Our purpose is to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

Gold Sponsors:
Baker Hostetler | Carpenter Lipps & Leland
Littler Mendelson | Thompson Hine

Silver Sponsors:
Nationwide | Porter Wright Morris & Arthur 
JonesDay | Reminger Co., L.P.A.

Bronze Sponsors:
Dinsmore & Shohl | Roetzel & Andress
The Gnoesis Group | Ice Miller | Squire Patton Boggs | OhioHealth Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
The Kroger Co.

CLE Session Sponsor:
Bricker & Eckler LLP | Ohio State Bar Association Women in the Profession Section | Abercrombie & Fitch | Thacker Martinsek LPA
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP



Upcoming events

President of the American Bar Association to Serve as Keynote at OWBA/OWBF Annual Meeting Luncheon on May 19, 2016

The Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF) are proud to announce that Paulette Brown, current President of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Partner and Co-Chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord LLP will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Meeting Luncheon on May 19, 2016, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  Brown is the first woman of color to lead the prestigious ABA, a 136 year old professional legal association with over 400,000 members.

“We are extremely pleased and honored that President Brown has accepted our invitation to speak at this year's OWBA Annual Meeting.  She is truly an inspiration and her leadership and impact make her a highlight for this event. As the President of the ABA, Paulette has renewed the focus on Diversity and Inclusion in the profession at a time when numbers in the profession for women and minorities are dropping and most organizations are struggling with ways to combat this truth,”  said Marilyn McClure-Demers, President–Elect of the OWBA and Associate General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance.

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OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

The OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference spans two days and includes 6.25 hours of CLE (pending approval), an Honoring Women in Government Reception, a breakfast spotlight, our annual meeting luncheon and a reception honoring our luncheon keynote speaker.  It will be truly an event with something for everyone.  We are excited to welcome Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association as our luncheon keynote to add to the program’s success.

CLE sessions will include:  A View from the Bench Panel; Women in Law: Leadership Lessons from the Top Panel; Advancing the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Legal Profession; Breaking Down Barriers & Investing in Diverse Talent Panel; and a Beyond the Headcount - Inclusive Environments and Diverse Leadership Panel.  These sessions will bring the state’s top leaders and experts to participants.

To provide these outstanding offerings to participants, we need the support of organizations from across the state.  We have Gold and Silver Conference sponsorships, luncheon table sponsorships, as well as CLE session sponsorships available.  Also in need of financial support is our second annual Honoring Women in Government reception.

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OWBA/OWBF Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

2017 Leadership Institute
Applications Being Accepted

Are you looking to improve your leadership skills while also earning between 20-24 CLE credit hours? Do you want to learn from leaders in the legal and business field? Why not consider applying for the OWBF Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute is a program of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation. It was created by top women leaders in Ohio to assist women lawyers in developing their leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is very proud of the notable women leaders serving on our Advisory Committee.

Why a Leadership Institute for Women?
Oftentimes, law firms and corporations do not invest money in leadership training for attorneys. Even if the firm or corporation does provide leadership training, such training is unlikely to focus on the particular challenges that women face on their career path. The Leadership Institute is designed to lend a hand and to help women who are emerging leaders with practical knowledge and strategies on business development so as to attain significant leadership roles.

Our Mission
The mission of the Leadership Institute is to advance inclusiveness within the legal profession and supplement the professional skills of women lawyers by enhancing their leadership, business development, and communication skills for the benefit of the diverse communities in which they work, live, and serve.

The Program
You will receive between 20-24 hours of CLE credit (pending). All sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held in Central Ohio. For the convenience of those applying, below are the dates of the sessions. Candidates are required to attend all sessions.

September 16 - Session 1
October 14 - Session 2
November 11 - Session 3
January 13 - Session 4
February 10 - Session 5
March 10 - Session 6

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Call for Applications and Nominations

2016 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award

2016 Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award

Presented by the Ohio Women’s Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Ohio Women's Bar Association's Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to recognize the exceptional efforts of individuals and organizations promoting the full and equal participation of diverse attorneys at all levels of the legal profession, with a particular focus on women, including women of color.

The Committee will present the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award to one company, firm or professional organization for its demonstrated leadership and sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Committee will present the Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award to one legal professional who has individually championed the careers of women attorneys and the topic of diversity and inclusion. Please note that these are separate awards and an organization is permitted to submit for both.

Criterion for each award can be found on the applications. The awards will be presented during the Ohio Women's Bar Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on May 19, 2016 in Columbus.

Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016.

Please email a PDF of your completed nomination form(s) and attachments to admin@owba.org. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your nomination(s), please contact OWBA's Association Executive, Kelli McKenzie at (866) 932-OWBA (6922).

Application and criteria for D&I Champion Award

Application and criteria for D&I Sponsor Award



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