StreetLeverage – Live 2013 | Atlanta, GA

StreetLeverage Live - ATL


StreetLeverage Live | Atlanta is a thought leadership event for sign language interpreters that is designed to bring together industry visionaries, leaders, educators, entrepreneurs and practitioners to share ideas that foster proactive thinking and dialogue to propel the field forward.

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The Speakers

StreetLeverage is thrilled to host an incredibly talented group of industry visionaries and leaders this year.


April 27, 2013

Anna Witter-Merithew
Anna Witter Merithew

Talk: Toward a Deeper Conceptualization of the Role of Sign Language Interpreter (video)

Talk Description: Anna examines how interpreters tend to approach role conception, definition and implementation from an  interpreter-centric perspective.

Afternoon Session: Relational Autonomy & Decision-Making of Sign Language Interpreters: A Systems-Thinking Approach to Role conception


Dennis Cokely
Dennis Cokely

Talk: Sign Language Interpreters: The Importance of the Day Before (video)

Talk Description: Dennis suggests that the secret to successful interpretations often rests on “One thing. Just one thing” – remembering “the day before.”

Afternoon Session: Deaf Community Health Quotient



Stephanie Feyne
Stephanie Feyne

Talk: Authenticity: The Impact of a Sign Language Interpreter’s Choices (video)

Talk Description: Stephanie explores what it means to be “authentic” when we communicate with others and how do interpreters present an “authentic” representation of someone’s message?

Afternoon Session: Authentic Interpreting: How Interpreting Choice Affect the Perception of Deaf Speakers



Nancy Bloch
Nancy Bloch

Talk: Marginalization Within the Sign Language Interpreting Profession: Where is the Deaf Perspective? (video)

Talk Description: Nancy explores the intersectional dynamic between the deaf and the interpreting communities has literally been lost in translation amid dramatic and still-evolving changes within the profession of sign language interpreting.

Afternoon Session: Transforming the Profession of Sign Language Interpreting: Bringing Back the Deaf Heart


April 28, 2013

Deb Russell
Deb Russell

Talk: Sign Language Interpreters: Uncover, Discover and Recover a Legacy of Success (video)

Talk Description: Deb encourages sign language interpreters to consider the opportunity before them to uncover, discover, and recover the gifts from previous leaders in the field.

Afternoon Session: Redefining Success: What Will Your Legacy Be?



Betty Colonomos - Sign Language Interpreters and the Quest for a Deaf Heart
Betty Colonomos

Talk: Sign Language Interpreters Fostering Integrity (video)

Talk Description: Betty explores how we want to believe that all professionals providing services to our citizens uphold the highest standards of integrity.

Afternoon Session: Building a Path to Integrity



Shane Feldman - RID Executive Director
Shane Feldman

Talk: Where Does Advocacy Fit in the Sign Language Interpreting Profession?

Talk Description: Shane will examine how upholding standard practices and partnering with colleagues and local and national leadership can position sign language interpreters to better support the collective solutions that will support the profession long-term.

Afternoon Session: Cultivating Excellence in Interpreting Through Collective Individual Advocacy  


Dave Coyne
Dave Coyne

Talk: Social Justice: A New Model of Practice for Sign Language Interpreters? (video)

Talk Description: Dave’s presentation covers the roles and values of social justice as key components in the interpreting field.

Afternoon Session: Transformational Leadership: Working Toward a Social Justice Model for Sign Language Interpreters



Event Information

Date:  April 26-28, 2013

Time: 9:00a – 5:30p


Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
246 Perimeter Center Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30346

Progressive Thinkers

StreetLeverage – Live | Atlanta sponsors play a significant role in the success of this event and the work of StreetLeverage to amplify the perspective of sign language interpreters. StreetLeverage extends its sincere appreciation to our sponsors and recognizes them for their progressive thinking and commitment to thought leadership within the field of sign language interpreting.

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Sorenson VRS





Purple Communications





Partners Interpreting




THE Sign Language Company







StreetLeverage — Live Premier Partner