Recently I stumbled across my senior year high school year book, and was quickly transported down memory lane-the friendships, the fun... the big bangs. The best part was reading my classmates' superlatives-a few simple words or phrases that seemed to encapsulate the year for each person so well. Now, writing my last president's message of the year, I am faced with the same challenge of finding the right words to sum up the past twelve months.
I have said throughout the year that, for me, the Legal Marketing Association is about the people-you gain so much from this organization through the relationships you make within it-and never has that been more true for me than this year. I end my tenure as president of the chapter happy to have had the opportunity to create so many new relationships and strengthen existing ones. I was reminded throughout the year that this Chapter is comprised of an amazing group of talented people who are willing to share their knowledge and experiences to foster each other's development and success.
The LMA Capital Chapter has much to be proud of this year. We hosted our first chapter webinar, and launched a new design for Capital Ideas. We celebrated our members in our first ever Your Honor Awards and came together to help our community in our second annual volunteer event. We offered nine educational programs in addition to our roundtable events and hosted three great networking events.
It has been a pleasure serving the Chapter with such a talented group of individuals on the board of directors, and our city group leader, roundtable leaders and our committee members, who all generously gave their talent, energy, and time to ensuring that the Chapter brought continued benefit to its membership. I am delighted to serve with so many of them again next year, along with our new board members, under Sara Miller's leadership. Special thanks also to Chris Hummel, Abigail Bradfield, and Jennifer Bindhammer who will be leaving the board at the end of this year after many years of service to the chapter. They will be missed.
To me, it seems only appropriate to end this year the same way I did in my senior yearbook... with one of my favorites quotes.
"I like to think of them out there in the dark, watching us. Sometimes we'll do something and they'll laugh. Sometimes we'll do something and they'll cry. And maybe one day we'll all do something so magnificent, everyone in the universe will get goose bumps." - Jane Wagner & Lily Tomlin
I look forward to seeing you again next year. May you have a happy holiday season, and a wonderful 2011 filled with great success, wonderful friends.... and goose bumps.
By Diana Kroner, senior director of marketing & communications at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and president of the LMA Capital Chapter, for the November/December 2010 Issue of the Capital Ideas Newsletter