Led by Elizabeth Vega and Carie Barrett
“Practical Strategies for Navigating Teammate Apathy”
We all have bad days at work, but how can we work effectively with someone who seems to be having a bad decade? And what can we do to avoid being “that teammate” when life gets hard for us? The answers might surprise you! Wrap up your Thursday with a facilitated Forums Committee-style discussion that will include a little bit of venting, and a whole lot of compassion, support, and solutions!
ASL Discussion: Please be prepared to leave your camera on throughout, and refrain from using virtual backgrounds (We don’t care if your hair or your house is messy- We love you for your MIND <3
Elizabeth Vega Presenter Bio: A professional ASL interpreter for more than 30 years, Elizabeth is committed to the concept that all current practitioners must work to ensure that the field of interpreting reflects the rich cultural, linguistic, and racial diversity of the Deaf people and communities we serve. She also believes that the decisions and actions of individual interpreters have the potential to shape client expectations and the experiences of Deaf people and other interpreters for generations to come, and loves helping mid-career interpreters transition from “good” to “great.” Frequently working in teams that include Deaf interpreters, Elizabeth specializes in court interpreting and providing access for trainings, conferences, and other public events. Recent areas of study include interpreter self-care, mindful succession planning for late-career interpreters, and working with her colleague Carie Barrett, interpreting effectively for Deaf attorneys in court.
Carie Barrett Presenter Bio: Carie has been an interpreter in private practice in Texas since 1993. Currently certified as Texas BEI Court, Master; RID CI/CT, she also holds her A.A. degree with coursework in ASL and Criminal Justice. Carie is proud to be an alumni of the University of Northern Colorado’s Project CLIMB 2019-2020 class, and has been employed by UNCO as an adjunct professor for Project CLIMB. In an ongoing effort to further the knowledge base of interpreters in legal settings, she co-founded the Community of Practice: Austin Legal which has been meeting consistently since 2018. In addition, she has 25 years of presenting experience on various topics including court and legal settings, ethics, and interpreting.