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What is The ATA Podcast?

It's a quick way to learn more about ATA—the people, events, and programs. Episodes are presented as short interviews with podcast Host Matt Baird. Easy to listen to, The ATA Podcast offers you a behind-the-scenes view of how ATA works.

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Episode 18

How ATA Works

January 31, 2018

To someone just joining ATA—or even to someone who's been a member for years—the association can seem like a complex maze of divisions, committees, chapters, elections, bylaws, and more. In Episode 18 of The ATA Podcast, President Corinne McKay makes sense of it all with a lot of humor in between. Listen now!

Show Notes: ATA Bylaws; ATA Board of Directors; ATA Divisions; ATA Chapters, ATA Committees, Ethics Committee, ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, ATA Annual Conference, Chronicle-Online, Colorado Translators Association, ATA Elections, ATA Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, ATA Policies and Procedures. Music tracks by

Episode 17

ATA Year in Review with Corinne McKay

December 28, 2017

In this episode, ATA President Corinne McKay looks back and takes stock of the Association's accomplishments in 2017. Corinne also takes a brief look ahead to ATA's 59th Annual Conference in the Big Easy!

Episode 16

The ATA Public Relations Program with Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

November 30, 2017

The ATA Public Relations Committee. You're probably asking yourself, "What's in it for me"? Actually quite a lot. Listen in to Episode 16 of The ATA Podcast to learn about the three audiences the PR Committee has targeted for outreach and what it does to get the message across.

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Episode 15

Celebrating International Translation Day 2017 and Volunteerism with David Rumsey

September 30, 2017

International Translation Day is more than a one-day event. Listen to ATA President David Rumsey talk about how translators and interpreters can celebrate their professions all year long as volunteers. David also discusses the background of the UN's historic recognition of September 30 as International Translation Day.

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Episode 14

ATA Elections 2017: Meet the Candidates

September 15, 2017

Listen in and learn more about the people on this year's ballot! In the mini-podcasts below, each candidate answers three questions about the future of the Association and their role in it.

The ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird

President-elect (two-year term): Ted Wozniak

Secretary (two-year term):Karen Tkaczyk

Treasurer (two-year term): John Milan

Director (three-year term): Jennifer Guernsey

Director (three-year term): Tony Guerra

Director (three-year term): Geoff Koby

Director (three-year term): Elena Langdon

Director (three-year term): Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

Director (three-year term): Kyle Vraa

Want to know more? Read the formal candidate statements, find out the jobs these candidates will face, and finally check out the Board meeting minutes to see the accomplishments of so many previous ATA Officers and Directors. 

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Episode 13

ATA Halftime Report with David Rumsey and Corinne McKay

July 17, 2017

In this episode of The ATA Podcast, President David Rumsey looks back at the first six months of this year as well as at his time in office. Ethics, the computerized certification exam, finances, and outreach to sister organizations are all part of the picture. President-Elect Corinne McKay reviews last year's ATA Annual Conference in San Francisco and this year's Conference in Washington, DC. David and Corinne wrap up the podcast with news on ATA's public relations efforts.

Episode 12

ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice with Ted Wozniak

June 14, 2017

An association’s code of ethics defines it as no other description can. It tells the group’s purpose; its ideals and values; the standards of professionalism it expects; and most importantly, the real world ethical dilemmas its members may face. Listen in as ATA Ethics Committee Chair Ted Wozniak talks with Host Matt Baird about the association's code and the Committee behind the scenes making it work.

Episode 11

ATA School Outreach Program and Contest with Birgit Vosseler-Brehmer

May 8, 2017

ATA's School Outreach Program is now in its 12th year and more popular than ever!  Listen in as School Outreach Committee Member Birgit Vosseler-Brehmer talks to Host Matt Baird about how members are sharing their careers in classrooms around the world. Birgit also gives up some tips on winning a free registration to ATA's Annual Conference through the School Outreach Contest.

Episode 10

Credentialed Interpreter Listings in ATA Directory with Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner

March 17, 2017

In November 2016 ATA began listing interpreter credentials in its Directory of Translators and Interpreters. What does this mean? For one thing, directory-users can search for interpreters by their credentials and credentialing organizations. But there's more! Find out what else this new feature can do for interpreters in podcast Host Matt Baird's interview with Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner, Chair of ATA's Interpretation Policy Advisory Committee.

Episode 9

ATA Membership with Tess Whitty

February 13, 2017

How does ATA membership pay for itself? Access to clients through the Association's online Directory of Translators and Interpreters is one way. But there's more. Listen in to Episode 9 of The ATA Podcast as host Matt Baird interviews Membership Committee Chair Tess Whitty to learn what Being an ATA Member is all about.

Episode 8

The ATA Webinar Program with Karen Tkaczyk

September 30, 2016

If you read Newsbriefs and The ATA Chronicle, follow ATA on Twitter, or are a member of the ATA LinkedIn group, then you’ve probably seen the announcements for ATA webinars. But have you ever checked them out? And do you know there are more than 60 recorded ATA webinars available on demand? Listen in as host Matt Baird talks to ATA Webinar Subcommittee Chair Karen Tkaczyk about ATA's year-round opportunity for continuing education.

Episode 7

The ATA 57th Annual Conference with ATA President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

August 30, 2016

This year's ATA Annual Conference is headed back to San Francisco--this time with more sessions, more events, and the all-new Advanced Skills and Training Day. If you've never been to an ATA Annual Conference, or even if you have, you'll want to listen in as David and Corinne talk with Host Matt Baird about what's new, which fan favorites are returning, and why you need to be there.

Links in this episode: ATA 57th Annual Conference; ATA57 Conference Hotel Room Reservations; ATA57 Conference Roommate Blog; First-Time Conference Attendee Resources; ATA57 Conference App.

Episode 6

The ATA Client Outreach Kit with Lillian Clementi and Stephanie Tramdack Cash

August 15, 2016

What is the ATA Client Outreach Kit? Listen in as ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird talks with Lillian Clementi and Stephanie Tramdack Cash about the creation of this powerful direct marketing package available to ATA members at no cost.

Episode 5

The Computerized ATA Certification Exam with David Stephenson and Michèle Hansen

June 27, 2016

The first fully computerized ATA Certification Exam was tested this past April and will be available at several exam sittings in the second half of 2016. But what does "computerized exam" mean? How does it work? ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird interviews Certification Committee Chair David Stephenson and Deputy Chair Michèle Hansen to find out.

Episode 4

The ATA Chronicle Revamp with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

May 31, 2016

The ATA Chronicle recently took the next step in its evolution-the look and feel, the frequency, and the content have changed quite a bit. Maybe you've asked yourself why these changes took place? How did they come about? What's the benefit? The behind-the-scenes story is well worth a listen.

Episode 3

Inside the ATA Board Room with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

April 18, 2016

What goes on in the ATA Board room? What kinds of issues do the Board Directors discuss? Can members attend? Step inside the ATA Board room with ATA Podcast Host Matt Baird to get an insider’s view from David and Corinne. While you're at it, check out who's on the current ATA Board of Directors.

Episode 2

Miami, San Francisco, and ataTalk with President David Rumsey and President-Elect Corinne McKay

January 15, 2016

Was Miami magical? Will San Francisco be golden? What's ataTalk all about? David and Corinne join host Matt Baird to review ATA's 56th Annual Conference in Miami, give a sneak preview of this year's 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco, and explain why everyone's talking about ataTalk.

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The ATA 56th Annual Conference with President Caitilin Walsh and President-Elect David Rumsey

September 30, 2015

With the ATA 56th Annual Conference in Miami just over a month away, PR Committee member Matt Baird chats with Caitilin and David about what's in store for attendees. Find out what's new this year and what's back by popular demand—and see you in Miami!


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