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.
Looking for a Fun Evening?
Join the OWBA & OWBF for its 9th Annual Leading With Style Fashion Show fundraiser! We will showcase the latest Spring trends for women and men as you mingle with friends and colleagues amongst select fashion and lifestyle businesses. Exciting silent auction and raffle prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit the educational and leadership programs of the OWBF, a 501c3. Hors d’oeuvres and a COMPLIMENTARY drink are included with your ticket.
2018 Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipients
Diversity and inclusion is a popular discussion topic but putting it into practice is not always done. We are honored to present two awards to individuals and organizations that not only put diversity and inclusion efforts into practice but make it a priority in their personal and professional lives. Awards were presented at the 2018 Annual Conference and Luncheon on April 27.
Diversity and Inclusion Sponsor Award
Congratulations to Kurt Tunnell on being awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Sponsor Award. This award is presented to a legal professional who has individually championed the careers of women attorneys and the topic of diversity and inclusion. Kurt Tunnell is a long-time advocate and leader of diversity and inclusion initiatives. He successfully led the first majority-owned firm in Central Ohio to reach several diversity and inclusion milestones, including the hiring and promoting of African-Americans to partnership and having the highest percentage of female partners.
Tunnell truly illustrates personal passion allowing him to pioneer the diversity and inclusion movement for the firm he led. Click Tunnell's photo to view a video tribute. Jim Flynn, Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler, accepted the award on behalf of Tunnell.
Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award
Congratulations to Perez & Morris on being awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. This award recognizes a company, firm or professional organization that has demonstrated leadership and sustained committed to diversity and inclusion. Perez & Morris are, and always have been, a minority-owned business where diversity and inclusion are woven into how their firm was created. This firm strives to employ top diverse legal talent, with one third of their attorneys in Columbus being women and focusing on recruitment and retention of women of color. Perez & Morris does not promote diversity just for statistics but set a foundation to seek true inclusion in their firm, in Central Ohio and in the national legal community.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation strive to promote and lead the movement for diversity and inclusion of women attorneys. OWBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee adopted a mission and vision statement to highlight our efforts in advocacy.
To promote greater inclusion in the OWBA and OWBF by increasing diversity of our boards, committees and membership, through recruitment, retention, leadership development and programming for women attorneys which focuses on issues unique to and which impact diverse women attorneys across all dimensions of diversity including race, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status and regardless of background and/or affiliation.
To be the most respected and impactful bar association advancing in promoting women attorneys with a focus on diverse women attorneys including women of color, in Ohio, leading the effort for a more inclusive association and practicing bar in the state of Ohio and nationwide.
2018 President's Choice and Family Friendly Award Recipients
The Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation were proud to announce the recipients of this year’s President’s Choice Award and Family Friendly Award, presented at the 2018 Annual Conference and Luncheon on April 27.
President’s Choice Award
Congratulations to Lisa Whittaker on being awarded the President’s Choice Award. This award is presented to someone who exemplifies the spirit of leadership, dedication and passion for the profession and for the life-long friendships made through OWBA and OWBF. Whittaker eagerly takes reign of new initiatives and projects within the organization with immense passion. Thank you Lisa for all the work you do, especially putting together a successful raffle with fabulous prizes during the Annual Conference!
Family Friendly Award
Congratulations to Carol O’Brien with the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office on being awarded the Family Friendly Award.
This award is given to a legal employer in Ohio whobest exemplifies the commitmemt to work-life balance arrangements and assures that lawyers can take care of their families while pursuing a successful career. O’Brien has created a work culture where she is invested in heremployees’ well-being. She’s understanding and willing to work with her staff to make sure they have time for personal issues that need attention. O’Brien is an excellent prosecutor that leads by example with a staff that is proud to work for her.