I say it every year and I’ll say it again this year: I cannot believe the end of the year is upon us. They don’t call it a cliché for nothing; time truly does pass quicker and quicker each year. As we approach the end of the year, with all the holiday joy (and madness), many of us take a moment to reflect on what has occurred over the last twelve months, think about what we are thankful for, and consider what we hope the future will bring. I can say that it has been an absolute pleasure to serve as president of the Capital Chapter, and I have much to be thankful for as my term wraps up.
I joined LMA about 12 years ago and it was a rough start. In my first legal marketing job I was a “lone marketer” who was looking for some like-minded people to explain to me what I had gotten myself into. I attended programs and the annual conference when I could and said hi to a few people, but as a natural introvert, my experience was not reflected in the pictures of LMA friends you see smiling at you from the pages of the brochures. While I appreciated all the content flowing my way, I had trouble making the kind of connections the networking sessions promised, and I was wondering if this was the right place for me.
I kept chugging along, and fortunately, I met some very nice and encouraging fellow Capital Chapter members. They were so encouraging that I suddenly found myself on the Board of Directors, and six years later, as the president of the chapter. The experiences that I have gained from my time on the board, and serving as your president, are indescribable. Having the opportunity to get to know and learn from members of this community, and recognizing that I am part of something much bigger than myself, has helped me not only professionally but personally as well. I am forever grateful for the encouragement and the opportunities you have afforded me.
If you happen to be a Beatles fan you probably sang the title of this column along with me and know that the rest of the refrain goes:
The love you take is equal to the love you make.
It was a fitting end to their monumental career as a band*, and is very apt as I look back and consider all that I have gained here.
Thank you and happy holidays to all!
*Abbey Road was actually recorded before Let it Be, though released as The Beatles’ last album. Too much? Sorry, I’m a huge fan, I can’t help myself!
By Laurie Paul, President of the LMA Capital Chapter and Senior Business Development Manager at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, for the November/December 2015 issue of the Capital Ideas Newsletter