At-a-Glance Schedule

Accelerate 2017 is a private, single track event designed to bring agency owners, operators, managers and industry decision-makers together to network, build professional relationships, and acquire new skills in support of their organizations.

Friday, August 11th

3:00p – 7:00p – Registration

6:00p-7:00p – Sponsor Table Visits

3:45p–5:30p – Pre-conference | Mergers & Acquisitions: Tools for Buying and Selling an Agency

This presentation by Michael Klinger, owner and managing partner of Anzu Global, a brokerage services and staffing firm for the translation industry, is designed for buyers and sellers of translation and interpreting agencies considering and preparing to navigate the merger and acquisition process. Attendees will learn the steps to take before, during, and after the buying/selling process. (* Note, session not eligible for CEUs.)

7:00p–9:00p – Welcome Session | Panel: Lean into the Future of Sign Language Interpreting

In this session, panelists will discuss what they believe are the most important issues facing the field of sign language interpreting and address topics such as building a sustainable business model, competing in today’s marketplace, and the art of balancing business needs with the health and safety of the Deaf Community and interpreters.

Moderator: Brandon Arthur

Panelists: Lovelyn Anderson, Justin Buckhold, Jessica Mosely, Lisa Schafermeyer, Crystina Scott

Saturday, August 12th

7:00a–5:00p – Registration

8:00a-6:00p – Sponsor Table Visits

8:30a-12:30p – Saturday AM Main Session

Sales: Finding, Targeting, & Optimizing Your Agency for Your Primary Customer

In this session, Wing will lead participants through a process that assists in identifying who the customer is, how to target them and how to optimize systems to track and close these customers.

By: Wing Butler

A Practical Guide to Marketing your Agency

Bryce will assist agency owners in identifying the strengths of their current offering and how to communicate these strengths across various mediums in order to differentiate their organization from the competition.

By: Bryce Chapman

Federal Government Contracting 101

Steven will provide insights, share know-how, and offer important considerations when agency owners seek contractual opportunities with the Federal Government.

By: Steven Gagnon

Risk Management for Sign Language Interpreting Agencies

This session will examine the risks associated with operating a business, the variety of requests from vendors, and the importance of having adequate coverage.

By: Gary Meyer

12:30p-1:30p – Luncheon

The Why: Power, Influence, & Sign Language Interpreting Agencies

This presentation examines and challenges the “Why” of interpreting agencies: Why are they in the business of interpreting? Do they recognize their influence and invest in positive ways to reframe how society views Deaf people?

By: Chris Soukup

2:00p-5:30p – Saturday PM Main Session

Panel: Financial Citizenship & Social Responsibility: The Personal Costs of Agency Leadership

What self-sacrifice is required to become a leader in the field of sign language interpreting today? Is there a higher personal price to taking leadership roles in our field?

Moderator: Rob Balaam

Panelists: Gina D’Amore, Danielle Filip, Amy Fryman, Ben Hall, Shawn Maldon, Jennifer Maloney 

Learn How to Operate A Virtual Business On-The-Go

This presentation covers the technical and personal aspects of working as an independent business that relies on mobile computing and integrated functions such as online applications, outsourcing providers, and payment processing. Joshua will also review the opportunities and challenges a 1-person business faces when relying on outsourcing.

By: Joshua Beal

Weaving a Web of Welcome for Novice Sign Language Interpreters

In this session, Richard will explore a program to accelerate novice interpreters on the path to certification and professional practice: what’s your part in the web that makes it possible?

By: Richard Laurion

Getting to 8: Why Should Agencies Care About Interpreter Education?

Interpreter Continuing Education – What does the RID PDC identify as current and future trends in maintaining an educated field? Discussion of agency support/involvement.

By: Mary Darragh MacLean

5:30p-7:00p – Dinner Break (on your own)

7:00p-9:00p – The Big Think

Panel: Do Good & Make Money: Industry Stakeholder Perspectives

This panel session explores stakeholder perspectives on how owners and operators of interpreting agencies can simultaneously do good, support the community, and earn a profit.

Moderator: Kate O’Regan

Panelists: Howard Rosenblum, Janis Cole, Richard Laurion, Billy Sanders, Joshua Pennise

Panel: Technology & Disruption in the Field of Sign Language Interpreting

This panel session will explore how to harness shifts in technology and create an organizational mindset to develop a future-fit organization.

Moderator: Wing Butler

Panelists: Angela Roth, Chad Taylor, Paul Tracy, Roxanne Whiting, Ruann Wood 

Sunday, August 13th

7:00a–10:00a – Registration

8:00a-12:00p – Sponsor Table Visits

8:30a-12:30p – Sunday AM Main Session

Primum Non Nocere: Updating the Code of Professional Conduct

This session will focus on an ethical principle that is the primary foundation of medical ethics yet is missing from the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct.

By: Howard Rosenblum

Leveraging Strength at the Intersection of Leadership and Conflict

Paula will guide participants in taking a closer look at conflict within the context of leadership, drawing on theories and strategies from mediation for diagnosing and addressing conflict in the workplace.

By: Paula Gajewski Mickelson

Small Business and the Power of HR

This session will provide participants information about the importance of Human Resources (HR) Management and a guide in taking steps to incorporate HR into their current business practices.

By: Renee Garcia

Interpreting Services: Avoiding Burnout and Inviting Resiliency

In this session, Rob will look at the reasons we started our businesses, the demands we face, and how to build more resiliency in the face of burnout.

By: Rob Balaam