Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:30 PM CLE Check-In  Lobby
1:00 PM-2:00 PM A Conversation with Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor - 1.00 CLE Hours 
Mary DeGenaro will interview Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor about her career, her time on the bench, and her insights for lawyers. 
Moderator: Mary DeGenaro, Chief Legal Counsel, Auditor of State Keith Faber
Speaker: Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio

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2:05 PM-2:50 PM

Navigating Life While Practicing - 0.75 CLE Hours 
Panelists will address the complexities of maintaining healthy relationships while undertaking the work demands and commitments for lawyers today. Our panelists will share their experience navigating a legal career and life from various perspectives - married, separated, single, and with or without children. This session will provide practical tips on how two-career families in various situations can balance work/ life and take care of themselves in the process. 
Moderator: Melissa Watt, Attorney, Faruki PLL
Panelists: Stephanie Hanna, Founder + Owner, The Other 85; Kristen Lewis, VP, Counsel-Senior, Huntington National Bank; Tenechia Lockhart, Attorney, Ledbetter Parisi;  Julie Zink, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Dayton School of Law

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2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

Perspectives from Lawyers in Government & Military Service - 1.00 CLE Hours 
Comprised of lawyers who work for the United States Air Force, this panel will share the in’s and out’s about being a lawyer and civil servant. Panelists will discuss how they came to their career in government after receiving their J.D., and the opportunities that lawyers have in this type of service. 
Moderator: Sabra Tomb, Attorney-Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory 
Panelists:  Tony Ayubi, Contracting Specialist, Air Force Research Laboratory; Melissa Koppenhoefer, Contracting Officer, Air Force Lifecycle Management Center; Elizabeth Sams, Contracting Officer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; Tiffany Schwartz, Attorney-Advisor, Air Force Research Laboratory
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Who Gets the Credit? Addressing the Gap in Recognition for Women and Minorities - 1.00 Attorney Professional Conduct CLE Hours 
Although there may be more visible diversity on legal teams, there is an invisible barrier for women and minorities when it comes to origination credit. This panel will explore the disparities for women and minorities when it comes to receiving work and origination credit. 
Moderator: Heather Renee Adams, Of Counsel, Ice Miller LLP
Panelists: Stacey Borowicz, Office Managing Partner - Columbus, Dinsmore & Shohl; Allison Haedt, Associate General Counsel, DHL Global Business Services;  Janica Pierce Tucker, Partner-In-Charge, Columbus Office, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Bethany Palmer Recht, Partner, KMK Law 
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Friday, April 30, 2021
7:30 AM   CLE Check-In   Lobby
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM The F Word: Fear and Failure - 1.00 CLE Hours 
Fear and failure tend to be “taboo topics” for lawyers to discuss, but something every professional faces. Our panel will share their own stories of fears and failures they have faced in their career, and how they have risen above them to find success. This session will share helpful tips on how to handle failure and common fears that lawyers and professionals face in their careers. 
Moderator: Michelle Roe, General Counsel, Mettler Toledo 
Panelists: Linda Shetina Logan, CSEE and CTA, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports Commission; Ujjwal P. Ramtekkar, MD, Psychiatry and Behavior Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital; The “Amazing” Tei Street, National Motivational Speaker, Trainer and Education Consultant; Sue Zazon, Central Ohio Region President, Huntington
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9:05 AM - 9:50 AM

Toxic Work Culture Solutions - 0.75 CLE Hours 
Work culture plays a key role in employee productivity, business growth, and client services. This informative session will address poor and "toxic" work cultures, and how leaders can make changes to improve their work environment and employee satisfaction. We will specifically address common workplace mistakes that happen in the legal field that contribute to issues like low morale, high turnover, and unengaged employees. 
Speaker: Michelle A. Turman, MA, CFRE, CEO, Catalyst Consulting Services
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9:55 AM - 11:55 AM

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Critical Reflection with Peers Workshop - 2.00 Attorney Professional Conduct CLE Hours 
Dr. Melissa Crum will facilitate an interactive workshop that will explore how we think about diversity in order to come to terms with our perceptions and possible misconceptions. Participants will engage in reflective conversations that support critical-thinking for effective problem-solving and enhanced relationships with peers and others. Participants will be offered tools to explore the complexity of identity, and make connections to how people experience belonging in a system, institution, or community.
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Crum, Diversity and Equity Practitioner, Mosaic Education Network, LLC

**Space is limited! Due to the nature of the workshop, we will be limiting participants for this session. We are currently at capacity for this workshop and registrants will be added to a waiting list. 

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12:15 - 2:00 PM

Annual Meeting Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:  Teresa Wynn Roesborough, Executive Vice President – General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Teresa Wynn Roseborough is responsible for The Home Depot’s legal functions, government relations, corporate communications and external affairs. In addition, as corporate secretary, Teresa serves as a liaison between the board of directors and the company and is responsible for all corporate governance matters.

Teresa and the legal team are responsible for securities, litigation, employment, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, store operations, risk management and intellectual property. She also leads the government relations team as they address legislative issues that impact the business environment, the retail industry and our associates. In her corporate communications and external affairs role, Teresa leads the company’s internal and external communications, The Home Depot Foundation, The Homer Fund, branded merchandise and the events team. Bio cont. 

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Location Details 

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center

100 Green Meadow Drive South

Lewis Center, OH 43035

All activities for the OWBA-OWBF Annual Conference will be in-person  at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. We will also live-stream all sessions for those who need to participate remotely.

Hotel Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are available at the Nationwide Hotel at a discounted room rate. Call (614) 880-4300 for reservations and request the "OWBA-OWBF Room Block" to receive the discounted rate. Availability is limited. If you need assistance with reservations, call the OWBA & OWBF office at (866) 932-6922.

NOTE: Registration capacities will be limited per the State of Ohio's current guidelines on event size and safe social distancing practices at the Conference Center. If capacity is full, you will have the option to join a waitlist for an in-person ticket. You can also attend the Conference virtually if we are at capacity. 


Member Rates

  • Full Conference Registration (All CLE and Annual Meeting Luncheon) - $250 In-Person | $225 Virtual | $125 Government Employee Discount 
  • Annual Meeting Luncheon Only - $50 In-Person | $25 Virtual | $15 Government Employee Discount 
  • Single Day CLE (April 29 or 30)- $120 In-Person | $100 Virtual | $55 Government Employee Discount 
  • All CLE Sessions (April 29 and 30) Only - $200 In-Person | $180 Virtual | $90 Government Employee Discount 

Non-Member Rates

  • Full Conference Registration (All CLE and Annual Meeting Luncheon) - $395 In-Person | $355 Virtual | $200 Government Employee Discount 
  • Annual Meeting Luncheon Only  - $75 In-Person | $35 Virtual | $25 Government Employee Discount 
  • Single Day CLE (April 29 or 30)- $150 In-person | $135 Virtual | $75 for government attorneys
  • All CLE Sessions (April 29 and 30) Only - $270 In-Person | $240 Virtual | $145 Government Employee Discount 

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