12:30 – 1:00 PM CLE Check-In and Networking Pre-Function Area
1:00 – 1:10 PM Welcome
Conference Chair: Tara Aschenbrand, Assistant General Counsel / Employment & Labor Counsel, OhioHealth 
Hickory Room 2
1:10 – 2:10PM

Gender By Us™ – Challenging Implicit Biases and Gender Norms
(1.00 hour of Attorney Professional Conduct CLE) 

This session will focus on breaking down specific areas that impact gender norms in the profession and create a plan of action to make lasting changes in the legal industry. Small groups will work through the Women's Fund of Central Ohio's Gender Norms Toolkit.

Presenters: Jennifer (Jenni) Edwards, Partner, BakerHostetler, and Michalea Delaveris, Associate, BakerHostetler 

Hickory Room 2
2:10 – 3:10 PM
Sponsored by: 

Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: What Can We Do About It 
(1.00 hour of Attorney Professional Conduct CLE)

This session will focus on the concept of covert or implicit bias in the legal profession and the cumulative impact that can lessen women’s success in the legal profession. Implicit bias occurs when attitudes or stereotypes affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Such biases can be favorable or unfavorable. They are triggered without our awareness or control. Inevitably, these biases affect our daily interactions and assessments of others. This panel will discuss how implicit bias works and how it affects our decisions and activities.

Moderator: Sheeba George, Corporate Contract Counsel, Astute Solutions 

Judge Stephanie Bowman, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
Shannon Ginther, First Lady of the City of Columbus, Senior Director, Community Health Partnerships, OhioHealth
Lindsay Ford Ellis, Associate Counsel, Legal and Governmental Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA)
Dina Tantra, Executive Vice President, Director of Fund Administration and Compliance, Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC

Hickory Room 2
3:10 – 4:10 PM
Sponsored by: 

Practice and Career Management: Planning and Transitioning - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
(1.00 hour of General CLE)

This session will focus on making the decision to stay or move to a new adventure. Learning from leaders who have taken control over their careers including, learning how to critically examine the organization you work for to determine if you can succeed there; how to determine when it’s time to leave if your organization does not support you; and how to gain the experience you need in order to advance.

Moderator: Lisa Whittaker, Employment, Compliance, and Litigation Counsel, EXPRESS

Karim Ali, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP 
Myra McKenzie-Harris, Senior Associate Counsel II, Walmart Inc.  
Mary Mertz, First Assistant Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General's Office
Jennifer Mountcastle, Associate General Counsel & Vice President, Litigation, Huntington
Hickory Room 2
4:10 - 5:30 PM
Sponsored by: 

Forget Work-Life Balance: It Is Just Life!
(1.25 hours of General CLE)

Realizing that there is never a true balance between work and personal life especially in this technology filled world where we can be connected at any time of day and at any place in the world. This session will focus on what makes you full? Tips from successful women lawyers and then hear from their spouses on their perspective.

Moderator: Claudia Herrington, Director of Compliance, JobsOhio, and Robert (Robby) Simpson, 5th Grade Teacher, Columbus Academy

G. Drew Fuller, Assistant General Counsel, Battelle Memorial Institute
Jennifer Fuller, Director - Marketing & IP Counsel, The Wendy's Company 
Gregory (Greg) Gorospe, Partner, Ice Miller LLP 
Kelley Griesmer, Director of Special Projects, The Columbus Foundation 
Meghan Hill, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Aaron Hill, CFA, Director, Trusts and Investments , American Electric Power     
Hickory Room 2

5:30 – 6:00 PM Reception Check-In and Networking Pre-Function Area
6:00 – 8:00 PM Honoring Women in Government Reception

Reception Honoree:
Justice Mary DeGenaro, Supreme Court of Ohio

Sponsored by:           
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018
8:00 – 8:30 AM Check-In and Networking Pre-Function Area
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Sponsored by: 

Demonstrating Leadership and Navigating Ethical Considerations During Crisis
(1.50 hours of Attorney Professional Conduct CLE)

Crisis Communication: (FCPA, Bribery, etc). Real life experiences and resilience strategies can help you along as you balance ethical, management and legal issues that come into play when: Deciding what to tell the public or government, managing communications, protecting documents and information from alteration and destruction, identifying facts and assessing potential exposure for litigation, managing internal clients within a company and outside counsel, and how to coordinate efforts amongst various stakeholders for the benefit of the company/client. 

Moderator: Lisa Kathumbi, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Monta Bolles, Vice President & General Counsel, USIC
Dave Faure, Vice President - Legal, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company 
John Lowe, CEO, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams 

Ballroom 4
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Sponsored by: 
Jean Luczkowski & 
Steve Habash

Getting the Business: Discussion of Givers - How to Excel at Business Development and Lead Your Career
(1.50 hours of General CLE)

This session will focus on building your personal brand including leveraging your strengths and mitigating weaknesses. Hear from leaders sharing stories about how they have excelled and how they built upon their strengths to develop their careers and what they want from their outside counsel.

Moderator: Traci Martinez, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP 

Lacey Bundy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, EXPRESS
Marchelle Moore, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, The Motorists Insurance Group 
Julie Presas, Vice President & General Counsel, OCLC
Jennifer Spalding, Senior Vice President, General Counsel Medical Segment, Cardinal Health

Ballroom 4
11:30 – 11:45 AM Networking/Transition Break
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM

Annual Meeting Luncheon

Luncheon Speaker: Phyllis P. Harris, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Legal Operations, Walmart Inc. 

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2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors

Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors

CBA Managing Partners Diversity Initiative| Dinsmore & Shohl | Huntington National Bank | OCLC | OSBA  
Sponsorship Packages are still available.
Click here for package details, or contact the
OWBA & OWBF office at or 866-932-6922


The Ohio Women's Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Diversity & Inclusion and Family Friendly Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on April 27, 2018. Follow the links below for details about the awards, to view past recipients and to submit a nomination:


Location Details 

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

100 Green Meadow Drive South

Lewis Center, OH 43035

All events and programs for the OWBA and OWBF Annual Meeting & Conference will be hosted at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. 

Free onsite parking is available. 

Hotel Accommodations

Overnight accommodations made at the Nationwide Hotel for this event will receive a discounted room rate of $139, before taxes and fees. 

Please call (614) 880-4300 and state that you are with the "OWBA Room Block" to receive this discounted rate. 

Availability is limited. If you need assistance in making reservations, please call the OWBA & OWBF office at            (866) 932-6922.


Member Rates

  • Full Conference (April 26-27) - $250
  • Honoring Women in Government Reception (April 26) - Free
  • Annual Meeting Luncheon Only (April 27) - $50
  • Thursday, April 26, CLE Sessions Only - $120
  • Friday, April 27, CLE Sessions Only - $120
  • All CLE Sessions (April 26-27) Only - $200

Non-Member Rates

  • Full Conference (April 26-27) - $395
  • Honoring Women in Government Reception (April 26) - $25
  • Annual Meeting Luncheon Only (April 27) - $100
  • Thursday, April 26, CLE Sessions Only - $150
  • Friday, April 27, CLE Sessions Only - $150
  • All CLE Sessions (April 26-27) Only - $270

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