Understanding ALPS:  A Primer for Bar Staff

Bar Staff Track

May 5, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST

Presented by ALPS EVP Chris Newbold & CEO David Bell

Most Bar staff know just enough about ALPS to be dangerous. We do those CLEs on ethics.  We write articles for the bar journal. We sponsor a table at your annual meeting. We offer social media content. But have we ever truly relayed to you the rest of the story?

Join us for an interactive discussion to learn more about one of your Bar’s most valued partners.  Learn how we serve your members, how we think about our product (we’re more than just an insurance company) and how our mission is aligned around member value and making lawyers better practitioners.

You’ll hear from ALPS President and CEO David Bell about the company, how we were formed, and what we stand for. David will be followed by ALPS EVP Chris Newbold, who will discuss 10 specific ways ALPS works as an extension of your Bar for the betterment of your members.  Let’s be sure we’re fully aligned in all we do!

Appreciating ALPS: A Diligence Check

Executive Director Track | Volunteer Leader Track

May 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST

Introduction:  Chris Newbold

Presented by ALPS CEO David Bell

Few insurance executives have the audience-captivating ability to take an issue as bland as insurance and make it interesting. ALPS President and CEO David Bell is one of those executives. We hear you. Sounds boring. We asked David to spruce it up and tell us why partnering with ALPS is such a good idea for your bar members. Buckle up for a fast-moving, quick-hitting infomercial about ALPS, our history, our recent results, and how ALPS finds itself at the forefront of the lawyers’ professional liability field. David will also reflect on how the company navigated the pandemic through company culture, the value of transparency, and how fairness and compassion drive decision-making. In the end, this is your opportunity to learn more about a valuable partnership with your Bar, and how ALPS is always thinking about the law practice health and well-being of your members.

Don’t Kill Your PowerPoint: Giving Your Bar’s Story New Life

Bar Staff Track

May 12, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST

Presented by Nolan Haims, Nolan Haims Creative, Microsoft PowerPoint MVP

Have you ever participated in an educational program and simply been wowed? During the pandemic, the ALPS management team came together for a presentation by Nolan Haims and walked away with an entirely different perception of PowerPoint and how to create compelling visual presentations. All this from a guy who used to be an award-winning magician and juggler, performed with the Moscow Circus and Vermont’s Circus Smirkus and has a magical delivery style himself.  This guy’s got real talent.  We had to nab Nolan for the Bar Leaders Retreat – a 5-star guarantee.

In today’s world of information overload and shortened attention spans, being able to create and deliver more visual presentations using less text is a necessity. Nolan will show you how to properly approach your next PowerPoint presentation and design slides that use far fewer words, more effective graphics and ultimately communicate better with your audiences.

Just a little of what Nolan will cover includes:

  1. Structuring your presentation simply and without pain
  2. Understanding and harnessing the picture superiority effect
  3. Multiple techniques for reducing text and eliminating bullet points
  4. Sourcing professional imagery for little or no cost
  5. The PowerPoint image techniques used by professional designers
  6. Implementing iconography

Plot Twist!  Clarifying Your Message so Bar Members Will Listen

Bar Staff Track

May 20, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST

Presented by Matt Lubaroff, StoryBrand Certified Guide  

Every story written in the last several thousand years can be distilled into a basic, yet simple, seven-part framework, one ALPS employs in its marketing approach. This framework ultimately allowed Star Wars to reach galactic heights and Katniss Everdeen to rule The Hunger Games.

Intrigued? Join us. You’ll be glad you did.

Learn how you can “StoryBrand” your Bar’s marketing and create a clear messaging blueprint. Join ALPS marketing veteran, and StoryBrand Certified Guide, Matt Lubaroff as he demonstrates how you can use the key elements of a story to revolutionize the way you talk about your Bar’s products and services and invite people into your story. During the presentation, you’ll hear from Wyoming State Bar Executive Director Sharon Wilkinson and hear how she created an effective website at https://www.wyomingbar.org.

Bold Bar Predictions in a Post-Pandemic World

Executive Director Track | Volunteer Leader Track

May 26, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST

Presented by ALPS Executive Vice President Chris Newbold

Discussion moderated by Chris Newbold, Idaho State Bar Executive Director Diane Minnich

As access to the COVID-19 vaccination becomes increasingly widespread, it seems possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But what’s next for Bars? What’s next for the legal profession? How has the Bar business model shifted due to the pandemic? ALPS EVP Chris Newbold will lean on his work as a strategic planning facilitator, his study of trends impacting the legal profession, and his timely discussions with bar leaders throughout the pandemic to frame four bold predications in a post-pandemic world, in a TEDx type presentation. Following the presentation, we’ll break into two groups – Executive Directors and Volunteer Leaders – for facilitated discussions. Are you buying or denying Chris’ predictions?  What predictions do you have? Let’s engage in meaningful dialogue as bar leaders to anticipate what’s coming on the horizon.

Get Your Hands Dirty: Uprooting Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession

Volunteer Leader Track

June 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MST

Presented by Cory Amron, Women Lawyers on Guard Co-Founder, Corrine Parver, Women Lawyers on Guard Co-Founder, Wendi Lazar, former commissioner of the ABA’s Commission on Women

Sexual harassment in the workplace has exploded into societal consciousness with a force not felt in 25 years. Thanks to the #MeToo movement, we’ve heard a lot about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and other non-legal settings. But what about the legal profession? Women Lawyers On Guard deployed a nationwide survey of the legal profession because of hearing many sub-rosa stories of current sexual harassment and serious misconduct. Others, however, thought it was a problem that had come and gone for legal workplaces. Who was right? And what responsibility do Bars bear in addressing this issue? Hear about some extremely interesting findings and creative ways to address this scourge in the legal profession.


Keynote Address:

Animal Weapons, The Evolution of Battle and What Bars Can Learn from Beetles (Say what!?!)

Executive Director Track | Volunteer Leader Track | Bar Staff Track

June 8, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. MST

Introduction:  ALPS EVP Chris Newbold

Presented by Douglas J. Emlen, Evolutionary Biologist, Author of Animal Weapons

Post-Presentation Discussion Moderated by ALPS EVP Chris Newbold

What can one of the leading evolutionary biologists of our time, Professor Doug Emlen, teach us about bar associations? You’d be surprised! One of our most popular speakers in the 30-year history of the ALPS Bar Leaders Retreat, Doug Emlen returns to delve into the story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world — teeth and horns and claws — and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and are tempted into arms races. As the Seattle Times commented, “Emlen’s book, “Animal Weapons” on animal warfare reveals a world far more fascinating and intriguing than one we could summon with our imagination.”

Following the presentation, join us for a thirty-minute facilitated discussion with ALPS EVP Chris Newbold as we unpack Doug’s findings and creatively apply them to challenges faced in the Bar world. Buckle up and prepare to never see beetles quite the same way.