The Tampa Bay City Group of the Legal Marketing Association’s Southeastern Chapter was selected as the spotlight in the latest newsletter. I am so proud to be a part of this organization and to see the growth we’ve experienced over the last several years. Our leaders are among the best in the country and the excitement coming from this chapter proves it. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please visit the LMA site or contact me for more information!
CITY GROUP SPOTLIGHT:TAMPA BAY
This year the Tampa Bay City Group continues to focus on substantive programs, networking opportunities, and community service. We collaborated with the Orlando City Group to present programs by Tracy LaLonde of Akina on “Ten Tips for Effective Pitch Meetings,” LMASE circuit speaker David Freeman on “Secrets of the Masters,” and a video-conferenced ACC Value Challenge panel discussion.
Additional programs featured Emily Thall of Debevoise & Plimpton (sponsored by Dave Whiteside and Hubbard One) on “How to Better Manage Your Firm’s Experience,” and four-time Emmy Award winner Ren Scott’s presentation on “Using Video Effectively and Maximizing Your Web Marketing.”
We also drew upon the knowledge and experience of our own City Group members for programming. Kate Barth, Public Relations Manager at Carlton Fields, prepared the questions and moderated a media roundtable; and Ginger Reichl, President of Pinstripe Marketing, will co-present our November program on “Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Professional Profiles.” We also continued our practice of holding a post-LMA Annual Meeting roundtable discussion for members to share information and best practices learned at the conference with members that were not able to attend.
Spring, summer, and holiday networking events for the year were planned to benefit organizations in our community. The Spring Networking Social at Painting With A Twist was a huge hit, and both financial and “wish list” contributions were made to SPCA Tampa Bay.
The Summer Social was held at the Tampa Bay History Museum and hundreds of school supplies were collected for the benefit of inner city students at Sawgrass Lake Elementary. At our Holiday Social in December, we will again collect donations for Toys For Tots.
However, the true highlight of the year has been the many new colleagues who have attended our meetings. As part of our ongoing initiative to recruit new members, we will again participate in the “Ultimate Mixer” with other Tampa Bay marketing professionals this fall.