As I step into this new role, I am reminded of the words of John Quincy Adams – “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” I am truly honored to serve as your President for the 2018-2019 Chapter Year and I am even more privileged to be leading this team of professionals!
Our theme for this year is Re-engaging, Re-aligning and Re-igniting ALANYC and along with all the very talented Board members and volunteers, we will be Revolutionizing what it means to be an ALANYC chapter member.
This year, we are introducing a Mind, Body & Soul Certificate Series (MBS Series), viewing our members holistically and addressing their educational, emotional, philanthropic and physical needs. We also want to help you, the members, to think like a Team. This is why this year, we have eliminated the word “committee” and are using instead the word, “team”. A team consists of a group of people who work toward one common goal. Members of a team are inter-dependent on each other, maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses. In other words, working as a team ensures shared rewards and a better chance at success.
As part of the Mind, Body and Soul approach, along with chapter members, Business Partners and supporters – we have created a new program called fitALANYC. F.I.T. stands for Find Inner Tranquility. This program will promote healthy living to include Yoga, Nutrition, Wealth Management, Mental Health Awareness and Wellness training. I hope you will be inspired to take advantage of this new program that was created just for you!
This year, we will continue working to re-engage all our members, paying homage to the depth of knowledge that resides with our past presidents, retired and long-term members. We will look to engage our entry level managers by providing opportunities for cross-mentoring between both groups and increase membership by attracting a brand new and untapped demographic of members to our chapter. This, we hope to accomplish by instituting a training program covering Success in the Workplace, geared exclusively to college students in the New York City area. Starting on April 18th, our team will conduct the first of what we hope will be a series of workshops.
We will continue to re-align the chapter with our valued Business Partners through direct acts of inclusion in our programing throughout the chapter year and promoting their value on our social media pages. We look to embed ourselves in the communities we serve, by reinforcing our status as thought leaders in the legal industry. To this end, we are in talks with peer organizations in an attempt to build new affiliations and improve existing relationships.
Why should we re-ignite ALANYC? The bigger question is, is there room for new ideas around education, empowerment, inclusion, upward mobility and improving leadership skills? Sometimes reigniting is necessary. This year, we will focus on reconnecting our mission and vision with our members. We will challenge, inspire and motivate our members to think like a VIP member and rediscover the value they hold as a champion for excellence within our chapter.
Finally, we will continue the excellent tradition set by my predecessors of re-igniting the leaders in all of YOU, by bringing you education of the highest standards taught by the brightest minds in their respective disciplines, to feed your Minds. We will introduce healthy habits to invigorate your Bodies and improve social responsibility initiatives to satisfy your Souls!
My promise to you is that together with our illustrious Board of Directors, we will work to inspire you to become more involved and aspire for leadership positions, ensuring the continuity of our beloved chapter.