CATI 2024 Conference

The 36th Annual CATI Conference will be on

Saturday, May 4th, 2024

at UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC in the Cone University Center.

“Working Globally, Networking Locally”

Full Details

Pending CEU’s – AOC, ATA, CCHI, IMIA


EB- Early Bird (until March 31) / Reg- Regular (April 1 to April 27) / WI- Walk In (After April 28)

CATI Members – EB $100 / Reg $120 / WI $140

Non-CATI Members – EB $135 / Reg $150 / WI $170

Students – EB $35 / Reg $45 / WI $55

UNC Charlotte Faculty – EB $50 / Reg $50 / WI $80


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Session Teasers:

  • Inclusive and Non-binary Language , Pragmatic and Linguistic Tools for English-Spanish by Dr Javier Garcia León
  • The Process of Becoming an Immigration Interpreter by Maria Gasper
  • Summarization in Spoken Healthcare Interpreting: Heresy or Strategy by Catherine Wilson
  • Ethics and Market Forces: Trends Shaping the Profession by John Arroyave
  • Traducir lo Intraducible, O Cómo Hacer Que Shakespeare “Suene” En Español by Santiago Garcia Castañón
  • An Embarrassing Visit to the Gastroenterologist – A Hands’On Role Play for Interpreter Practice by Melissa Soto-Escobar
  • Strategic Interpreting: Techniques and Scripts for Advanced Negotiation and Collaboration During the Interpreted Encounter (part 1) By Andrea Henry
  • What Employers Are Looking For: A Nationwide Analysis of Job Description for Translators and Interpreters in Educational Settings by Mónica Rodriguez-Castro and Gabriela Siebach
  • My New AI Assistant: Current AI Trends in Translation by Laura Viale


The conference will be followed by a Conference After Party at

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium at 9605 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC.

The after party is at your own expense and not included in the price of the conference.


Diamond Conference Champion


Emerald Conference Champions



Support CATI

Be a Conference Champion – Be featured on publications, social media, and highlighted at the conference. Three levels Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald.

Be an Exhibitor – Put out your information and swag on a dedicated table in the main conference area. Network with all conference attendees.  One person $300 / Two People $400

  • Attend sessions,

  • Earn CEU’s

  • Enjoy meals with attendees


Keynote Speaker

CATI 36 Keynote Speaker will be Andrea Henry, CHI-Spanish for our 2024 CATI conference. Andrea is a CCHI Commissioner and nationally recognized subject matter expert on interpreting in healthcare so we are honored to be able to welcome her to our conference, and to our membership.

Keynote: Irreplaceable Interpreters: How Stepping Up and Standing Out Can Help Us Stay Relevant in Our Fast-Changing Industry


We are at a crossroads in the language services industry. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming interwoven into the work of interpreters. If AI has the potential to negatively impact our job opportunities, then it may be time for us to take this bull by the horns. It starts with us. The time is now for stepping up our game and standing out. The presenter will argue that coming out of the shadows is key to raising our status and increasing the value others place on us. It could also save some jobs. Secondly, the presenter will share strategies that can be employed by interpreters, trainers, administrators, and agency owners. We can all use these strategies to advocate for the relevance of interpreters. She will share techniques for showing our value and how to teach others to appreciate the mental gymnastics occurring inside our amazing brains during the interpreted encounter. We know how demanding this job can be. We know that it requires far more cognitive skills than just speaking two languages. But others do not. In fact, most people assume this job requires us to just be bilingual and nice. But we can change that. We can help them understand our complex skill set. Finally, the presenter will argue that a national messaging campaign could help us move forward. If we learn how to articulate our skillset and the added value we bring to the table, there’s great potential to not only improve our status but also enhance our working conditions and pay. In the end, we might be a little less misunderstood and a lot more valued. And maybe, just maybe we can keep AI from invading too much of our workspace.

Presenter bio:

Andrea has enjoyed working professionally in the field of healthcare interpreting for over 27 year. Most of those years have been in face-to-face interpreting of dialogue in both adult and children’s healthcare settings. Interpreting on the frontlines is her biggest joy. Additionally, Andrea has learned a great deal from many roles in this field having worked as a freelance interpreter, full-time OPI interpreter, interpreter coordinator for two healthcare organizations, interpreter trainer, full-time F2F interpreter in a level 1 trauma center, and interpreter researcher.  She has extensive experience in written translation (e.g., English > Spanish home care instructions), public speaking, and mentoring novice interpreters. Andrea’s areas of interest and expertise include specialization (e.g., pediatric cancer, pediatric heart defects, etc.), outside-the-box methods for navigating technical speech and sociolinguistic bumps, and value-added scripting for improved encounter interaction. Andrea is dedicated to moving our field forward by sharing strategies that improve communication and the patient’s clinical outcome, as well as raise our perceived value. She is strongly invested in keeping interpreters on the frontlines by raising awareness of our skill set, improving working conditions, and addressing the issue of fair pay. Andrea is the principal investigator on grant-funded research on development and validation of a tool that measures complexity and mental fatigue in the healthcare encounter. Finally, Andrea was named Commissioner for the CCHI in 2021 and is an active member of NCIHC.s

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Conference Hotel

CATI has arranged for a discount at:

Holiday Inn –  Charlotte University

8520 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262

The discounted rooms have 2 double beds.

$149.00 per night

Room quantities are limited so don’t delay.

Click here to reserve your room!

(740) 547-0999 ask for group discount code-  UNC


We will not offer the ATA Exam as part of the conference. You are encouraged to take your certification exams online through ATA directly. ATA Certification Information