Networking can happen in a variety of ways, so ATA58 has a variety of special events to match. Expand your networking circle by attending all of these events.

Welcome Celebration

ATA welcomes you to Washington DC!
This is the event that starts it all. Everyone you hope to see and meet will be there. Reunite with friends and colleagues, and mingle with this year’s speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Here’s your chance to get to know ATA’s Divisions! Divisions are professional interest groups providing specialty- and language-specific networking. Connect with fellow Division members, leadership, and newcomers.

New this year: Meet the Candidates! Engage with this year’s candidates before you vote on Thursday.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
WEDNESDAY    5:30PM – 7:00PM

Buddies Welcome Newbies: Introduction

New to the conference?
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a familiar face when you’re attending the conference for the first time? This mutually rewarding networking opportunity lets “Newbies” (first-time attendees) get paired up with “Buddies” (seasoned attendees) to get the most from their conference experience.

If you wish to participate, we encourage you to sign up now! Learn More

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
WEDNESDAY    4:45PM – 5:30PM

Conference Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes!
Join us for entertainment that promises to get you on your feet. Mingle, laugh, and dance the night away as the DJ spins a mix of Brazilian, salsa, disco, pop, funk, and global dance music.

Open to 3-Day and Saturday-Only Conference Attendees


Get ready to party yourself into shape!
Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It’s easy to do, effective, and totally exhilarating.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only

Stretch, Breathe, & Move

Stretch out the kinks from travel, tension, and translation!
Awaken your mind and body with conscious breathing. Feel energy move with Qi gong forms and a touch of dance movement. The mood is calm and relaxed. Exercises are low-impact, done standing or in a chair. Wear whatever allows you freedom of movement. Shoes, socks, or stockings are acceptable. No experience required.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only

Job Fair

Agencies are here to recruit you!
Agency reps will host tables and post their current and ongoing needs at this two-hour recruitment event. Click Here to see which agencies will be there and who they are hoping to recruit!

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
THURSDAY    6:00PM – 8:00PM

Brainstorm Networking

Find solutions! Make connections!
Supercharge your networking skill set in this fast-paced, interactive, and collaborative event. Rotate through small teams to tackle common business-related challenges, while making new friends and creating new partnerships.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
FRIDAY    6:00PM – 7:00PM

Business Practices Happy Hour

Get down to business!
Join your colleagues of the Business Practices Yahoo!® discussion group to learn more about this valuable business-oriented ATA online forum. Take part in the discussion now by Clicking Here.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
FRIDAY    7:00PM – 8:00PM

After Hours Café

Drink in poetry and prose!
ATA’s Literary Division hosts this coffeehouse “open mic” reading. Read your original or translated excerpt, listen to readings from your multitalented peers, or both. The last 30 minutes of this event will be open to non-English readings. If reading, don’t forget to bring your works with you.

Open to 3-Day Conference Attendees Only
FRIDAY    9:00PM – 11:00PM

Closing Reception

Share one last goodbye … until next year!
Here’s your chance to slow down, unwind, and make time for all those missed connections during the past four days. Raise your glass and share a toast with friends, colleagues, speakers, and more. A cash bar will be available.

Open to 3-Day and Saturday-Only Conference Attendees
SATURDAY    6:00PM – 7:00PM

Buddies Welcome Newbies: Debriefing

Wrap up your ATA58 experience!
This session will help participants process all of the information they will take in during the conference, as well as evaluate how the Buddies and Newbies activities helped them. You will be introduced to ATA’s Mentoring Program, divisions, listservs, and local chapters and explain their benefits. You will also be provided with suggestions on ways to follow up with all of those business cards participants will receive (e.g., storing them, sending email, and continuing to network).

Open to 3-Day and Saturday-Only Conference Attendees
SATURDAY   12:30PM – 1:30PM

For even more networking and education opportunities, make plans to attend Advanced Skills & Training (AST) Day. AST Day will offer a selection of intense, interactive three-hour courses with limited seating, plus an exclusive networking event.



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