This year marked the 12th Annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat and we couldn’t be more pleased with how this inspiring event has developed over the past decade!
Every year, our planning committee works tirelessly to organize an amazing weekend of learning, collaboration and connection for women in law across the province, and the feedback we receive from the registrants never fails to warm our hearts. The event continues to sell out in mere minutes and is clearly one of the hottest tickets of our seminar season.
(It even won the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE) CLE of the Year and the Association of Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) award for Outstanding Achievement.)
We asked Candace Cho, who is a long time attendee, as well as a member of the Planning Committee, for her perspective on the event… and this is what she had to say:
It never ceases to amaze and comfort me on the simple concept of what a sisterhood women lawyers can be. The proof is the annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat, which just happened on October 20-22, 2017 at Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler. This was the third time we held the retreat at Nita Lake, and it was just as fun and relaxing as ever. I still remember the first time I attended the conference as a newly called lawyer. I was amazed at how welcome I was, how all the registrants were eager to socialize and share stories, mentor each other and have fun. The concept is the same every year, but the experience has transitioned as I have aged. I find myself in the privileged position of providing more advice and mentorship to the newer called registrants, but the sense of sisterhood and camaraderie is as strong as ever.
The learning components are also awesome – this year did not disappoint, with Supreme Court of Canada Justice Suzanne Cote headlining our all-star cast of speakers who all presented on how women can forge their way to leadership, changing the law and fulfilling their vocations as lawyers.
The Saturday night dance party and photo booth are always a hoot, and new friends are made, while much needed time is spent catching up with old ones – often friends that we first met at the same conference years ago.
The registrants’ backgrounds, ages, and years of call are completely varied, from brand new calls to senior members of the bar. There are often QCs, retired justices, sitting Justices, and Benchers running amuck in their spa robes. Lawyers come from different ethnic, cultural, and other backgrounds, and diverse practice areas. The common, unifying connection is simply that we are all, or have been, women lawyers in the past or present.
The culture is a casual and free-flowing one. It is completely unpretentious, and at times, can be wonderfully raw and personal. It is a safe place where women can share their triumphs and struggles, and offer encouragement and support for one another. Wisdom is generously doled out, advice given from varying perspectives, and all opinions valued and heard. Every year has a different theme, but in general, the conference is meant to empower, inspire and uplift women lawyers in one efficient weekend away.
You forget about your worldly concerns from time to time to get into a robe, chat with someone over a glass of wine, or have enough time to take a bubble bath or get a massage. There is opportunity for self-reflection, socialization in small and large groups, and general frivolity.
As part of the planning committee, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to put together this truly meaningful event every year. It is a rare conference which intersects continuing professional development, collegiality, friendship and mentorship; and acts as a respite from the everyday busyness of a woman lawyer’s life. I look forward to continue participating in the conference for the rest of my legal career.
For more information on our legal seminars & events, please visit www.tlabc.org
It’s that time of year again!
The Retweet is a fun way to connect our members and community, and encourage collaboration, inspiration and discussion. This year, the Retweet will compliment our new initiative – Wellness In the Workplace – and we would encourage you to consider how wellness plays a role in both your personal and professional life. As we support and inspire each other, we fuel the fires of success.
Post or send your favourite links, websites, quotes, tips or photos… anything that inspires you as a professional and as a woman.
There are 3 easy ways to participate…
- Follow us on Twitter @tla_bc, Facebook (TLABC) & (TLABC Women), and on Instagram (tlabc)
- Use the hashtag #TLABC_women or tag us in your posts that inspire you as a woman & a professional!
- Send us your favourite posts, images, articles, photos or quotes and we will include them in our posts. Please email email@example.com
“We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit” – Aristotle.
Last weekend, we held our 11th annual Women Lawyers Retreat at Nita Lake Lodge, in Whistler. It was a wonderful weekend of inspiration, collaboration and learning.
Despite what some people might think, the challenges women face, (especially in business and in law,) have certainly not disappeared… and it’s crucial that while we acknowledge how far we’ve come, we also recognize what we can do to continue to progress and create change.
As we continue to move forward and support one another, let’s remember that healthy habits are the foundation of growth.
Here’s a Wellness Wednesday pick from our publisher, Julia Chalifoux, from the Centre For Women in Business…
Take care of yourselves!
It’s been nearly a MONTH since our last post, because we’ve been bu-sy! Busy is good.
February has gone by in a flash. Our Community program, ‘TLABC Cares – Lawyers Helping People’ has been working towards some new projects, including taking part in Pink Shirt Day – the campaign to end bullying.
Check us out:
Bullying is not just about school-aged kids – ‘bullies’ can be found everywhere from the workplace to the courtroom and it’s crucial that we recognize the signs of disrespect. We pride ourselves on having a strong team, from our leadership to our newest faces, as well as in our community, and the strength in our team lies in just that – respect. We hope to act as an example in the community, as we work with our friends and partners towards continued justice.
On that note, TLABC was recently invited to attend the CBABC Women’s Forum at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC, and we were so pleased to be there! Anytime the CBA and TLABC can join forces, whether it’s at an event like this, or with justice-related issues in the community, we’re thrilled.
I was asked to give a presentation on an Introduction to Social Media For Lawyers (“Confessions of a Twit”) and had a great time speaking to an intimate group of lawyers, judges and Thompson Rivers University Law (TRU law) students before hitting the spa. The event was organized by Kerri Priddle of Chahal Priddle, in Kamloops, BC and her (amazing) articled student (soon to be associate), Jasmine Kooner. Kerri is a member of both TLABC and the CBA, and a longtime attendee of our own Women’s event, the Annual TLABC Women Lawyers Retreat, which we hold each October at Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort in Parksville, BC.
The program included some great presentations and the weekend, as a whole, was wonderful. It’s so great to see law firms and schools who value these types of seminars for women. The inspiration and collegiality that comes from a setting in which women are able to support other women in the field of law, is so important to the growth of the profession.
The weekend was not without a bit of wine and fun either – the Saturday night event was an organized murder mystery party! What better way to get to know each other than in some ridiculous costumes and crazy characters..? It’s nice to be able to combine learning and levity once in a while. (I won’t even get into the top-secret karaoke parties I’ve witnessed at other events…) But I digress.
The business of law is a very serious business indeed…