Tuesday, September 16, 2008

L.E.K Consulting Club # 1174682 “Chartering Ceremony”

L.E.K Consulting Club # 1174682 “Chartering Ceremony”
Vanessa Hsieh, Club President of L.E.K. Consultants being presented a Chartering Banner by Past District Governor, Cherylle Garnes, DTM during the Chartering Ceremony.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
Plato (Ancient Greek Philosopher He was the world's most influential philosopher. 428 BC-348 BC)

Today – Tuesday September 16, 2008 we celebrated the “Chartering Ceremony” of L.E.K. Consultants Club # 1174682 at the historical Omini Parker House at 60 School Street in Boston, MA at 12:00 noon while enjoyed a catered Chinese lunch. http://www.lek.com/

Performing a Chartering Ceremony is a perfect way to acknowledge a new club to our District 31 (which covers eastern Massachusetts to Worcester and the entire State of Rhode Island). And since L.E.K. Consultants Chartered during my term as the 2007-2008 Lt. Governor of Marketing I was in charge of making sure we following through with planning the chartering event.

The outgoing District Governor, Cherylle Garnes, DTM also assisted with the ceremony and we presented certificates to each chartered member in attendance, gave the Club President, Vanessa a Toastmasters Banner, a club Charter certificate and then performed an installation (induction) of club officers.

Also in attendance was the incoming District Governor, current Lt. Governor of Marketing, Bil Lewis, Club Mentor Susan Belisle (who works at the Federal Reserve Bank) and a few other Toastmasters who were on my Marketing Team, Past District Governor, Ruth Levitsky (who works at M.I.T.) and Julia Grant (who works at D.E.P.).

It was a quick ceremony and Vanessa asked two Table Topic questions just to give non-toastmasters an idea of what a mini Demo meeting. Table Topics helps members improve their impromptu skills, which include critical thinking, listening and speaking “off the cuff”.

I thought it was a nice touch to hear a “call to action” with “if any other LEK Office would like to join a club or begin (charter) a club – we would be happy to assist”!

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Jim Rohn quotes (American Speaker and Author. He is famous for motivational audio programs for Business and Life.

The only improvement that I could suggest would be to work on their repetitive “Ums”, “Ahs” – but that will come with time and the more they attend meetings – the better their public speaking skills will improve!

Now - I was supposed to give a toast today but sometimes it is best to be flexible. So now I will give a quick toast. “To LEK – May you continue to Charter new waters and pick up many more passengers along your journey” “Here” ! “Here”! …or as we say in Boston “Hea’ya”! “Hea’ya”!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Lao Tzu quotes (Chinese taoist Philosopher, founder of Taoism, wrote "Tao Te Ching" (also "The Book of the Way"). 600 BC-531 BC)


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A chartering ceremony is an event in which a chapter officially becomes a part of the organization

A ceremony is an activity, infused with ritual significance, performed on a special occasion.


a set or system of formalities, customs, or rites performed on certain occasions.
an action performed formally and meant to sanction a political, social, or religious concept; it usually lacks the deeper significance of a ritual ...

Magically, a ritual which has great historical and cultural inertia; a ritual which has become cemented in form and function.

a special celebration for an occasion.


a set of formal acts described by custom or authority making up a rite or ritual protocol for a specific outcome or expression.


L.E.K. Consulting

L.E.K. Consulting is an international strategy consulting firm, with headquarters in London.

"Started in 1983 by three partners from Bain & Company, James Lawrence, Iain Evans and Richard Koch, L.E.K. has since grown to over 850 consultants and 20 offices worldwide. The firm now operates as a single global partnership and advises 20 percent of the world's largest companies, as well as leading private equity firms and governments. It stands out as the only major global strategy consulting firm to have grown from a UK base".

"L.E.K. is generalist strategy consultancy with expertise across all major industries. It is a principal adviser to private equity, and was the number 1 adviser in number of transactions in Europe during 2007. L.E.K. is a leading adviser to the biotech industry and is known for its airline, surface transport, financial services and media and entertainment practices, as well as its expertise in alternative energy".

L.E.K.'s primary service lines consist of:
• Corporate Strategy
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Operations
L.E.K. is notable among it peers for its strong M&A concentration.


Omini Parker House


Historic Luxury in a Downtown Boston Hotel - 60 School Street Boston, Massachusetts 02108 Phone: (617) 227-8600, Fax: (617) 742-5729

“The Omni Parker House recently completed an extensive $30 million dollar renovation and restoration throughout the hotel. As you pass through the sculpted bronze doors of this four-diamond luxury Boston hotel, you will be enveloped by the timeless beauty that has made the Omni Parker House a landmark since 1855. Experience the perfect blend of modern amenities and historic charm at America’s longest continuously-operating hotel”.

“Located on the Freedom Trail, guests will enjoy grand views of historic downtown Boston outside, while inside, distinguished décor and thoughtful amenities are evident in every striking detail in each of the 551 luxurious accommodations. Walk to Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, the Financial District, shopping and more. Just 2.5 miles (10-15 minutes) from Logan International Airport”.

“The rejuvenated and historical Omni Parker House is located on the corner of Tremont and School Streets, in the heart of downtown Boston. It is the only luxury hotel located along the Freedom Trail. Within walking distance to all of Boston's major attractions, including the Boston Common and Public Gardens, the Financial District, Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, and the North End”.

“As you pass through the sculpted bronze doors of the Omni Parker House, you will be enveloped by the timeless beauty that has made this hotel a Boston landmark since 1855. It is proudly celebrating over 150 years in hospitality excellence. This year, celebrate it's $30 million dollar restoration and renovation, making the Omni Parker House the perfect blend of modern amenities and historic charm”.

“All accommodations including guest rooms, exterior facade, meeting space, gym facility, Parkers Restaurant, Parker's Bar and The Last Hurrah are completely restored. Experience modern luxury at America's most historic hotel. Additional hotel highlights include exceptional concierge service, valet service, business services, world-class gym facility, wireless Internet access in the lobby, 24 hour room service, Select Guest Rewards, and on-site Coffee Shop”.

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