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“Lost” Lessons for Conference Commitment Some of you, like me, were hooked on “Lost” from the pilot episode and kept going back for more through six seasons of flashbacks, flash-forwards and flash-sideways. As I write this article, the series finale has just been broadcast. Even if you are lost on the appeal of “Lost,” I hope you find the following comparisons between the television series and ALA conferences worth your time to explore. CRASH Steve Morris, CLM “Lost” began with a plane crash on a tropical island. The survivors were strangers who Region 6 Director banded together. They grew, supported and learned from each other while navigating their new surroundings. In 1995, I was promoted from a Paralegal position to Office Ad- Allen Matkins Leck Gamble ministrator. Many ALA members have similar stories of “falling” into their first adminisMallory & Natsis, LLP trator position as if it were out of the sky. At that time, the new business territory seemed foreign with an entirely new vocabulary to learn. I related to Sun and Jin who as plane Steve Morris can be reached crash survivors, only spoke Korean. My first ALA regional conference as a new adminisat 415-837-1515 or trator provided survival tools for my new environment. COMMUNITY The strangers on the “Lost” plane were no longer strangers once they formed their island community. Their bonds carried them through hardships. Rewards were accomplished by working together and relying on each other. Hurley, a jovial series character, made sure the group took time to enjoy the moment. In some episodes, he had everyone playing golf together or competing in a ping pong tournament. Our Region 5&6 Conference & Expo will provide numerous networking opportunities. As we eat together, sit next to each other in educational sessions and socialize at various group events, professional relationships will be built and renewed. These connections last long after conference is over. ALA, as an organization, is strengthened as a result of cross chapter relationships that often begin in conference settings. ISLAND The beauty of the survivors’ island was irrefutable. Between the nearly perfect year-round weather and ideal site (Hard Rock Hotel - 10 minutes from the airport), San Diego is a paradise of a location for our conference. The educational meeting rooms are conducive for learning and the hotel location is ideal for exploring the historic Gaslamp District. TWISTS One reason fans kept coming back for more on “Lost” was to see how the unexpected plot twists played out on the series. This year’s regional conference has two new twists. First, we are starting conference Thursday at 5:00 p.m. with Sarah Reinertsen, our keynote speaker. Sarah is the first female above-knee amputee to complete the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. You may recognize her from her appearance on the Amazing Race 10. As a motivational speaker, part of her message will be to share methods to overcome set-backs and accomplish goals. Immediately following her keynote address, a welcome reception and silent auction will provide networking opportunities and a chance to raise money for children’s charities. To conclude the evening, a Couture for a Cause fashion show celebrating Community Challenge Weekend and Professional Legal Management Week will be enjoyed by conference attendees as well as San Diego legal professionals from partnering organizations. Another new conference twist is a 5K Fun Run/Walk hosted by our San Diego chapter. This complimentary event for conference attendees and exhibiting business partners will take place on Friday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. We expect it to be a great way to see the beauty of San Diego while getting your blood flowing after sitting in educational sessions throughout the day. We think it will be a fantastic way to continue networking while working up an appetite for dinner. (Continued on page 13) 5 Golden Gate Chapter June 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Bridge - June 2010

The Bridge - June 2010
President’s Message
“Lost” Lessons for Conference Commitment
Business Partner Appreciation Luncheon
2010 Educational Conference in Boston
Hot Topics From the List Serve
Membership Update
2010 Business Partner Services
2010 Salary and Benefit Survey Order Form
Member Anniversaries
Job Bank
Golden Gate Chapter Leadership
June 2010 Calendar

The Bridge - June 2010