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"The act of empowering others changes lives.

– John C. Maxwell

As we begin 2019, I want to take a moment to acknowledge/thank the SDPA board members who will not be returning; to Angela DeSaracho, Jennifer Keating-Wolk, and Anna Lizano, thank you for your leadership and contributions to the paralegal community.  While you are not returning to the SDPA board, I hope that you continue to take on responsibility, remain active, and empower others within the legal community and beyond.

To the 2019 board – Alison Greenlee, Souriya (Joe) Maniwan, Claire Hamilton, Dawn Regner, June Hunter, Sheila Grela, Donna Mihalco, Brianne Williams (Cohen), Emily Roman, April Amador, Ellen Zacarias, and Kristine Custodio, it is my desire to move, touch, and inspire each of you; to unlock the potential within each of you so that you may function at your highest potential; to enable you to become independent, fulfilled and enriched individuals who aspire to educate, promote, and strengthen the paralegal community.  In short, I look forward to empowering each of you; to ignite change; embrace diversity and unleash possibilities with a team of #legalrockstars throughout the year!

In his book, Leadership 101 – What Every Leader Needs To Know, John C. Maxwell discusses topics such as the development, traits, and impact/influence of leaders – why it matters; leadership is influence – nothing more; nothing less.  As identified by Maxwell, key elements needed to empower others include position, relationship, respect, commitment, and, above all, having the right attitude.  Now that 2019 has commenced, do you – the reader – feel that you have the qualifications to influence and empower others?  If you are unsure, think about the following concepts/ideas:

  • Allowing freedom of personality and process verses being in control;
  • Allowing others to receive credit for what you taught them;
  • Investing time to develop people who have leadership potential

Whether it be your colleague, spouse, or child, if you find that you answered ‘yes’ to the above, you have the right attitude to empower others around you!  I challenge you – the reader – to lean in, become active, pay-it-forward and empower others within the legal community and beyond!

I look forward to empowering/inspiring my team of SDPA #legalrockstars – who will be igniting change; embracing diversity and unleashing possibilities!!!

Wishing everyone the very best that 2019 has to offer!

Julie A. Schwartz

2019 SDPA President

January 7, 2019

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