The 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 to Chicago!
The 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.
Wednesday • 6:00pm - 7:00pm • Open to registered attendees
Buddies Welcome Newbies
New to the Conference?
Wouldn’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»
Start 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
Find solutions! Make connections!
Supercharge 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.
Thursday • 6:00pm - 7:00pm • Open to registered attendees
Business Practices Happy Hour
Get down to business!
Join 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.
Thursday • 7:00pm - 8:00pm • Open to registered attendees
Ready to work? Ready to hire?
Freelancers 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.
Friday • 6:00pm - 7:00pm • Open to registered attendees
Stretch, Breathe, & Move
Chase away the tension from travel and translation!
Wake 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.
Thursday - Saturday • 6:30am - 7:15am • Open to registered attendees
Get ready to party yourself into shape!
Zumba® 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.
Thursday - Saturday • 6:00am - 7:00am • Open to registered attendees
Closing Session and Reception
Share 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.
Saturday • 5:15pm - 7:00pm • Open to registered attendees
Conference Dance Party
Put on your dancing shoes!
Join 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.
Request 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.
Saturday • 9:00pm - 12:00midnight • Open to registered attendees