2021 Conference

2021 Virtual Conference Schedule

Now What? Sharpen your Skills and Embrace New Opportunities

Friday, March 26

Pre-conference Workshops

Morning Workshop

9:00 a.m. to Noon

How to Rock Your Solo Biz – Julie Cortes

Session Description

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.

Afternoon Workshop

1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Medical Ethics for Real Life – Gloria M. Rivera

Session Description

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.


  • 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.

Friday, April 14

Pre-conference Workshops


8:45 a.m.

MICATA President Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

Plenary Address

9:00 a.m.

Promoting Your Value and Professionalism in a Dynamic Marketplace
ATA President-elect Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo

Session 1

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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

Session 2

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Biz Basics for Interpreters – Gloria Rivera

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

Session 3

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

Session 4

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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

Moderated Networking Sessions

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Best Practices for T&I Professionals – Frieda Ruppaner-Lind and Tingting Qin

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

Session 5

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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

Introduction to Arabic Translation: Challenges and Tips – Dr. Hiba Gharib

Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

MICATA President Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

Final Networking Session (Virtual Happy Hour)

5:00 p.m.