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Inclusive Leadership Workshop

Join OWIG for an Inclusive Leadership Workshop on Thursday, October 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Athletic Club of Columbus. Registration closes Thursday, October 10.

What does it take to be a great leader, and what will it take to be a great leader in the future? Join OWIG for a transformative session that will help participants think about how traditional notions of leadership are changing. Lindsay Hough and Mia Pareek of Deloitte Consulting LLP will walk participants through the importance of inclusive leadership and the need to look beyond traditional leadership assessment tools and frameworks.

Since 2011, Deloitte has researched the inclusive leadership capability – what it means, how it is experienced by others, and how to measure it. Deloitte’s research has demonstrated that highly inclusive leaders demonstrate six signature traits—in terms of what they think about and what they do—that are reinforcing and interrelated.

This session will introduce participants to the six traits of inclusive leadership. Collectively, these six traits represent a powerful capability highly adapted to diversity. The session will also encourage participants to explore their leadership values and commit to actions that will help them achieve their leadership ideals.

The fee for this event will be $15 for members and $35 for prospective members. If you'd like to join us, please register below. Space will be limited, so be sure to register soon!

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July OWIG Networking Event

Join Ohio Women in Government Thursday, July 18th from 5-7 PM for a summer networking event at Ringside Café in Pearl Alley!

Just a few minutes’ walk from City Hall and Capitol Square, Ringside Café is one of the oldest and longest-operating bars in Columbus. A long-standing hangout for politicos of all stripes, Ringside first opened in 1897.

Ringside Café is located at 19 N Pearl Alley, between East Gay and East Broad Streets. Metered and garage parking is abundant for those arriving from outside downtown.

OWIG members can enjoy appetizers and the first round on us! If you’re not yet a dues-paying member, join today and pay prorated dues for the remainder of 2019.

Register here.

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Ohio Women in Government's June Luncheon Featuring Justice Melody Stewart

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Save the Date!

Justice Melody J. Stewart

Melody J. Stewart was elected in November 2018 to a full term as the 161st Justice to serve on the Court. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Justice Stewart served on the Eighth District Court of Appeals – elected to an unexpired term in 2006, and twice reelected to full terms. She served as the court’s Administrative Judge in 2013.

Justice Stewart has more than 30 years of combined administrative, legal, and academic experience. She was an administrator for a health care management company, a music teacher, a civil defense litigator, and a law school administrator and professor before being elected to the Court of Appeals. While on the appellate court, Justice Stewart was assigned to hear cases in other appellate districts and on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Justice Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati; her law degree as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University; and her Ph.D. as a Mandel Leadership Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University in 2018.

After practicing law as an assistant law director for the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland, Justice Stewart worked as a lecturer, an adjunct instructor, and an assistant dean at Cleveland-Marshall before joining the full-time faculty. Her primary teaching areas were ethics and professional responsibility, criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal research, writing, and advocacy. Additionally, she taught at the University of Toledo College of Law and at Ursuline College. She also was director of student services at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.

Justice Stewart has served on many boards of trustees and been a member of various professional, educational, civic, and community organizations. She also served as a commissioner and chair of the Board of Planning and Zoning for the city of Euclid. Recently, Justice Stewart completed serving as a member of the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee; on the board of the Supreme Court’s Judicial College; and as chair of the Ohio Capital Case Attorney Fee Council.

Justice Stewart is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Ohio, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Of historical note: Justice Stewart is the first African-American woman elected to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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OWIG May Luncheon featuring Speaker Jo Ann Davidson

OWIG is thrilled to host it’s May Luncheon featuring the former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jo Ann Davison.

Friday, May 3 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Bricker and Eckler LLP, 100 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215

About Speaker Jo Ann Davidson

Before most women even thought of running for public office, Jo Ann Davidson had already decided to serve.  She first ran for Reynoldsburg City Council in 1965 before any women had been elected to council.  She did not win.  Undaunted, she ran again in the next election cycle.  This time she won.  She went on to serve ten years as a hardworking member of city council and become chair of its powerful finance committee. 

In 1980 Davidson successfully ran for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives where she served with distinction for 20 years.  She was elected by her peers to be the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1995.  During her historic service as the first woman Speaker from 1995 through 2000, she guided many important legislative initiatives through the Ohio General Assembly including welfare reform, electric deregulation and criminal justice reform. 

In addition, Davidson has extensive experience in the private sector.  Prior to 1994, Davidson worked as Vice President of Special Programs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Davidson holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Franklin University, Ohio University, Capital University and Cleveland State, an honorary degree in Government Leadership from the University of Findlay, and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

She formed her own consulting firm, JAD and Associates, and is doing consulting work on a broad range of issues involving public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and political campaigns.  She served as Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2009.

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International Women's Day Meet Up

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Join fellow OWIG Members for a casual morning meet-up in celebration of International Women's Day! Meet other women working in and with Ohio government while, raising awareness of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. 

Friday, March 8

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels - Cap Square

41 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215


OWIG will have tables reserved for meeting and mingling inside Einsteins Bros Bagels.

**Wear purple and have your business card entered for complimentary registration to OWIG's upcoming luncheon!

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Women of Influence Luncheon

OWIG’s Women of Influence Luncheon will highlight women who are making strides in the public sector and influencing public policy and government at the city, county, and state level.

We look forward to hearing from Dawn Tyler Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff to Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Jody Foltyn, Chief of Staff to the Ohio Treasurer of State, and Kris Long, Deputy County Administrator for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, February 14th from 12:00 to 1:30pm at Bricker and Eckler, LLP. 

This special panel of outstanding public servants will focus on panelists' career journeys and ability to influence decision makers from senior staff and cabinet level positions.

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OWIG 2019 Membership Kickoff

Registration is open for OWIG's first networking event of 2019.

Date: Thursday, January 31

Time: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Location: El Arepazo, 515 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Cost: Free

Join Ohio Women in Government for its first networking event of 2019 at El Arepazo in the Brewery District. Appetizers will be provided and so will one complimentary drink per member. All are welcome to attend.

If you'd like to be a 2019 member of OWIG, you're welcome to pay your dues here.

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OWIG Resume Refresher

Join Ohio Women in Government for a lunchtime workshop focused on updating and refreshing your résumé.

In this one-hour workshop on résumé writing, participants will learn about key components needed in résumés today, as well as how to customize content to employer interests. Participants also learn how to identify your best transferable skills and accomplishments to set yourself apart from the competition. All attendees will leave with résumé examples, handouts for reference, and increased comfort and confidence when describing their value and potential to employers.

Bio of Instructor

Amanda Fox, MA, LPCC, CPRW: Director of Career Development & Counseling at New Directions Career Center. Amanda joined the Center as a clinical counseling intern in 2005, as part of her graduate training. Her undergraduate background was in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She earned her master's degree in Counselor Education at The Ohio State University in 2006, and joined the Center as a full-time career counselor shortly after. She became a Certified Professional Resume Writer in 2010. Today, she provides group program instruction and individual career counseling at the Center in addition to her program direction duties. She believes the résumé can be a great tool to aid in self-discovery and confidence building, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for résumé creation with her clients and colleagues alike.

About New Directions Career Center

The mission of New Directions Career Center (NDCC) is to empower women in transition to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. The Center achieves its mission by providing holistic career counseling and career development services that help women obtain the skills, information, and resources needed to confidently live their own personal definitions of success through meaningful employment. Through this approach, we assist our clients to emotionally and economically stabilize their situations, helping them to cover their basic needs long-term while pursuing fulfilling careers.

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Navigating Harassment, Understanding the Law, and Forming & Cultivating Strategy Partners.

Join OWIG for a luncheon featuring Marilyn McClure-Demers, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Nationwide and Lisa Kathumbi, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP. We'll discuss how to navigate harassment and form and cultivate strategic partnerships.

Ohio Women in Government is excited to offer a members-only luncheon workshop, where members can develop abilities to manage harassment in the workplace. This workshop will go beyond standard HR department trainings and help members harness the necessary soft skills for navigating intense situations. 

OWIG is very fortunate to have Marilyn McClure-Demers, VP & Associate General Counsel at Nationwide Insurance, and Lisa Kathumbi, Partner at Bricker & Eckler conducting the workshop. 

These incredibly accomplished women are passionate about bringing women together in a safe space to talk about harassment. Marilyn and Lisa will lead a situational-based discussion that will be casual and comfortable, and aims to be relevant for the daily lives of our members. The workshop will be a closed door session, where women will be allowed to speak freely about the experiences of women in government. 

OWIG hopes that attendees will walk away with new tools for working through harassment and an awakened strength to form strategy partnerships in the workplace.

Seating is limited. Please register by July 9.

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Women's Leadership Symposium


Get connected. Feel empowered. Leave inspired.

The Ohio University and The Ohio State University alumni associations are proudly partnering for our first Women’s Leadership Symposium — a daylong exchange of ideas surrounding the unique strengths and challenges of being a woman.
Join us on the Ohio State campus as we discuss today’s issues and turn insights into action. You’ll engage with thought leaders and accomplished alumni from both universities during breakout sessions on topics ranging from careers and leadership to health and wellness.
Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown — who has the distinction of being both an Ohio University and an Ohio State alumna — will deliver our keynote address.

Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
The Ohio Union
1739 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Directions and Parking

$30 per person includes breakfast, lunch, parking at the Ohio Union and giveaways.

*This is not an OWIG sanctioned event. 

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June Networking at Seventh Son Brewing


June 14th, 5 - 7 p.m.

Seventh Son Brewing, Private Event Room Downstairs

Brief Program at 6 p.m.



OWIG's next networking event will be held at Seventh Son Brewing in Italian Village.

Seventh Son Brewing was founded in 2010 by three local childhood friends, including Jen Burton, who will speak to OWIG members about her experience as a woman in leadership in such a male-dominated industry.

Seventh Son brewing has been providing exceptional beers at the corner of 4th & 4th in Columbus’ historic Italian Village since 2013 and recently underwent a major expansion featuring a new rooftop patio space and a second bar. OWIG will also hear from brewer Liz Stout about her work as a woman in the explosive local brewing industry. 

The first round is on OWIG with registration. Registration is free for members and non-members can register in advance for $5. Everyone will receive a drink ticket upon entry once they check in, good for a selection of draft Seventh Son Brewing beers and select wine and liquor.

The food truck Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi will be on site if you’d like to purchase some tasty pierogi.

Free parking is available at Fox in the Snow next door after 5 pm, in addition to along most neighboring streets. 

Special thanks to Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, for recommending Seventh Son Brewing to us as a location 


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March House Leadership Luncheon

Join OWIG for a lunch discussion about leadership and female candidate recruitment with members of the Ohio House of Representatives, Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Emilia Sykes on March 29, 2018. Click here to register.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Bricker & Eckler, 100 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215


Assistant Majority Floor Leader Sarah LaTourette

Minority Whip Emilia Sykes

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8:00 AM08:00

International Women's Day Meet-up


Join fellow OWIG Members for a casual morning meet-up in celebration of International Women's Day! Meet other women working in and with Ohio government while, raising awareness of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. 

Thursday, March 8

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels - Cap Square

41 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215


OWIG will have tables reserved for meeting and mingling inside Einsteins Bros Bagels. Bagels and coffee are available for purchase from Einsteins.

**Wear purple and have your business card entered for complimentary registration to OWIG's upcoming luncheon!

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