A Message from Texas ALP President, Emily D. Walterscheid, PP, CLP
“Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are.” Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
So I am going to pretend for a minute that I am not worried about how this year will go. I am going to pretend that I am a fan of talking in front of groups of people no matter how big or small, and that my legs don’t quake and my voice doesn’t shake. When I joined NALS, Texas ALP, and Lubbock LPA, 9 years ago, being the President of Lubbock LPA was my biggest goal, and maybe serving as a chair for a committee for Texas ALP or NALS. At that time, I did not dare to even dream that I would be standing here in front of all of you, after being sworn in as President of our State Association and to stand in the high heel space of the many wonderful, amazing, and strong women who have stood here before me, women who made their mark and grew our association. I admire those women, I consider them mentors, ground breakers, and most of all friends.
And to be able to stand here after being sworn in by Matthew, my boss, my friend and mentor who has taught me so much over the last 9 years, a person whom I admire more than I can say, a person who believes in me and pushes me, and has let me help him grow his small firm to a growing active practice. I hope I have learned from all of these mentors, men and women alike, and will continue to learn from them, as I too continue to grow in Texas ALP. As I have grown as a member of Texas ALP, I have written down my dreams and goals for our association, dreams I hope we can achieve together this year, and to build on in the years to come.
I am a bookworm, as you can tell by our theme this year. Blake and I have turned both of our kids into bookworms as well. I mostly read to relax in the evenings or on the weekends, or when we travel, or well whenever I can. My favorite thing to do besides hanging out with my family is to curl up on a chair with a drink and a blanket and lose myself in the pages of a good book. I listen to audiobooks when we travel and have spent many late nights finishing that “one more chapter” of a good book that I can put down anytime I want.
Our lives, like a book, are made up of chapters, and this year I want us to challenge each other, whether locally, statewide, or nationally, to write in the pages of our books to continue the story. These chapters can be filled with leadership, certification, education, personal growth and knowledge, and planning the future of our association.
Your chapter will look different from mine, but together those chapters make a book that we will show to people who want to join us, and their chapters will change the story line and someday years from now members will look at those books and chapters and see how we have grown.
Leadership to me means that I work with each of you and listen to each of you, and I will not ask you to do something that I am not willing to do myself, like speak in front of a group of people. (smile)
I have dreams and goals and working together we can achieve those things. As we write the next chapters of our Association, I will be calling on the EC, the chairs, and members for their suggestions and help. I know we are all up to the challenge and I look forward to working, listening, and writing our chapters with you this year.
"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."-Ayn Rand