The Leadership Institute

The Deadline to Apply Has Been Extended!
Due to a number of requests to extend the deadline to apply, the OWBF, in partnership with the Leadership Institute Committee, has decided to extend the application deadline to September 8, 2023, for all interested applicants.

Eligible applicants must be active members of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (at the time of application) and have at least five (5) years of practice experience.

The 2023-2024 Curriculum:
Cohort members will engage a robust curriculum facilitated by a diverse group of educators, facilitators, professional panels and thought leaders on topics such as dynamic leadership; effective communication; diversity, equity, inclusion and access; entrepreneurship & business development; health and wellness; and personal branding. The below curriculum track will be followed during the course of the program:

Session 1
November 3, 2023

Dynamic Leadership
*Power Breakfast

Session 2
December 8, 2023

Effective Communication

Session 3
January 12, 2024

Entrepreneurship & Business Development
*Power Breakfast

Session 4
February 9, 2024 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
& Access
*Mentorship Lunch

Session 5
March 15, 2024 

Health & Wellness

Session 6
April 12, 2024

Personal Branding

Wrap-Around Supports:
The program also features targeted wraparound supports to assist cohort members in their leadership journey. These supports, include, but are not limited to:

  • 360 leadership assessment tools
  • One-on-one executive coaching
  • Access to an on-line coaching and resource platform
  • The Leadership Institute Power Breakfast Series: The Power Breakfast Series features prominent lawyers, thought leaders and business strategists, who speak on a variety of leadership topics. Casual networking and a breakfast precede the engaging and interactive presentations. Each speaker provides key takeaways on the topics covered. The Power Breakfast Series is open to OWBF/OWBA Leadership Institute alumni, sponsors, partners, and special guests.
  • Mentorship Lunch: The mentorship luncheon is designed to foster connection between current LI cohort members and LI alumni.

Tuition Cost*:
Program tuition is $2,000. The cost of tuition includes:

  • Admission for one (1) to the Leading the Way Award Celebration
  • Workshops and Trainings
  • Executive Coaching
  • 360 Leadership Assessment Tools
  • Leadership Institute Power Breakfast Series
  • Receptions, and
  • Mentorship Opportunities.

*Cohort members are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from host locations and any associated hotel stays. These costs are not included in the cost of tuition.

Cohort Commitment:
The 2023-2024 program runs from November 2023 through April 2024. Meetings are held once a month from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at various host locations across Ohio. It is expected that all cohort members actively participate and attend every meeting to the best of their ability.

OWBF Public Service, Solo and Small Firm Scholarship

Attorneys from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and solo and small firms (10 or less attorneys) are eligible to apply for the OWBF Public Service, Solo and Small Firm Scholarship. The scholarship will offer full tuition to one qualified candidate. The purpose of the scholarship is to ensure the participation of a woman lawyer who may otherwise not have the ability to participate. If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, in addition to the Leadership Institute Application, please attach a personal statement (approximately 300 - 500 words) addressing the following:

  • How participating in the OWBF Leadership Institute will impact you, personally, as well as your practice;
  • What you hope to learn by participating in the Leadership Institute; and
  • Financial need.

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship  

We are pleased to offer a Leadership Institute Tuition Scholarship to promote Diversity and Inclusion by Marilyn McClure-Demers. This scholarship is intended for an individual that brings a unique perspective to the practice of law as a result of their diverse background, which is defined by race, ethnicity, religious background, disability, geographic location, and/or professional segment of practice. The scholarship will offer full tuition to a qualified candidate of diverse background, and ensure the participation of a woman lawyer who may otherwise not had the ability to participate. This may include government lawyers, solo-practitioners, minorities, and members of other under-represented groups.

If you wish to be considered for a Diversity Scholarship, in addition to the Leadership Institute Application, please attach a personal statement (approximately 300 - 500 words) addressing the following:

  • How you promote diversity and inclusion in your practice;
  • The diverse perspective you would bring to the Leadership Institute; and
  • Financial need.
View the 2022-2023 Leadership Institute Cohort

About the Leadership Institute

Rainmaking - "Excellent - thought-provoking sessions."

Executive Coaching, Branding & Career Strategy - "The assessments - all of them allowed me to see more clearly the areas in which I need/want to improve and identify steps to get there."

Public Speaking - "As uncomfortable as the process was, I am looking forward to hearing more of the feedback, and appreciate the feedback already given. Public speaking is never comfortable, at least for me, but a necessary skill and practice really helps."

Effective Communication Techniques - "This was my favorite session. Great panel!"

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 to be formed by notable women leaders that served on our founding Advisory Committee.

Why a Leadership Institute for Women?
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 program is ideal for women attorneys who have been in practice for at least 3 years and are looking to advance their career and hone their leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is also a great opportunity to build lasting friendships and expand your network with other women attorneys throughout the State of Ohio.

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.



Our Partners