2020 Conference

The Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI)  32nd Annual Conference has been postponed.

Full details on our plans for this conference will be out shortly. 

March 12, 2020

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“Working Globally, Networking Locally”


The Keynote Speaker will be Irene Bruno.

Keynote Speaker Bio:

Irene Bruno, Senior Diplomatic Spanish Interpreter at the U.S. Department of State, is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. After finishing high school there, she traveled as a foreign exchange student to Kansas City, MO where she attended Park Hill High School. During that experience she decided to become a translator and interpreter.

Upon receiving her B.A. in Translation from the University of Buenos Aires and her interpreting degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. she began a +35-year career as a free-lance interpreter for the U.S. Government, international organizations such as the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as clients from the private sector.

In 2014 she joined the Office of Language Services at the U.S. Department of States, as Spanish Diplomatic Interpreter where she interprets for the White House, the Department of State and other Departments of the U.S. Government.

Keynote Speaker Topic:

Ms. Bruno will address the issue of diplomatic interpreting including interpreting when the President of the United States is visiting a foreign country or welcoming a foreign leader; when the Secretary of State is holding a bilateral meeting or a joint press conference with a Foreign Minister.

In addition to speaking about her job as Senior Spanish Diplomatic Interpreter at the Office of Language Services at the Department of State, she will also summarize the history of interpreting, including the Nuremberg trials; give examples of expressions, phrases and sayings that require preparation on the part of the interpreter so as not to be caught “off guard” while interpreting; and explain how to become a contractor, either as a translator or an interpreter. CEU’s – ATA

Full Session Details

Speaker Bios


Click below to download a PDF version of the schedule,

speakers and their bios:

2020CATI Sessions


Conference Pricing:

CATI Members –  $110 until March 24 / $120 at the door

Non-CATI Members –  $130 until March 24 / $140 at the door

Students – $45 until March 24 / $55 at the door

For Students – proof of enrollment in a Translation/Interpretation program required.

Meredith Faculty –  $70 until March 24 / $80 at the door


Cancellations and Refunds – If an individual cancels in writing by or on March 13, 2020, a $25 cancellation fee will be deducted from the registration amount paid. Allow up to 8 weeks for refunds to be processed. No refunds will be made if notified after March 13, 2020. Substitutions are encouraged.


8:00-8:45 am  – Check In and Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am – Welcome/General Announcements

9:00-10:15 am – Keynote

10:30-11:00 am – Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 pm – Concurrent Session 1

12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch

1:30-2:15 pm – CATI General Meeting – Board of Directors

2:30-3:30 pm – Concurrent Session 2

3:30-4:00 pm – Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 pm  – Concurrent Session 3


Hotel Discount

CATI has secured a block of rooms for a discounted rate at  Ramada at Wyndham at 1520 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. The hotel is  1.1 miles away from Meredith College. Your room will include a continental breakfast. Rooms are $89 per night if booked before March 13th. Check in Friday, March 27th and check out March 28th. 15 rooms are being held with King beds. Use discount code: CATI20. 


About CATI

The Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters, CATI, is the regional chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA). It is the voice of translators and interpreters in the regions of North and South Carolina. Members enjoy professional development opportunities, workshops and free webinars. The most popular program is our Learning the Ropes (LTR) mentoring program. Our members enjoy the wide range of activities that provide opportunities for networking such as socials, and of course the Annual Conference. CATI serves as an advocate for translators and interpreters in the Carolinas.

For additional information about CATI, please go to our website: CATIweb.org .