I debated about running the Region 6 Conference recaps. Why the hesitation? Because the conference was held last month in Las Vegas and I did not want to be disrespectful after the unimaginable horror that just occurred in that city. I didn’t want to talk about the fun and laughs shared by several of our members just a few short weeks ago when people are now suffering.
Then it occurred to me that the horror in Las Vegas on October 1 does not define that city. Las Vegas will remain a premiere conference center, a coveted vacation destination and will continue to offer exquisite food, amazing entertainment and even a few casinos.
Las Vegas will not be defined by the evil carried out by a gunman for reasons we may never know.
Las Vegas will continue to be a world-renowned city but now it will also be known as a city with people who showed incredible strength and heroism during the most difficult of circumstances. It will be a city known for generosity toward the victims of this tragedy. It will be known as a city with incredible first responders and police and hospital personnel.
It might also be the back-drop of Hangover, Part 12 but we’ll let that slide.
I hope the ALA continues to host conferences in Las Vegas as they have been very successful and enjoyable. Two of our members attended the most recent Regional Conference which included Regions 4, 5 and 6 and they tell us about the sessions they attended and the networking they enjoyed.
(Please note the recaps were written before the shootings.)
Kellie B. Narayan, Executive Director
SVALA President-Elect and
Programs and Education Chair
Thank you so much to the ALA for sending me to the 2017 Regional ALA Conference with some of the wonderful administrators from our local SVALA Chapter! The thing I love most about being part of the ALA is being around other talented law firm administrators who help make me a better leader and manager. There is so much talent, humor and experience in the SVALA Chapter that spending time with Cheri, Joelle, Jessica and Missy was awesome!
Cheri told me that attending one of Michael S. Cohen’s presentations at the conference was a must-do because Michael is such a knowledgeable and wonderful speaker – and Cheri was right! Michael’s presentations on Employment Law including handling difficult or sensitive HR issues and his educational session on HR every administrator needs to know were humorous, in depth and relevant. Michael is the best speaker I have heard at any conference I have ever attended, bar none! Sharing this experience with some of our Chapter leaders was a highlight of 2017 for me and I look forward to doing it again (with even more attendees next year)!
Missy Brown, Administrator
Pollara Law Group
Making a trip to Sin City after a 31 year absence proved to be quite the adventure! Little did I know that the excitement would happen in the meeting rooms and not out in the bright lights and debauchery of Vegas. This was my first outing to an ALA Regional conference. Thank you to the lovely women who welcomed me into this exclusive club, both the local SVALA ladies and the women from across the U.S. filled with important and timely ideas.
The sessions I chose dealt with social media, employment handbooks and using comedy and improvisation as a way to communicate, just to name a few. The closing speaker provided humor and really worked on a skill we all can hone: learning to say NO – this seems to be a common thread among those that take on the Administrator role.
I learned that no matter the size of your firm, we all use similar skills to navigate the day and I also valued realizing what I can work on to be a better person/employer and, remarkably, what I am doing well on a daily basis. Seeing the vendors and gaining new contacts was fun and informative too (especially the First Legal Appreciation party at Tao – WOW)!!
All in all, thank you for allowing me to be a participant in this great organization. I found a new appreciation for what we do and know I am not out there all by myself.
Thank you to these two talented administrators for sharing their enthusiasm for the Regional Conference. The SVALA offers a few scholarships to all the conferences so be sure to ask a board member for details!