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March 03, 2021 What's New at TIPS

Meeting Round Up: TIPS Virtual Fall Meeting

By Gail Vaughn Ashworth

TIPS kicked-off the first Virtual Fall Meeting October 7-9, 2020 in just about every state and three other countries. An impressive number of 235 registered attendees Zoomed in for the Fall Meeting from their homes, offices, backyards, cars, and many other interesting locations. While we all hoped to be together in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Fall Meeting, we learned that the most important thing is to adapt and participate in the important work of our profession by any means necessary, as we all continue to work together and move forward.

Our hardworking Standing Committees, Task Forces, General Committees, and TIPS Council met throughout the three-day meeting, and the technical logistics for all of these virtual meetings were quite impressive. Thanks to our multi-talented TIPS staff for their many hours of preparation and execution of a very special, creative, and successful virtual meeting.

One of the many positive outcomes of this virtual format was the high number of first- time attendees who participated in the Fall Meeting. Another positive outcome was the high level of participation in the joint sessions, including the Plenary Session, First- Time Attendee Reception, and Networking Reception.

The Plenary Session showcased the TIPS focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace, and this top-notch program reinforced TIPS’ long-term commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and the world. Immediately following this Plenary presentation, the First-Time Attendee Reception was lively and engaging as we met and interacted with the group while participating in a Reception in a virtual format that has become more commonplace by necessity.

The Networking Reception the next day tapped into our competitive natures while we also had fun with participation in a trivia contest.

The first-ever fully virtual Fall meeting delivered on our goals of meeting new faces at the First-Time Attendee Reception, accessing TIPS leadership to make connections from across the country, connecting with Committees for practice-specific professional growth, helping chart the course for the 2020-2021 bar year, and motivating members as we work hard addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and the challenges we all face in today’s world.

Many thanks to our TIPS members on the planning committee, our fabulous staff led by Theresa Livingston, our wonderful sponsors, and our Section members who all helped to ensure the success of the all-virtual Fall Meeting. Special thanks go out to the First Time Attendees for your participation and your contributions to the virtual Fall Meeting. We hope to see you all at the Spring Conference in 2021.

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By Gail Vaughn Ashworth

Gail Vaughn Ashworth is a founding Member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC in Nashville, Tennessee, with a litigation and dispute resolution practice. She is a TIPS Council member, a TIPS Fellow, and serves on the Leadership Academy Task Force and Tortsource.