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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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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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