NextGen Leader Award Recipients
The NextGen Leader Award evolved from the Quest Award. Click here to view Quest Award recipients from 2007 to 2019.
Gretchen Kendall Pratt | Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC | Waltham, Massachusetts
Gretchen Pratt joined the Boston Chapter in 2017. Immediately, the chapter benefited from her energy, leadership and knowledge.
She advocates for ALA and the chapter to the staff at her firm, encouraging membership, bringing them to events and promoting the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® program.
Additionally, she is an active member of the chapter’s Education Committee and has helped bring many programs to its members. She isn’t afraid to voice her opinions and then back up her suggestions with action by contacting speakers on a variety of topics and curating educational content.
In 2021, Gretchen connected the Boston Chapter to a consulting vendor her firm used and successfully planned and implemented a program on law firm economics and trends in 2020 and 2021. This year, she is planning programming on mental health issues and awareness in law firms. Gretchen also moderates a bimonthly roundtable for chapter members who work at law firms outside Boston.
Given her impact on the Boston Chapter, it is often difficult to remember that Gretchen has only been a member for a few short years. She has taken the chapter by storm, and its members are all the better for it. She brings new thoughts and ideas from her impressive background, as well as energy, support and leadership. Gretchen was recently named to the chapter’s Board of Directors as the Secretary for 2022–2023. She will undoubtedly continue to do great things for the Boston Chapter and ALA.
Tracy Laskos | Phillips Law Group, PC | Phoenix, Arizona
Since joining the Arizona Chapter in 2019, Tracy Laskos has quickly become an indispensable member and helped improve chapter operations in so many ways.
When Tracy attended her first chapter event, she made her mark on ALA. She arrived early and introduced herself as she welcomed each person into the room. She asked questions, provided insights and even completed the feedback survey after it was over. Tracy has improved how the chapter welcomes new members by sharing her experience and doing the work to make the changes happen.
She’s since become a driving force for the chapter, whose leadership feels lucky to have someone willing to commit to committee positions, task forces and board positions. She has brought in new members and became an officer on the board. Tracy is the 2022–2023 President-Elect of the Arizona Chapter.
Tracy is cultivating a network that will serve to engage and support everyone, and she has proactively sought out connections through ALA all over the country — and at home. When she began her firm’s reorganization, she made sure to encourage several staff members to join ALA and make the most out of the organization. She has begun coaching others within her firm and has reached out to nonmember legal management professionals in her area. She has recruited several new members to ALA because of her natural ability to motivate and encourage. As Tracy continues her ALA trajectory, she will be a beacon and inspiration to all.
Vicki Scott | Rosenberg and Pick, A Law Firm | Los Angeles, California
Vicki Scott has been a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (GLA ALA) since July 2018 and has been a quiet, reliable force for the chapter. She truly cares about presenting the chapter at its best and promoting every activity that they do.
She is an active volunteer within the chapter, serving on the Community Connection team; Business Partner Team; and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) team. She also volunteers her time with special events. Additionally, she has also been a great contributor on the Business Partner Team and assisted with creating virtual events to promote the services of their business partners.
Her caring, volunteer spirit repeated goes above and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to gather in person for the chapter’s annual Food from the Bar event at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. That didn’t stop Vicki, though. She stepped right up, wearing protective gear to assist in getting the job done. Additionally, she created a flyer for a book drive that helped migrant children being housed at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Most recently, she volunteered to be the secret shopper for the LA County Department of Public Social Services’ Adopt-A-Family Program during the holidays.
The future looks bright with Vicki Scott on the GLA ALA team.
- 2021: Maria T. Black, CLM; Venetia Corson; Kira L. Hansen; Caitlin C. Niedzwiecki
- 2020: Timothy J. Hardin; Cheyenne Hunter; Ernie Jaseckas; Hannah K. Lincecum; Emily C. Spehar; Angela Viehland, CAPM