Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Next Level... LILI

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Take You Career to the NEXT LEVEL

The Leadership in Life Institute (LILI) is a six month leadership development course offering:

  • The best in leadership and personal-development thinking
  • Tools to improve your practice: 70% of LILI graduates report a measurable increase in the growth of their business since graduating
  • Increased understanding of self and improved interpersonal relationships
  • Expanded professional network
  • Continued opportunities for growth through LILI alumni programs
  • Leadership opportunities in NAIFA

New Additions to the 2013 LILI Curriculum include:

  • The One Page Business Plan®
  • The Kolb Learning Style Inventory
  • Tools to increase Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - now recognized as the #1 predictor of success in business and leadership
  • Credibility by James Kouzes and Barry Posner - all new and revised edition with sharpened focus on how leaders earn and sustain credibility

Admission Requirements:

  • Active NAIFA membership
  • Desire to make a positive difference in your life, your association and your industry
  • Pay student tuition ($650, includes all materials)
  • Attend all six one-day sessions
  • Fulfill required assignments (self-study between session)
  • Be open to self-exploration and personal change
  • Commit to two years of service as an association leader
  • Be ready to mentor and leave a legacy
NAIFA Washington is puting together the 2013 LILI class.  Call/Email to learn more.

Sharon Sparling
Vice Chair, National LILI Subcommittee
(360) 708-3210 or

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Friday, March 1, 2013

2013 February - Advocacy

Success for “Day on the Hill”

January’s NAIFA Washington “Day on the Hill” event was a huge success.  There were over 130 attendees and almost every Local Association set appointments to meet with their legislators in their respective Districts.

Our message was to impart to Legislators the value of what we, financial service producers, have with our clientele and community.   It was also important to let our Legislators know that including the agent/client relationship; it is important as Washington State moves forward with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and having the “Exchanges” trigger by the end of this year.

I want to thank every producer/agent that took time from their production week to make their voice heard in Olympia.  Also to Mel Sorensen, NAIFA WA Lobbyist for putting together a great line-up of presenters!  Washington Health Underwriters partnership and support of this event helped make our presence in Olympia known by our united voice!

If you have not already, please send a “thank you” to those Legislators your met with and maybe set aside time to meet with them for coffee or lunch.  Making yourself known and available to them is important on many levels: 

·         Brand NAIFA to them

·         Be a good resource on financial services or health care to them

·         Develop your own leadership skills

·         Be a liaison for your Local  Association and them

·         Be better informed

“Hats off” to New York Life Insurance Company for sponsoring this year’s “Day on the Hill” and for the 30 NYLC agents they made a commitment to attend.  This could not have been the success without them.  NYLC understands how important it is to be connected at the local level! 

We tried some new things like having a ‘Debriefing meeting’ at the end of the day as well as a common meeting area at the capitol for in-between appointments of our members.  We had great feedback that let us know what worked and also feedback that will help in the planning for next year as well. 

Knowledge is power so stay informed, networking is survival so stay connected; be active is to be involved!

“Never Doubt that a Small Group of Thoughtful Citizens can Change the
World.   Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 
~Margaret Mead

Sharon L. Sparling

Advocacy/Legislative Chair

Contact me at: (360) 708-3210 ·