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To our valued Business Partners and friends –
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, thank you for your sponsorship of ALA Chicago in the new 2020/2021 fiscal year. In these unprecedented and uncertain times, now more than ever, your support is truly appreciated.
As you can imagine, the coming year will look different than any of us planned for. Social networking and educational events that we all look forward to have been postponed, and we don’t know when we will be able to gather together in person again. However, our Board is committed to continuing to provide opportunities for our members, and our Business Partners, to connect and engage, so that together we emerge on the other side of this crisis stronger than ever.
To that end, I wanted to let you know about steps the Board is taking to ensure that you continue to get value from your partnership with the Chapter. First and foremost, we have created a task force whose sole focus is to brainstorm on creative ways to temporarily replace our in-person events with new options for our Business Partners to remain front and center with our members. You may have noticed that we have begun highlighting Business Partners in our Chapter e-mails, which has not been done before. This will be a chance for you to speak directly to our members about specific ways that you can be of assistance to our firms in getting through the next few months. We are also exploring virtual round tables, where Business Partners and members can meet to exchange thoughts on particularly relevant topics to the times. Your ideas for the task force are important – please reach out with suggestions!
In the next week, you will also be assigned a Board member as your liaison – think of it as a “buddy” program. Your liaison will reach out to make sure you understand how the Chapter works, especially now, and so that you recognize, and hopefully utilize, as many benefits as possible.
I also want to introduce you to two people who will be critical to your relationship with ALA Chicago. First, Kat Denk, our new Director of Business Partner Relations. Many of you probably already know Kat, but if you haven’t met her yet, you are in for a treat. Kat will manage the Business Partner program this year. Second, Amanda Mehrbrodt, our new Chapter Manager. Amanda, along with her colleagues at Glatz Management Services, began working with the Chapter on March 1st, and has already made an impact with her skill in organizing and managing the details that keep our Chapter running. Amanda will be your point person on logistical items throughout the year. You are in good hands with Kat and Amanda.
In closing, thank you for recognizing and valuing the relationships that make ALA Chicago so special. Together, we will make the most of the coming year. When the time is right, we look forward to once again being together in person – the “Welcome Back” party is going to be one to be remembered!
ALA Chicago Chapter President
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