Welcome to the NAJIT Academy

The NAJIT Academy is an exciting educational project under the direction of the Training and Education Committee offering webinars and other educational opportunities. This initiative is intended to provide a variety of subjects and in many different languages to meet the needs of NAJIT friends and members.

We invite you to submit your ideas for webinar topics as well as submit your own webinar proposal. Please use the links above to share them!

Upcoming Webinars:

March

Tax Prep 101 for Service Based Sole Proprietors – Knowledge and Tools to Empower

Presenter: Rachel Weil, Enrolled Agent

Date: March 16, 2024

Time: 1 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET / 10 AM PT – NOON PT (120 minutes)

Overview:

Tax Deductions, Best Accounting Practices and More for Service-Based Sole Proprietors, including the often-asked “to be or not to be S-Corp” question. A comprehensive and detailed presentation with 15 min Q&A’s period at the end.  Attendees will come away understanding the following: The “why, when, where and how” of ALL the different possible business-related deductions; the best way to keep income and expense records; how to determine estimated tax payment amounts; what high-deductible health plans and the related HSA (health savings account) are; retirement plan options; the necessity of having (or desire to have) an EIN; Entity choices (sole proprietorship vs LLC vs S-Corp vs C-Corp); 1099-NEC’s – when to issue or be issued. Each attendee will receive a pre-made Income & Expense Report Excel template customized for interpreters/translators, created by the presenter.

Objectives: Attendees will come away understanding the following: The “why, when, where and how” of ALL the different possible business-related deductions; the best way to keep income and expense records; how to determine estimated tax payment amounts; what high-deductible health plans and the related HSA (health savings account) are; retirement plan options; the necessity of having (or desire to have) an EIN; Entity choices (sole proprietorship vs LLC vs S-Corp vs C-Corp); 1099-NEC’s – when to issue or be issued.

*NOTE: Participants must attend the entire live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance. 

Cost:

$45 for Members
$60 for Non-Members

CEUs Offered?: Continuing education hours were not submitted for this webinar. A certificate of attendance will be sent to those who attend the live webinar.

Unable to attend live? A link to the recording will be sent to anyone who has registered for the webinar.

Registration closes at midnight the day before the webinar.

Rachel Weil: 2023 marks my tenth year working as a tax preparer and my fifth full year as an Enrolled Agent in business for myself. My gravitation toward the field of tax preparation began in 2011, long after pocketing many a life experience, in the U.S. and abroad, and THAT is a good thing, for both my clients and for me. After graduating from Cal State Chico in 1991, I did not put down roots in any one continent or career until after being married and having kids in the 2000’s. Even then we switched resident countries, from my husband’s native Spain to here, my native SF Bay Area. The common threads throughout all my previous academic and career endeavors were writing, language interpreting, teaching, guiding and admin – the consequential skills of which lent themselves well to the field of tax research, discourse and preparation. Apart from being a spouse, parent of two teens and a tax preparer, I am an art, garden and nature enthusiast, and dancer in my own kitchen.

April

Ditch the Cloak of Invisibility

Presenter: Giovanna (Gio) Lester

Date: April 20, 2024

Time: NOON ET to 1 PM ET / 9 AM PT – 10 AM PT (60 minutes)

Overview:

Being top-of-mind is a relentless job.

Static advertising in newspapers and magazines has lost luster and power. The other options are many and confusing: there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

This presentation aims to introduce and expand on tools language professionals can use to remain top-of-mind for their clients, establish authority, and attract new clients.

Technology will be front and center in this presentation. The following tools will be discussed:

  • Websites
  • Mass email platforms – Mailchimp, Zoho, ConstantContact
  • Social Media platforms – LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter
  • Design platform – Canva.

Objectives: At the end of the session, attendees should be able to communicate effectively with one’s existing and potential clients by identify their own offerings (Unique Proposition); be able to identify and describe one’s strengths and differentiator (s), create a client persona, select platforms to explore, define their message, define their voice, establish authority on their field.

*NOTE: Participants must attend the entire live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance. 

Cost:

$35 for Members
$50 for Non-Members

CEUs Offered?:Yes. Attendees of the live session will receive a certificate of attendance. Review the chart below for approval details by organization.

Unable to attend live? A link to the recording will be sent to anyone who has registered for the webinar.

Registration closes at midnight the day before the webinar.

Presenter Bio: Giovanna (Gio) Lester’s career started in 1980. She is an advocate for her professions and has occupied various administrative positions in professional associations: President of the Brazilian Association of Translators and Interpreters (ABRATES- 2020-2022), Co-Chair of NAJIT’s Public Relations Committee and Editor of The NAJIT Observer (2016-2020), Assistant Administrator and Administrator of the ATA Interpreters Division (2003-2007), Interim Vice-Chair and Director of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (2009-2013), Chair of the Miami-Dade College Translation and Interpretation Council (2017-2019). She has been published in the ATA Chronicle, The NAJIT Observer and Proteus, CIOL The Linguist, the CMI Times, and Abrates’ Metáfrase, to cite a few publications, and you can also find her articles on LinkedIn. Gio is a speaker, a mentor, a writer, and the VP of Public Relations at West Kendall Toastmasters.

Continuing education credits have been approved by the following states and organizations:
STATE OR ORGANIZATION
# UNITS APPROVED
American Translators Association (ATA)
1 HOUR
Arizona
1 HOUR
California (CIMCE)
Pending
Colorado
1 HOUR
Delaware
1 HOUR
Florida
Not Approved
Idaho
Pending
Kentucky
1 HOUR
Maryland
1 HOUR
Massachusetts
1 HOUR
Michigan
Not Approved
Mississippi
1 HOUR
Missouri
Not Approved
Nebraska
1 HOUR
New Mexico
1 HOUR
North Carolina
Not Approved
Ohio
1 HOUR
Oklahoma
Not Approved
Oregon
1 HOUR (G)
Pennsylvania
Pending
RID
1 HOUR (GS)
Tennessee
Pending
Texas
Pending
Utah
Pending
Washington
1 HOUR (G)
Wisconsin
1 HOUR

 

Cancellation Policies:
Free webinars: You may cancel at any time. Please email the NAJIT Administrator at hq@najit.org to release your spot.

All other webinars: Refunds will be provided for cancellation requests received two weeks before the event, less a 10% processing fee. Email the NAJIT Administrator at hq@najit.org to request your cancellation.

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