By Marion Rhodes
English-German Translator

Every business starts with a dream. At the 5th Annual Conference of the Colorado Translators Association, language professionals will learn how to not only dream big but also how to turn those dreams into reality.

As social media coordinator for the Colorado Translators Association, I got to help organize my second professional conference this year. The event will be held May 1-3 in Boulder, Colo., and offers a lineup of speakers on all aspects of running a successful translation career, including some of our industry’s most respected experts (think Corinne McKay, Karyn Tkaczyk, Tuomas Kostiainen).

Organizing a conference is a lot of work, but seeing everything come together in the end is a wonderful feeling. One of the biggest challenges is keeping prices low while providing exciting sessions for attendees. CTA worked hard this year to secure sponsorships to help keep costs down. We were thrilled to get both the University of Denver and SDL on board!

Most of our attendees will come from Colorado, of course. But if you’re a translator living out of state, let me give you some good reasons to make a trip to the Rocky Mountains in May (not including the legal weed):

  • Our conference is a three-day event that includes a sitting of the ATA certification exam and a pre-conference social on Friday, a total of 12 break-out sessions on Saturday and two tools workshops on Sunday. Details on these events, as well as the rest of the conference, are available on the CTA website.
  • Colorado is always beautiful, but this time of the year, it is simply stunning. The trees are in bloom, the weather is gorgeous (unless of course you get a late snow storm, which is always a possibility), and the sunsets are amazing. Even though the days are mostly warm enough to wear t-shirts and even shorts, you can still go skiing in many resorts, which are only a short drive from the conference site. For out-of-town visitors, CTA has negotiated a special rate at a hotel in Boulder, the Millennium Harvest House.
  • The 2015 CTA Conference has been approved for 11 ATA credits (5 for Saturday and 6 for Sunday attendees) and 3 CCHI (Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters) credits for Saturday attendees.

Whether you are wondering about the right legal foundation for your business, want to improve your self-marketing skills or learn more about translation tools, CTA will have sessions to help you grow. So what are you waiting for? Early bird registration will end April 15, so sign up now by visiting

See you there!

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