ALC Webinar Series Presents: The Future of Advocating for the Language Industry
Dr. Bill Rivers, Principal at WP Rivers and Associates
Dr. Bill Rivers has more than 25 years’ experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with publications in second and third language acquisition research, proficiency assessment, program evaluation, and language policy development and advocacy. For eight years he led the Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) as their Executive Director. Prior to that, he served as Chief Scientist at Integrated Training Solutions, Inc., a small business in Arlington, Virginia, where he focused on strategic planning, management, and advanced technologies for language and culture programs in the public sector. In 2003, he was one of four co-founders of the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland. During his career, Dr. Rivers has also taught Russian (beginning through advanced), graduate courses in language policy, qualitative and quantitative methods, Russian linguistics, and second language acquisition at the University of Maryland and at several universities in Kazakhstan. He has worked as a freelance interpreter and translator. He received his PhD in Russian from Bryn Mawr College and his MA, BA, and BS (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Maryland. He speaks Russian and French.
Kristin Quinlan, CEO of Certified Languages International
Kristin Quinlan serves as CEO of Certified Languages International, a U.S. based on-demand telephone interpreting company. A recognized leader known for approaching business with a unique blend of industry-wide collaboration and insightful decision-making, she’s led CLI to be named eight times to the Fortune 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies.
Kristin’s commitment to the language industry earned her a position on the Association of Language Companies’ (ALC) Executive Board of Directors (2010-2014) and January 2015 was nominated to serve on the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) Board of Directors in Washington DC. In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of Directors for 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that connects endangered language groups with free tools and technology to preserve their languages.
Kathleen Diamond, ALC Board Member, ALC Bridge Chair, and Principal at Kathleen Diamond and Co.
The Founding Chair of ALC Bridge, Kathleen K Diamond, MA, Principal Kathleen Diamond & Co. Kathleen is a consultant, entrepreneur, and business leader in the language services industry. She serves as Chairman of ASTM F43 Language Services and Products and as a Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Association of Language Companies (ALC). Kathleen is fluent in Spanish and French in addition to English. She holds a Master’s degree in 16th Century French Literature from the University of Florida.
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