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The Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Celebrates Ten Years!

Congratulations to The Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation for celebrating a decade of promoting diversity, advancing women in the law, and providing extraordinary education and leadership training! The OWBF held their 10th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser at The Vault in Columbus on September 14. Guests enjoyed great food, fun themed cocktails, a silent auction and raffles, and groovy music by the Bluewater Kings Band.

The night was filled with friends dancing and laughing while bidding on amazing gifts! As the program for the night commenced with a plated dinner, all of the distinguished attendees had the honor of celebrating Marilyn McClure-Demers as she was the 2018 recipient of the Leading the Way Award.  McClure-Demers is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Chief Legal Officer at Nationwide and a past president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation. She's an exceptional recipient as this award is presented to outstanding women lawyers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in the legal profession and their communities and commitment to the promotion and enhancement of women in the legal community by inspiring and mentoring other women to raise their performance to the same high standard.

Also recognized at the Gala were the incredible efforts and initiative to offer the first Leadership Institute Scholarship. Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, along with the OWBF board, had the vision of promoting diversity and inclusion within the Leadership Institute and turned it into a reality by offering the first Leadership Institute Scholarship for the 2018-19 year. This scholarship covers the cost of the Leadership Institute for a well deserving individual who is making an impact in diversity prevention and intervention. With passion filling the room, we had the pleasure to announce Perez & Morris as the 2019-20 Leadership Institute Scholarship sponsor.

The Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation and Gala Committee would like to thank our generous sponsors, special guests and everyone who participated in making this event a success.

Cheers to ten years!

Unwind and Connect with 

Thirty-One Gifts

Unwind and Connect with Thirty-One took place on August 23, 2018 at Thirty-One Gifts in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, this networking event included a tour of Thirty-One and an educational presentation by Thirty-One Leaders.

The Ohio Women’s Bar Association members and guests enjoyed learning about Thirty-One Gifts and their endeavors to help women of all ages, all around the world. Thank you to Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease for sponsoring and to Thirty-One for kindly hosting this beautiful event.

Welcome to the Leadership Institute 2018-19 Class

On Thursday, September 13, The Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation kicked off the 2018-19 Leadership Institute Class with a tasty dinner at Latitude 41 in Columbus. Leadership Institute Co-Chair and OWBF Vice President, Yukiko Yee, welcomed the class and gave a brief introduction by sharing her own experience in the program. Six members of the OWBF joined the class and were able to share how the Leadership Institute impacted them and their careers. After a fun night getting to know one another, the class came back together on Friday morning for their first session.

The Leadership Institute was honored to have Betty Montgomery, Montgomery Consulting Group, kick off the first session by sharing her personal experience in addressing Leadership Issues for Lawyers. James Thomas, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, followed by leading a discussion on strategies for business development by using effective communication and leadership skills. Finally, the class was presented with two panels discussing the importance of Rainmaking and Business Development and Business Development from an in-house perspective.



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