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(CM) HISTORY OF PRES. RECEPTION AND LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

A BIT OF HISTORY BEHIND
GLA ALA'S PRES. RECEPTION AND
LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
BY PAST PRESIDENT, JEAN JEWELL, CLM - COMM. CHAIR/INT'L. LAW PRACTICE SECTION 2017-2018
Pres. Elect, Ken Sweet with First Legal Team, Willy Rodas, Lynda Hamsell, Lisa Stuenkel, Don Hoefnagel and
Pres. Carolyn Smallwood, CLM

Inclusion, accountability and celebrating the wins
- even the little wins. These are key elements of
professional legal management and these are the
building blocks of the foundation of the two events
called the Presidents' Reception and the Leadership
Luncheon. The inception of these events was the
brainchild of one of GLA's Past Presidents, Maureen
Varnes. Maureen was a CLM, an accomplished
administrator who worked her way up the ranks,
a mentor to dozens and dozens of people and a
role model for everyone. Maureen's idea was to
hold a luncheon to celebrate all the members by
acknowledging our leadership skills. Maureen's
vision was for all those engaged in professional
legal management to recognize the great leader that
resides within by taking the time to celebrate our
roles, our victories and our collective knowledge. An
important part of this celebration is to put a spotlight
on all members' contributions specifically within GLA
and ALA, and within our communities in general.
With this seed, Maureen developed the concept of
the Leadership Luncheon and the Volunteer of The

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Year award, or VOTY. As many of us already know, the
VOTY was recently renamed to honor Maureen.
Each year, the GLA Board refines the concept for these
events. One of the most popular refinements is the
addition of distinguished speakers: by inviting ALA
Presidents, GLA and ALA are building bridges and
connections among ALA's International leadership,
the local GLA Chapter level, and individual members.
Especially in the cases of those GLA members unable to
attend ALA conferences, GLA would bring ALA to GLA.
The Presidents' Reception was added several years ago
as another way to enhance GLA members' understanding
of and access to ALA and GLA leadership. This second
event was intended as an additional opportunity to
increase the accessibility of GLA members to ALA, GLA,
GLA's current Board and its past presidents. One way
to greater facilitate member participation at these events
was to hold the Reception after work, while the Luncheon
would be held during the day. Additionally, one event
would be held downtown, and the other on the westside,



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