42: Localization as a Humanitarian Effort: The Wondrous Vision of the Virtual Assistant Circle

 In the wake of the Great Flood of 1999, a small group of people went to Hue, Vietnam to help save the lives of children who had lost their parents in the tragedy. Who could have ever guessed at the time that teaching language localization skills would become a road map for leading so many of these children out of poverty and into a future of real opportunity?To learn more about Virtual Assistant Circle, visit: www.friendsofhue.org

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Localization as a Humanitarian Effort: The Wondrous Vision of the Virtual Assistant Circle

Guests

The Virtual Assistant Circle (VAC) is a subsidiary branch of the Friends of Hue Foundation (FHF). FHF is a nonprofit foundation. The foundation supports a children’s shelter in Vietnam to give children who are abused or abandoned a place to live. We also provide disaster relief programs to help rebuild communities in Vietnam when natural disasters strike. Based in San Jose, FHF promotes youth empowerment and community involvement by recruiting volunteers, particularly of the younger generation, to participate in the producing community events focusing on art and culture.

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Renato Beninatto

Renato Beninatto

CEO of Nimdzi Insights LLC

Renato Beninatto is the co-author of The General Theory of the Translation Company and leads Nimdzi Insights, a think-tank and consulting company that focuses on growth strategies for localization leaders. A former owner of an LSP, an executive in some of the leading companies in the industry and a linguist in his own right, this Brazilian-Italian-American citizen can’t shut up in Portuguese, English, Italian, French or Spanish.

Michael W. Stevens

Michael W. Stevens

Vice President Americas, CC of Translated

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the localization and IT industries. A well-networked entrepreneur, Michael’s main interest is in connecting and bringing people together. He not only enjoys learning about a company’s exciting ideas and developments, he also has a keen ability to add value—and fire—to new and innovative thinking.

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