To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
The Association of Corporate Counsel's Charlotte chapter is off to a great start for 2011. Looking back at our chapter from just a few short years ago, it is amazing what we have accomplished. We now have nearly 300 members and our programming has expanded from 7 programs in 2007 to 20 programs last year. The Annual Winter Gala continues to be popular and was a great success. The gala kicks off our new year and creates a great opportunity to meet our sponsors and network with other members. We created and implemented a Strategic Sponsor program which funds the chapter's programming. The leadership has not forgotten that all work and no play makes for a dull chapter. So in 2010, bowling and wine tasting events were added to provide more opportunities to meet, network, and get to know other members. The best measure of success is the membership's attendance at chapter events. Our membership regularly supports our events at rates well above other chapters that are two to three times as large. These accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. The chapter added 46 new members last year, a 17 percent increase in membership from 2009.
What can we look forward to in 2011? This year, we welcome eight strategic sponsors in a completely new sponsorship program featuring three tiers. In addition to providing two CLE programs a piece, we can also look forward to two new social events courtesy of our two gold level sponsors, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough and Smith, Moore & Leatherwood. Our silver level sponsors, K&L Gates, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, McGuireWoods and Parker Poe, Adams & Bernstein will provide a total of eight CLE events, and our bronze level sponsors, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, will each provide a CLE event. On April 6, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is providing a CLE program entitled "Intellectual Property Update and Review for In-House Counsel." In 2010, our membership survey showed that our chapter needed to do a better job of reaching out to our members in our outlying areas. In order to better serve our members in areas outside of the Charlotte Mecklenburg area, we are planning to offer satellite programming in Winston-Salem in April, 2011. We are also considering career development programs in leadership, diversity and office/litigation support technology. Our social committee has a number of exciting events under consideration. The programming committee is also in the process of selecting another entertaining speaker for our ethics program this fall. If you would like to find out more about our upcoming events, please go to our webpage at www.acc.com/chapters/charlotte or contact our chapter administrator, Jane Nohr, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another challenge is really a problem of luxury. We had seventeen law firms express an interest in sponsoring our chapter this year, but we had only eight slots to offer. Our chapter is in an enviable position where we cannot offer enough programming to support the level of sponsorship available to us. If you have an idea for new programming, please feel free to contact Jane or any board member. Let's see if we can find a way to make it happen.