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2017 NABE Annual Meeting Program
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Please note that times, titles, topics and descriptions are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted below, sessions and events will take place at the Sheraton Times Square, 811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, New York, NY, 10019.

Tuesday, August 8

10:00 am - 2:30 pm
NABE Board of Directors Meetings

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

Time TBD
NABE Communications Section Executive Council Meeting

Time TBD
NABE Orientation for First-timers

Time TBD
NABE Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 9

7:00 am - 4:30 pm (Closed for lunch 12:40 pm to 1:40 pm)
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

7:30 am – 9:00 am
NABE Welcome Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Opening Plenary Session: Creating Transformational Change - How to Make Innovative Ideas Spread
Greg Satell, Independent Consultant, Digital Tonto

10:00 am – 10:10 am
Transfer Break

10:10 am – 11:10 am
Chat Circle Sessions
Select from four different rooms to join peer-to-peer discussions lead by facilitators focused on a specific topic. Choose from the following topics:

  • Value Proposition
  • Young Lawyers
  • Communications
  • Administration & Finance.

11:10 am – 11:40 am
Sponsor Networking Break

11:40 am – 12:40 pm
Concurrent Track Sessions

Reeling Them Back In: Successful Bait To Lure Lapsed Members
Many bar associations live or die by their ability to recruit and retain dues-paying members. But how many have developed strategies to rekindle the relationship once a member has left the association? We’ll learn from one voluntary bar about successful strategies and look at the wider world of professional associations for tips, tactics, and techniques. Mandatory bars also may benefit from these strategies, which will assist in refreshing member interest in declining programs and products.

Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace
By 2020, Millennials will be 50% of the workforce, yet they continue to be the most stereotyped generation in history.  These stereotypes are interfering with their successful entry into the legal profession as well as into our bar associations.  As the numbers of Millennials grow, so do the anecdotes that prevent each generation from seeing the best in each other.  This workshop session is designed to demystify generational differences, provide updated data and research of relevance, and identify strategies for developing successful multi-generational relationships that promote institutional excellence and long-term sustainability in our profession and our bar associations.

Can You Hear Me Now? Listening to Lawyer Referral Trends and Remaining Relevant to Your Members and Market
Technology has dramatically altered the Lawyer Referral Landscape. A large percentage of bar associations have pulled up roots, not able to weather the trends. But some have survived and thrived. In addition to the Bars that are maintaining the traditional model some organizations are looking to change up the traditional model in a variety of ways. Learn from panelists who are reaping the benefits of staying rooted in the LRS business and those who have moved to a new or changed model.

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm
General Lunch

12:40 pm – 1:40 pm
Lunch and Discussion for Associate, Assistant and Deputy Executive Directors

1:40 pm – 2:40 pm
Concurrent Track Sessions

Track session topics:

You Say It’s Politics, I Say It’s Public Interest: Navigating the Quicksand of Taking Public Positions
It is more and more common for bar associations to be called on—by their members, external stakeholders, and their governing boards—to take public positions on high-profile debates. Whether it’s traditional topics—such as court funding or judicial independence—or more cutting-edge issues—like same-sex marriage and funding for parks and the arts—associations are expected to be responsive and to participate in public discourse. But what are the risks and benefits? How can bars stay true to their missions but also take principled stands? How do you draw a line? Is there a line? Panelists responding to fast-paced hypotheticals will include executive directors and bar staff in government relations, communications, and section relations.

A New Convention Dimension
Many of us get in the same old rut in our conventions and trade shows. Time to shake it up with insight from those who know the industry best. Meeting planners, hotel coordinators and convention and visitors bureaus are on the front lines every day. They see the best of the best when it comes to planning. Gather ideas from industry experts to give your next convention a face lift.

Increasing Value without Increasing Costs
In these days where bar associations are facing greater competition and perhaps seeing flat or decreasing membership trends, we are all trying to figure out how to provide more value to members without impacting the bottom line. Some bar associations have taken innovative steps toward this goal. In this session you will hear the thinking that went into these out-of-the-box ideas, the capital in getting the ideas started and the impact they have had on their members.

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm
Sponsor Networking Break

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm
Plenary Session: TED Talks & Round-table Discussions

You can learn a lot from an expert in short period of time. Our three experts will share practical tips for dealing with information overload, getting the most out of a meeting, and making a persuasive case. This fast-paced, lively session will use the TED-format to inform, inspire, and ignite your thinking. Ready. Set. Talk.

6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday Night Party

Thursday, August 10

8:00 am - 7:00 pm (Closed for lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

8:15 am – 9:15 am
Section Meetings: Communications, Government Relations, Administration & Finance

9:15 am – 9:30 am
Transfer Break

9:30 am – 10:30 am
Plenary Session: In the Case of HR, Prevention is Better Than Cure
One way to achieve positive results in your organization is through evaluating and implementing changes based upon real-world scenarios that others have faced. This session will raise the most relevant decisions and even more importantly reveal the lessons and subsequent alterations you may want to make in your organization to minimize your courthouse concerns. This session will help you:

  • Learn about the latest impactful court decisions in employment law.
  • Gain an understanding of how the respective decisions will change the manner in which HR conducts itself.
  • Evaluate case law to review existing policies and procedures for potential areas of necessary alteration moving forward.
  • Understand your responsibilities whether you manage one intern or a staff of 500.

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Sponsor Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Concurrent Track Sessions

Social Media Strategies for Special Event & CLE Success
Get key strategies to integrate before, during and after special events and CLEs to maximize communication potential, build buzz, and increase sponsorship and attendees. Panelists will share how they choose which social media tools are best for the event, learn specific steps for implementation via real world examples and how to review metrics to determine future strategy. If time allows, participants will break into small groups to develop strategies on the spot for their own events.

How to Be a Best in Class Partner - Maximizing Sponsorship and Member Benefits Programs
This session will outline the infrastructure and resources needed to attract the best business partners and set up the most mutually beneficial agreements. Focus will be on how businesses approach these programs and the value they are looking to create. Gain a better understanding of how to utilize your existing tools and the simple things you can add to create a great program for all involved.

Getting Control of In-Person and Teleconference Meetings
Meetings, meetings, meetings… Even those of us who love a good meeting get frustrated when they are not productive. Effectively planning and running meetings—or helping bar volunteers do so—requires leaders to address challenges such as setting the agenda, handling late arrivals, keeping participants from talking over one another, and getting clarity of the “to-dos” that will follow the meeting. Teleconference meetings present their own unique challenges. This program will highlight specific strategies for making in-person and teleconference meetings more engaging and productive.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NABE Luncheon and Business Meeting

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
NABE Program Committee Meeting

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