Chapter Business is focused on the operational initiatives central to the Chapter’s functions. Areas of focus include Membership, Leadership & Mentoring, Business Partner Relations/BPAC, Communications, Social Media, Chapter Calendar Management, Chapter Awards, Nominations and Organizational Affiliations.
Each year, ALA recognizes chapters for outstanding achievements in a number of areas. The awards presentation, conducted at the ALA Annual National Educational Conference & Exposition in the spring, is one of the highlights of the conference.
The ALANYC Awards Team is responsible for preparing the chapter’s submissions for judging in the contest. On an annual basis, the team reviews prior submissions and eligibility criteria established by ALA, works with the Chapter President to select areas in which the chapter wishes to compete, and then works with leaders of the various teams to prepare and polish submissions and supporting materials and exhibits.
The New York City Chapter has been the proud recipient of many awards throughout the years and continues to compete on an annual basis.
Rose Jaworecki, Leader
Business Partner Advisory Council (BPAC)
The products and services offered by our Business Partners are vital to our firms’ operations. Their sponsorship of the ALANYC enables our Chapter to fund and achieve many of its goals, which includes educational programs and sessions on industry trends, dynamic speakers at Chapter luncheons, our quarterly newsletter, ALANYCis, a website that facilitates both member and business partner communication, scholarships to National and Regional Conferences, among other core Chapter objectives. The relationships we build with our Business Partners are important to our success and can genuinely improve the bottom-line at our firms. The Chapter established the BPAC to further enhance our partnership with our valued Business Partners.
Business Partner Relations Team
ALANYC offers a sponsorship program to provide vendor business partners an opportunity to sustain the chapter and its educational goals through financial support, advertising in the chapter newsletter and donating services. The Business Partner Team works closely with sponsors to select a means of support consistent with their needs and to provide appropriate recognition among our members for the sponsors’ contributions.
We encourage our members to consider our sponsors when making purchasing decisions. Many of our programs would not be possible without the financial support of our sponsors.
ALANYC invites its members to join the team in its role as a liaison with the Business Partners for renewals, payments, attending events, questions, understanding the program and facilitating introductions to other members.
Stephanie Ransom, CLM, Leader
Chapter Calendar Team
The Chapter Calendar Team works with all of the other planning teams to ensure the chapter calendar reflects all of the educational, networking and community service events that are happening in the chapter. The team also incorporates dates for national and regional events to ensure promotion of neighboring chapters and the association as a whole.
Lucy Shyti, Calendar Co-ordinator
The Communications Team works in tandem with the Organizational Affiliations and Social Media Teams. This team is focused on the overarching consistent messaging and branding of the chapter, ensuring that our newsletter and communications convey the ALANYC story. The team publishes the chapter’s newsletter and communications updates.
ALANYC invites its members who possess creative, writing and editing skills, to join the team and assist with compiling our digital newsletter and writing/editing articles. Members are also invited to contact the team leader with ideas and suggestions on communication opportunities.
Francine Lahm, Leader
Membership, Leadership & Mentoring Team
This team is responsible for recruiting new members from law firms, corporate legal departments, academia, government agencies and bar associations for both ALANYC and ALA National.
The team is driven to engage not only new members, but also the chapter’s existing passive members by raising awareness of the value of chapter membership. Our goal is for our members to have meaningful and ongoing involvement in chapter sponsored events, education programs and social networking opportunities and to build a pool of candidates for the chapter’s leadership succession planning.
ALANYC invites its members to join the team to assist in recruiting new members to join the ALA and the New York City Chapter, and support existing members in rediscovering the benefits of membership.
Julissa Keene, Leader
The Immediate Past President of the chapter leads this team and is charged with the responsibility of identifying qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. The team is comprised of at least two other past presidents and chapter members at large who reach out to the membership to solicit nominations and oversee the election process.
Tanya Duprey, Leader
Social Media Team
The Social Media Team works in tandem with the Communications and Organizational Affiliations Teams. The team is focused on building on brand ALANYC by raising the chapter’s visibility in the legal community and related industries through promotional campaigns of our chapter events and accomplishments on primary social media platforms, driving conversions by increasing traffic to our website, increasing readership of our newsletter ALANYCis, and increasing our social media presence, thus attracting a wider demographic of members.
ALANYC invites its members who are social media savvy to join the team in their efforts to improve the chapter’s social media presence. Members are also invited to contact the team leader with ideas and suggestions on communication opportunities.
Gina Negrin, Leader
Website & Governance Team
The chapter maintains a website that contains information about chapter events, including educational sessions, CLM study sessions, luncheons, news, policies, and other valuable resources. The website also hosts member and business partner discussion forums as well as archives of our chapter and diversity newsletters, boilerplate forms, and other tools. The website continues to be a growing source of member communication.
Douglas Gibson, Leader
Tina Carter, co-Leader