In this year of a more forward-facing TMA, I wanted to recognize and express my gratitude to the leaders and chapters who continue to raise the bar on the value of TMA membership with their development and support of TMA regional conference opportunities. Our regional conferences are near and dear to my heart, having been both a past president of the Philadelphia/Wilmington Chapter, former chair for several years of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium (now in its 17th year), and a former TMA Global VP of conferences.
It has been an impressive few weeks on the regional front for TMA. I had the privilege of attending and participating in the TMA MidAmerica Regional Conference in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. That conference, a joint effort by the Chicago/Midwest, Detroit, Minnesota, and West Michigan Chapters, brought together a record number of attendees and showcased the best of TMA. I am proud of the leadership of these chapters and am sure their enthusiasm and support will carry over into our Annual Conference in Cleveland this fall.
The programming was diverse and included everything from a capital markets perspective to a take on the future of Chapter 11. The educational sessions were packed, the networking receptions were vibrant, and the participants were diverse. I witnessed an energy that can barely be described. There wereopportunities for TMA NextGen members and two interesting keynoters—one an industry expert and the other, the president and CEO of the Minnesota Twins, David St. Peter.
In yet another great moment, the TMA NOW Summit was a truly special display of empowerment and leadership by the women of TMA. This one-day conference in Chicago drew more than 150 attendees and brought together the best and brightest in our industry to showcase the engagement of our women members and to support their professional development. It is a great testament to our organization that we stand for diversity in so many ways.
The NOW Summit also had something for everyone. The education panel on healthcare issues was spearheaded by some of the most influential women professionals in our industry. The interactive part of the day on building a professional network was a great team-building experience. The keynote on investing was practical and smart. Finally, what great fun to have everyone engaged in a night of networking, ping pong included!
People like to develop opportunities with people they know and trust, and events like our regional conferences provide the platform for our members to manage and grow these professional connections.
As I do every year, I eagerly await the Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, hosted by the Philadelphia/Wilmington, New Jersey, and Chesapeake Chapters, June 5-6. It’s always a kickoff event to the summer, and I look forward to the great educational programming and networking opportunities available at the conference. The bankruptcy judges’ roundtable always attracts a great crowd, and this year’s breakout sessions will showcase everything from topics on conflicts of interest to cannabis, casinos, and technology. There will be a TMA NextGen dinner, late night events, and other opportunities for people to get to know each other.
Thank you again, our volunteers, for all that you do to make our regional conferences some of our most important and meaningful TMA moments of the year. Here’s looking forward to a great summer as the road to the TMA Annual in Cleveland continues!