We all know that time away from the office is burdensome and almost takes more effort than if you had simply stuck to your normal schedule. But, I promise you DRI’s Annual Meeting is well worth it!
Last year I attended DRI’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. I was not only impressed by the caliber of programs and panels, but was left in awe at the fellowship that cements the organization together. I was made to feel welcome by each attorney I met and was continuously encouraged to become more involved. What truly made the DRI Annual Meeting worth it for me was the networking opportunities that I was able to take advantage of and the several friendships I was able to make.
First, at each Annual Meeting, the various Committees will plan group dinners where all are welcome and provide an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face those with people you may be working regularly with to promote and grow your Committee. I know the Workers’ Compensation Committee dinner was a true highlight of last year’s meeting for me.
Also, each of the Committees has its own business meetings and break-out groups. At these sessions, members can become more familiar with Committee leadership, learn about opportunities available within the Committee, and discuss important topics and trends in their given field. For young lawyers, this is a great way to become involved in a Committee and for more senior lawyers, these panels and programs present excellent speaking opportunities.
Finally, each Annual Meeting has several networking receptions, including a larger party on Thursday night and the President’s Gala that takes place Saturday evening. Both are not only great fun, but allow you to meet attorneys from every walk of DRI. I am positive this year’s meeting will be no different and can’t wait!
Sarah Smith – Drew, Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Atlanta, Georgia