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About Kim

Passionate about our planet and its inhabitants, I devote my energies to intercultural communication and global understanding through my work as a Project Manager. Be it through facilitating tech translations in the localization world, or through encouraging experiential education experiences for all ages through study abroad or adventure travel, I strive to bring people together for a better world.

 

Software and web QA tester

International Educator

Adventure traveler

Environmental and ocean advocate

Freelancer

Project Manager

Francophile

Boulderite

Vacation rental host

Scuba diver


Haleakala National Park hut trip, Maui, Hawaii - adventure travel at its best

Intercultural exchange and adventure travel

Intercultural exchange and travel open peoples' hearts and minds. My work facilitating university and high school level academic exchanges has been some of the most rewarding of all of the project management roles I've held. Every traveler touches those he or she encounters along the path - the more we understand our neighbors and have empathy for "the other," the better the world will be.

Paris, view from the kitchen, rue Bezout, 14e arrondissement

French/American connections

I've spent 13 years of my life living and working in France - over multiple long-term stays since 1986. Most recently I lived in Paris from 2014 to 2017. I'm a native US English speaker, with a professional-level fluency in the French language, both written and spoken. I understand the French culture deeply and always enjoy bridging cultures and sharing my unique world vision with others.

Virunga mountains, Rwanda, home of the endangered mountain gorilla

Nature and the environment

Environmental issues are something that drives me more and more after becoming a scuba diver and traveling the planet, only to discover the ways in which humans are hurting ecosystems and destroying species at an alarming rate. So many factors are at play - greenhouse gasses, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, over-fishing. Using my project management skills to help find solutions and raise awareness is a focus of mine.

 

Professional Resumé

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Kim Hempstead

Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA and internationally mobile

Highlights

  • 9 years project management and software QA testing experience in the international tech world of localization

  • 10 years managing international education experiences in the study abroad industry

  • 13 years living in France (over the last 30 years)– professional level fluency in spoken and written French

  • Strong intercultural and linguistic skills – 25 years working in international environments

  • Naturally gregarious, outgoing, resourceful, and at ease with client services and sales

  • Detailed multi-tasker with many years in Quality Assurance verification and Events Planning roles

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Hempstead International, LLC. Boulder, Colorado and Paris, France

• Independent Project Management and QA testing services • December 2010 to present

Primary clients:
- Translations.com 2017 to present Contract Localization Software and Web Quality Assurance Tester
- Via TRM (Traveler Relationship Management software startup) 2018 Contract QA software verification
- SDL International 2006 to 2017 Contract Localization Project Manager (QA Testing dept.) and Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer
- Foreign Exchange Translations 2011 Contract Localization Life Sciences Project Manager
- Language Services Associates 2011 Contract Translation Project Manager

VRBO/Airbnb vacation rental host. Paris, France and Boulder, Colorado

• Property manager • February 2014 to September 2017 • Management of a successful vacation rental business for our mountain home in Colorado while living in Paris, France for 3.5 years. Resulted in a total of 73 successful host/guest experiences and 5-star review averages on both the VRBO and Airbnb platforms.

Project Management in the Localization/Translation industry

SDL International, Flatiron division. Superior, Colorado

 Test Department Project Manager • October 2012 to December 2013 • Budgeting, scheduling, client relations, and vendor relations for all testing department projects at the SDL Flatirons site. Scheduling of independent contractor resources. Weekly payroll processing for all QA testing vendors.

Lionbridge Technologies. Boulder, Colorado

• Project Manager, Life Sciences • April 2009 to October 2010• Project Manager in the Life Sciences business unit managing software and documentation localization/translation projects for medical device companies.

Translations.com. Boulder, Colorado

 Technical Project Manager • July 2007 to March 2009 • Responsible for Project Management of a portfolio of localization/translation projects for the web and print. DTP production responsibilities.

SDL International. Boulder, Colorado

 Localization QA Test Engineer (French) • June 2006 to July 2007 • Quality Assurance test engineer for localized French software, hardware and websites on Mac OS and PC platforms. Vendor management.

International Education Administration – Study Abroad Program Management

University of Colorado at Denver, Office of International Education. Denver, Colorado

 Study Abroad Program Manager • December 2004 to June 2006

ESC Montpellier Graduate School of Business, Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier, International programs office. Montpellier, France

• Director of International Programs • March 2001 to April 2003

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Year in Montpellier program. Montpellier, France

 Study abroad program manager • May 1997 to June 2001

George Washington University, Study Abroad office. Washington, D.C.

• Assistant Director of Study Abroad • January 1995 to May 1996

IES: Institute for the International Education of Students. Chicago, Illinois

• Program Assistant • September 1993 to December 1994

Additional International Exchange Activities:

• Youth For Understanding International Youth Exchange volunteer. Washington, D.C., Paris, France, and Chicago, Illinois. 1990 to 1994.
• American Field Service high school exchange student, Arras, France.  Summer 1986.

Additional International contract work

• Platts, McGraw Hill, (a.k.a. E-Source). Boulder, Colorado • Research Analyst • Contract: January 2004 to November 2005
• Institute For Study Abroad, Butler University. Indianapolis, Indiana  • Admissions Assistant • Contract work: Fall 2003  
• Millésime Bio trade fair, Organic Wine Association of Languedoc-Roussillon. Montpellier, France • Events Planner and Translator • Contracts: Winters 2000 and 2001
• ABX Diagnostics. Montpellier, France • Export Sales Administrator • Contract: December 1998 to September 1999
• Soccer World Cup French Organization Committee “France 98.” Montpellier, France • Events planning Human Resources • Contract: October 1997 to July 1998
• LINK, International Language Center. Montpellier, France • English instructor • Contract: February 1997 to December 1997  
• French Ministry of Education. Paris (Drancy), France • French Government Teaching Assistant • Contract: September 1991 to May 1992

EDUCATION

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Bachelor of Arts, June 1991

Double major: Economics and Business Administration and French Language and Literature
Concentration: International Commerce
• Study Abroad: University of Caen, Caen, Normandy, France. 1989-1990
• Career Development project: Youth for Understanding International Exchange - Corporate Development research intern
• Undergraduate Senior Thesis: "The Economic Necessity of International Youth Exchange." Fall 1990

LANGUAGE / TRAVEL / INTERCULTURAL SKILLS

• Fluent in spoken and written French – professional level. Thirteen (13) years total living and working in France (Paris, Montpellier, Caen, Arras). Most recently lived in Paris for 3.5 years (February 2014 to July 2017).

• Activities: Avid scuba diver (~300 dives) with Rescue Diver certification, skier, and hiker. Member of “La Table Francophone de Boulder” - a French community group in Colorado.

• Extensive personal adventure travel to 60+ countries throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, Asia, and Africa, including diving on five continents, safari in 11 African countries, Arctic snowmobiling, and a 12,000 mile coast to coast North American Road Trip.