sandy_kraemerOn June 27, 2014 the El Paso County Bar Association will host our 112th Anniversary Dinner at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs. The theme: “Honoring Our Legacy – Embracing Our Future – All Ages Together” addresses a challenge that I believe the whole county is dealing with… all generations coming together for the common good of our society. According to Sandy Kraemer, Esq., the Keynote Speaker for the event: “The strengths of each generation must meet the needs of all generations.”

Recently, the May-June issue of The American Bar Association Bar Leader included an article titled “Fast-paced program at BLI tackles the future of the profession.” The article discusses the future of the legal profession and of bar associations. I have a particular interest in the comments concerning Generation Y because our Bar Association is facing a visible generation gap. According to a section in the article titled “Reaching Generation Y”:

Because they grew up in an era of job insecurity, wars, and widely publicized scandals, Sladek said that Generations X and Y are “the least trusting generations in history.” But what do they most yearn for? You guessed it: Trust—and to make a meaningful difference.

As members and as employees, Sladek said, those in Generation Y in particular want to know that you are trustworthy, and that you will trust them. “Tell the truth, even when it’s difficult or embarrassing,” Sladek advised, noting that Generation Y will respect you for sharing yourself with them “warts and all.”

And if you say you’ll follow up … make sure you follow up. Generation Y considers it very important that you keep your word, Sladek explained—and if you don’t, then it will be that much harder to reach them next time.

Extend that same trust to them when it’s time to assign a task or an opportunity to serve, Sladek said. It’s well known that Generation Y prioritizes things like flexible scheduling and praise. Rather than viewing these as signs of Generation Y being entitled, Sladek reframed these desires as a need to be trusted to get the work done, and a need to know that their contributions are valued.

Click here to read the full article.

As part of the 112th Anniversary celebration, we are seeking participation from the New Lawyer membership in an essay contest. We are seeking input regarding ideals that honor our legacy, embrace our future, and build a culture of all ages working together.  Click here for essay contest details.

Join us on June 27, 2014 for this important Keynote presentation with Sandy Kraemer, Esq. To register for this event on-line Click Here! Let’s build a great multi-generational Bar Association together!

Zelna Joseph

Zelna Joseph

Executive Director at El Paso County Bar Association
Dr. Zelna Joseph is the Executive Director of the El Paso County Bar Association. She has over twenty years of leading non-profit organizations. Dr. Joseph is a strong, passionate leader experienced in organization and program development, strategic planning, fund development and coalition building. She is also a former City Councilwoman, Colorado Health Foundation Fellow and has served on numerous boards and commissions including, the Colorado State Board of Health and the Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness.
Zelna Joseph
Zelna Joseph