President's Message: Rising to the 2021 Challenge

Welcome LMA Mid-Atlantic!

Well done! You did it and continue to do so. The challenges that 2020 layered upon our already demanding professional lives were quite something, and the way the Mid-Atlantic Region leaned in and rose to the unprecedented number of curveballs was truly amazing. Please remember to pause from time-to-time and remember that the surviving you did really looks more like thriving when you look back.

What our region accomplished in 2020 as well as what we have planned for 2021 is the result of our tremendous volunteers. I am immensely proud of every one of them; our Baltimore, Virginias, and Capital Local Steering Committees; and our Regional Board. Together, our talents combine to create the consistent value and vibrant community that our region deserves.

The coming year, while full of its own challenges, presents us with the opportunity to excel. Our 2021 LSC Leaders and Regional Board of Directors are an extremely strong group that is committed to fulfilling our mission. We will meet our members where they are and provide opportunities to educate one another and to connect.

Our programming focus has moved to a region-wide effort with all Mid-Atlantic members being invited and encouraged to attend the top-notch programming that our local steering committees, Diversity, Advocacy and Community Engagement Committee, Senior Leaders SIG, LMA Next SIG, Small Firm/Solo Marketer SIG or the entire region create. We also will hold virtual networking events periodically. Mid-year, we will pause and revisit where our local reopening efforts stand in each of our geographies and finalize plans for the latter half of 2021. I am optimistic that toward the end of the year, we will be able to create opportunities to safely come together in person.

Thank you for actively supporting the Mid-Atlantic Region. There is truly so much to be gained, both professionally and personally, through your involvement with this great organization of talented individuals. I hope that you will take advantage of the many benefits our region has to offer.

Paul Bonner, J.D./M.B.A
LMA Mid-Atlantic Region President
Director of Marketing at Venable LLP

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