Conference Schedule

MICATA 2021 Virtual Conference
Now What? Sharpen your Skills and Embrace New Opportunities

Follow this link to register for a Friday Pre-conference workshop, the full slate of Saturday sessions — or both! Check our conference CEUs page for information about continuing education points.


MICATA would like to thank the sponsors of its 2021 virtual conference. Check them out HERE.


Pre-conference Workshops: Friday, March 26, 2021

9:00 a.m. to Noon
How to Rock Your Solo Biz
Julie Cortes

Running your own business can be intimidating. You may offer the best service, but if you don’t know HOW to run a business, success is not going to come easy. Having the right tools in your back pocket can help guide you in the right direction. From getting (and staying!) motivated to promoting yourself in the best light, there’s a lot that goes into it. And, if done right, can do wonders for your business. Whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for a while, you’ll walk away with:

  • Motivational Tips 
  • Branding Basics
  • Promotional Tricks
  • And More

Come learn how to stand out, how to stay focused, and how to succeed in running your own business.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Medical Ethics for Real Life
Gloria M. Rivera
(3.0 CCHI CE points)

In healthcare interpreting, Ethics and Standards of Practice set the environment for the practice of our profession in the United States. They help us tell right from wrong, guide our professional behavior, and avoid situations that can get us in trouble. Unfortunately, there are some situations when applying these ethics and standards of practice is not as easy as it seems or that may make us look like “the bad guys”. During this 3-hour language neutral workshop, we will review the main Ethics and Standards of Practice and CA’s Standards for Healthcare Interpreting. Then, we will apply them in practical, real life scenarios where we will figure out why we are making the correct decision and how to carry it out. 


Main MICATA Conference: Saturday, March 27, 2021

8:45 a.m. | Welcome
MICATA President Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

9:00 a.m. | Plenary Address
Promoting Your Value and Professionalism in a Dynamic Marketplace
ATA President-elect Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo
(0.75 CCHI CE points)

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Session 1

Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear?: Interpreter’s Ability to Grasp Meaning
Natalya Mytareva

AutoHotKey for Non-Programmers
Nora Diaz

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – Noon | Session 2

Biz Basics for Interpreters
Gloria Rivera

Introduction to Firearms and Ballistics [Pre-recorded session]
Lonnie Cox

Noon – 1:00 p.m. |Lunch/Networking

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Session 3

Diversifying Your Language Services: How to Know What to Offer, When, and to Whom
Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

Advanced Google Skills for Medical Translators
Danielle Maxson
(1.0 CCHI CE points)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Break

2:15 p.m. -3:15 p.m. | Session 4

Getting Started in Literary Translation
David Lisenby and Laura Kanost

Navigating Online Interpreter Training Landscape: How to be a Smart Learner in 2021
Natalya Mytareva
(1.0 CCHI CE points)

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Moderated Networking Sessions

Best Practices for T&I Professionals
Frieda Ruppaner-Lind and Tingting Qin
(1.0 CCHI CE points)

For Newbies: Getting Started Q&A
Jean Marie Trujillo and Abigail Dahlberg

3:30p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Session 5

Introduction to Court Interpreting [Pre-recorded session]
Marcela Renna

Introduction to Arabic Translation: Challenges and Tips
Dr. Hiba Gharib
(1.0 CCHI CE points)

4:30 p.m. -4:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks
MICATA President Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

5:00 p.m. | Final Networking Session (Virtual Happy Hour)
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