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NABE 2019 Midyear Meeting Program
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NABE 2019 Midyear Meeting

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All sessions and events will take place at Caesars Palace unless otherwise noted below. Session times and topics are subject to change.  

Meeting Theme - Winning Hands: Leadership, Growth & Inclusion in 21st Century Bars

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NABE Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
NABE Administration & Finance Section Workshop
This event requires separate registration. Please click here for registration details and to view the Workshop program schedule.

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
NABE Communications Section Executive Council Meeting

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
NABE Orientation for First-time Attendees

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
NABE Welcome Reception

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
NABE Welcome Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary: The Essence of Leadership
What is the “essence of leadership?” If we knew the correct answer to that question, we would all implement the agreed on “best practices” and spend our careers as exemplary leaders – in our offices, in our community organizations and in our families. Unfortunately, there is no single simplistic route to becoming an admired and respected leader. But there ARE proven pathways. There are helpful hints. There are tested paradigms. These can all point us in the right direction as we undertake and experience our own unique leadership journeys. During this fast-paced, interactive plenary presentation, leadership coach and consultant Larry Center shares a lifetime of leadership wisdom, boiling his own learning down to its essence. He examines these truths:

  • Leadership is an inside-out process
  • Leadership is more about being than about doing
  • Leaders model the “Two C’s:” Character and Competence
  • Great leaders don’t just focus on their behaviors, they focus on their attitudes
  • We can all be leaders – every day in all corners of our lives, if we see ourselves as leaders

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Transfer Break

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM
1st Set of Track Workshop Sessions

Track 1A – Stimulate Innovation Through Design Thinking (Part I)
The Design Thinking model is an iterative process in which we seek to understand user demands, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding.  Design Thinking trainer Anthony Sharett will lead the audience through the five phases of Design Thinking in an engaging workshop. You’ll learn how to develop radical new ways of tackling your association’s greatest challenges by using empathy to reframe your challenge, and active ideation to identify a solution-based approach to solving problems during this two-part workshop.

 

Track 1B – Unified Bars: Regulation and Where We are Today (Part I)

Ongoing litigation – even reaching the Supreme Court – is leading to a re-examination of how mandatory and unified bars are structured. This session will examine what lawyer regulation is likely to look like as a new normal gains steam. Our panelists will review challenges and responses and how they fit into the current makeup and mission of a unified bar. This facilitated discussion will allow panelists and attendees to share insights and developments from the experience of their own state or region.

 

Track 1C – Best Bar Mentoring Models, Bar None

Professional mentoring initiatives lessen attorney stress, increase satisfaction, and ultimately better serve the public.  Bar associations with effective mentoring programs both advance and participate in their members’ successes – personal and professional.  Take part in this facilitated panel discussion with your peers from diverse bars throughout the U.S. who are successfully addressing attorney mentoring needs. We will review these different models and invite attendees to share your experiences and wisdom. We will all leave the discussion with concrete ideas on how to lay a foundation for strong mentoring programs – and continue building on them.  Some models we will review include:

  • Traditional lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring
  • Group mentoring
  • Online mentoring or e-mentoring
  • Mentoring network bans
  • Virtual Mentoring

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
Sponsor Networking Break

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
2nd Set of Track Workshop Sessions

Track 2A - Stimulate Innovation Through Design Thinking (Part II)
We will continue the Design Thinking model conversation with speaker Anthony Sharett for Part II of this workshop. You will learn how to develop radical new ways of tackling your association’s greatest challenges by using empathy to reframe your challenge and active ideation to identify a solution-based approach to solving problems. 

 

Track 2B – Unified Bars: Outreach (Part II)

In this continuation of the previous session, panelists and attendees will engage in a dialogue about on-the-ground strategies employed by bars across the country. This will be an opportunity to share your experiences while also hearing about communication outreach and approaches to examining the bar make-up and mission undertaken by the panelists. This interactive conversation will allow attendees to share insights from multiple states and regions.

 

Track 2C - How to Implement a Strategic Plan: Aligning Your Vision and Goals with Actions
Rather than create a strategic plan only to have it die immediately, put fire into the strategic planning process and work to give life to the plan - by implementing it! After the time and energy expended in creating a plan, work can often stop at this stage or the outcome does not align with the association's core vision and values. At this session, learn how to take your strategic plan, make it practical and implementable so your organization can be renewed in a way the strategic planning was intended to renew.

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
NABE General Lunch and Business Meeting

1:40 PM - 1:45 PM
Transfer Break

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Afternoon Plenary--Vegas Wedding: Happily, NABE Ever After...Advice on Making Your Bar Relations Work from America's Favorite Married TV Judges
I pronounce you... married to the bar! Relationships are hard, and, relationships are everything. In fact, relationships are our reason for being in the bar association world. Don't miss this program featuring Keith and Dana Cutler as they share valuable and entertaining insights.

2:45 PM - 2:50 PM
Transfer Break

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM
Speed Round & Solution Room Sessions

These quick, 30-minute sessions are designed to provide you with useful tips you can take back to your bar. Choose to attend a speed round session, or participate in a solution room. Speed round and solution room sessions will repeat after a quick break to visit with sponsors and you'll have the chance to select a different session during that time.

 

Speed Round A – Taking Care of Business (T.C.B) in a Flash: Tips and Tricks to Help You Leave the Building

Get motivated, get organized, work well and move on. Borrowing a concept from the King’s rock anthem, our panel delivers concrete methods, tips, tricks and resources to help you become a thriving, efficient performer. We’ll learn to "Take Care of Business" so we can achieve balance, and contentment, in work and life.

 

Speed Round B – Keep Content from Becoming Chaos: Taking on the Challenge of Too Much Stuff

One of the biggest challenges bar communicators face is how to get members to see everything they do – there is too much “stuff” and without a plan, email and information fatigue means that there is a lot your audience may ignore. Here’s how a content plan can help and how you too can create one.

 

Solution Room – Communications

Don’t leave your marketing materials to chance – get expert advice from the pros. Have you ever wanted fresh eyes to look at your communications tools, but can’t spare the time or money for consultants? Here’s your opportunity to draw on the expertise of our all-star bar association communications professionals. Participants will be paired with communications experts in small groups for individual attention and can select to receive guidance in one of three areas: print newsletters/magazines, electronic newsletters/e-blasts, or social media. Get an outside perspective on your marketing materials and learn some new tricks and tactics for tackling communications and marketing issues.  

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM
Sponsor Networking Break

3:50 PM - 3:55 PM
Transfer Break

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM
Speed Round & Solution Room Sessions

This is your chance to attend a different speed round session or solution room.

 

Speed Round A – Taking Care of Business (T.C.B) in a Flash: Tips and Tricks to Help You Leave the Building

Get motivated, get organized, work well and move on. Borrowing a concept from the King’s rock anthem, our panel delivers concrete methods, tips, tricks and resources to help you become a thriving, efficient performer. We’ll learn to "Take Care of Business" so we can achieve balance, and contentment, in work and life.

 

Speed Round B – Keep Content from Becoming Chaos: Taking on the Challenge of Too Much Stuff

One of the biggest challenges bar communicators face is how to get members to see everything they do – there is too much “stuff” and without a plan, email and information fatigue means that there is a lot your audience may ignore. Here’s how a content plan can help and how you too can create one.


Solution Room – Google Analytics

Get a better understanding of how effective your marketing strategies are.  Some of the best and brightest bar technology staff will help you learn how to get the greatest benefit out of Google Analytics - one of the most powerful (and free) marketing analytics tools available today. From the basics of report interpretation to advanced implementation utilizing customized reporting, this Solution Room will be staffed by technology officers from around the country, who will work with you to better understand how to make sense of the data. [NOTE: This program requires advance planning - to maximize your results from this session,  participants should come prepared with a mobile device, already logged into Google Analytics and set to the sections/pages they want help with, along with a concise explanation of their goals and questions.]

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (Show Begins at 7:00 PM)
NABE Wednesday Night Party

Thursday, January 24, 2019

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Joint Registration

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
NABE Breakfasts

  • General Breakfast
  • Communications Section Breakfast
  • Administration & Finance Section Breakfast

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Transfer Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Morning Plenary Session--Oh No They Didn't! When Members Say the Darndest Things
Whether it’s unconscious or intentional, bias enters our bar events. From subtle slights and awkward “compliments” to outright offensive remarks, members say the darndest things to each other and to our staff members. How can and should bar professionals respond when “it” happens? Should we say or do something? Can we truly foster an inclusive culture if we don’t? What is our role as staff to ensure all our members feel like they belong, and what are the risks of doing something or nothing at all? This program dives into real-life scenarios that will make you cringe but will also help you learn how to handle even the most difficult of situations. HR, Diversity & Inclusion and legal professionals will offer practical techniques for member management, in addition to discussing the best policies to have in place before and after bias rears its ugly head.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Sponsor Networking Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
3rd Set of Track Workshop Sessions

Track 3A – Staying Safe in Cyberspace: Cybersecurity Practices for Bar Professionals

Cyber criminals are targeting the legal profession based on the type and volume of information that is being transmitted electronically. Education is critical to overcoming the vulnerabilities of digital communication, along with understanding the changing regulatory landscape. Learn the essential cybersecurity skills and precautions your bar team needs to put into practice, and tips and tricks that may help you educate your members as well.

 

Track 3B – Rethinking the Membership Model

This session explores a new world of membership that is responsive to the preferences of millennials and other discriminating purchasers – and that is born from modern online commerce.

 

The path toward organizational sustainability may force bar association leaders to reconsider what “membership” means. On one level, in an age of Netflix and buyer choice, legal associations may find themselves exploring membership as a subscription, with elements familiar to consumers, such as monthly/yearly billing and automatic renewal.

 

A more complicated and revolutionary strategy would adopt a Spotify model, which jettisons dues structures that are based on years in practice and replaces them with a bronze–silver–gold–platinum model, where members can buy benefits over and above the “core” membership benefits. But what is “core” and what is “penumbral”? These models present bars with difficult decisions and steep challenges. But they also offer the benefits of market familiarity and economic flexibility. At the very least, bar associations need to confront the implications of these and similar visions of membership, especially in a world where soon the vast majority of members will hale from Gen Y (or even Z).

 

Track 3C - #FTW: Harnessing the Power of Social Media in Your GR Efforts

Want to grow your grassroots, get a bill across the governor’s desk or be the first to know your elected leaders’ opinions on emerging issues? Then social media should be part of your government relations tool kit. Whether you’re a lurker, social media pro or somewhere in between, you’ll learn tips and strategies to help hashtag your way to your next public policy win.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
NABE Luncheon & Plenary Session - Tell Me More: Using Stories to Persuade and Inspire Action
Join your colleagues for this lunch and learn closing session with speaker Steve Hughes. Stories are an excellent (and often overlooked) way to humanize facts and invite people to experience what makes you unique. During this session, our speaker will share the benefits of telling stories to frame issues, engage audiences, and inspire action. You'll discover where to find good stories in your everyday life, how to craft them, and where to tell them. When done correctly, a good story cuts through the noise and increases the “re-tell” value of your message. And once you master this skill of storytelling, you’ll have people hanging on your every word. By attending this lunch & learn, you will be able to:

• Transform boring material into interesting stories.

• Make complex information more accessible.

• Communicate values and vision in a compelling way.


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Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-5408

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