by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Empowering Through Translation

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julieta Garcia Querol is the owner of Leap Translations, a business that provides translation services in English and Spanish. When Julieta was contacted by Soroptimist International of the Americas about her translation services, she jumped at the opportunity to become a part of the world-renowned organization. “Upon researching Soroptimist, I immediately felt connected to their cause of saving women and girls from poverty, domestic violence, and sex trafficking and wanted to help,” explained Julieta. She now works with the Soroptimist headquarters, serving the Latin American and Mexican markets.

volunteer_anderson2Julieta’s work for Soroptimist includes translation of communications for membership, fundraising, and public awareness into Spanish. This work also entails translating submissions for the two main Soroptimist programs: Live Your Dream Awards and Dream it, Be it. Live Your Dream Awards provide education and training to women. Dream it, Be it is a program that offers career support and mentorship to young girls. “One of the things I feel makes the biggest difference in what I do is translating candidates’ submissions for these awards. These are women and girls who live in unimaginable conditions of poverty and violence. They are all heroines and deserve a chance to live a life free of abuse. I love being a part of their journey towards fulfilling their dreams. I try my best to make the language barrier between them and donors invisible,” revealed Julieta.

In addition to working with Soroptomist and on other translation projects, Julieta is a contemporary romance novelist under the pen name J.Q. Anderson. Her choice of genres is not a surprise, given the real life love story of her and her husband. “I was 19 and living in Buenos Aires. I met Kevin on my way to a four-month backpacking trip to Europe. It was one of those romantic love stories that went on – even long distance – until I was finished with school and we decided to move to California,” related Julieta. Twenty years and three children later, Julieta and Kevin are happily married and living a busy and full life in Carmel Valley.

Julieta enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is also passing her passion for helping others on to her children. “I am looking into helping my children start their own charity projects, and I definitely see myself becoming more involved in charitable organizations in Latin America,” said Julieta.


Name: Julieta Garcia Querol
Community: Carmel Valley
Volunteer Affiliation: Soroptimist International of the Americas
Profession: Owner of Leap Translations and novelist
Family: Married to Kevin Anderson with three kids
Hobbies & Interests: Writing, cooking
Favorite Local Spots: Del Mar, Coronado

Group: Soroptimist International of the Americas
Mission: Empower underserved women and girls economically and socially to rescue them from extreme poverty, violent environments, and sex trafficking.