Cheers to a Flourishing New Year: An Open Letter from LMA-MN Leaders

Dear LMA Minnesota Members and Friends,

As 2021 wraps up, our Leadership Steering Committee (LSC) would like to take a moment to celebrate our proudest accomplishments and share our goals for the new year with you.

At this time last year, many of us were cautiously optimistic as the world began to re-open around us. One year later, we are slowly returning to familiar activities such as family celebrations, traveling, eating at restaurants, and re-entering the office. Here at LMA-MN, we are proud of how we embraced this time of change to accomplish our goals. A few highlights from the past year include:

  • Growing our membership base to over 100 members. Remember to renew your membership by Dec. 31!
  • Curating engaging programs that meet the needs of our members, including January’s DEI panel discussion (also the first Midwest program of 2021!).
  • Fostering connections through our mentorship program. We are always looking for participants – both mentors and mentees.
  • Creating new ways to empower our community by hosting virtual social events such as speed networking and new member meetups. We also increased our digital presence by sharing inspiring stories from our members on the Midwest blog.

Looking Ahead to 2022

Nedra Glover Tawwab, a bestselling health and wellness author, has a tradition of starting each new year with a “word of the year.” While Merriam-Webster chose “vaccine” as their word of the year, here at LMA-MN, we selected the word “flourish.” Not only do we plan to expand our offerings for our members and increase our member community, but we also plan to grow into the new year with joy at the forefront.

At LMA-MN, we serve as a positive support network that values the voices of you, our members. How can we help accelerate your career in legal marketing? Please write to us at with suggestions for programs or ways we can improve to better meet your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Last, we extend a warm welcome to the 2022 LSC. The committee will work together to advance LMA’s strategic framework in Minnesota. Consider the LSC your built-in network at LMA and your go-to resource.

Meet The 2022 LSC

Dr. Lauren McNee – Chair
Marketing Manager at Pritzker Hageman, P.A.
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Caitlin Balsimo – Vice-Chair
Digital Marketing Specialist at Maslon LLP
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Mercedes Smith – Communications Director/Secretary
Digital Strategist at Fish & Richardson P.C.
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Melissa McGath – Membership Director
Principal at Voom Creative
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McKenna Taylor – Programming Director
Marketing Specialist at Stinson LLP
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Emily Lawson – Communications Committee Volunteer
Business Development Manager at Robins Kaplan LLP
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Kristin Olmstead – Programming Committee Volunteer
Marketing Manager at Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A.
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Your 2021 LMA-MN Leaders
Lauren McNee and Lydia Hemmer

Caitlin Balsimo, 2021 Membership Director
McKenna Taylor, 2021 Co-Programming Director
Moses Ehlers, 2021 Co-Programming Director

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