31st IPMA Annual Conference & Expo
Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona
October 28-30, 2015
The 31st IPMA Annual Conference & Expo was held October 28-30 at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. With increased member attendance and the participation of dozens of IPMA business partner representatives, late October was the perfect timing for gathering at a beautiful resort in the Arizona desert. Chaired by IPMA Directors Brian Bernhard, Jennifer Karns, and Patty Maxwell, the educational program featured a variety of sessions on practice support management topics, including personnel management, financial management, and emerging industry trends.
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Keynote speakers at the Conference included Tamara Rounds, who addressed navigating high-conflict environments and bridging generation gaps in the workplace, and Renate Mousseux, who addressed the important role that body language plays in our workplace communications. Among the other plenary sessions at the Conference were the popular IPMA Talk Live Roundtable session and dual (U.S. and Canada) sessions on hot employment law topics in the workplace.
Participating IPMA Business Partner members and other industry service providers contributed to the event's success at the Expo, where more than 20 exhibitors demonstrated their wares and networked with attendees.
At the IPMA Annual Business Meeting Luncheon, outgoing President Victoria Snook passed the gavel to incoming President Marcia Bibb, who welcomed incoming Board of Directors members Kathy Anderson and Michelle Lewis. Several IPMA members were recognized for their service: Paige Stepan received the President's Award for her continuing efforts on the IPMA Awards Committee and the Chicago Chapter. Carlson Floy received the Rising Star Award for his leadership of the IPMA Management Resources Committee. Anthony Iannini was recognized with the Community Spirit Award for his ongoing volunteer efforts in the legal community.
I want to thank Victoria Snook for her leadership and guidance over the past year. Vicki has been a true professional and a fantastic mentor. She has met every challenge presented to her with enthusiasm and a desire to move the IPMA forward in a positive direction. I also want to thank each of you, the membership of the IPMA. Without you, there would be no Association.
Today I would like to take a few minutes to speak to you from the heart. As many of you know I am passionate about the IPMA, its mission, its goals, and, most importantly, its membership. I recently completed my tenth year as a member of the IPMA and I am entering my fifth year serving on your Board of Directors. Everything I have put into the Association has come back threefold. During my tenure with the IPMA, I have received a strong appreciation for the value of our network of professionals. You are remarkable. The enthusiasm, loyalty, and dedication I have witnessed is contagious.
It is now time for me to give back. You may ask what are my objectives and goals for the coming year. I propose the following:
Then, you may ask, what can I do as we prepare to transition the IPMA into 2016.
After all, the IPMA is OUR Association. It’s future and success is directly attributable to the efforts and contributions of each of us.
Thank you again for your support and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.