Localization Management Virtual Round Table

Tuesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Each session lasts for 2 1/4 hours and will take place from 12:00pm – 2:15pm CDT on both days.

Presented In: English

The Localization Management Round Table is a unique event giving localization managers on the client side the opportunity to discuss new developments and exchange experiences on improving speed, quality, operational efficiencies, and strategy. This virtual round table provides a safe environment for open discussion among attendees to engage and learn under the leadership of experienced localization managers from major global brands. 

Event Description

The Localization Management Round Table is back again, this time virtually to provide a forum for localization managers on the client side with 3+ years of experience.  Karen Combe (recently retired from PTC and instructor of The Localization Management Master Class) moderates the round table with contributions from our seasoned advisory board members.    


By joining this round table, you will:

  • Develop actionable ideas for improving your localization operation
  • Learn about new localization models 
  • Discuss industry best practices for vendor management 
  • Discover innovative strategies for managing your team
  • Make valuable connections with industry peers


This round table is for:

  • Localization managers with at least 3 years of experience


Please note:

The Localization Management Round Table is reserved for client companies only.  Vendor registrations will be canceled.

The Round Table’s success depends on people being willing to share information and experiences freely. To encourage that, the sessions are not recorded or republished and no formal minutes or records are kept. Attendees are free to keep their own notes.


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

Round Table Agenda (all times CDT)


Day 1 – Tuesday, May 4th

Introductions / State of the Industry 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Attendees will introduce themselves and briefly comment on developments in localization – both industry-wide and company internal.


Transformation of Localization Models 

The repositioning of the localization department from a mere service department to a strategic partner in driving global growth has long been the dream of many localization managers. The good news is that this idea is being embraced like never before. At Pinterest and Shopify it is already reality. Let Francesca Di Marco (Internationalization Manager, Pinterest) and Daniel Sullivan (Head of International Content, Shopify) brief you on how their models work and evolved. Brief presentations will be followed by extensive round-the-table sharing of experiences about transforming localization models.

12:45 pm – Francesca Di Marco  

12:55 pm – Daniel Sullivan  

1:05 – 2:15 pm – discussion moderated by Karen Combe


Day 2 Wednesday, May 5th

Changing Skills and Roles – Internal and External

The localization landscape is shifting towards more automation, data management, and an overall move to more strategic roles. Advances in new technologies and localization maturity, as well as a focus on growth and international expansion, are affecting the way we work on both the client and vendor sides.

Finding the right balance for in-house and external resources is a major challenge for many localization managers because it is a moving target. Factors like the pandemic, acquisitions, language expansion, and vendor consolidation can easily upset a carefully crafted set-up.

Karen Combe will share her best practices. Followed by extensive round-the-table discussion.

12:10 pm – Karen Combe

12:20 pm – 1:30 pm – discussion moderated by Ulrich Henes (The Localization Institute)


Managing Careers in Localization: Is There A Glass Ceiling?

Managing your own career and those of the people reporting to you is rarely spoken about in broader circles. We are pleased to offer this closed environment to openly discuss the topic, which gains importance as we consider moving localization into a strategic position within the corporation.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – open forum 


Event Fees


Advisory Board

  • Karen Combe

    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 is the instructor for the Localization Management Master Class. Karen 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. 

  • Francesca Di Marco (Pinterest)

    Francesca Di Marco

    Francesca Di Marco is the Internationalization Manager at Pinterest, where she leads the localization and global development program for product and marketing.  She is passionate about enabling teams to achieve global scale by integrating processes and strategies, and by bridging gaps across functions and regional offices.  Francesca is a lifelong language nerd, and a former lecturer on the History of Japan at Stanford University, the UK and Italy.  In her spare time she makes documentaries.


  • Daniel Sullivan (Shopify)

    Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel Sullivan is the head of international content at Shopify where he leads the organization of a platform and team dedicated to global multilingual content development. In a previous life, Daniel was a humanities academic in Japanese literature at Stanford University, where he received an MA and completed candidacy requirements for a doctorate, before ultimately abandoning the ivory tower for a more thrilling adventure in enterprise localization.


Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:


The Localization Institute, Inc. reserves the right to cancel this Round Table if there are less than 10 registrants.

Your registration fee is not refundable. It is, however, transferable to a colleague, if we receive written notice prior to the start of the event. If we have to cancel a round table due to minimal enrollment, your registration fees will be fully refunded.

The Localization Management Round Table is reserved for client companies only.  Vendor registrations will be canceled.



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