Localization Management Master Class – Fall 2020

Sept 17 – Oct 8. United States.

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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 Masterclass on Localization Management with Karen Combe.  In four one-hour sessions, Karen will share best practices in Localization Management on the buyer’s side.

The preview webinar is now over, the recording is linked at the bottom of this page.

Session #1 The Organization: Models for Localization Department Organization
Thursday, September 17th
2PM Central Time

Session #2 The Business: Not a Service, but a Business Within the Enterprise
Thursday, September 24th
2PM Central Time

Session #3 The Technology: Considerations for Owning or Outsourcing Technology
Thursday, October 1st
2PM Central Time

Session #4 The Relationships: Interaction with Stakeholders Inside and Outside the Enterprise
Thursday, October 8th
2PM Central Time

Session #5 Results: Sharing Your Experiences, Issues, and Questions
Thursday, November 5th
2PM Central Time


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 Masterclass 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

What To Expect

I’ve known Karen for over a decade. She has been a leading voice in the Localization industry. Throughout her professional journey, she’s accumulated decades worth of in-depth localization and business expertise. Karen has been a leader and mentor for many colleagues in the industry, which makes her a fabulous choice to lead this master class. 

Karen Combe is one of those deep-thinking localization industry leaders whose vision and insight I have always trusted. I particularly value her viewpoints on how global industry trends will affect the localization industry going forward.

Karen has in-depth knowledge about the Localization industry – from both vendor and client sides. Her stories will not only enlighten you, they will teach you how to avoid many localization pitfalls.

Karen is a trusted friend and colleague with a wealth of industry experience building and evolving localization teams and models in the enterprise. A testament to her leadership and expertise, there are a number of translation leaders in the industry today who got where they are with her tutelage.
Teresa MarshallVP Globalization & Localization - Salesforce
Mimi HillsDirector - VMware
Jean-François VanreuselDirector of Globalization - Adobe
Wayne BourlandDirector Global Translation Team - Dell Technologies

Course Fees

$599.00 Introductory Price – Ends August 20th

$699.00 Regularly Priced

Cancellation Policy:

The Localization Institute, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the Localization Management Master Class if there are less than 10 registrants prior to the first workshop.
You will receive a full refund if the course is canceled.

About Your Trainer


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.

Course Overview

Preview Webinar Recording


Sept 17
Oct 8



United States


The Localization Institute, Inc