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2015 CATI Conference

Submitted by Castillo Language Services on Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:36

CATI Conference: Who Should Attend?

by Javier Castillo • javier@castillolanguageservices.com

The biggest and best event of the year in the Carolinas for language

professionals and those interested in learning about the fields of interpretation

and translation is coming back to Meredith College on Saturday,

March 14th. Our conference theme this year is Working Globally,

Networking Locally and it is a theme that is most appropriate.

There is no better place to be in

order to share what you know and

learn from the best of the best. It

doesn’t matter if you have 30 years

of experience or are only beginning

your discovery of the fascinating

world of interpretation and

translation, this conference will

have something for you.

It doesn’t matter if you are in Converse,

SC or Elizabeth City, NC or

tucked away in a cabin along the

Appalachian Trail, if you are helping others bridge language and culture,

you are working globally.

We are very fortunate this year to have as our Keynote Speaker Mr. Tony

Rosado, a conference and court interpreter with years of experience interpreting

at some of the highest levels across the globe. There will be

presentations that will cover all of the finer skills that we as language

professionals need in order to continue our paths towards success, no

matter how you define it. The preliminary conference brochure with all

of the details can be found on the CATI website at www.catiweb.org/


A true professional knows that the learning never stops. And above and

beyond the tips and techniques that will help you improve your skills,

the main focus the conference is on the second half of our theme, Networking

Locally. This is the secret to success, no matter how you define


You can be the absolute best in your field, the most talented translator,

able to translate Medieval French Poetry and turn it into flowery

Guaraní in your sleep, but if nobody knows about you, then your bright

light will shine only within the confines of your computer room in your


When I ventured into this profession over 14 years ago, my world was

limited to interpreting at the local courthouse and hospital in Greenville,

NC. The light at the end of my tunnel was State Court Certification. That

for me was the end all be all and it was all I knew of this field. It wasn’t

until I went to a seminar in Arizona that I had the chance to meet other

interpreters who did much more than court work. It was there that I met

the Chief Coordinator of Interpreters at the U.S. Department of State,

who after getting to know me, invited me to come to D.C. and take their

exam. A door was opened for me that I never in a thousand years would

have imagined would be. From that moment on, a whole other world was

before me. No longer was I limited to interpreting in the ED or in Traffic

court; I was being flown across the country to interpret for international

delegations on topics such as Human Trade and Trafficking, Finance

and Economics, and Counter Assault Tactics for VIP Protections. From

there, thanks to the colleagues with whom I networked, I was invited to

interpret at conferences as far away as Peru. I am eternally grateful to my

colleagues who opened these paths for me and helped me to become a

better professional. But, it wasn’t because I was merely an interpreter, but

rather, because I made a connection with the right person at the right

time. Networking was the key to my career.

And so, I challenge you all, step through the doors of Meredith College

on March 14th. You never know what you will find on the other side.

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