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LCLD Alumni Leadership Symposium, Seattle- Event Photographer

by | Jun 12, 2023 | Event Photography, Seattle Event Photographer

Photography for the 12th Annual Alumni Leadership Symposium

Client: Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Location: Hyatt Regency, Downtown Seattle WA

Event Overview: The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity “is an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners” who have pledged to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.  They held their 12th annual Alumni Leadership Symposium in Seattle and I had the great pleasure to photograph these high achievers and leaders as they networked and nurtured deep relationships with one another.  The first fireside chat was moderated by LCLD president, Robert Grey between Rick Palmore, LCLD Founding Chair, and Michael Deal, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Amazon.  The talk focused on ‘Presenting to the Board’ and was full of great wisdom for working with business clients, understanding board dynamics and general board awareness and preparation.  As I photographed the speakers on stage I was still able to take in the great business advice and knowledge that these leaders shared with the group.

Speaker Showcase & Networking Event

The three day event continued with more several more dynamic speakers and panels. Many with the theme of networking and the importance of taking the time to build and nurture authentic relationships in your life. Jason Levin the author of Relationships to Infinity: The Art and Science of Keeping in Touch  gave some effective strategies for creating, maintaining, and rekindling authentic connections. Kori Karew, Founder and Chief Catalyst Officer of Bridge 68 talked about the significance of trust and how it shaped by communications and the importance of of authenticity and well-being to career advancement.  Kim Anthony author of Unfavorable Odds talked about her strategies for success and how to make lasting connections.  She also did a book signing after her keynote talk.

In support of ‘networking with others’, the organizers added a lively component called “Drinks & Dialogue”. This two hour event included four 20-minute networking rotations with breaks in between. It was a great way to encourage chatting with new people, creating relationships and enjoying laughter!

If you are organizing a conference, I highly recommend adding this component to your event.

It was a great way to intentionally help folks to connect and meet with new people (rather than safely mingling with people they already knew).  I commend the organizers for their creativity in adding this fun and effective element to their conference!