Event Details

2017 North Amercia Localization Project Managers Round Table – Berkeley, CA



  • Promote a better understanding of the localization project management environment on both sides of the industry
  • Create a channel of open communication for project managers to discuss specific issues of localization project management outside the client-vendor relationship
  • Discuss the dynamics of the localization activities on the client and vendor sides
  • Peer-to-peer exchange of ideas
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Frank and free discussions of issues confronting the industry
  • Networking
  • Evaluation of recent developments
What happens at the Localization Project Managers Round Table?

Most Round Table attendees have three or more years of experience in localization project management. As a result, presentations and discussions deal with advanced topics. The format of the Localization Project Managers Round Table relies on short presentations, some of them impromptu, followed by extensive discussions involving as many attendees as possible.

An Advisory Board has been organized to assist in the creation of an agenda and to facilitate the topics and presentations that will compose the 2016 Localization Project Managers Round Table. Ulrich Henes (Founder, The Localization Institute) and Willem Stoeller (PMP and Round Table Leader) will co-chair the Advisory Board. Photos and bios of the Advisory Board members are included further down this page.

To ensure that topics for the Round Table are as relevant as possible to those participating, we are keeping an open session on the last day of the event. The topics for this open session will be determined by the attendees, who will be able to contribute their proposed topics throughout the event.

The Round Table’s success depends on people being willing to share information and experiences freely. To encourage that, no formal minutes or records are kept or published. Attendees are free to keep their own notes.

Discussion of localization prices and details of vendor contracts is not permitted.

The upcoming Project Managers Round Table will be tentatively held on May 17-19, 2017 on the beautiful Clark Kerr Campus at the University of California – Berkeley.

To view photos from last year’s event – Click here.

2017 Localization Project Managers Roundtable Agenda (Topic subjects will be decided by Advisory Board)
Day 1 (Wednesday, May 17)
4:00 – 5:00 PM Registration Open ; Guest Room Check-In
5:00 – 6:30 PM (1:30) Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 PM (1:30) Welcome Dinner
8:30 – 9:30 PM (1:00) Welcome Session / Introductions – Willem Stoeller


Day 2 (Thursday, May 18)
7:00 – 8:00 AM (1:00) Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 AM (1:30) Session #1 –  
9:30 – 9:40 AM (:10) Break
9:40 AM – 11:10 PM (1:30) Session #2 – 
11:10 – 11:20 AM (:10) Break
11:20 – 12:50 AM (1:30) Session #3 – 
12:50 – 1:50 PM (1:00) Break
1:50 – 3:20 PM (1:30) Session #4 – 
3:20 – 3:30 PM (:10) Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM (1:30)

(extra session)

Session #5 –  
5:00 PM Adjourn
5:30 – 7:30 PM (2:00) Optional Guided Hike On The Stonewall-Panoramic Trail
7:30 – 9:30 PM (2:00) Dinner


Day 3 (Friday, May 20)
7:30 – 8:30 AM (1:00) Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 AM (1:30) Session #6 –
10:00 – 10:15 AM (:15) Break
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM (1:30) Session #7 – 
11:45 – 1:00 PM (1:15) Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 PM (1:30) Session #8 – Open Session
2:30 PM Adjourn
3:00 PM Guest Room Check-Out

2017 North America Round Table Advisory Board

Willem StoellerWillem Stoeller has over 20 years of experience in translation, localization and internationalization of marketing materials, software products and web content. Currently his focus is on project and quality management and localization strategy/processes improvement. Willem is a representative of TAUS and is also very involved with the Project Management Institute where he is a board member of the Portland chapter. Training for localization is a top priority for Willem. He is a former professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and he is also the creator and presenter of the Localization Project Management Certification and the Quality Management in Translation Certification Programs.

Ulrich HenesUlrich Henes is the Founder and President of The Localization Institute.  Already in his early years, Ulrich was fascinated by language, cultural differences, and global business. He spent the first decade of his career organizing international campaigns against the arms race and apartheid; and promoting global social justice.  For the past 25 years Ulrich has channeled his passion for all things global into promoting awareness and respect for differences among people, countries, and languages in the international business community.

Anna-N-SchlegelAnna N Schlegel is a native of Catalunya. Anna has lead globalization, and global digital teams from the ground up at Cisco, Xerox, VMware, VeriSign and NetApp. Anna is co-founder of Women in Localization and has been interviewed by Forbes and Fortune Magazine among others, on a variety of globalization topics. Most recently, Anna was chosen as the first SDL Innovator to be portrayed on their Fortune Magazine campaign.

Katja Zuzke works with Language Specialists, Localization Engineers, Product Management, Content Management, Product Development, Customer Support, QA, internal business partners, and external vendors to enable and provide high-quality projects. She oversees concurrent management of multiple localization program tracks including continued Project Management support for eBay apps on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Katji has 19 years of experience in the L10N industry, including 13 years in management (in-house and consulting).

Samantha-Henderson-photoSamantha Henderson is a director at Welocalize, who brings over ten years of experience in the language services industry to a role that focuses on the creation, development and optimization of localization programs for the world’s leading technology and software companies. Focusing on innovation to drive continual improvement and change, Samantha keeps pace with industry trends in production processes, tools and resource models to deliver tailored solutions for clients whose needs are constantly changing and evolving. She has managed global production teams in New York, London and San Francisco, and graduated with an MA in translation and interpretation from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, with secondments at both l’Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Biography coming soon

Biography coming soon

Registration Information

Fee for the 2017 Project Managers Round Table:

  • Single Registration (lodging included) – $1350 – closes on May 10
  • Single Registration (lodging not included) – $1200 – open until start of event on May 17
  • Group Registration (3 or more – lodging included) – $1250 / person – closes on May 11

Note: A limited number of on-the-day registrations (lodging not included) will also be available.
Once we confirm your registration, if lodging is included, we will arrange for your accommodation in a single-occupancy Suite on the Clark Kerr Campus (see accommodation and housekeeping details below).

If you do not wish to stay on campus or if you wish to arrange for outside accommodations for any other reason, we can recommend high-quality near-by hotels, which you can book for a premium rate. For more information on hotels in the area, please contact Jill Nellis at jill@localizationinstitute.com.

The Full Registration Fee Includes:

  • Single-occupancy Suite accommodation for 2 nights on the Clark Kerr Campus for the nights of Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18.
  • Attendance to the Opening Reception, beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, May 17 and featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a welcome to the event from Willem Stoeller. After the reception, attendees will be taken offsite for dinner at a local restaurant. (No additional charge to attendees”).
  • Catered meals on campus:  breakfast and lunch on Thursday, May 18, and breakfast and lunch on Friday, May 19.  Cal Catering Services will provide the food for the event. They pride themselves on using locally-sourced produce and locally-sourced beef and are sensitive to specific dietary needs. For more information on Cal Catering Services, please visit http://catering.berkeley.edu/.
  • Dinner at intimate, local restaurants on the nights of Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18. (Details of the dinners will be published closer to the event – all food and beverage costs will be covered by the organizers with no additional charge to attendees.)
  • Participation in a short hike during the afternoon of Thursday, May 18 on the Stonewall – Panoramic Trail in the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve in Berkeley.

Check-in for the 2017 Localization Project Managers Round Table opens at 4pm on Wednesday, May 17 and the Roundtable adjourns at 3pm on Friday, May 19 with check-out at that time.


Media Partner

To Request Additional Information Please contact:

Jill Nellis
The Localization Institute
+1 (608) 826-5001


San Francisco International (SFO) – 45 minutes (25 miles)

Oakland International (OAK) – 30 minutes (15 miles)


Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) is available from Oakland International Airport and from San Francisco International Airport to the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Taxis are cued and available outside this station throughout the day.


BayPorter Express
– 1-877-467-1800 (toll free throughout the Bay Area)
– 1-415-467-1800 (outside the Bay Area)

Super Shuttle
– 1-800-258-3826 (toll free)


Suite rooms contain a desk, dressers, and cabinets for clothing and bunk beds but each room is rented single-occupancy. The Suites do share bathrooms with 2-3 other Suite rooms. View a mock-up of the Suite rooms here.

Housekeeping Details
  • Beds are made prior to arrival with pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket and bedspread.
  • Two towels, face cloth, a bar of soap and a small lamp are provided.
  • Beds are made, rooms are cleaned and towels are changed daily.
  • Linen is changed once a week.
  • A special gift is placed in each room.
  • Common areas and bathrooms in the residence halls are cleaned daily.


October 17, 2017 - 9:00 am


October 18, 2017 - 5:00 pm


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Round Table Leader