WISLI Professional Development Series

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@ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The LCTL Career Fair presents a WISLI Professional Development Series from July 26-28. Join leaders and experts – from government to the private sector and human services – as they share stories and advice about living a multilingual-professional life. Participants will learn about the opportunities available users of a less commonly taught language (LCTL).


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Your one-time registration will apply for each panel of the 2023 LCTL Career Fair.

The LCTL Career Fair is organized by the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI). WISLI offers high quality instruction in more than 30 less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). The event is cosponsored by numerous campus partners, including the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC).


Register above in order to join any of the following sessions:


Virtual Panel: Opportunities in The Private Sector

Featured Speakers Include:

Lydia Greve, Resource Mobilization and Grant Manager at the World Organisation for Animal Health

Isabelle McRae, Impact Project Consultant and Language Specialist

Charlie Minard, U.S. Country Manager at Merama

Katy Sinnott, Vice President of Global Trade & Investment, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation


Keynote Address: “Words That Work: Transforming Your Life with Language”

Featured Speaker: Lachlyn Soper, Diplomat, U.S. Department of State.

Lachlyn Soper is a seasoned diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, boasting over 20 years of distinguished service in public service roles. Her most recent assignment was at the U.S. Consulate Leipzig, following her tenure as the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of State’s European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she has worked for the United Nations, tackling challenges in the West Bank and Syria and working in Arabic. Lachlyn is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in International Relations, and holds a Masters in International Relations from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Join Lachlyn’s talk to learn how to:

  • Boost Your Career Prospects with Linguistic Skills: Discover how mastering a less commonly-taught language can enhance your employability, broaden your network, and offer unique job opportunities;
  • Harness the Power of Generative AI in Language Learning: Explore practical strategies and innovative ways to use artificial intelligence tools effectively to speed up your language acquisition process;
  • Uncover the Hidden Benefits of Language Learning: the transformative impact of language learning on cognitive abilities, cross-cultural understanding, personal development, and more, far beyond the mere ability to converse in a new language.


Virtual Panel: Opportunities in Government

Featured Speakers Include:

Susan Falatko, Diplomat in Residence – Midwest, U.S. Department of State

Carrie F., Great Lakes Regional Recruiter, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Kathleen Phillips, Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive), United States Navy

Jenny W., Language Outreach Lead at the National Security Agency (NSA)


Virtual Panel: Opportunities in Human Services

Featured Speakers Include:

Irfan Kovankaya, Senior Account Executive, Spitfire Strategies

Vijay Limaye, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison Department of Population Health Sciences

Jzong Thao, Hmong-English Interpreter, Translator, and Trainer, Cultural Linguistics Services, Office of Human Resources at UW-Madison

Daniel Wieber, Arabic to English Translator, Educator, and Project Coordinator