Chillistore announces that they have been acquired by Argos Multilingual, but will remain a separate and independent subsidiary.
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Interesting news in Podcast Land! Argos’ CEO Véronique Özkaya joined host and Senior Marketing Manager at Venga Stephanie Harris on her podcast, “Global Ambitions.” The topic? Unconscious Bias.
Having worked in companies big and small, Véronique has seen how important diversity is in growing and evolving an organization. Also, as a female entrepreneur with daughters, Véronique understands firsthand how difficult it can be to rise to the top within largely cookie-cutter industries. Why? Well, unconscious bias can often be to blame. Véronique explains the importance of understanding what it is, how it arises, and how to identify it.
Raising awareness among teams is a huge first step, as is ensuring people in leadership positions lead by example. Those in charge of hiring should actively search for candidates who are different from them, and who can add something unique to the table. Véronique also suggests taking “implicit association tests,” which can help individuals identify biases that exist within them (many of which might come as a surprise). Only through looking within can we help promote diversity across organizations.
Listen to the full podcast, or read the transcript.
Argos Multilingual’s CEO Véronique Özkaya joined SlatorPod to discuss Argos’ recent acquisition of Venga Global — a Language Service Provider (LSP). Venga’s data-driven capabilities round out Argos’ list of services, which include localization, marketing-driven content services, and translation quality services (Chillistore).
Véronique discusses how she moved from inexperienced translator/reviewer, to sales person, to Argos CEO. Having been in the industry for several years, she’s witnessed major shifts in translation and customer expectations. The explosion of technology, coupled with the ways in which content is created and distributed, have forced companies to adapt. Thanks to e-commerce, organizations have learned that neglecting to think outside of their domestic markets creates a major barrier to entry. Understanding where customers are headed and what tools they need to reach their goals is what separates companies from the competition.
Here’s the link to the Slator podcast, where you can learn more about Argos’ acquisition of Venga.
The Content Wrangler and Heretto just hosted their latest Coffee and Conversation webinar, and it was a groundbreaking one. Transgender motivational speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, and workplace diversity and inclusion consultant Stephanie Battaglino joined Patrick Boseck and Scott Abel to discuss her experience as a transgender woman in the workplace. Having lived much of her life under the male privilege society allows straight, cisgender men, Stephanie’s transition threw her into a new category.
While holding a corporate VP position at New York Life insurance comapny, Stephanie came out as transgender, making her the first person in the company’s history to come out on the job. She spent 25 years navigating the corporate space as a white, cisgender man, and moved up the corporate ladder with a singular focus: moving forward. She didn’t realize that her white male privilege was helping her in her career, nor did she realize how much privilege she actually had. She didn’t realize what she’d had until she lost it.
Although Stephanie’s gender has changed, her skills, leadership style, and accomplishments remain the same. And yet, her new position as a woman in the workplace has created unprecedented hurdles. Since coming out, she’s gained new insights into the importance of language when communicating with transgender and non-binary individuals. Language matters, and an understanding of the language to use is one of the first steps toward transforming the workplace. Stephanie’s book, Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America, depicts her journey, and discusses the importance of culture and language in creating inclusive workplaces. She believes that language begins with culture; you need to have an understanding of culture in order to transform policy into practice. Once you understand the culture, you can work to implement appropriate language, in order to meet people where they are — people you may not have encountered before, but who deserve to be communicated with in ways that resonate with them.
Incorporating inclusive language is one of Chillistore’s primary pillars. As Stephanie states, language starts with culture. Chillistore is here to help you understand cultural differences, so you can implement the correct language.