AARP Survey Suggests Engaging in Brain-Stimulating Activities May Help Improve Brain Health

According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report improved cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs.

CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age 40 engage in an average of eight CSAs per week. Those who rate their cognitive abilities as being “excellent” engage in a greater than average number of CSAs than those who rate their status as “poor.”

“Put simply, this survey is telling us that, if you work your brain, your brain will work for you,” said Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “Working your brain is easy and involves simple activities like taking a walk, spending time with friends or reading a book. AARP’s Staying Sharp and other great resources can help inform you on how to keep your brain active and sharp.”

Key findings from AARP’s 2017 Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey:

  • Most Popular Activities: According to survey respondents, the most popular CSAs include: consuming news (81%), cooking/preparing meals (78%), reading (66%), exercising or engaging in physical activity (56%), and socializing with friends/family (50%).
  • Women More Engaged: Women engage in CSAs more often than men, at a weekly average of 9.2 vs. 7.5. Women also have a greater intent than men to add more mentally-stimulating activities into their routine, at 50% vs. 39%.
  • Opportunity to Educate: When asked about the barriers that keep them from participating in CSAs, the highest number of survey respondents noted that they were unsure which activities help promote brain health (35%). The second most frequently selected response was lack of social support (26%).

Staying Sharp is a subscription-based brain health platform from AARP featuring science-based activities, challenges, recipes and articles to help promote brain health. Some of the key takeaways from the survey can be addressed by the content and features of the platform, including:

  • Detailed, Practical Information on CSAs: Categorized under NOURISH (diet), MOVE (exercise), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things) and CONNECT (being social), there are a number of articles, videos and activities to help inspire activity to promote brain health.
  • Brain Health Assessment: Developed by scientists, this is made up of a series of questions and tasks that help people understand how their brain functions in different areas, receiving personalized recommendations for promoting brain health.
These and more tips and information can be found at http://stayingsharp.org.
More information about the survey can be found here.

About Staying Sharp
Staying Sharp is a subscription-based platform from AARP. This product is part of AARP’s commitment to provide reliable information on brain health. Staying Sharp uses a holistic approach to provide science-based, personalized tools and recommendations that allow subscribers to track and measure their brain health progress using five key focus areas or “pillars”:  NOURISH (eating right), MOVE (keeping fit), RELAX (managing stress), DISCOVER (learning new things), and CONNECT (being social). To learn more, go to www.stayingsharp.org.
About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
*AARP Survey was fielded online, May 3-18, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 1,140 Americans age 40+.

The Truth About Osteoporosis that the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Current estimations reveal that there are more than 52 million women and men with either osteoporosis or low bone mass. If current trends continue, the figure will climb to more than 61 million by 2020. It’s a widespread condition in which the bone loses its density, putting you at risk of fractures, the most common being the wrist, hip and spine. The worst aspect of osteoporosis is that there is no warning. By the time it’s diagnosed, it’s generally too late as the first sign of the condition is often a broken bone after a minor fall.

Representatives from large pharmaceutical companies have claimed so called “bone drugs” are the solution. Side effects from these drugs include upset stomach, inflammation of the esophagus, jaw osteonecrosis (rotting of the jaw bone), severe muscle, joint, and/or bone pain, and “unusual” femur fractures, not to mention atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm that can cause a rapid heartbeat).

Therefore, be very careful if considering these drugs as a course of action.

The Good News! 

Many popular magazines sing the praises of various “weightbearing” activities as a means of halting and reversing bone loss. This would be nice, but general activity will do very little to reverse bone loss. We do however know that human bone will adapt to a stimulus provided from progressively loaded strength training exercise. This exercise starts at the muscles and goes down to the bones; it affects all of the connective tissue in between, making for a more resilient drive train.

The solution to the Osteoporosis dilemma is progressive strength training.

The health benefits of high-intensity strength training are far-reaching and impressive. There is evidence to suggest that high-intensity strength training can increase our bone mass and bone strength, and help prevent loss of bone mineral density as we age. This is exciting news, especially as significant improvements in bone health can be achieved from just two 20-minute sessions of high-intensity strength training per week.

How can high-intensity strength training help improve our bone health? 

To read the complete article click here for our digital magazine. 

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Consumers Can Shop Smart and Save This Back-to-School Season

Columbus, Ohio (July 27, 2017) Even though summer has just begun, pretty soon it’ll be time to focus on the school year ahead, and if your family is like most, you’re already thinking about purchasing school supplies for the upcoming year.

Back-to-school shopping is the second-largest consumer spending category after holiday shopping, according to statistics from the National Retail Federation and Research Now. An additional survey, conducted by Deloitte, found that 32 percent of families expect to spend more on school supplies this coming year, either because their children need more items, materials are increasing in price, or students need more expensive supplies.

Back-to-school expenses seem to climb every year and can be a strain on family budgets. In a 2016 survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, back-to-school spending has increased 55 percent over the past 10 years, with the average family spending $107.76 on school supplies. Combined with other expenses, such as clothing and accessories, electronics, and shoes, a family could end up spending an average of $674 on back-to-school shopping.

Despite rising costs, back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. A little pre-planning and early shopping can help you avoid extra spending. Nationally, 73 percent of back-to-school shoppers plan to shop a month to three weeks before the start of school.

Here are some ways you can shop smart during the back-to-school season:

Timing Matters: Look for end-of-summer sales and tax-free holidays, especially on big ticket items where you’ll really feel the savings. In Ohio, the tax-free holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at 12:00 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. To learn more about this tax-free holiday weekend, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

Plan Ahead: Before making new purchases, take an inventory of supplies you already have around the house. From there, make a list of items still needed. Two-thirds of consumers are likely to buy more than what is on their list, so be sure to stick to your shopping plan.

Avoid Fancy Supplies: Instead of spending money on the brightest, shiniest, and glitteriest supplies with a licensed logo, which adds to the cost, make them “Do It Yourself” art projects for your kids to decorate.

Use Technology to Bring Deals to Your Inbox: Let technology save you money by doing an online coupon search, monitor your favorite stores’ social media accounts to get advance notice of sales, and sign up for coupon links.

Stock Up: If you see a good deal on supplies you know will be an ongoing need, stock up so you’re ready when something runs out, gets lost, or breaks.

To learn about credit unions in your community and how they can help you plan for the back-to-school season, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.

Source: Kimberly Stewart • Manager, Public Relations
Ohio Credit Union League
10 W. Broad St., Suite 1100 • Columbus, OH 43215
T: 800-486-2917, ext. 248 • D: 614-923-9748
www.OhioCreditUnions.org

Compliment Your Weight Loss Goals

Adding Laser Therapy To Your Weight Loss Goals Will Compliment Your Efforts

Losing weight for many women can be extremely difficult. Between fad diets, starvation, and diet pills, you probably have tried just about anything to drop those extra pounds. When none of your efforts work, you feel lost and your efforts are hopeless. You don’t know where to turn.

But what if being overweight was not entirely your fault? Are you focused on proper weight issues that need to be addressed? Are you eating the right foods? Or are you eating what society tells us are the right foods? Do you get enough sleep? Are you addicted to sugar? Do you suffer from stress? Many women focus on diet products, calories, and fat that they lose sight on the big picture. Weight issues are not always about food alone.

It is time we open up the energy channels and allow the body’s natural flow to occur. By stimulating certain pressure points on the body, you can be on your way to achieving your weight loss challenge once and for all. Laser therapy is the practice of delivering energy to acupuncture points located all over the body. Points are targeted to encourage feelings of relaxation, which can help eliminate stress and allow you to sleep better; points of addiction, which helps eliminate sugar from your diet with minimal withdrawal. Points are treated to stimulate the metabolism which enables the body to burn more calories at an accelerated rate and increase your sense of energy. Other pressure points treated include appetite control, food cravings, detoxification and much more.

When the body’s natural energy can flow properly, we are able to focus on proper nutrition making the process of weight loss more successful. Low-level laser therapy, along with proper nutrition and exercise is a perfect combination.

To find out more about our LLLT sugar detoxing, smoking cessation, and stress wellness programs call us at 440.740.1020.

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Find the Cause, Stop Suffering & Get Healthy Now!

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 1.34.37 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

Have you suffered from hormone imbalances? Do you wish you could stop hormone replacement therapy because you still do not have the energy you wish you had but you don’t have a solution? Are you taking thyroid medication but still have trouble losing weight and your energy is still low?

Certainly, I want you to know there are answers to these problems! The answers are found in the cause. If we can understand the cause of your health problems we can come up with a solution.

IT’S TRULY ABOUT FINDING THE CAUSE!

That statement may sound like common sense but ask yourself “Is your doctor is looking for the cause of your health issue?” If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, does it make sense that giving you synthetic thyroid hormone would cause your thyroid to make more hormone?

The fact is, STRESS truly does create health problems. There are multiple forms of stress we encounter every day. Stress shows up in different forms.  ere is chemical or toxicity stress from the synthetic, GMO food we eat, the water that is saturated with harmful chemicals, and even the air we breathe. Stress also exists in the form of physical stress which could be caused by slips, falls, car accident, and prolonged sitting or standing with bad posture due to the forces of gravity. And then, of course, there is emotional stress that is caused by the daily ups and downs we all face.

These stresses create a burden on our nervous system, our life source, our energy reserve. Remember, unfortunately, we do not have the ability to plug our anger into an electrical outlet in order to recharge our power. That happens via our cells ability to generate and create energy on their own.

Here is the big idea, if the burden of stress in our lives becomes too great we end up in an energy debt. Meaning, we are burning or spending more energy dealing with the stress burden than we are able to overcome. When this happens, disease, symptoms, and conditions occur.

The way we are able to help so many patients actually get better and stay healthy is by finding out exactly where and how the body is not able to function properly. We do in-depth testing through detailed blood work, nerve scans, and additional testing to discover where the body is breaking down. Based on that information, we work to restore normal function to those areas. We also help people to limit the stressful burden on the body through lifestyle coaching and proper nutritional habits.

It is a completely different way of looking at health care but it works! Don’t take my word for it, listen to our patients, watch their videos on our website!

At Advanced Health and Wellness, my goal has always been to provide the very best, more state of the art, research-based, healthcare possible. If we can understand why a problem exists, it seems to me that we should be able to find a solution. Our goal is to revolutionize health care in the way it is delivered and the results that our patients receive. If we aim to improve the health of the patient, rather than simply improve the patient’s symptoms, we can improve our healthcare outcomes during a time when the life expectancy is actually dropping.

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Why Financial Literacy Isn’t Just One Person’s Responsibility

Columbus, Ohio (June 26, 2017) Although most would agree it’s important for people to learn (preferably early) the life skills that set them up for financial success, studies consistently indicate Americans are generally not sufficiently educated about their personal finances.

Respondents in the Ohio Credit Union League’s 2016 end-of-year consumer survey strongly agree that financial literacy is essential to a child’s education. On a scale from one to five (where five is “extremely important” and one is “not important at all”), parents ranked the importance of teaching their children about finances an average of 4.6. Without a doubt, parents recognize how essential a formal financial education is for their children.

That said, when respondents were asked about how they received their financial education, an overwhelming 62.6 percent stated that they learned from experience or life lessons. Despite the widely-accepted belief that parents should play a part in teaching their children financial literacy, only 20.6 percent indicated they received financial education from their parents.

The overwhelming demand for financial literacy training and simultaneous lack of access for Ohio consumers aligns closely with national trends. And when parents fail to educate their children about finances, schools don’t always fill the gap. While the demand for financial literacy courses in high school is nationally apparent, the Council for Economic Education says only 17 states (including Ohio) require students to take classes in personal finance.

In a survey by the National Financial Educators Council about which high school-level course would have benefited participants the most, 54.1 percent stated a money management class would have been the most useful.

Despite a lack of formal education opportunities, there is a multitude of easy, convenient resources parents can leverage to put their children on the path to financial health.

  • Start now and involve the family: There is a lot of information to increase personal financial literacy that is appropriate for all ages and levels of wealth. Start now, right where you are. Use age-appropriate activities, including games and challenges to make it fun for kids, and get the whole family better educated about finances.
  • Find a personal finance app: Using a personal finance app is an easy way to put money management at your fingertips and help you stay on track with your financial plans. There are many no- and low-cost apps available to help you budget, invest, or pay bills automatically.  Check the user reviews to see what aligns best with what you’re looking for in a financial tool.
  • Take advantage of online resources:  The U.S. government sponsors www.mymoney.gov, which is dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education, including topics like buying a home, balancing a checkbook, or investing in a 401(k) plan. Additionally, with free credit union-funded resources and tools from MoneyAndStuff.info and bizkids.com, the “money talk” is the easiest talk to have with kids.
  • Consult your financial institution: According to OCUL’s survey, only 5 percent of participants received formal financial education from financial institutions. However, a majority of Ohio credit unions offer structured financial literacy programs like classes and counseling, and all of them can be counted on for trustworthy advice.

To learn about credit unions in your community and how they can help you afford life, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.

About The Ohio Credit Union League
With offices in Columbus, is a state trade association representing 290 credit unions. Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions owned and democratically-controlled by their members. Ohio credit unions provide savings, loans, and other consumer financial services to 2.81 million members. To learn more, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.

Source:
Kimberly Stewart
Manager, Public Relations
Ohio Credit Union League

10 W. Broad St., Suite 1100 │ Columbus, OH 43215
T: 800-486-2917, ext. 248 │ D: 614-923-9748
www.OhioCreditUnions.org

Taking the Doctor-Patient Relationship to Heart

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 4.24.52 PMAs healthcare changes, a sustained relationship between a patient and their primary care doctor is more important today than ever. It is a fundamental and defining characteristic of primary care medicine. Likewise, as more of our population ages and more people develop chronic illnesses, the need for individualized care has dramatically increased. Three area medical doctors, Jennifer Carandang, Sheila Rice and Rebecca Ware, are tuned in to these needs and recently launched NorthShore Primary Care to enable a closer relationship with their patients.

With locations in Avon and Westlake, Drs. Carandang, Rice and Ware are dedicated to making sure each patient receives their undivided attention and an individualized care plan to help them achieve optimal health. All three hale from the west side of Cleveland and have earned a reputation as some of the area’s most highly regarded primary care physicians. In this independent internal medicine and pediatric practice, taking the time to meet and get to know each patient is a priority. Shorter face-to-face interactions could lead to missing important symptoms, misdiagnosing illnesses, and undermining their patient relationships.

“It’s very important to me to spend time building relationships with my patients,” says Dr. Ware. “Over the years, my practice has grown to see generations of families – the parents, kids, grandparents. You get to see the connections and the history. And that’s truly what primary care medicine should be.” Dr. Ware treats a wide range of conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, mood disorders, acute illnesses, and urinary tract infections. Prior to launching NorthShore Primary Care, she served as Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Family Health Center.

Dr. Rice grew up with a strong caregiving influence. “My mom was a nurse, and I’ve known since junior high that I loved science and loved trying to help people, says Dr. Rice. “I also love the challenge that comes with getting to the bottom of a patient’s symptomatology and the satisfaction of healing them and improving their quality of life. It’s why I love what I do every day.” Long-term doctor/patient relationships are part of NorthShore’s integrated approach to care. Dr. Rice specializes in women’s health, including routine gynecologiccare. She also earned and maintains special certifi cation in menopause management. She was recipient of the 2015 Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute Outstanding Clinician award, the highest honor amongst community based internists in the system.

Dr. Carandang is dual certified in both primary care and pediatrics and trained to care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. She provides preventive care for healthy children and treats children who are injured or ill. She also specializes in childhood diseases, growth and emotional health, and treats a wide range conditions in adults including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and thyroid disorders. She has been named one of Cleveland Magazine’s Top Doctors as well as to the national Castle Connolly list of Exceptional Women in Medicine. “It’s such a joy to watch my pediatric patients as they grow,” says Dr. Carandang. “I’m happy to be a part of this practice because I simply want to be a doctor. I felt I was losing that, I was pushing too much paper. I love the feel of our office and that patients and parents can call and know who they are talking to. They trust us to do what is best for them and their children, and we take that very seriously.”

Primary care physicians are trained in the essentials of internal medicine, which incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, and effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system, and reproductive organs. These internists are trained in the diagnosis of cancer, infections and diseases affecting the heart, blood, kidneys, joints and the digestive, respiratory and vascular systems.

To make an appointment with Drs. Carandang or Rice, call the Avon office at 440.653.8091. To make an appointment with Dr. Ware in the Westlake office, call 440.250.7695. Learn more at www.northshorehealthcare.com.

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Don’t Let PAIN Keep You on the Sidelines this Summer

It’s time to get out and enjoy the Ohio sunshine again! Farmer’s Markets, gardening, fishing, golfing, biking, picnics, baseball, kayaking, swimming, and all our other favorite spring and summer activities. Often times participating in our favorite activities can cause muscle fatigue, aches and pains. Muscle tension will cause shorting of muscles and you’ll have less range of motion than normal. Now more than ever, it’s important to take care of you, to heal the tension before it causes injuries. After all, who wants to sit on the sidelines watching and not participating?

An hour of massage can do more for you than just take the pressures of the day away. Studies show that the more massages you can allow yourself, the better you’ll feel. Touch is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support.  ink of the last time you bumped your toe or had a cramping calf muscle. What did you do, rub it? The professional massage therapists at Nature’s Touch know how to apply the right kinds of techniques to muscles and joints to release tightness, cramping, spasms, and knots. Oftentimes your follow-up appointment will require a shorter session on specific regionals; working on shoulders, necks, arms, backs, or legs only rather than a whole body massage. These shorter sessions are also
effective in providing the benefits of massage by releasing your pain and making you feel great again.

Equally important as the season changes is to maintain adequate hydration. Muscles and tissues require lots of fluids as well as good wholesome nutrition to function properly and to avoid spasms and sprains. When we work or exercise hard our muscles build up lactic acid which will cause spasms or strains.  is creates those painful “knots” we often experience that can shorten our range of motion. Staying hydrated and receiving regular massage sessions this summer will help keep you moving and grooving and having some seasonal fun.

To find out more about how these therapies can help your specific problem contact Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center at (330) 721-9357,
e-mail NaturesTouch4U@aol.com or visit our website at www.NTWellnessCenter.com.

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A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.52.17 AMwww.prematurityresearch.org
For more information on how you can be part of this effort, contact
philanthropy@marchofdimes.org

Source: March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605

Kathumbi elected first African-American president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.35.14 AMCOLUMBUS, OHIO – Lisa Kathumbi, a partner in Bricker & Eckler’s Employment and Healthcare practice group, has been named president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA). Kathumbi is the first African-American president in the 25-year history of the association.

“We are incredibly proud of the work Lisa is doing with the OWBA,” said Kurt Tunnell, Bricker’s managing partner. “Our firm is known for its long history and commitment to bar service and leadership, and for groundbreaking diversity.  Lisa is continuing the tradition.”

To kick off her year as OWBA president, Kathumbi developed the programming for the 2017 OWBA Annual Meeting and Conference this month, which featured keynote speakers Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc. “We were excited to have the opportunity to welcome two Fortune 500 General Counsel who have shattered glass ceilings”, said Kathumbi. The conference theme, Critical Conversations and Courageous Leadership, tackled  some of the most significant issues facing the legal profession, including the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of leadership. In addition to Helm and Hightman, the conference included perspectives from not only local lawyers and judges, but from business and community leaders. “Our goal was to share diverse ideas, develop strategies, and continue to build capacity through collaboration,” noted Kathumbi.

A steadfast advocate for the OWBA since joining the board in 2011, Kathumbi was named the recipient of the association’s President’s Choice Award in 2014 for contributing ongoing support, energy, talent, time and vision, and for promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization and profession.

At Bricker, Kathumbi represents and counsels employers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies across jurisdictions in a broad range of labor and employment and ERISA litigation matters. Kathumbi also works with clients to navigate the legal risks of day-to-day employment decisions, and conducts litigation avoidance training and seminars. Her strong reputation has earned industry accolades, including 2014 and 2015 recognition as a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers®. In addition to her work with the OWBA, Kathumbi is a 2017 fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was recently selected as a 2017 Women WELDing the Way honoree by the Ohio Chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).

“I look forward to continuing to work with an incredibly talented board of highly accomplished attorneys and judges and I am honored and humbled to join a long list of women leaders who I admire and who have served as president of the association,” said Kathumbi.

Kathumbi earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and her M.A. from the University of Chicago.

About the Ohio Women’s Bar Association: The mission of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association is to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

About Bricker & Eckler: With offices throughout the state, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Bricker represents a wide variety of clients, with particular strength in representing health care, public sector, financial services and energy clients in Ohio and beyond. The firm has a long history of promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in an ongoing effort to reflect the communities and clients it serves.

Source: Bricker & Eckler LLP, 100 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, United States