Welcome Letter & Kickoff Invite from Michelle Murray, 2019 LMA New York Chair

Happy New Year! I’m Michelle Murray, the 2019 New York Local Steering Committee Chair. We’re very excited to launch the new LMA year by inviting you to join us on Wednesday, February 6th at 6pm for our annual Members Kickoff & Cocktails event to be held at Akin Gump.
The New York LSC has three main goals for 2019:
  1. Membership development and value
  2. Continued delivery of timely content with tangible takeaways
  3. Greater opportunity for member involvement
We encourage you to help us achieve these goals by volunteering with one of the Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) or our Subcommittees outlined below. As a 100% volunteer-based organization, we rely on engaged members to help us maintain and expand our stellar reputation for quality programming, networking opportunities and value-added content. 
Local Steering Committee members and SIG Chairs will be at our Kickoff Event on February 6th to informally share their plans for 2019 and discuss personally how you can participate. This popular annual event will be your chance to reconnect with your LMA NY pals and welcome new members to the group. As a special bonus, Gittings, one of the evening’s sponsors, will be offering free headshots to attendees that will be taken at the event and emailed to you.
The NY Steering Committee this year comprises the following people:
  • Brandie Knox – Chair Elect
  • Mark Guglielmelli – Secretary
  • Rosa Colon – Member At Large (SIG Chair)
  • Joseph Edmonds – Member At Large (Programming, Chair)
  • Erika Galarneau – Member At Large (Programming, Vice-Chair)
  • Tom Mariam – Member At Large (Communications)
  • Amy Nielson – Member At Large (Member Engagement)
  • Willie Sleight – Member At Large (Event & Venues)
  • Lynn Tellefsen – Member At Large (Sponsorship)
Sign up for Shared Interest Group Communications. The New York LSC offers six SIGs:

  • Business Development
  • CMO
  • LMANext (formerly Future Leaders)
  • Marketing Technology
  • Small Firm
  • Special Events
The groups were created to deliver concentrated, tailored programming and opportunities for discussion in our local markets in these areas of legal marketing. Please sign up here to receive communications and information about upcoming social and educational SIG events.  You can also learn more about our SIG Chairs.

NY LSC Subcommittees:
Our Membership Engagement Subcommittee is developing a full 2019 calendar of events and networking opportunities. With membership value as their top priority, our local subcommittee chair, Amy Neilson (aneilson@huntonak.com) will be at the Kickoff to share how to get the most out of your membership. If you are interested in joining the Membership Committee or have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amy.

The Program Subcommittee is in full swing organizing our annual programming calendar. We aim to provide top-notch, timely programs on a consistent basis. If you have a topic you think would be valuable to our members or would like to join the committee, please contact our local programming subcommittee co-chairs, Joe Edmonds (jedmonds@jamadr.com) or Erika Galarneau (erika.galarneau@withersworldwide.com)

Our Communications Subcommittee is at the center of everything we do for the LMANE, from our web presence, to social media, to the emails you receive. Our local subcommittee chair is Tom Mariam (tmariam@jonesday.com). He welcomes volunteers to write and edit content, and to report on local events. If you would like to write an article or if you have content that can be repurposed, please reach out to Tom.

Our Sponsorship subcommittee provides a key role in financing the fantastic networking and educational programs the LMA provides to our members. Lynn Tellefsen is our local Sponsorship subcommittee chair. If you are interested in sponsoring a New York LMA program or event or helping with the committee, please reach out to Lynn at ltellefsen@wilentz.com.

I am honored to serve as the 2019 New York LSC chair, and I look forward to getting to know our members. Please reach out to me with any questions or ideas for continued improvement and growth in 2019. I can be reached at mmurray@cahill.com.

Looking forward to welcoming you personally on Wednesday, February 6th at the Kickoff event! 
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