President's Message - Amy Egan Cook, September 2018
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September 2018

Boston Chapter ALA
President’s Letter



Dear Fellow Members and Business Partners:

I hope you all enjoyed the summer months - they sure did go by fast! 

The Boston Chapter had a busy schedule as well. At the 2018 Golf Tournament and Casino Night, Chapter Members and Business Partners enjoyed 6 holes of golf followed by an exciting evening of casino games, dinner and awards. It was a fabulous day and everyone left feeling like they hit the jackpot!  

In July we had our annual Summer Workshop, presented by Judy Hissong. The program focused on communication and conflict. This year, attendees participated in a pre-session online assessment, using a Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool. The program was both informative and entertaining and received excellent reviews.

We could not have asked for a more perfect night than that of July 18th for our Silver Summer Cruise. Members, Business Partners and guests enjoyed a night of delicious food, cocktails and some great conversations as they sailed through Boston Harbor taking in the beautiful city skyline.

August Challenge Complete! Thank you for your continued support of the Chapter's three-year commitment with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Medford and Somerville. 100% of your donations have gone directly to building and sustaining a program for at-risk teens and young adults.  In April, the Boston Chapter was honored with the 2018 Medford Community Partner of the Year award, and we could not have received that honor without your support. Thank you!

The Chapter continues to have its monthly Coffee Connection at the Panera Cares Café (3 Center Plaza) the first Wednesday of every month from 8 am to 9 am (no rsvp required). Stop in and join us for a (free) cup of coffee. Attendees have enjoyed some really great conversation!

The Board has been full steam ahead all summer long putting the final touches on what promises to be an excellent second half of the year, including: 

  • September 26th Annual One Day Leadership Conference & Business Partner Expo #2018ODCBostonview the web brochure
  • October 4th Finance Educational Program & Roundtable - Scott Golin Utilizing Financial Metrics to Create Change in Your Organization
  • November 8th HR Educational Program & Roundtable Patricia Wise Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • December 14th December 2018 Quarterly Event - Paul Huschilt Outlandishly Fun Five-Step Program for Workplace Wellness.

2019 Quarterly Events Sneak Peek!

  • March 2019 Mel Robbins, Best-selling author, motivational speaker, CNN Legal Analyst and SUCCESS Contributing Editor. Robbins is best known for one of the most popular TEDx Talks in the world (more than 10 million views and climbing): “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over.” Her new book, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage, is a national bestseller.
  • June 2019 Captain Richard Phillips, Author of A Captain’s Duty, Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Phillips caught the world's attention when he was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. His planning, forward thinking and heroism saved him, his crew and his ship. The events surrounding his ship's capture and rescue by US Navy SEALs were made into an Academy Award-nominated movie with actor Tom Hanks portraying Phillips.

The Chapter is growing… Please give a warm welcome to our newest members:

Marlene Morris, Nicole Backstrom, Peter Maguire, Ryan Thebarge, Veronica Lachapelle, Kerry Hurley, Deborah Twiss, Kevin Collins, Brauna Doidge, Michael Frenette, Amaran Toppa, Kristine Conti and Robert Kann. Welcome to the Boston Chapter ALA!

Our Business Partners are integral to the Chapter's success, and we are grateful for their ongoing support. The BPAC (Business Partner Advisory Committee) serves as the liaison between Business Partners of all levels and the Chapter's Business Partner Committee. Thank you to our current BPAC volunteers, we appreciate your commitment to making the Boston Chapter ALA #1!

Diamond: Derek McKinley - JOHNLEONARD
Gold: Rick Dowd - Citizens Bank
Silver: Ali Cavanaugh - Newmark Knight Frank
Bronze: Scott Ziegler - Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Associate: Peter Villani - ABA Retirement Funds Program

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our newest CLMs Kim McMahon and Christopher Holmes. The Chapter now has 10 Certified Legal Managers! The Chapter will be holding a CLM study group later this winter as we look to the first exam date in 2019. If you are interested in participating, contact Christopher Holmes

We are always looking for volunteers to serve on a committee or become more involved in Chapter leadership. If you would like to become more involved, please contact any one of our committee VPs or any Board Member.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Boston Chapter event.


Amy Egan Cook
President – Boston Chapter ALA, 2018-2019

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