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  • 14 Mar 2013 2:10 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women's Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for the Leadership Institute. The Deadline is April 15, 2013.

    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 of the notable women leaders serving on our Advisory Committee.

    Why a Leadership Institute for Women?
    Oftentimes, law firms and corporations do not invest money in leadership training for attorneys. Even if the firm or corporation does provide leadership training, such training is unlikely to focus on the particular challenges that women face on their career path. 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 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.

    The Program
    You will receive betw
    een 20-24 hours of CLE credit (pending). All sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held in Central Ohio. For the convenience of those applying, below are the dates of the sessions. Candidates are required to attend all sessions. Click here for an application.

    Session 1: Rainmaking and Practical Business Development Strategies
    September 19-20, 2013
    Hilton Columbus/Polaris
    (Includes an afternoon ice breaker, evening dinner and lodging if needed on Sept. 19 and a full day session on Sept. 20)

    Session 2: Executive Coaching, Branding and Career Strategy
    October 17, 2013

    Session 3: Public Speaking
    November 21, 2013

    Session 4: Effective Communication
    January 16, 2014

    Session 5: Social Media
    February 20, 2014

    Session 6: Effective Leadership
    March 20, 2014

    Graduation: May 22, 2014

    Cost: $1,250
    Class size: 14-17 members
    Requirements: 5+ years in practice and OWBA member
    Application deadline: April 15, 2013

  • 28 Feb 2013 8:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Governor John Kasich today appointed former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg to the same court. Synenberg replaces Eileen T. Gallagher, who was elected to the Eighth District Court of Appeals in November. Read more
  • 12 Feb 2013 10:14 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The firm is pleased to announce that it has elected Patricia A. Gajda, Chair of the Business, Corporate & Securities practice group, to the Executive Committee of the firm. Pat is the first female partner to be elected to Brouse McDowell’s Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on corporate transactions, joint ventures, general corporate counseling and securities. Pat has negotiated complex, multi-entity joint ventures and acquisitions, and also advises clients on a variety of general corporate issues and agreements. She has advised and consulted with both privately-held and publicly-traded clients. In addition to chairing the Business, Corporate & Securities practice group, Pat also led the Associate and Paralegal Review Committee of the Firm until 2013.  Pat is a member of the Class of 2011-2012 Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, and an active member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.  She was a 2006 recipient of the Women of Professional Excellence recognition of the YWCA.  Pat is a mentor for the Ohio Supreme Court's Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.  She served as a Trustee for Art Therapy Studio from 1997 to 2011, and as a Trustee with Youth Challenge. She is a former member of the Case Western Reserve School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.  Pat is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State and American Bar Associations. Pat graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, in 1990 and from John Carroll University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, in 1987.

  • 11 Jan 2013 1:07 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Are you interested in serving on the board of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and/or the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation? Below you will find a link that contains a letter from the OWBA Nominating Chair, Jennifer Rhoads; a brief description of the OWBA and OWBF; a list of open positions with job descriptions and an application. The deadline is January 27, 2013. Questions? Call the Ohio Women’s Bar Association at (866) 932-6922.

    OWBA Board Application
    OWBF Board Application
  • 04 Jan 2013 8:24 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The New Year has resulted in a lot of new faces on the bench in Ohio. Of the 724 judgeships in the state, 37 posts have a new judge behind the bench with the majority of those filled by attorneys who have never been judges. Read more.
  • 03 Jan 2013 3:38 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine) starts her tenure in the Senate, where she stays in office until 1973; the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate as she previously served in the House (R-Maine, 1940-1949). To read more about Margaret Chase Smith click here.
  • 21 Dec 2012 12:56 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Tenth District Court of Appeals Judge Judith L. French to the Ohio Supreme Court on December 20. Her appointment becomes effective on January 1, 2013. Read more.
  • 20 Dec 2012 8:05 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Ohio. These attorneys are selected via peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Those Ohio lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the nomination, research and peer review process are further recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers Top Lists. Read more
  • 17 Dec 2012 8:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Dina Tantra is Managing Director and General Counsel for Beacon Hill Fund Services, a provider of compliance, finance and regulatory outsourcing services to the financial services industry over the past five years.   Beacon Hill is wholly-owned by Diamond Hill Investment Group (DHIL), a publicly traded asset management company based in Columbus, Ohio. 

    In 2011, Dina led an initiative at Beacon Hill to create Advisers Investment Trust, a proprietary mutual fund complex which would enable Beacon Hill’s investment adviser clients a platform to offer their advisory services to the U.S. market.  After recent management changes at Beacon Hill in 2012, Dina was elected as President and appointed to the Board of Trustees of Advisers Investment Trust, which has grown to nearly $250M in assets under management within the past year. “We are excited about the rapid growth of Advisers Investment Trust as Beacon Hill believes this will be its flagship offering over the next five years.  We are targeting investment advisers around the global who provide advisory services to institutions and high net worth investors and are now seeking to expand their target market to the U.S.” explained Dina.

    Dina will wear multiple hats going forward.  As General Counsel, she remains responsible for all legal and governance functions of Beacon Hill.  With her new responsibilities, she steps into an executive role driving strategic direction and day-to-day business decisions of Advisers Investment Trust.

    Dina is an active OWBA member. She recently planned a session of the OWBF Leadership Institute.
  • 14 Dec 2012 11:16 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Today in history, December 14, 1961, the President's Commission on the Status of Women was established to investigate questions regarding women’s equality in education, in the workplace, and under the law. Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the commission until her death in 1962. Read more

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