner nonmembers: $35.

Register and join the NEO STC community for its November Program Meeting - A Translation Panel Discussion with Joann Rasmussen, Elena Dunne, and Scott Carothers. These three successful people will speak to the group about Simplified Technical English, Translation Outsourcing, and Global Translations.   

Panel Descriptions

Simplified Technical English: You'll hear a broad definition of Simplified Technical English, hear about facts regarding its growing demand, and see a demonstration of techniques with a software solution.

Translation - To Outsource or Not To Outsource: Companies in need of translation or localization services have several choices: hire one or more in-house translators, subcontract to freelance translators, or work with one or more language service providers (LSPs). This presentation will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to completing translation and localization projects. It will also discuss how to select the approach that is most suitable to your company's specific needs and requirements so that you can develop a cost-effective and scalable long-term strategy.

Global Translations: Learn about the new way to simplify, facilitate, and illuminate your translation processes when going global, ensuring maximized content reuse with business intelligence at your fingertips that validates never-before-seen vendor ratings. You will also hear how vendor validation puts you in total control of the translation process.

Speaker Biographies

Joann Rasmussen is a project writer for Radcom, Inc. She has extensive experience with technical writing, including experience with Thermo Scientific, Phillips, Microsoft Dynamics and other companies in the IT industry. She is a coach and lifetime member of the National Forensic League and was a regular speaker for Microsoft Dynamics. Rasmussen received Simplified English Training from HyperSTE at Phillips.

Elena Dunne is an Account Executive at Advanced Language Translation. Elena holds Bachelor's degrees in Linguistics and in Psychology, as well as a Master's degree in Translation. At Advanced Language Translation, Elena played a key role in the development of the company's proprietary terminology management and ISO 9001 quality management systems. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Translation Studies at Kent State. Her primary research interests are language project management and terminology management. She is the co-editor of the recently published volume Translation and Localization Project Management: The Art of the Possible, volume XVI of the American Translators Association Scholarly Monograph Series.

Scott Carothers, Senior Globalization Executive for Kinetic.theTechnologyAgency, started his career on a genesis team creating the first PC-DOS graphics software using the CGM standard, Kinetic Words, Graphs, and Art. He successfully placed this software in 300 of the Fortune 500 companies. From there he has continued a 30 year stay introducing cutting edge technology software platforms involving Marketing Asset Management with a focus on Translation Process Management. He currently lives in Louisville, KY.


Thursday, November 8, 2012


5:30 to 6:00 PM - Registration
6:00 to 7:00 PM - Dinner
6:30 to 7:00 PM - Non-Member/Guest Orientation
7:00 to 8:00 PM - Panel Discussion


Akron General Health & Wellness Center
4125 Medina Road
Akron, Ohio 44333


Pasta bar:

  • Meatballs
  • Marinara and Alfredo Sauces
  • Pastas (two varieties)

Grilled Veggies
Caesar Salad
Bread sticks
Pop/coffee station


Meeting only members/students: $15
Meeting only nonmembers: $25
With dinner members/students: $25
With dinner nonmembers: $35

Pay through PayPal:

NEO STC November 2012 Programs Meeting
Meeting only member/student $15.00 USD Meeting only nonmember $25.00 USD With dinner member/student $25.00 USD With dinner nonmember $35.00 USD

Special Promotion!

We are offering a Member-Bring-a-Non-Member promotion this month. Members, pay full price for your registration, and invite a non-member guest to attend at no additional charge! Be sure to mention this promotion in your registration e-mail, along with the name of the non-member guest.


If you plan to attend, e-mail the Programs Committee at by close of business on Wednesday, October 31. Or, call Lynn at 440-646-3543.

Payment can either be made at the door the night of the event by cash or check, or through PayPal.

Hope to see you there!

Please note, we require 48 hours notice if you need to cancel. Anyone canceling with less than 48 hours notice is still required to pay their registration fee.


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