Student Spotlight: Katrina Steffes

Katrina and her lovely family--soon to include one more.
by Ann Abbott

Do you love languages and cultures? Do translation and interpreting interest you? Ever thought about starting your own business?

Then Katrina Steffes and her business, Steffes & Associates Language and Translation SALT, will inspire you. Take a look at SALT's business website, check out Katrina's LinkedIn profile, and consider connecting with her on LinkedIn.

I really admire that Katrina's business does this: "SALT donates 10% of its profits to charities, including CFCA (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging), World Vision, and Heifer International, allowing SALT to build hope and offer support through language and communication."

Here's part of a message I recently received from Katrina. She's doing exciting work, so be sure to reach out and connect if you would like to include in your network someone who transformed her language studies to a language business.
There are a lot of exciting events going on with SALT Translation that I would love to share with you as well as catch up on the work that you are doing and what is happening within your department.

I am preparing to release my first book translation (a murder mystery) shortly, hopefully within the first quarter of 2015 (before the baby is born!). SALT is also going to start a research study with participating businesses in the legal, medical, and financial sectors to discover how much time their employees spend each week on non-job-related language service duties (translation, sight-translation and interpretation). We hope to use the results to better educate area businesses on the benefits of using a language service provider.

I have been using all of the skills I acquired working with you throughout my internship, study abroad and thesis experiences to prepare the study! I look forward to seeing how it unfolds.

Thank you again for your support and for all that you have taught me! I look forward to catching up soon!



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