I was born and raised in Pordenone, about an hour away from Venice, Italy. I was quite the nerd growing up! In high school, a bad grade on a German test motivated me to spend a few summers in Germany as an au pair. I was able to pick up that grade, but most importantly, I began to develop an interest for foreign languages.
A few years later, I volunteered as a translator and interpreter for the American military community around the Aviano Air Base. From translating leasing contracts to interpreting marriages, my passion for languages grew stronger and I decided to steer away from my studies in Business Accounting to focus on languages. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Trieste in 2006, my knowledge of English and German immediately found application in the furniture district of Brugnera di Pordenone. My first experience as an Export Area Manager for designer furniture would later inspire my specialties in translation: fashion, design, and lifestyle.
Determined to follow my vocation and put my studies to use, I launched my career as a freelance translator in 2007. It was the beginning of a number of enriching collaborations with translation companies in Italy and abroad. The most significant collaboration is still today with a Miami-based company that specializes in Web localization.
I gradually took on the roles of reviewer, QA editor, and lead linguist and I was involved with every step of the translation and localization process: from creating glossaries and style guides to representing Italian teams during meetings with end clients. A few years later, my resume showcased several fashion brands (including Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria's Secret, and GANT) and tech companies in the Silicon Valley (including Uber, Google, and Amazon).
In 2010 I was admitted to the Italian Association of Translators and Interpreters. In order to maintain my status of AITI qualified translator, I pursue continuous education by attending translation-related seminars and events. My latest achievement was a certificate in Foundations of Project Management.
I moved overseas in 2012. Since then, it has been a constant back and forth between Italy and the U.S. Living abroad has been an amazing experience that has me grow both personally and professionally.
Today, I am a mother and a promoter of authentic Italian cuisine abroad. In fact, I don't miss a chance to offer tastings of my recipes and to explain the differences with Italian American dishes that locals are accustomed to. In my free time, I teach a local mom's club how to cook Italian infant weaning recipes through online courses.