From the President
Welcome to what may prove to be the most unusual and interesting bar year yet! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and healthy summer. When I was asked to serve as President of the MRWBA, I certainly did not imagine that it would involve a global pandemic and addressing you all from behind a computer screen. I suppose each year and presidency presents its own unique challenges and we will certainly rise to the occasion.
Regarding the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the Board has made the decision that our first 3 luncheons this year will be held remotely. This was not a decision we made lightly and while we are disappointed that we won’t have the ability to come together and enjoy the networking our organization offers, the health and safety of our members and sponsors must always come first. Our programs co-chairs, Rebecca Imholt and Danielle Smith, have been working hard on this year’s programming and we are very excited to present those to you in a virtual format. It is our hope that we will be able to have our December awards luncheon in person, but we will continue to monitor the situation and make a final decision regarding that and future luncheons at a later date.
Over the summer, the MRWBA took a public position on the current racial unrest in our country and community. You can review that statement here. I want to thank everyone who participated in voting and commenting on the position presented by the Board. We are an organization of highly intelligent women with differing thoughts and perspectives and I am thankful that we were able to have a meaningful conversation and democratically vote on and present our public position.
As mentioned in the public position, the MRWBA is now in the process of developing a strategic plan. The Board voted to engage the services of The Spark Mill and we have been working with them since early August. We are currently in the information gathering portion of developing the strategic plan. Some of you will be asked to participate in an interview or focus group with The Spark Mill. We are also giving The Spark Mill approximately 15 minutes at the beginning of our September lunch program to conduct a survey of attendees to further help develop this plan. Please mark your calendars to help us in this process, as well as to hear from some of our Virginia legislators about the Special Session of the General Assembly convened this August by Governor Northam.
While this year may look different from most, our members and the love they have for this organization are what keeps us driving forward. Thank you all for your ongoing support of the MRWBA.
Britney McPheron, Esquire
Britney McPheron, Esquire
MRWBA President 2020-2021