Tyson’s Corner, VA: Paradigm Court Reporting & Captioning President Jan Ballman was pleased to be invited to participate in the National Court Reporters Association’s Board of Directors Meeting and Strategic Planning Session held March 1st and 2nd at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Ballman is currently serving her second term as the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Court Reporters Foundation.
Top thought leaders from across the country in the court reporting industry gathered to share thoughts and ideas with regard to the five-year vision for the court reporting profession as well as how the national association can best deliver support and services to its membership base. The planning session, entitled Vision 2018, included a SWOT analysis—Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats—that the profession of court reporting and the National Court Reporters Association could reasonably anticipate encountering in the next five years as well as strategies to ensure that Court Reporters remain not just the preeminent but the preferred methodology for capturing, protecting and delivering the record. Recent information gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to support this idea.
The technological advances made in the reporting profession over the past several decades, increasing membership in NCRA, and a rise in enrollment in court reporting schools were all pointed to as positive indicators that the profession of court reporting remains strong, relevant and respected within the judiciary as well as in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities.
Jan Ballman describes the meeting as energizing, and was excited to bring the ideas and industry news back to Minneapolis.