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The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

2016 Annual Conference & Expo

The Future is Now: Strategic Leadership in a Constantly Changing Landscape

32nd Annual IPMA Conference & Expo
Hilton Toronto in Toronto, Ontario
October 13-15, 2016

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) and 200 of its members, business partners, and supporters descended upon Toronto this month to participate in the association's 32nd Annual Conference & Expo held October 13-15 at the Hilton Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Beautiful autumn breezes and an MLB championship matchup brought the city to life and provided the perfect backdrop for comprehensive education, thought-provoking dialogue, and a welcomed sense of invigoration. Feelings of excitement and anticipation were in the air as the crowd collectively committed to usher in the next era of IPMA greatness within the legal community.

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Chaired by Toronto natives and IPMA past presidents Victoria Snook and Karen Tuschak, this year's three-day program featured the latest trends, current issues, and distinct challenges that face practice managers and the support professionals they supervise. Educational sessions presented by 27 distinguished speakers focused on human resources, technology and innovation, communications, organizational management, and career development. Inspiring keynote addresses by Suzanne Bernier and André Serero tied together the fundamental leadership principles upon which the IPMA annual conference is founded. Extremely positive participant evaluations make it clear—the IPMA truly has its finger on the pulse of the practice management profession.

The IPMA welcomed 30 business partners, exhibitors, and sponsors from across the United States and Canada to its sold-out expo and, with their enduring support, delivered on its pledge to provide the most efficient means for practice managers to evaluate the newest products and services available from legal industry service providers. Between the in-depth, one-on-one conversations and the entertaining social festivities, attendees and exhibitors alike applauded the unique relationship-building opportunities offered through IPMA engagement.

During the association's annual business meeting, members recognized the many strides the IPMA has made over the past 12 months under the direction of its dedicated Board of Directors and enthusiastic volunteers. Outgoing President Marcia Bibb honored Gary Melhuish with the IPMA President's Award for his outstanding leadership, infinite energy, and extensive service to the association during his 22 years of membership. Awards Committee Co-Chair Paige Stepan, and 2015 award recipient Carlson Floy, presented Dean Pallas of Capitol Services with the IPMA's 2016 Rising Star Award. Pallas was honored for investing in the growth of the IPMA, breathing life into IPMA events with his infectious personality, and contributing to the success of others time and again.

With much anticipation, Bibb announced the IPMA's 2017 Board of Directors and passed the gavel to incoming president Deb Clarke who thanked IPMA members for their unwavering comradery, invaluable advice, and tireless efforts to promote the practice management profession. Clarke pledged to lead the IPMA with ambition for growing the association's diverse network of practice managers, expanding its collection of management resources, providing relevant and timely industry updates, and delivering high-quality professional development programs to IPMA members.

Clarke motivated conference participants describing her personal progression toward the IPMA presidency. She appealed to members to become a voice within the association and to advance their career with an IPMA leadership position. When recalling the highlights of her own career, Clarke ranked her involvement with the IPMA among her most rewarding experiences and concluded the association's past accomplishments and bright future result directly from the insight and constructive efforts of its membership. Through thunderous applause, Clarke thrilled conference participants with a glimpse of everything 2017 has in store including heading down to The Big Easy for next year's annual conference.

Save the date for the 33rd Annual IPMA Conference & Expo scheduled for October 11-13, 2017, in the New Orleans French Quarter! Watch www.theipma.org this winter for speaking opportunities and registration details to follow.


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