“For me, translation is a passion, it’s a humanitarian service.”
Brigitta Toruño is a much sought-after speaker and manager of linguistic professionals, sharing her love of Hispanic culture with the world. She has over 25 years of experience in the management of linguistic services. A bilingual native of the Washington, DC area, Brigitta was born in Bethesda, Maryland, growing up in Alexandria, Virginia. The daughter of an Argentine father and Ecuadorian mother, her native language is Spanish.
Brigitta’s love of Spanish has always fueled her desire to work with languages, eventually leading her to launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC. UNO considers itself a linguistic partner to companies, not only offering translation services for more than 200 languages, but also consulting with companies in international cultural business issues.
In speaking engagements, Brigitta has moved audiences with her portrayal of family and inherited love of music. She also speaks about her expertise in Hispanic outreach, the importance of language translation, cross-cultural competence, cultural awareness, and international business etiquette. Her personal experience seeing her parents and husband struggle in learning another language and culture gives Brigitta a true passion for her work, forming the basis for UNO’s philosophy and mission.
When not at work, Brigitta is on the advisory board for numerous organizations such as Mobile Hope, a Loudoun County-based organization assisting at-risk youth, and Devotion to Children, a Northern Virginia-based organization dedicated to providing services to needy children under the age of six. She also is actively involved with mentoring Latino high school students at Edu-Futuro.
She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Averett College and successfully completed the Minority Business Executive Program from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. In 2011, Brigitta was recognized with an Honorable Mention from the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards. She received the SBA District Director’s Choice Award in 2004 and the Business Woman of the Year in 2003 by the Loudoun County Commission on Women. Brigitta is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA), PRSA, and IABC.
Brigitta is honored that her son Guillermo Toruño, Jr. works in the business with her and is an integral member of UNO Translations and Communications, LLC.