- Business Partners
WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL CHAPTER? — YOU DO!
The success of every great event depends upon more than one person. Your help is essential. The Chapter consists of several hundred members and in order to provide the wonderful educational programs and events, teams are necessary to assist the Board. There are tasks of all sizes to fit your busy schedule, some activities are one-time events, some are on-going, some occur in different times of the year, some just need a person to make phone calls, write an article, or greet attendees at a registration table. Below are the list of teams and the respective chairperson. Read the descriptions below, contact the chairperson(s) for more information and say “Yes!” to meeting new people, making our Chapter better, and enriching your life!
BUSINESS PARTNER RELATIONS TEAM
Members serving on the Business Partner Team assist in planning the Chapter's Bi-annual Educational Conference and Business Partner Expo; speak with business partners about sponsorship and advertising opportunities; publicize and promote the Chapter to the legal and business partners community; and obtain business partner sponsorship for educational events. This team is important to the success of the Chapter as the sponsorships enable funding for speakers, scholarships and other events. Be a part of this team and learn how valuable our business partners are to the Chapter.
The CLM Team coordinates the Chicago CLM Study Group which includes development of the study curriculum, study materials, securing speakers, scope of study sessions, access to group study resources, analysis of best practices for group’s success, establishing fees and stipends for study group members and hosting group study sessions throughout the group’s curriculum.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TEAM
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team strives to foster inclusion by creating an awareness and appreciation for the value of diverse perspectives and people in all aspects of the legal profession. This team is responsible for providing the educational resources, programming and training necessary to support our members in the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse workforce. Our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion extends beyond our membership to include our business partners, vendors, and the overall legal community.
The Membership Team focuses on recruiting new members, enhancing the welcome experience for new members, increasing involvement and engagement among existing members, and working to increase diverse representation across the membership. In addition to playing a vital role in shaping the chapter’s membership experience, the team prepares Member Spotlight Profiles for the bi-monthly newsletter and assists with various membership drives for new members and renewals.
This is your opportunity to assist in the preparation of our award-winning newsletter! Team members can write articles; interview members and business partners; take pictures of Chapter meetings, activities and events; assist in editing and proofreading; and ensure that all ALA and Chapter events are advertised. If being involved in getting the latest ALA news out to the membership interests you, this is the team for you.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
This team is responsible for offering education for the Chapter. The Professional Development Director works with Advisors specific to firm size or category (Small/Mid-size firm, Large Firm, Secretarial Management, Operations/Communications, Finance, Human Resources, and Legal Industry/Business) to assist in determining education topics of interest for our members, identifying motivating and enlightening speakers, and planning and coordinating the logistics. Team members also assist with the Bi-Monthly Chapter Luncheons, Law Firm Leaders Event, various round-tables, and pop-up sessions. Every other year, this team works alongside the Special Events committee to plan topics and speakers for the Bi-Annual Educational Conference. Being a part of the professional development team is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys networking, event planning, and growing firm leaders in our industry.
Team members assist in the design and review of the Chapter's annual compensation survey, bi-annual benefits survey and any other opinion surveys for members and business partners. They also encourage others to participate in the various surveys, including phone calls, emails, and announcements at meetings. Surveys are an important way for the Chapter to determine if the needs of the members and business partners are being met.