Newsbriefs: June 27, 2024


June 27, 2024

Update on ATA’s New Association Management System (AMS)


ATA Headquarters is excited to announce that the IT team is preparing for the final launch of our new association management system (AMS).


The first step in implementing the new system has begun: importing the existing membership database and evaluating the information/functionality. During the data transition and evaluation process, there will be limited access to the current Member Center. The AMS will go live once the data for the new system has been confirmed. Watch for additional email updates from ATA Headquarters as we continue to keep you informed on the progress of the launch.

Candidate Slate: ATA 2024 Elections

Submit Petitions for Additional Candidate Nominations by July 7


The slate is set for ATA’s regularly scheduled elections at the upcoming ATA 65th Annual

Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 30-November 2, 2024, to elect the following:


  • President-Elect (one unexpired position to be filled for a remaining term of one year).
  • Director (three regular positions, each for a three-year term).
  • Director (one unexpired position to be filled for a remaining term of one year).


This is just a reminder that additional nominations, supported by a written petition signed by no

fewer than 60 voting members and the nominee’s written acceptance statement, must be

received by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee by July 7. Acceptance

statements and petitions should be submitted to Nominating and Leadership Development

Committee Chair Karen Tkaczyk (


Currently, the candidates proposed by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee



President-elect (one-year term):

Viktoryia Baum

Andy Benzo


Director (three positions, each for a three-year term)

Isabel Asensio

Jason Jolley

Jessie Liu

Marcela Renna

Jaime Russell

Yasha Saebi

Marifer Sager

Romina Marazzato Sparano


The elections will be online. Voting members will be sent their proxy voting information in mid-

September. Candidate statements will be featured in the September/October issue of The ATA

Chronicle and on ATA’s website.

Rutgers University Looking for U.S. Translators to Participate in Survey on Translation Automation and Human-Centered AI


If you’re a translator based in the U.S., please consider participating in a survey being conducted

by Rutgers University on translation automation and human-centered AI. It only takes 15

minutes. Participants will be entered to win a $100 Amazon voucher. Share your email here to

receive an invitation to participate.

Calling All Writers! ATA’s Public Relations and Advocacy Committees Need Your Help!

Volunteer for ATA and put your writing skills to great use! The PR and Advocacy Committees are seeking strong writers with a passion for raising awareness about the T&I professions to join their teams. Volunteers should be self-starters who can work with minimal guidance to help draft content such as press releases, blog posts, statement letters to decision-makers, etc. Volunteers must be current ATA members in any individual member category.


Contact Jamie Hartz ( or Ben Karl ( to learn more.


Learn more about ATA’s Public Relations Committee here

Learn more about ATA’s Advocacy Committee here

The ATAware Store Is Now Open!


Have you visited the updated ATAware Store? Take a moment to visit the site and make a

purchase to show your pride in the T&I professions and help us celebrate ATA’s 65th



Order Your ATAware Now

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Start Planning Now for ATA65!

Portland, Oregon | October 30 – November 2, 2024

Attend one of the best events for professional translators and interpreters! At ATA’s 65th Annual Conference, you’ll find educational sessions, job recruitment and networking opportunities, and colleagues and leaders who understand what it means to be a language professional. Learn more at!


Book Your Room Today

A limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center (conference headquarters hotel) and the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland have been reserved at a discount for attendees. ATA rates are available until October 4, 2024, or as space allows. Learn more and book your hotel room now!


Visa Information

You may need a visa to travel to the U.S. We encourage you to make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible. Please see the ATA65 website for additional information. Review visa information now!


Schedule at a Glance

You can now review a high-level listing of the sessions and events taking place in Portland! Visit the Schedule at a Glance page and make your plans accordingly.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available soon!

Need More Information?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Adrian L. Aleckna, CMP

Director, Professional Development and Events

Virtual Translation and Interpreting Summit on the Diversity and Vitality of Spanish

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central Time (CT)

Location: Virtual (via Zoom)


ATA’s Spanish Language Division (SPD), in collaboration with the Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI), invites students, translators, interpreters, linguists, and professionals working with Spanish to the “Virtual Translation and Interpreting Summit on the Diversity and Vitality of Spanish.”

Our objectives are to:


  • Convene T&I professionals who work with Spanish as their source or target language to promote professional development and inform about the latest trends and practices in the field of T&I.
  • Facilitate networking opportunities that allow attendees to connect with like-minded professionals.
  • Feature special participation from our distinguished speaker, Darinka Mangino, who will present “Malintzin vista desde la cabina: una historia digna de contar.”


Reserve your spot today HERE!


(“Super Early Bird” discount available until June 30th.)


Did You Miss These Articles in the May/June Issue of The ATA Chronicle?


Don’t worry. You can catch up on your reading anytime by logging into the Chronicle-Online! The May/June issue includes:


  • ATA’s Public Relations Committee: Promoting the Professions
  • Contract Terms: A Freelancer’s Roadmap to Success
  • Interpreting and Translating for Families of Children with Multiple or Low-Incidence Disabilities: Terms to Know
  • How Assistive Listening Systems Support Courtroom Interpreting
  • Translating and Harmonizing Health Questionnaires: Navigating the Complex Journey
  • Recent Independent Contractor Classification Rule Changes and What They Mean for Translatorsand Interpreters
  • ATA Certification Forum: Practice Test or Sneak Preview?


Note: The ATA Chronicle Is a Member-Only Access Benefit – Login Required

All current members can access the full content of The ATA Chronicle by following these login instructions:


– Click here for the Chronicle-Online site.

– Click on “Log In” at the top right.

– Select “Lost Your Password” and enter your email address (not a username or member #).

– Click “Get New Password.”

– You should receive an email with a link to reset your password.

– Click the link and use the “Suggest new password” prompt.

– Then use your email and new password to access the site.


Once logged in, members can also read the magazine on their desktop or mobile device. The issue is also available in PDF and digital format. And be sure to look for the Online Extras and Bonus Features!

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