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!


CEPs: Continuing education points for attendees: The ATA will recognized 5 CEPs for all-day Saturday, plus another 5 points of Friday attendance.


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

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

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

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

Noon – 1:00 p.m. |Lunch/Networking

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Session 3

Introduction to Firearms and Ballistics
Lonnie Cox

Advanced Google Skills for Medical Translators
Danielle Maxson

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

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

Best Practices for T&I Professionals
Frieda Ruppaner-Lind

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
Marcela Renna

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

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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