The LocWorldWide 44 sessions took place on June 8-10, and the “Up Close and Personal” panel video was live! This panel marked the third installation in the series, led by Argos Multilingual’s Kathleen Bostick. It featured VP of Localization at Hubspot Nataly Kelly; Managing Director & SVP of Global Programs and AI at TELUS Siobhan Hanna; and VP of Product, International and Globalization Anna Schlegel. Each panelist discussed their individual journeys as high-powered women in the workforce. Here’s a quick overview:
Nataly’s interest in language and localization stems from her love of Spanish, which she embraced at a young age. She’s never been one to develop a set “career plan,” but instead, leaned on her instincts and took opportunities as they became available. She discusses how important her colleagues can be to her overall happiness, and how some of her best learnings have come from other women in the industry. She hopes to leave a strong legacy, while also empowering others to build on what she starts.
Throughout her career, Siobhan has coupled deep operations knowledge with extreme customer focus. In her presentation, she discusses the hard work, frequent change, and informal mentors that have helped shape her career. Along the way, a mentor shared a motto with her that would continue to inform her journey, and she shared with the LocWorldWide panel: any role worth taking must be: ⅓ “I can do this in my sleep”; ⅓ “This is challenging and feels like a stretch but I want to go for it”; and ⅓ “This scares me.” If all three of these factors are present, then the opportunity is worth pursuing. Siobhan has certainly pursued qualifying opportunities.
Anna’s impressive career journey has led to countless accolades and success stories. Her greatest strength is coming into a new company and leaning on her gut and instinctual visions. In doing this, she can automatically visualize where a company needs to go and how to bring it there. Anna emphasizes the importance of staying balanced and healthy, especially given her role as a mother to a child with autism. She encourages women to make choices that keep them grounded, so they may learn from and teach others.Watch the full panel here.