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Wednesday

Early Registration
3:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Registration Desk

Professional Headshots
3:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Foyer

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to receive a free headshot when you pick up your BLI materials. Photographer Harvey Tillis is on hand to photograph bar leaders on a first come/first served basis.

Mastering Executive Presence
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

As we move into positions of leadership, we are expected to project confidence, command respect, convey authenticity, and motivate others through our words and actions. Join Brooke Vuckovic, clinical professor of leadership at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, to learn about the core components that make up presence, and strategies for establishing it early in our leadership journey.

Presenter: Brooke Vuckovic

Sponsor Networking Time and Welcome Reception
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Foyer

Kick-start your BLI experience by joining sponsors and colleagues at the signature social event of the 2020 ABA Bar Leadership Institute. Take advantage of the relaxed setting to learn about sponsor resources available to you, your organization, and your law practice. Members of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services also will be on hand to answer your questions about the BLI.

Meet Up for Women Bar Leaders
5:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Foyer

Grab a drink and meet other women bar leaders from around the country for this informal gathering and networking opportunity.

Thursday Morning

Registration
7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Registration Desk

Continental Breakfast - Discussion by Region
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

Throughout this casual breakfast, you will have the opportunity to meet your bar leader peers and begin to discuss issues of interest and questions about your presidential journey. Table discussions will be organized by region and will begin at 7:30 AM. See table signs for information regarding bar region.

Welcome and Orientation
8:15 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

Presenters: Hon. Pamila J. Brown, Judy Perry Martinez

Transfer Break
8:35 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Essential Practices of Effective Stewardship
8:50 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

If leadership today is more about influence than it is about authority, what questions should you be thinking about as you prepare to step into your leadership role? Governance expert Vicki Clark joins us to explore the practices that set exceptional leaders apart, and that enable them to help guide their organizations through periods of challenge and opportunity.

Presenter: Vicki Clark

A Snapshot of Our Changing Landscape
10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

As we dive into the issues that face our bar organizations, our speakers will share their pithy perspectives on four major questions we all should be considering. The strategy sessions that follow will take a more in-depth look at different ways to approach these challenging issues, and equip you with questions to lead these discussions at your own bar.

Presenters: Jonathan Cole (Moderator), Eric Cooperstein, Whitney von Haam, Vicki Clark, Elizabeth Derrico

Sponsor Break
10:40 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. | 7th Floor Foyer

Grab a beverage and talk with sponsors about the resources available to your bar organization and members.

Transfer Break
11:05 a.m. - 11:10 a.m

Strategy Sessions
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

These sessions will give you the questions to ask and tools to use to lead a more productive and strategic board. All the sessions will repeat in the afternoon, except where noted.

Workshop 1A: Lean and Focused: Shrinking Smartly and Strategically
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin, 6th Floor

A smaller budget paired with a membership that has increasingly specialized needs can leave an organization stretched thin. But even challenges like these open up unique governance opportunities. Finance and strategy experts Jim Croft and Bela Barner will help you think strategically about how to do more with less.

Presenters: Jim Croft, Bela Barner

Worskhop 2A: Raising Our Collaboration Game
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom F/G, 5th Floor

While all of our bars collaborate in some manner, most of us still largely go it alone as we strive to carry out our missions and demonstrate value to our members. As resources become increasingly limited and challenges to our bars, the profession and the community become increasingly complex, strategic collaboration must play a more significant role in our plans for the future. Join three chief staff executives to hear about the ways in which their bars’ collaborative efforts have created exceptional benefits for members, and important change in the justice system and their communities.

Presenters: C. Allen Nichols, Victoria Connor, Janet Welch

Workshop 3A: Focusing on the Metrics that Matter
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom E, 5th Floor

Metrics and key performance indicators are important ways for organizations to underscore priorities, align resources, and monitor progress toward goals and objectives. In this session, our strategist and measurement expert, Kim Silver, will help us think about crafting metrics that are both practical and relevant, and that allow staff to manage effectively and boards to govern wisely.

Presenter: Kimberly Silver

Worskshop 4A: Rethinking Member Engagement
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Los Angeles/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

While most of us are beyond thinking that member engagement means participating on a committee or in a section, many of our bars still view engagement through a pretty traditional lens. Join bar executives Liz Neeley and Whitney von Haam to explore how our bars can recognize that a member’s engagement often doesn’t move in a straight line, and how we can more effectively meet members where they are.

Presenters: Liz Neeley, Whitney von Haam

Strategy Session 5A:  Board Governance … Do the Math!
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Denver/Houston/Kansas City, 5th Floor

The changes impacting the bar and the legal profession demand assertive actions from our organizations. Is your governance structure ready to face these challenges? Join executive consultant and retired bar CEO John Phelps as he outlines practical tips on how to assess governance and structure and how to lead organizational renewal and change. This program will not repeat in the afternoon.

Presenter: John Phelps

Thursday Afternoon

Transfer Break
12:10 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

In addition to having time to network with colleagues, hear from Bill Bay, Chair, ABA House of Delegates, who briefly will explain why and how bar associations can become involved in developing resolutions for consideration in the ABA House of Delegates. Aurora Austriaco, President-elect of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, also will share information about NCBP and how the organization can assist you during your bar presidency. Make sure you stay until the very end for your chance to win free registration for the 2020 NABE Annual Meeting, the 2020 NCBP Annual Meeting or the 2021 ABA Bar Leadership Institute.

Presenters: Bill Bay, Aurora Austriaco

Transfer Break
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Strategy Sessions
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Strategy Session 1B: Lean and Focused: Shrinking Smartly and Strategically
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin, 6th Floor

A smaller budget paired with a membership that has increasingly specialized needs can leave an organization stretched thin. But even challenges like these open up unique governance opportunities. Finance and strategy experts Jim Croft and Bela Barner will help you think more strategically and prioritize budgets to do more with less.

Presenters: Jim Croft, Bela Barner

Strategy Session 2B: Raising Our Collaboration Game
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom F/G, 5th Floor

While all of our bars collaborate in some manner, most of us still largely go it alone as we strive to carry out our missions and demonstrate value to our members. As resources become increasingly limited and challenges to our bars, the profession and the community become increasingly complex, strategic collaboration must play a more significant role in our plans for the future. Join three chief staff executives to  hear about the ways in which their bars’ collaborative efforts have created exceptional benefits for members, and important change in the justice system and their communities.

Presenters: C. Allen Nichols, Victoria Connor, Janet Welch

Strategy Session 3B: Focusing on the Metrics that Matter
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom E, 5th Floor

Metrics and key performance indicators are important ways for organizations to underscore priorities, align resources, and monitor progress toward goals and objectives. In this session, our strategist and measurement expert, Kim Silver, will help us think about crafting metrics that are both practical and relevant, and that allow staff to manage effectively and boards to govern wisely.

Presenter: Kimberly Silver

Strategy Session 4B: Rethinking Member Engagement
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Los Angeles/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

While most of us are beyond thinking that member engagement means participating on a committee or in a section, many of our bars still view engagement through a pretty traditional lens. Join bar executives Liz Neeley and Whitney von Haam to explore how our bars can recognize that a member’s engagement often doesn’t move in a straight line, and how we can more effectively meet members where they are.

Presenters: Liz Neeley, Whitney von Haam

Strategy Session 5B: Taking Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts to the Next Level
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Denver/Houston/Kansas City, 5th Floor

Creating board rooms and organizations that champion diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical responsibility for all bar leaders and staff. Join Vicki Clark for a frank discussion about how unintended roadblocks and counterproductive practices can impede our efforts.

Presenter: Vicki Clark

Sponsor Break
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Talk with sponsors about the resources available to you, your bar organization, and your members.

Transfer Break
2:50 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Interview with ABA President-elect Trish Refo
2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Get to know Trish Refo as she discusses the vital role of the organized bar and the impact we can have when leaders at the local, state and  national levels work together.

40 Tips to Thrive During Your Bar Presidency
3:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Leadership can be daunting, but we can’t let stress and constant activity prevent us from truly enjoying this unique experience. We close out the first day of the BLI with a series of quick, practical tips on leadership, wellness, time management, technology, and more, from bar leaders and staff who know what it takes to make the most of a whirlwind year.

Presenters: Lisa Pierce Reisz, Joycelyn Stevenson, Patricia Jarzobski, Catherine Sanders Reach

Wrap-Up and Adjourn
4:15 p.m. - 4:30p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Afternoon Aperitif & Photo Session with ABA President and President-elect
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon I, 7th Floor

Grab a quick refreshment before your evening plans and take advantage of the opportunity to meet and be photographed with ABA President Judy Perry Martinez and ABA President-elect Trish Refo.

Friday Morning

Registration
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 7th Floor Registration Desk

Leadership Planning Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

Throughout this working breakfast, you will rejoin your bar leader peers to discuss the most important issues you and your bar are likely to face during your presidency and beyond. We encourage you to use this time to strategize with those around the table about your shared concerns. The working session will begin at 7:50 AM. Make sure you’re in the room for the sponsor raffle taking place toward the end of breakfast.

Transfer Break
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Everyday Communications for Bar Leaders
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Bar leaders often spend a lot of time preparing for the last-minute call from a reporter, the unflattering article, and other situations where “communications” means “bad news.” That’s important—but bar leaders can and should also get ready to share good news, using their platform to serve as positive brand ambassadors for their organizations. Farrah Fite, a veteran bar communications expert, will walk us through best practices in bar leader communications. How can we speak effectively and authentically to our members and the community at large? Learn tips for social media, media relations, and how to make yourself heard in an often relentless media cycle.

Presenter: Farrah Fite

Avoiding the Tedious in Bar Leader Communications
9:20 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to laugh and learn. Get practical advice from a longtime bar journal editor and bar communications expert who has seen it all—from sublime president’s pages to ridiculously bland tweets.

Presenter: Tim Eigo

Be Prepared: Best Practices in Crisis Communications
9:35 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Explore how to develop and deliver an organization’s message to ensure the greatest impact, particularly in times of crisis. Learn how to address strategic approaches to communications in a wide variety of situations and apply proven techniques to help you in your role as one of the bar’s chief communicators.

Presenter: Farrah Fite

Communications Lightning Round: Presidents on the Hot Seat
9:50 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

A collection of current and past bar presidents will be asked about potential communications challenges that bar leaders and staff might face. The trick is, they will have less than a minute to answer each question! Think fast as you learn quick tips on how to react to the unexpected.

Presenters: Farrah Fite and Tim Eigo (Moderators), Jennifer Grieco, Ndidi Moses, David Sherlin

Sponsor Break
10:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. | 7th Floor Foyer

Take a lap through the exhibit area, and enjoy extended conversations with sponsor representatives.

Transfer Break
10:40 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop 1A: Charting a Sustainable Future for Your Organization: FAQs for Strategic Planning
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Chicago Ballroom A/B, 5th Floor

To end up with a strategic plan that truly guides the organization and becomes part of its DNA, there are lots of questions bar leaders should consider. What do we need from our plan? What process will work best for our organization? Whom should we include in the process? What information do we need to have an informed discussion? In this session, bar expert Elizabeth Derrico will address the most frequently asked questions about planning—and any others you may have—to help you lay a successful foundation for any upcoming planning effort.

Presenter: Elizabeth Derrico

Workshop 2A: Presidential Communications Basics
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Denver/Houston/Kansas City, 5th Floor

Whether through a president’s column or social media outlets, communicating is a big part of a bar leader’s job. This session will help those who are less comfortable with social media and technology communicate more effectively. Get practical advice about what to talk about, what to avoid, and how to tell your story well. A bar communications professional will give you tips on how to inform, entertain, and connect with your legal community. Bring the questions you have been afraid to ask! An advanced presidential communications workshop will take place after lunch.

Presenter: Farrah Fite

Workshop 3A: Acing the Interview
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Los Angeles/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

In this “hands on” lab, broadcast interviewer Julie Brown will put volunteers to the test in mock—but very realistic—live, on-camera interviews designed to help make the most of media opportunities. You will leave this experience much better prepared to serve as one of the official spokespersons of your organization. This session is interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions and personal attention.

Presenter: Julie Brown

Workshop 4A: Board Meetings that Inspire (Yes, Really)
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin, 6th Floor

Here’s a familiar scenario: Bar leaders put tremendous effort into compiling materials and developing an agenda for a board meeting. And then the meeting begins, no one seems prepared, the discussion gets in the weeds, a few board members dominate, and board members leave feeling as though they’ve wasted their time. It doesn’t have to be this way. This interactive session will explore how we can create board meetings that more effectively meet 21st century governance needs. Topics include:

  • Fulfilling the board’s fiduciary duty without boring everyone,
  • Monitoring the strategic plan without undermining it,
  • Carving out time for meaningful discussions that lead to positive action, and
  • Engaging the diverse voices in the room to yield better decisions.

Presenter: David Tabak

Workshop 5A: Public Speaking/Art of the Introduction
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Chicago Ballroom D, 5th Floor

As the leader of your bar organization, you will regularly be asked to “say a few words” at a wide variety of events. You may be asked to give two-minute opening remarks or a 15-minute presentation in front of an audience of five or 500. At other times, you may be recognized as a guest at an event and asked to introduce yourself to the group. Each time you are given the floor presents an opportunity to set a tone and convey a message on behalf of your organization. In this workshop, our speaker will offer strategies for taking advantage of each of these opportunities. You’ll learn tools to confidently craft and successfully express your message and do it in a way that is interesting and authentic.

Presenter: Christina Plum

Transfer Break
11:45 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

ABA Expert Exchange Lunch
11:50 a.m. - 12:55 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salons I/II, 7th Floor

Sample the wealth of resources available to you through the American Bar Association. Grab a lunch, learn from ABA Executive Director Jack Rives and stop by the staffed tables to talk to an ABA staff member or volunteer expert on an issue of concern. Topics include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gender Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Legal Aid and State Access to Justice Commissions
  • Legal Services for Military and Veterans
  • Innovations in the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Lawyer Referral and Information Services
  • Developments in Pro Bono
  • Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility
  • Civic Education Initiatives/19th Amendment
  • Lawyer Wellness
  • Leadership Development for Staff
  • Leaders Beyond the BLI
  • Leadership Development for Elected
  • Bar Leaders Beyond the BLI
  • ABA House of Delegates

Friday Afternoon

Transfer Break
12:55 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Skill Workshops
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Workshop 1B: Charting a Sustainable Future for Your Organization: FAQs for Strategic Planning
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom A/B, 5th Floor

To end up with a strategic plan that truly guides the organization and becomes part of its DNA, there are lots of questions bar leaders should consider. What do we need from our plan? What process will work best for our organization? Whom should we include in the process? What information do we need to have an informed discussion? In this session, bar expert Elizabeth Derrico will address the most frequently asked questions about planning—and any others you may have—to help you lay a successful foundation for any upcoming planning effort.

Presenter: Elizabeth Derrico

Workshop 2B: Presidential Communications Master Class
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Denver/Houston/Kansas City, 5th Floor

If you know your hashtag from your gif, this is the session for you. Whether through a president’s column or social media outlets, this session will help you take full advantage of social media and technology to better communicate effectively. Get some practical advice about what to talk about, what to avoid, and how to tell your story effectively. A bar communications professional will give you tips on how to inform, entertain, and connect with your legal community. Bring the questions you have been afraid to ask.

Presenter: Farrah Fite

Workshop 3B: Acing the Interview
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Los Angeles/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor

In this “hands on” lab, broadcast interviewer Julie Brown will put volunteers to the test in mock—but very realistic—live, on-camera interviews designed to help make the most of media opportunities. You will leave this experience much better prepared to serve as one of the official spokespersons of your organization. This session is interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions and personal attention.

Presenter: Julie Brown

Workshop 4B: Board Meetings that Inspire (Yes, Really)
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Northwestern/Ohio State/Purdue/Wisconsin, 6th Floor

Here’s a familiar scenario: Bar leaders put tremendous effort into compiling materials and developing an agenda for a board meeting. And then the meeting begins, no one seems prepared, the discussion gets in the weeds, a few board members dominate, and board members leave feeling as though they’ve wasted their time. It doesn’t have to be this way. This interactive session will explore how we can create board meetings that more effectively meet 21st century governance needs. Topics include:

  • Fulfilling the board’s fiduciary duty without boring everyone,
  • Monitoring the strategic plan without undermining it,
  • Carving out time for meaningful discussions that lead to positive action, and
  • Engaging the diverse voices in the room to yield better decisions.

Presenter: David Tabak

Workshop 5B: Public Speaking/Art of the Introduction
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Chicago Ballroom D, 5th Floor

As the leader of your bar organization, you will regularly be asked to “say a few words” at a wide variety of events. You may be asked to give two-minute opening remarks or a 15-minute presentation in front of an audience of five or 500. At other times, you may be recognized as a guest at an event and asked to introduce yourself to the group. Each time you are given the floor presents an opportunity to set a tone and convey a message on behalf of your organization. In this workshop, our speaker will offer strategies for taking advantage of each of these opportunities. You’ll learn tools to confidently craft and successfully express your message and do it in a way that is interesting and authentic.

Presenter: Christina Plum

Transfer Break
2:05 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: Consumer Legal Services and Client-Centered Bar Associations
2:15 p.m. - 3:25 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Our closing session begins with two lightning talks, followed by a conversation about one of the most highly anticipated legal books of the year. We’ll start with a high-level look at the current state of the profession and the justice system and discuss how our bars have an important role to play in shaping both for this new decade. After a look at the legal marketplace and an overview of the legal regulatory landscape, we close the 2020 BLI with a conversation between two legal technology CEOs, discussing how we can help our organizations and our members adopt a client-centered mindset to stay relevant in the current consumer environment.

Presenters: Paula Frederick (Moderator), Bob Glaves, Sari Montgomery, Jack Newton, Ed Walters

Wrap-Up and Adjourn
3:25 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Grand Ballroom Salon III, 7th Floor

Presenter: Hon. Pamila J. Brown

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