By Affie Ambrose
I am delighted and honored to lead ACC National Capital Region, particularly at this exciting point in time. With over 2,500 members across Virginia, D.C., and suburban Maryland, we have a strong and vital chapter focused on being your go-to professional resource. More than 50 dedicated volunteer leaders, a deep bench of leading legal services providers as sponsors, and our great staff make it possible for us to deliver the benefits you have come to enjoy and expect from your membership.
Each year, we provide our members with over 80 CLEs on a broad array of substantive topics. These programs are shaped by our volunteer leaders specifically for you as in-house attorneys. I have always been impressed with the quality and diversity of our programming. And now with our increased focus on interactivity, we provide you with more opportunities to learn by doing -- and from each other.
In everything we do, we build in the opportunity for you to get to know your colleagues – whether over lunch at a CLE program, sharing ideas and approaches in an interactive program, meeting each other at a micro-networking lunch, doing good through pro bono and community service, or attending happy hours and other social events. Having a strong professional network that you can call on with a difficult question helps you do your job better, and can come in handy if a career change is on the horizon.
This year brings a few new innovations to our stellar line-up of educational programming.
- Our world-class ACC NCR Leadership Academy is designed to provide participants with the leadership qualities and skills they need to be leaders in the in-house environment. We have a distinguished Board of Advisors and an excellent faculty who will provide an enriching experience for the Academy Fellows. You can learn more about the Academy at https://accncrleadershipacademy.com.
- A Business Skills Series of CLEs will cover concepts that will enhance your business acumen - which is essential to reaching your full potential as an in-house counsel. The sessions will be taught from the perspective of the business-team members that in-house counsel deal with, so you can understand the concepts from the business’ perspective and improve your dealings with those colleagues.
We also are focusing on more opportunities for our members to give back through pro bono and community service activities. Please look for those opportunities in the communications we send out.
All of the chapter’s work is focused on enriching your experience as members, so we are always open to feedback on our current services and how we can better serve you. We hope you will be inspired by your experiences with ACC NCR to get more involved in our work and the in-house community. Feel free to reach out to me, any of our chapter leaders, or our great staff if you have ideas or would like to get involved.