Leadership and Management Division Community Blog

Message from the LMD Chair

We are one month away from SLA 2019 in Cleveland.  As you start to plan out your conference schedule, don't forget to add these LMD sessions to your calendar. Stop by the LMD kiosk in Main Street SLA for a prize raffle and socialize with fellow LMD members at our reception on Monday night.  

If this is your first time coming to an SLA conference, sign up to get a conference buddy by May 31st. First-timers or less-experienced conference attendees (Buddies) will be paired with LMD conference pros (Mentors) for the duration of the conference. 

The Communications Committee is asking for volunteers to help write session recaps, live-tweet the sessions with LMD hashtags and take photos. Review what sessions are available and sign up.  Even if you aren't attending SLA 2019, help share the word about our sessions using these sample social media messages.

Thank you to our partner, BST America, for their continued support of LMD's programming at the annual conference. The full schedule can be found on the SLA 2019 conference page.

Next week is our next Virtual Book Club featuring Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More and Live Better by Reshma Saujani. The virtual discussion will be held on the LMD Facebook page again and there will be a live discussion via webinar on Thursday, May 23 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any feedback or concerns.

Janel Kinlaw
LMD Chair 2019
Manager, Refining Workflow LLC

About LMD

From your subject division you get what you need to build your professional skills, gain industry knowledge and become an expert in domain-specific practices. From LMD, you get support and advice for planning and building your career. The LMD community is here for you when it’s about YOU . . . Your LMD colleagues are here to share interpersonal elegance, team work strategies, client service approaches and myriad other non-subject skills to further your career.

About Us

  • The Leadership and Management Division is the source of career advice, guidance, and support for every member of SLA.
  • No, there is no requirement to be a supervisor!
  • We are all leaders in unique ways. Let LMD show you how!

LMD delivers value to members by focusing on the overall professional challenges not directly connected to subject matter.  LMD is the forum where SLA members discuss career options, career planning, workplace dynamics and communication strategies. LMD is where you find out how to advance your ideas by constructing a business case, how networking actually works, how to deal with sticky work situations and much more.

Your subject division is where you go for specifics about resources, research, vendors, technology and the like. LMD is where you go to ask questions such as “what would be my best career investment in terms of continuing education?” or  “how can I describe my skills in such a way as to appeal to employers in all sectors?” or “how do I get around perceptions related to my age?”.

LMD’s website discussions, webinars, and conference sessions are all about helping you to be the best you can be in your career – now and until you retire!

Not yet a member? See our special invitation to join LMD; and if you are not a member of SLA yet, you can join and select LMD as one of your member units!