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From the Director’s Desk: July 2018

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We are a multi-generational workplace organization. There are five generations in the workplace today and NITA encompasses all of them. From our Board, faculty, staff, and customers, our ability to interact, value, and respect each other is imperative to accomplishing our mission. For a refresher, here is the breakdown:

  • Traditionalists—born before 1946
  • Baby Boomers—born between 1946 and 1964
  • Generation X—born between 1965 and 1979
  • Generation Y or Millennials—born between 1980 and 1999
  • Generation Z—born after 2000

The beauty of NITA is that we are better with all these voices at the table. We are better able to connect when we see someone like us who has achieved what we seek. We are better able to see things from another perspective when we are at the same table. We are better able to come up with creative ideas by joining together our brainpower. Even when we are challenged by closed-mindedness, fear, stubbornness, or the like, we are made better by working through the difficulties together, even if it causes frustration, anger, or annoyance. This is a great form of growth.

This summer, I’ve been reading through four decades’ worth of NITA history. (Some documents even date back to 1971.) A rich history, full of inspiring thought leaders, aimed at working together to find a way to make better trial attorneys. And what has struck me time and time again as I’ve been leafing through these files is that NITA’s mission, our purpose and vision for doing what we do (and have done for forty-seven years), is the same and it’s only the caretakers of that vision―in the form of our leadership, our staff and Board members, our Program Directors, faculty, and authors―that have changed throughout the decades of NITA’s existence.

It really touched me to see so much evidence of those who’ve played their part in transmitting the essence of what NITA is all about and transferring their actual, hands-on knowledge of how to function and thrive as an organization. (Talk about “learning by doing”!) In this context, I find myself humbled to be a part of that history, entrusted―just as every single one of us is―in carrying on with the work of our founders. So, no matter whether you’re a Baby Boomer or a Millennial, a Traditionalist or a Gen X-er or Z-er, I’m grateful we’re together as we each play our own part in NITA’s history.

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Wendy McCormack
Executive Director
National Institute For Trial Advocacy

About Wendy McCormack

Wendy joined NITA in 2006, serving as Director of Programs through 2010, then led Operations, where she provided leadership oversight and mentorship the NITA leadership team in Marketing & Sales, Program Operations, Publications, and Information Technology. Wendy has directed all aspects of core business and operational development function for 300 continuing education programs across the United States and internationally. As Executive Director, she works collaboratively with professional staff, the Board of Trustees, and the organization as a whole in developing and implementing strategy, modeling and setting the company’s culture and values, and optimizing financial performance. Wendy received her master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on organizational development and human resources, from Colorado State University (CSU). In 2016, she completed the intensive Organizational Leadership Program at the Employers Council’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute in Denver.

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