MRWBA News Update  June 10, 2021

Year-End Committee Reports Available

The last year and a half have been challenging times for the entire world. MRWBA is no exception, but the year could have been much worse for us than it was. Despite the pandemic, MRWBA was able to end the year with a slight increase in the number of members, managed to shift all of our programming to a virtual format, and minimized the fiscal losses.

For an update on what was happening within MRWBA this past bar year, click here to access a copy of the year-end reports from the committees.

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    Tina's Wish EmpowHER Series

    MRWBA is pleased to collaborate with Tina's Wish as a Community Partner for their EmpowHER Series! The monthly webisode series educates and empowers women in relation to their gynecologic health. 

    The next webisode will be How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate and it will air on Thursday, June 24th at 11:30am ET. To register, click here.

    Recordings of the first three webisode, Gynecologic Cancers: Facts & DifferencesDisparities in Gynecologic Cancers and How We Can Close the Gap, and The Role Genetics Plays in Gynecologic Cancers are available on the Tina's Wish website.

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    From the President

    I want to express my sincere appreciation to our Immediate Past President, Britney McPheron, who steadfastly led the MRWBA through the past bar year.  It was a daunting task to take on a leadership role as our city, counties, and communities were shuttered and so many individuals and organizations struggled.  Britney guided our association through the pandemic with confidence, patience, and a sense of humor.  And thank you to all of the Board members and our Administrator, Mary Kidd, who creatively pivoted to transform our programming to an all-virtual environment.

    During the past bar year, as we were tucked away in our home offices and meeting only online, the MRWBA Board collaborated with a consulting team to develop a Strategic Plan for the organization.  The Board looked back at what we are proud of as an organization and how we can better serve our members and community moving forward.  As we progress through the 2021-2022 bar year, you will learn more about the Strategic Plan and help us implement the following themes which emerged during the planning process:

    • Less is More
    • Diversity Required to Represent Women in the Bar
    • Inclusivity/Pathways to Leadership
    • Honoring the Past While Moving Into the Future
    • Use Our Power in Promotion of Members
    • Membership Value + Requests for More
    • Strengthening Our Internal Operations, Structure, and Capacity

    This summer, as we cautiously step out of our pandemic bubbles and back into the “real world,” I think it is important for each of us to consider what lessons we have learned and what we want to take with us into the future.  Personally I treasure the flexibility, resilience, grace, patience, simplicity, and the intentionality I observed.   We learned how to cope, and dared to thrive, in unfamiliar situations and forbidding circumstances.  I realize that I desire more balance in my life, more time to focus on health and wellness, and the opportunity to reunite with colleagues, friends, and family who I couldn’t see in person. 

    I encourage you to develop your own Strategic Plan--think about what the past year has taught you about your own life, both personally and professionally, and how you can strike a comfortable balance for yourself, your family, and your community in the future.

    I look forward to reconnecting with all of you!

    Mollie Barton

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    We Appreciate our Sponsors’ Continuing Support During these Challenging Times


    MRWBA’s events, even the virtual ones, are possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. These sponsorships provide an opportunity to promote your brand to a demographic of well-educated, professional women with an average salary of $101,126 per year. E-mail admin@mrwba.org for details on available sponsorships.

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