Hello! My name is Ryann Peyton and I am honored to serve as your Board Chair for 2020. This is my seventh year serving on the CLI Board, having previously served as chair of its Development Committee.
Thank you to Immediate Past Chair Patrick O’Rourke for his passionate leadership of CLI, and to his Board and committee chairs who worked together for a very successful 2019 in which we saw much growth and transition for CLI.
As I take the gavel, I will support the mission of CLI and continue its legacy with spirit and enthusiasm. Chairing this dynamic organization is truly an honor for me. It resonates with my values and experience as a diverse lawyer and I have always believed in improving diversity, inclusion, and equity as a means to creating a thriving legal profession.
This year we will embark on selecting a permanent CEO for the organization, grow our nationally recognized Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit, launch a brand new Diversity Engagement Survey for legal employers, build a robust Young Lawyers Division, and expand the value of our membership benefits. I am excited to work with our members, Board and leadership to advance this sustainable, growing, and thriving organization.
I encourage you to take advantage of CLI’s activities and networking events during which members exchange ideas, learn, and share. Through your steadfast support as members of CLI, each and every one of you can help support better education, tools, and programming for diverse lawyers and legal employers in Colorado’s legal community. Together we can ensure that CLI continues to provide our profession with cultures of inclusion.
I am excited about the many new possibilities ahead. We can all be proud of what CLI stands for and its legacy for providing services to all. As Chair, I am proud to build upon our organization’s history and look forward to getting to know you.
Thank you for your support, trust, and confidence.