2020!!!! It was an unbelievable year that we will not soon forget. From the COVID-19 pandemic, a shuttered economy, work from home reality, social justice movement, devastating west coast wild fires, killer insects, the 46th president elect, to the announcement of a new vaccine. At times, the year seemed to drag on, but we made it, and are looking forward to a better 2021!
The facilities world will be forever changed. The future of the work environment caused many of us to evaluate or take immediate action on the physical workplace, amenities, flexibility for collaboration, hybrid spaces, WFH furniture, supplies, and technology. While some of these were already being reviewed or discussed within our firms, many of these items were thrust to the forefront.
Our goal for 2021 is to provide informational and educational content to our members. The Board has been busy planning webinars, roundtables, impulse surveys, and happy hours and will share these with you via GoogleGroup, social media and a much improved IMFALIC.org website. We hope you make every effort to attend and engage in one, two or all of these opportunities. We frequently hear from members that the one thing they get most out of this is the networking, so we will do our best to make this a main focus in 2021. I want to ask for your feedback! We need your help to support and educate your colleagues in their quest for the latest and greatest data. If you have knowledge of a new vendor, service or function that contributes to the success of your department or firm, please share by responding to the requests for information from those who solicit input via the GoogleGroup. We also hope you will take the time to attend the webinars or roundtables that will be offered. Your attendance helps us to solicit more sponsors who can support our mission to offer monetary assistance for credentialing or in-person meeting attendance like World Workplace. The webinars will drive roundtables for more in-depth discussions which drive more networking.
This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Legal Industry Council. We recently launched a membership drive to add 30 new members in 2021. We encourage you to reach out to the facility manager you know at a law firm and make sure they are a part of the LIC and if they are not, invite them to join! See more details on page 11 in the newsletter.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer the most sincere THANK YOU to the Board members and committee members. Thank you for believing in this organization and giving your time and energy to support and champion the goals of the LIC.
Chief Facilities and Records Officer
Kean Miller LLP