For most of my sixteen years on staff at the Institute, the American Academy of Religion meant one thing…plenty of quiet time in the office to catch up while the Executive and Associate Directors were gone! In 2015, I accepted the position of Communications Coordinator and Edwin Aponte asked me to attend the Louisville Institute reception at AAR.
Honestly, when I hear “reception” at a professional event, I think average foods, limited drinks and awkward social conversations with strangers or at best slight acquaintances. I had no idea that the LI reception was such a big deal.
The LI reception at AAR in Boston showed me that our time together is a reception in name only. It really is an old fashioned homecoming! It is a brief moment in time for friends, colleagues and acquaintances to soak in the LI hospitality and just be together. I watch groups of former LI Fellows gathering with their cohort members and mentors to continue the conversation and mentoring started during their time at LI. Former board members laughed and asked to see pictures of my kids who were just babies during their time on the LI board. Grantees brought their LI grant-funded books with excitement of the fruition of their grant come true. New faces came to find out more about what the Institute has to offer.
For a few hours the LI Reception is an opportunity to see the impact of the years of work of the Louisville Institute.
Oh, and it is most definitely more than Cheese and Crackers!! If you’ve been to the LI Reception, you have Pamala Collins, Executive Assistant, to thank for the amazing menu!
Join us for “homecoming” in 2018 in Denver!