Dear Fellow ACC SoCal Members:
We have had an extremely successful and exciting 2017 to date. Our chapter has enjoyed a very active summer, full of events. Including the Double Header CLE & Pageant of the Master’s program, Sports and Entertainment Conference in collaboration with ACC’s Sports and Entertainment Committee and our Chief Legal Officer Regulatory Roundtable as part of the ACC Real Estate and Financial Services Committee Regulatory Working Group Series.
I am thrilled to report that our 22nd Annual Gala Dinner featuring former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry was a huge success that raised more than $67,000 for Public Counsel. Including more than $20,000 from the live auction of a once in a lifetime trip to Africa, a first but not the last such auction for ACC SoCal Gala Dinner. Special thanks to Zach Zaharek for serving as a fantastic auctioneer. We also honored two outstanding legal teams with the 2017 Diversity Counsel of the Year Award to Southern California Edison and 2017 Pro Bono Counsel of the Year Award to Amazon Studios. I, of course, cannot thank Del Sabzerou and the entire 2017 ACC SoCal Annual Gala Committee enough for their tenacity in delivering a high-quality event.
Looking forward, I want to call your attention to the ACC Global Annual Meeting which will be held next month, in Washington DC on October 15-18, 2017. The annual meeting is a great value in corporate legal education. This is the one event where you can fulfill your annual CLE/CPD requirements and network with thousands of your peers and legal service providers in a single event. You won’t want to miss our renowned ACC SoCal Annual Meeting Reception “Martinis ‘til Midnight” being held this year at The Living Room on Tuesday, October 17.
As my term as your ACC Southern California Chapter President turns the corner toward its last months, I want to thank you all for your camaraderie and passion for our local legal community. My main mission as President has been to ensure that all our members are aware of the many ACC SoCal and Global resources and tools available. In the past few months, I personally have grown even more aware of the value, that these tools can provide. The ACC resources available to all our members can be used to make a difference both professionally and personally. Enjoy what you do and who you do it with. Getting involved and sharing experiences with colleagues is a priceless benefit and there are numerous opportunities within our SoCal Chapter to get involved. Please reach out to any Board member, Committee Chair, the ACC SoCal Executive Director, Betty St. Marie, or myself personally to find out how you can play a part in our organization. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity that awaits you with your ACC SoCal membership.
I am delighted to welcome our incoming president, John Lee, Senior Vice President - Associate General Counsel with BBCN Bank. John has served our chapter for over 5 years in a variety of roles, including Gala Dinner Chair, V.P. of Programs and V.P. of Services. The Chapter will be in excellent hands with John as its incoming President and I look forward to continuing to work with the chapter and supporting John and rest of the Board in continuing the long tradition of being one of the best ACC Chapters globally. Supporting John as a part of the incoming Executive Committee will be Kobie Conner, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at 20th Century Fox, as VP Programs; Monica Johnson, Assistant General Counsel at Ventura Foods, LLC, as VP Services; Lisa Harrington, General Counsel & Vice President at ASICS America, as Secretary; and Ken Block, CMB, General Counsel at New American Funding, as Treasurer.
In closing, my challenge to each of you is to take the initiative to grow personally and professionally with ACC in your tool kit. Together we can continue to make the ACC SoCal the leading chapter in our global organization.
ACC SoCal President
Vice President – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mazda Motor of America, Inc.