Localization Management Master Class

In the Localization Management Master Class we address principles and techniques to optimize the operation of your localization department as well as your effectiveness within the larger organization. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and to comment, sharing their challenges and experience.

Localization Management Master Class
Localization Management Master Class

Master Class Details


4 classes, 1 hour each

Karen Combe



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The way localization is integrated into a company is critical to the company’s long term success because most enterprises will generate a large share of their revenue from global markets. A pivotal factor in achieving global success, localization often sneaks in through the back door and never gets the respect it deserves. It ends up being seen as a mere operational unit, a cost center if you will, and is not given the chance to contribute as the strategic asset it really is.

From setting up localization from scratch to repositioning it from a cost center to strategic partner is a complex journey, a journey Karen Combe knows well. For 15 of the 20 years she worked in localization at PTC, Karen had the opportunity to affect company policy and strategy as a Vice President.

The Localization Institute is pleased to offer an instructor-led online Master Class on Localization Management with Karen Combe.  In four one-hour sessions, Karen will share best practices in Localization Management on the buyer’s side.

Session #1 The Organization: Models for Localization Department Organization

Session #2 The Business: Not a Service, but a Business Within the Enterprise

Session #3 The Technology: Considerations for Owning or Outsourcing Technology

Session #4 The Relationships: Interaction with Stakeholders Inside and Outside the Enterprise

Session #5 Results: Sharing Your Experiences, Issues, and Questions

To allow for a high level of interactivity, the class is limited to 20 attendees.  To protect privacy and confidentiality, sessions will not be recorded.

All students who complete the Localization Management Master Class will receive an Industry Certificate of Completion from The Localization Institute, Inc. 

This Master Class is for:
  • Professionals whose company is entering localization and have been given responsibility for the implementation
  • Individuals who are already working in localization but would like to advance to a localization management position
  • People who are currently managing localization but would like to benchmark their operation
  • Professionals on the vendor side of the industry who want to make sure they understand the challenges localization managers face

About Your Instructor

Karen Combe

Karen Combe recently retired from her position as Vice President of Localization at PTC, where she was responsible for product localization as well as for localization support for PTCU, Technical Support, and Marketing. She has been a member of the GILT Leaders Forum, a community of peers in the localization industry, since its inception. Previously, Karen was Senior Vice President at International Language Engineering, where she managed Client Services, Sales and Marketing. Karen holds a B.A in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley and a post-graduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal and in International Voluntary Services in Algeria. In addition, Karen worked for 8 years on a ranch in northwestern Colorado training horses and looking after a large herd of cattle.



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