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GALA 2016, the annual conference of the Globalization and Localization Association, was host to a number of highly informative, industry-specific sessions, including "VideosWithoutBorders — Storytelling and Messaging to the World," presented by lifelong philanthropist and entrepreneur Michael Smolens.
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I recently attended the 2016 conference of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) in New York City. GALA is a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for the language sector by, in its own words, "creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology."
As I live in Australia, attending the GALA conference required a large commitment of both time and money, including 24+ hours of travel and the cost of airline tickets, transportation to and from the airport, and lodging (not to mention time away from the office). Yet I was not the only long-distance traveler there; in addition to encountering other Australians, I met people from Argentina, Ukraine, Estonia, Canada, Poland, France, Italy, Geneva, and of course the USA.
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