Leadership Institute


Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 Leadership Institute!

The Leadership Institute is recruiting new classmates for the 2022-2023 year. This program provides numerous benefits to women lawyers, and focuses on building core skills to advance their careers such as leadership, rainmaking and business development, communication, and more.

Women lawyers who have been in practice for at least 3 years are encouraged to apply (with preference shown to 5+ years). Meetings will be held once a month from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM in Central Ohio from September 2022-March 2023. It is expected that all classmates attend every meeting to the best of their ability. 

Applicants should apply online here. Applicants are required to submit their current resume, a personal statement, and two reference letters. Applicants must also agree to our participation policy and commit to being a member of the OWBA for at least one-year. If you need a PDF copy of the application, please contact our staff at admin@owba.org or call (866) 932-6922. 

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2022.

Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Available. 
We are also 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.
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. 


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