LLE® Founder and CEO, Kathleen Diamond, Featured on ABC News Working Women Segment

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Language interpretation, translation and instruction firm owner advises Americans to accept other languages and cultures in everyday business.

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As an entrepreneur in 1979, it was difficult to not be discouraged by the word 'no'. The advancement of technology has provided an avenue for me, my company, and other entrepreneurs who desire to follow their dreams.

Kathleen K. Diamond founded LLE® (Language Learning Enterprises, Inc.) in 1979 with a mission to deliver excellence in foreign languages. Nearly 30 years later, Diamond's language interpretation, translation and instruction business has helped thousands of organizations of every size communicate with their limited English speaking market. Her story as a successful female entrepreneur and passionate commitment to language, culture and acceptance of diversity in business was recently highlighted on ABC 7 News' Working Women segment.

"I am extremely humbled to be given such a tremendous spotlight and opportunity," explains Diamond. "As an entrepreneur in 1979, it was difficult to not be discouraged by the word 'no'. The advancement of technology has provided an avenue for me, my company, and other entrepreneurs who desire to follow their dreams."

Diamond, who speaks English, French and Spanish, created LLE after turning down a low-paying position at an instruction facility teaching French, and was awarded her first government contract in 1981 for language instruction. Since then, LLE has expanded their multilingual support to include 24-hour over-the-phone interpretation, document and email translation, and language fluency testing and proficiency assessment services. To date, LLE supports 150 different languages.

"The impact of immigration has forced organizations to change they way they conduct business and broaden their knowledge of other cultures," continues Diamond. "In the United States, nearly 20 percent of the population is classified as limited English proficient. Both the public and private sectors are continuously examining the way they communicate with their multicultural markets. I am absolutely honored to say that LLE provides many ways to conduct business in the language of your customer and in a very credible and accurate manner."

Diamond attributes the success of her company to a kaleidoscope of factors including a great management team, the contributions of an experienced, long standing corps of LLE linguists, and the cost savings offered to clients through a unique pay-as-you-go billing system.

For more information, call (877) 405-8764, extension 213; or visit http://www.lle-inc.com.

Editor's Note:
Representatives from LLE, including Kathleen Diamond are available to discuss language trends, how organizations are reaching the LEP population, the history of LLE or the entrepreneurial journey of Kathleen Diamond at (877) 405.8764 option 213 or mswain@lle-inc.com.

About Kathleen K. Diamond:
Kathleen Diamond is the President / CEO of Language Learning Enterprises, Inc. (LLE®), a full-service language company with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Technology Center in Winchester, VA. Her mission is to deliver excellence in foreign languages. The company has grown from a sole proprietorship to a dynamic corporation serving thousands of government, business and non-profit organizations around the world. She is a former officer of the National Association of Women Business owners and served as a representative at Femmes chefs d'entreprises mondiales (FCEM) World Congresses from 1990 to 1997. In 1999, she received the FCEM Lifetime Achievement Award for Woman Entrepreneur of the World. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Women's Business Research and serves as the Government Relations Chair for the Association of Language Companies. She is very active in Women Impacting Public Policy and the U.S. Interagency Language Roundtable, and has recently served as a corporate ambassador to Morocco.

About LLE:
LLE® (http://www.lle-inc.com) provides technology supported language solutions to thousands of clients around the world. Utilizing an integrated community of over 3,000 experienced linguists specializing in over 150 different languages managed by dedicated language professionals, LLE delivers accurate and reliable telephone and face-to-face interpretation, document and e-mail translation, language instruction, and proficiency testing and fluency assessment. For 29 years, LLE has been recognized as a leading language services provider to government, business and non-profit organizations worldwide. LLE is a woman-owned, WBENC certified business with headquarters in Washington, DC, and a language technology center in Winchester, VA.

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