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

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