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oThe ATA Annual Conference lets you connect with over 1,800 colleagues from around the world. With the variety of special events offered, you can promote yourself and your services, reunite with friends, or just have fun!

Welcome Reception
oWelcome to Chicago!
oThe American Translators Association invites you to spend an evening with colleagues and friends. This is the event that starts it all and is the highest attended event of the conference. Be our guest for a selection of hors d'oeuvres, specialty food stations, and a hosted bar.

oWednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Open to registered attendees

Buddies Welcome Newbies
oNew to the Conference?
oWouldn’t it be nice to see a familiar face when you’re attending the conference for the first time? This mutually rewarding networking opportunity lets "Newbies" (first-time attendees) get paired up with "Buddies" (seasoned attendees) to get the most from their conference experience. MORE»

Opening Session
oStart the conference off right!
-President Caitilin Walsh and President-Elect David Rumsey provide an overview of conference highlights, introduce the new events for this year, offer tips about the hotel and city, and discuss general agenda items that all attendees need to know.
-Thursday 8:30am - 9:00am Open to registered attendees

NEW: Brainstorm Networking
oFind solutions! Make connections!
oSupercharge your networking skill set in this fast-paced, interactive, and collaborative event. Work in small teams to tackle common business-related challenges, while making new friends and creating new partnerships.
oThursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Open to registered attendees

Business Practices Happy Hour
oGet down to business!
oJoin your colleagues of the Business Practices Yahoo!® discussion group to learn more about this valuable business-oriented ATA online forum. Take part in the discussion now by CLICKING HERE.
oThursday 7:00pm - 8:00pm Open to registered attendees

Résumé Exchange
oReady to work? Ready to hire?
oFreelancers and company reps can meet to build potential partnerships. Find your future employer or find qualified employees and contractors. Bring your résumés and business cards to share. Areas will be designated for a variety of languages and areas of specialization so you can make the connections that are right for you.
oFriday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Open to registered attendees

Stretch, Breathe, & Move
oChase away the tension from travel and translation!
oWake up, breathe, gather strength through yoga, connect with energy through Qi Gong, and have some fun with dance. Enjoy exercises to help translators with what you need most—targeted relaxation and stretching just where it feels best.
oThursday - Saturday 6:30am - 7:15am Open to registered attendees

oGet ready to party yourself into shape!
oZumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective, and totally exhilarating.
oThursday - Saturday 6:00am - 7:00am Open to registered attendees

Closing Session and Reception
oShare one last goodbye ... until next year!
-Look back on four days of networking, learning, and fun with photos and videos. Get a preview of what's in store for next year's conference in Miami! Winners of the STAY & WIN drawing will be announced. The presentation will be followed by a reception. A cash bar will be available.
oSaturday 5:15pm - 7:00pm Open to registered attendees

Conference Dance Party

oPut on your dancing shoes!
oJoin us for entertainment that promises to get you on your feet. Mingle, laugh, and dance the night away as the DJ spins a mix of Brazilian, salsa, disco, pop, funk, and global dance music.
oRequest your favorite songs! You can request up to 10 songs for the DJ to play by CLICKING HERE. Log in using group "ata" and password "ata" to access request list.
oSaturday 9:00pm - 12:00midnight Open to registered attendees



“Great for
face-to-face networking.”

“Never a dull moment. Well worth it!”

“Connect with like-minded professionals.”

“A variety of events with a relaxed atmosphere.”

“It is very motivating.”

“There is nothing quite like an ATA Conference!”

“Positive energy!”

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