A Look Back and A Look Ahead

It has been six months since our kick off Roundtable Discussion and I am excited to celebrate this milestone.  We are half way through our board year and I am happy to report we are on track in accomplishing our chapter goals.

The last six months have been fun times cooking at Publix Apron Cooking School, visits coordinated by Ray Herod to Evans, Oakridge and Jones High Schools to learn how Elevate Orlando is and how CFCALA can impact Orange County Public Schools students, learning from  the Honorable Reginald Whitehead what implicit bias looks and feels like and in where we as administrators face resistance in inclusion from the powers that be, ”we are not just the boss, we need to act like the boss”, networking with Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA) members who are paralegals and office managers in small firms, and lastly increasing attendance at our monthly meetings.

What to expect in our second half? Lisa Mills and Kelly Searcy are working diligently in serving United Against Poverty (Up Orlando) in breaking the cycle of poverty.  On February 27, 2017 the Orlando Weekly published “Almost half of Florida families classify as working poor, study says”.  A study from United Way shows that 43% in Orange County, still find it nearly impossible to obtain the most basic necessities, and the numbers show the problem in only getting worse.

The month of October we will be celebrating us at our annual Professional Legal Management Week.  Don’t miss this event!  We are inviting all past CFCALA presidents including those who have left the industry.  You don’t know who you will run into that you have not seen in a while.

Following will be a presentation by Steve Best with Affinity Consulting on the topic of Moneyball for your firm, why stats, metrics and KPIs matter and how to improve them for our Managing Partner Breakfast and Associate Lunch. 

We will close the year with our Holiday Lunch entertainment from Bach Festival Youth Choir. You can check them out at backfestivalflorida.org.

A special thank you to the Education Committee, Melissa Lambert, Allyson Bisland and Lisa Marcum for their hard work day in and day out in coordinating our chapter’s monthly meeting and network event with CFPA; Elevate Scholarship Chair, Ray Herod for his innovating idea in making our first CFCALA Elevate Scholarship a success; Georgette Freid for her continued commitment to the Lynn Wolfe Scholarship; our chapter’s pioneers Sharon Owen, Kim Novak, Rose Hutchinson, Katie Shaw and Robin Neill for leading the discussion on ALA Hot Topics; Sheila Sullivan for putting together an incredible 2nd Annual Trivia Night with our Business Partners; Debbie Wittig, Carla Farr and Dawn Betancourt for our fantastic quarterly Newsletter and Focus Groups; Lori Turnage for her continued dedication in bringing us up-to-date education via Webinars; Steve Wingert for bringing to our chapter awareness on Inclusion starts with I; and Stephanie Donaldson, President Elect, Katie Shaw, Secretary, Charlie Celauro, Treasurer and Maureen McArdle, Survey for their outstanding leadership. 

I will close with welcoming our newest board member Jean Carrafiello and re-introducing Mellissa Waters, Membership Chair along with Jean Carrafiello.  Be on the lookout for fresh ideas from membership and Business Partners Committee Robin Neill and Patricia Chin and an exciting second half of Creating Magic.

Michelle Gerena

Upcoming Meeting

Nov 14

Chapter Board Meeting

Chapter Board Meeting

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