I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next president of our chapter and I hope to be able to follow in the footsteps of all the past presidents who have worked so hard to make our chapter what it is today. My time as president-elect started a year ago when I sat down to try to understand what our chapter’s mission is. I asked myself “Why do we exist?”
This is not the existential “what is our place in the universe” kind of question with no real answer. This is a question I ask of every organization I am a part of, including the law firms I have worked for. What is it that we do, and why do we do it? Why do we exist? Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is our mission?
To me this is a critical question. Because if our organization is going to maintain its relevance as the world around us continues to change, we need to know the answer. The answer to this question is our mission – our reason for being. It is the reason that our organization exists and why we are all put the effort into keeping it going and make it better and better. Our reason for being needs to drive what we do as a chapter. It needs to direct how we expend our resources so that our time, effort and money can go where they do the most good – toward the things that advance our mission the most. Everything we do now or plan to do in the future should be judged by how much it advances our mission.
I believe our chapter exists so that we can share our knowledge with one another and so that we can give back to the community that made our own success possible. And we do those things in a fun and engaging way. It wouldn’t work quite so well without the fun events, the great food and all the friends we’ve made along the way. When you look at what our chapter does best, I think you will see their connection to education and giving back.
Education is a core function of our organization. From chapter wide events, to community meetings, to one-to-one conversations, we do a lot to make knowledge available to each other so that we can do our jobs better. When I took a new job at a new firm six months ago and I suddenly found myself responsible for a whole bunch of things that I had never done before I turned again and again to ALA for help. I called other members with questions, asked people for advice during networking events, and reached out to countless business partners for help. It was the education I received and the connections I had made through our chapter that helped make me successful. I love to share what I know with others and I am very thankful that others are willing to share with me.
Our chapter also excels at giving back to the larger community: To little kid who’s family needs some help around the holidays, to kids who need help with business etiquette and resume writing, to the high school senior that gets a college scholarship and mentoring. We want to be reaching out more to help recruit young people looking for their first jobs into legal administration, to keep that pipeline of talent flowing into our community. Yes, that helps our chapter recruit new members, but we also want to open up opportunities to others, just as others opened the door to us when we were starting out.
In the coming chapter year I would like to help us be as true to our mission as we can be. I’m very thankful that this means just doing more of the kinds of things we already do so well. We will be looking to expand our membership to more people who can benefit from the education we provide. We are putting together a leadership development track to help us all become better leaders in our organizations. We are working to reach back out to the communities that have supported us, to use our gifts, our talents and our resources to help others, just as others have helped us.
Thank you to all the executive committee members and leadership team members who I will have the pleasure of working with over the next year. Thank you to our amazing business partners who make it actually possible for us to do our jobs effectively within our firms and organizations. And thank you to our vibrant and engaged membership members that makes it all worthwhile. Here’s to the 2019-2020 chapter year!
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