Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I have been reflecting on what the Collier County Women’s Bar Association has meant
to me since I moved here six years ago. The ability to connect with colleagues in
smaller settings at our events remains the biggest reason I love CCWBA events.

The board, our past presidents, our members and sponsors strive to welcome everyone
with open arms in a comfortable and collegial setting at our lunches and events. The
CCWBA’s mission is to promote women in the legal profession and that is accomplished
in conjunction with all our colleagues, and not at the expense or exclusion of anyone.
For the last 25 years, the CCWBA has been an organization focused on reaching out to
our community: we want to join together men and women; prosecutors and defense
attorneys; litigators and transactional attorneys; and attorneys, judges, paralegals, law
students and our sponsors who work in all settings, including in government, non-
profits, Legal Aid, banks, trust companies and private law firms of all sizes.

Coming from Albany, New York, the city where I grew up, I had not been very active in
the local bar associations. When I moved to Naples, I was motivated to get involved
because I did not know anyone. Since moving here, and through some of the special
friendships I have made, it has been instilled in me that the connections we make with
our friends and colleagues are one of the most valuable things in our lives. There is
something about getting together in an informal setting and breaking bread together that
helps forge connections among us. I have seen how these connections can help us
help others, not just ourselves, in all different ways in our lives generally.

For those people who say “I hate networking,” I encourage you to come to one of our
events where you can enjoy the company of colleagues and get to know someone new.
You may grow your business at the same time, but it is great to simply get to know each
other, and in settings where we are also learning more about the law and issues that
arise in our practices.

I look forward to a great year ahead and I hope to see you at a CCWBA event soon!


Rebecca M. Vaccariello, CCWBA President 2018-19