Colorado Chapter

  January 2019
Jennifer Ingrassia
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

Happy New Year ACC Colorado Chapter Members!

I am so excited and honored to serve as your new ACC Colorado President.  I have been part of ACC Colorado since 2012 and it has become an amazing resource for my in-house practice at Alterra Mountain Company.  The more involved in ACC I have gotten over the years, the more value I have received in return.  I cannot wait to increase the value of your membership!

In 2019, we added four new Board Members – Sung Yang of Molson Coors Brewing Company (Nominations and Board Governance), Julia Guynn of Cardno, Inc.  (Chief Legal Officers), Maureen Watson of CQG, Inc.   (Finance and Pro Bono) and Christine Lyman of Arrow Electronics, Inc.  (Membership and Law School Liaison).  The very talented and hardworking 2019 ACC Colorado Board also includes Gemma Heckendorf of CSG Systems International, Inc. (Vice President), Sam Shapiro of Vail Resorts Management Company (Treasurer and Communications), Megan Zatz of Children's Hospital Colorado (Secretary), Dennis Kaw of Appliance Factory (Programs and Sponsorships), Lindsay Shultz of Western Union, LLC (Membership), Greg Clouser of Employment Law Services (Inclusiveness), Randal Reid of Neo Performance Materials (Advocacy), Carolyn Powell of MCR Development (Pro Bono), Jessica Borchers of CenturyLink (Programs and Sponsorship), Linda Ramirez-Eaves of Seagate (Nominations and Board Governance), and Jennifer Jaskolka of Xcel Energy Inc. (Programs and Sponsorship and Inclusiveness).

We want to get to know each of you! Please let us know how we can help you get more out of your ACC Colorado membership.  If you are interested in getting involved, helping out with an event or if you have suggestions for CLEs, social or community service events, please email me or reach out to any Board member.

Since I joined ACC Colorado in 2012, we have grown from under 500 members to more than 760 members.  In 2019, we want to reach in-house counsel in areas beyond metro Denver.  If you have a friend or colleague in in-house practice who is not yet an ACC Colorado Chapter member, encourage them to attend an event with you or to reach out to us so we can explain the value of our in-house bar.

I am excited to update you on what the ACC Colorado Chapter will be working on this year. We are so proud to announce the launch of the Colorado Women in The House network (COWITH).  COWITH is a new global initiative which seeks to foster the professional development of women as in-house counsel; support and engage women in their professional roles; and champion full and equal recognition of women in the legal profession globally. The Colorado Chapter's inaugural event is scheduled for the spring and is entitled "Image is Everything".  COWITH aims to provide quarterly programs for ACC Colorado Members. Please check our website and weekly emails for upcoming programs.

We have so many exciting events planned for this year!  Please join your ACC friends and colleagues at SKI&CLE, In-House Counsel Forum (spring), Curling, Top Golf, Clay Shooting, Rockies Games, Cook Street, Ethics Day and many more socials and CLE opportunities throughout the year.  The Board has an Annual day-long Planning Retreat in the Summer and we would like to involve a few Members to get your perspective.  Are you interested in joining us?  If so, please let me know.

If you are looking to get more out of your ACC Colorado Membership, please participate in one of the Chapter Standing Committees such as Programs and Sponsorship, or a Special Committee such as Advocacy, Inclusiveness, Communications, Pro Bono, Law School or Small Legal Department.  You will also find opportunities within the Practice Groups of Emerging Leaders, Chief Legal Officers, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, International and Health Care.  Whether you have interest in an active leadership role or occasional volunteering, I strongly encourage you to visit the website and see what opportunities are available. Your direct involvement helps to ensure that the programming that the Colorado Chapter offers is valuable to you.

We would also love to see you at the 2019 ACC Annual Meeting in October in Phoenix, Arizona!  Please consider joining us as you plan your budget for the year.

We cannot forget the many ACC Colorado Chapter talented law firm and industry sponsors with a wide breadth of legal experience.  If you are searching for counsel or legal services, please consider meeting with them to discuss how they can help you.  We could not offer so many great programs without them!

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the in-house legal practice.


Jennifer L. Ingrassia, President
ACC Colorado

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