Colorado Chapter

  February 2017
Victoria Donovan
President's Message
The responsibility of the Association of Corporate Counsel is to work on behalf of its members and maintain a member-responsive organizational culture.
—ACC's Operating Philosophy

Dear ACC Colorado Chapter Members,

The Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is off to a great start in 2017!  I am honored to serve as this year’s Chapter President.  I am looking forward to some of the great events we have scheduled and our new initiatives.

This year some of our goals are to connect members with the community and offer experiences and substantive events that encourage members to develop themselves- professionally and personally.

Working inside a corporation or organization is dramatically different from working in a law firm or in the public sector.  The drivers of business are constant and the elated feeling of “winning” is more elusive.  You are always onto the next “thing.”  Our clients never sleep.  The client’s needs continue to grow and social media and technology keep us on call 24-7.  It can be difficult to take time to focus on what we need as in house counselors to ensure we are performing at our best.

The Colorado Chapter and ACC global offers members substantive learning, chances to network and connect with their peers and community, and opportunities to add to their professional development delivered in an efficient and effective manner specific for in-house attorneys.  Our Chapter consistently works to offer events and programming that serve these goals including our traditional CLE programming, our social events (such as Family Day at the Colorado Rockies and the Cook Street cooking event), and our pro bono events, among others. The Chapter also continues to try new events, including programs for our emerging leaders group, CLO dinners, clay shooting, top golf and mini-MBA series.

As in-house counsel we work to be the best attorney, team member and leader we can be for our organizations. This is not always easy as team members and business partners are short on patience, expectations for delivery are immediate and pressures for growth are immense. Too often we are reactive rather than proactive and this potentially interferes with our development and our future success. We are called upon more and more not only to weigh in on legal issues, but also to understand and assist in navigating the business and operational issues of our organizations.  Time is precious and in short supply.  With these increased demands, the thought of focusing on our personal development or connecting with our peers seems farfetched, but it is so important.

I encourage you to take advantage of the events and experiences offered by ACC and the Colorado Chapter to grow your network and your community, gain greater insight into your professional and personal development, and allow yourself to occasionally move from the reactive to the proactive in driving yourself to your next destination.

Keep an eye out for our weekly emails on our events, join a practice group, attend a CLE, come to our social events, attend a CLO or ELG event, or just ask to get involved.  There is lots to do and if you do not see something that interests you, let us know so we can try and make it happen in 2017!   Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,

Tori Donovan
President, Colorado Chapter
General Counsel, National Corporate Housing, Inc.

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