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At the Chapter's May meeting, Bret Roberts of Onepath presented the Chapter with an educational session on Cyber Security.    We learned about the potential threats, how to guard against those threats, and how to handle a breach if one happens.

As law firms, the protection of our clients' information is a responsibility that we all share, and it is important that we perform due diligence to ensure that we have done all we can to minimize the threat.

"It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when."

View Bret's complete presentation here.  For more information, you can contact Bret at broberts@1path.com.  




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I (newsletter editor Suzette Welling) cannot begin to express my gratitude for being the recipient of this year's Suncoast Chapter scholarship to the 2019 Annual Conference. As the administrator of a young firm, my managing partner has not had the opportunity to experience the many benefits of sending his manager to the conference. I have no doubt, however, that the quantity and quality of information and education that I received will earn me the firm's support for attendance at future conferences.

Many of us had travel issues in our attempt to arrive at the conference this year, thanks in part to the number of planes being grounded due to mechanical issues and in part due to weather.  I was one of those affected by travel cancellation
s and  delays, causing me to miss the welcome session event on Sunday.

I did arrive by Sunday evening, thankfully able to be there for Monday morning's Keynote Session with Molly FletcherLeading the Way: Inspiring Go-Getters and Game Changers.  A female sports agent in a man's industry, Molly is known as the "female Jerry Maguire."  Her inspirational message was full of many takeaways for those of us wanting to become the best leaders we can, including:
  • Discover the gaps in the lives of people you serve in order to add value to their lives.
  • Discover your own gaps.
  • Clarity is important - do not lose rational in pursuit of transactional. Be clear in the types of relationships you are building.
  • Decide who gets your energy and who doesn't. Are they better than their problems?
  • Determine who is draining you. Do they deserve you?
  • Be disciplined about being present.
  • Winners recover from adversity faster than others. Create a smile file to help you through the tough times.
  • Execution is important - sit and find out what others see as success and then hold them accountable.
Tuesday morning's speaker was equally as motivating.  Nicole Malachowski, the first female pilot to fly as an Air Force Thunderbird, spoke on Harnessing Headwinds.  She shared the importance of building an organization based on mutual trust and how to deal with adversity:
  • Remember when battling negative people: "You are not my audience."
  • "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." Henry Ford
  • Failure is the price of entry for achieving something great. Focus on the long game.
  • You build trust by being trustworthy.
  • Always honor the wingman contract.
  • When you hit turbulence, loosen your grip. Yield to overcome.
  • Steel sharpens steel: share what went wrong in a safe environment.
  • The runway behind you is always unusable. Don't look back.
  • Choose an unscripted life.
These women were immensely motivating, with takeaways that could be immediately put into practice. Likewise, the information offered in the educational sessions was so vast, it was sometimes hard to decide which session to attend during a given timeslot. You can see the entire list here . To see a summary of the sessions I found most informative for my purposes, click here for this entire article.

 



Your Chapter's
Recognition as a
Presidents' Award
of Excellence Winner!


Tellie is called as our
Chapter President to
be Recognized for our
Presidents' Award!


Tellie Onstage with
the Other Chapter
Winners

Chapter Dinner


Ready for the
Denim & Diamonds Event

A New President &
Past President!  

Do You Know
These Bushwackers?

How About This One?

AFFINITY CONSULTING HELPED US TO
END THE DAYS OF HARD WORK
WITH A SILENT DISCO,
FOLLOWED BY A GREAT BAND!
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Upcoming Events
ALA Suncoast Chapter Luncheon June 19, 2019
Centre Club
Guest Speaker:
Bob Brumm, Motivational Speaker
Specializing in Positive Encouragement




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