Video: Conference veteran Robin Helburn

We spoke to conference veteran, Robin Helburn, manager of project administration for Strook & Strook & Lavan LLC, about her experience at conference so far.

Tuesday night’s dazzling dinner

 
From a column marking the entrance to the evening's events

From a column marking the entrance to the evening

Once in a while, ILTAns like to kick back and focus on building friendships with their colleagues. We encourage that at conference; we think it’s important to offer you opportunities to get to know each other better outside of your offices.

And what a beautiful setting there was Tuesday night in the Texas Ballroom. The theme for the evening’s dinner, Asian Port of Call, played out in the room’s lighting and decor and on the tables in the form of a delicious meal and architectural dessert.

Almost too pretty to eat... I said, almost.
Almost too pretty to eat… I said, almost.

After dinner, we offered you lots of ways to play: “gambling” tables, pool, ping pong, arcade games and the dance floor beckoned, and ILTAns – never shy about showing off – answered the call.

One of the evening's "round table discussions"

One of the evening's round table discussions.

Former college table-tennis stars heat up the tables.

Former college table-tennis stars heat up the tables.

The band opened with "Freeway of Love" and never looked back.

The band opened with "Freeway of Love" and never looked back.

Photos between sessions

In between sessions, you’re out in the halls networking, catching up, swapping ideas and making new connections – one of the biggest benefits of attending conference.

Scott Matthews, Carter Stray, Joanne Lane and Joe Mann

Scott Matthews, Carter Stray, Joanne Lane and Joe Mann

 “When I get back from conference, I share what I learned with my peers,” said Joanne Lane, a member of the Litigation Support Peer Group Steering Committee.

Tracy Elmblad, Lisa Buckhalter, Raymond Beaulieu and Shelia Mackay

Tracy Elmblad, Lisa Buckhalter, Raymond Beaulieu and Shelia Mackay

 The giant chaise lounge chairs in the halls proved very popular – and crowded.

Sherwood Archibald and Marylee Mims

Sherwood Archibald and Marylee Mims

Sherwood proved to be the perfect bouncer for the very crowded room that hosted ILTA U. He came up with the clever idea of making sure attendees of Sharepoint Part 1 were stamped on the hand to guarantee their spots at Sharepoint Part 2.

Saturday night’s Officer Reception

Little did I know that the huge dinner Saturday night was actually the calm before the storm.

Before attendees arrived, the Bill Mertes and Michele Gossmeyer welcomed the entire ILTA board, staff and volunteer leadership to a reception and dinner Satruday night. It was a chance for everyone to connect before the 1,400 of our close friends arrived Sunday.

Conference co-chairs, Bill Mertes and Michele Gossmeyer

Conference co-chairs, Bill Mertes and Michele Gossmeyer

 

Marti Phillips, Caroly Watson and Kara Portwood

Marti Phillips, Carolyn Watson and Kara Portwood

 

Scott Christensen hands out gifts to volunteer leadership

Scott Christensen hands out gifts to volunteer leadership

Business cards, check. Jogging shoes, check.

We really don’t mind if you walk it, but if you’re really competitive, our Fun Run on Monday morning is a great way to kick off conference. The trail is smooth, the weather won’t be muggy yet, and you’ll feel energized and focused for the entire conference.

Plus it’ll help you make some room for the crab cakes.

Who: You, your colleagues and guests. Whether you’re a serious runner or a casual walker – everyone
is invited!
What: 5k run or 3k walk around the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center property.
When: Monday, August 25th – 6:30 a.m. sharp.
Where: Each run and walk course will be marked along the jogging trail around the perimeter of the
property. The participants will gather at the Convention Center Entrance at the north end of the Gaylord.

 

 

 

 

What not to wear to conference

You’re thinking Dallas in August will be hot, and you’re right; it is hot … outside. Thankfully, most of conference will be held inside a nicely air-conditioned, heavily carpeted conference center. In fact, you might consider bringing a sweater or light cardigan. You know how those meeting rooms can be chilly.

Aside from that, please don’t pack your fancy work clothes! Casual attire is appropriate for all activities at conference.

The evening socials do not require any fancy garb, BUT for our “big” gala on Tuesday evening, ILTA’s Asian Port of Call, many of us will dress up for the event. At Monday evening’s exhibit hall opening, ILTA’s “Vendor Grand Prix,” many of the exhibitors will decorate their booths and wear costumes in recognition of the theme.

A jumpsuit like this would not be inappropriate on Monday night.

A jumpsuit like this would not be inappropriate on Monday night.

If you wish to don your racing attire, you’ll fit right in.

Thurs 8/28: Law Dept Roundtables

We’re rounding up all Law Department Peer Group members to attend our annual Roundtable meetings.

We have two Roundtable meetings scheduled on Thursday afternoon. You won’t want to miss these! This is your chance to hear from your peers – an opportunity to pose questions to the group – or just to listen in.

Always a success, these interactive sessions are invaluable. Let us know if you’re coming. See you there!

Sally Letteri
Law Dept Peer Group Vice President