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Katy Smith
Columbus CEO

Welcome to Diverse Leaders in Law, a series of forums hosted by Columbus CEO magazine with support from sponsors Barnes & Thornburg and Frost Brown Todd.

Columbus CEO is convening leaders in the legal industry to advance diversity in the profession at a critical time.

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Diverse Leaders in Law offers thought leadership on diversity and gender equity in the industry; shares actionable steps for firms in advancing women, Black professionals and other underrepresented groups; and examines timely legal trends and topics through the lens of gender and racial equity.

Diverse Leaders in Law: Amplifying the Mental Health Conversation

1-2 p.m. July 7 on Zoom

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Those in the legal profession endure long hours, high expectations and tough competition, on top of supporting clients who are sometimes desperately in need of their services. It's no surprise mental health is a concern, with a recent industry survey finding an alarming 19 percent of respondents —and 31 percent of diverse attorneys — had contemplated suicide.

In this conversation, a panel of legal industry experts talks about reducing the stigma around mental health struggles and how to support your colleagues, especially attorneys of color, who experience significantly greater rates of depression and thoughts of suicide.

Guest Moderator: Jocelyn Armstrong, director of inclusion and outreach, Ohio State Bar Association


  • Jeremy Reidy, partner, Barnes & Thornburg (sponsor)    
  • Frank Carson, partner, Frost Brown Todd (sponsor)
  • Lindsay Karas Stencel, partner and Columbus co-chair, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Initiative, Thompson Hine
  • Chante Meadows, MSW, LISW-S, founder of Meadows Counseling Group
  • Shalini Goyal, associate, Jones Day, and treasurer, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio

Previous Diverse Leaders in Law forums

Diverse Leaders in Law: How to fight racism pro bono featuring Michael Battle, partner and pro-bono chair, Barnes & Thornburg; Yaz Ashrawi, member, Frost Brown Todd; Janay Stevens, partner, Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease; Diane Menashe, partner, director of litigation training & pro bono activities, Ice Miller

Diverse Leaders in Law: Big ideas to help women advance in law featuring Jane Higgins Marx, managing partner, Carlile Patchen & Murphy; Katrina Thompson, partner, Barnes & Thornburg; and Ashley Oliker, member, Frost Brown Todd

LGBTQ+ update: Life at work, civil rights and the legal landscape in Ohio featuring Dawn Rosemond, firm diversity partner, Barnes & Thornburg; Michael Coleman, partner-in-charge of government law, Ice Miller; Kelly Livingston, assistant vice president, senior counsel, CIB technology, JPMorgan Chase

Advancing diversity in law: There's still work to be done featuring Liza Kessler, partner-in-charge, Columbus office, Jones Day; Janica Pierce Tucker, partner-in-charge, Columbus office, Taft Law; Traci Martinez, deputy managing partner, Columbus, Squire Patton Boggs; Victoria Beckman, chair of the Latin America desk, Frost Brown Todd (sponsor); and Holly Heer, lead, community development tax finance group, Barnes & Thornburg (lead sponsor).

Here's how law firms can break down racial and gender barriers to making partner featuring Yvette McGee Brown, global partner-in-charge of diversity, inclusion and advancement, Jones Day; Terri Meldrum, senior vice president and general counsel, OhioHealth; David Paragas, partner, Barnes & Thornburg; and Jennifer Readler, member, Frost Brown Todd.

Diversity, equity and inclusion—where do I start? featuring Jocelyn Armstrong, director of inclusion and outreach, Ohio State Bar Association; Kim Amrine, director of diversity and inclusion, Frost Brown Todd; Stephen Francis, president and lead strategist, Franchise D&I Solutions; and Kelly Atkinson, diversity and inclusion coordinator, Barnes and Thornburg.

George Floyd, one year later: Why getting "back to normal" doesn't sound like a good idea to many featuring Dawn Rosemond, firm diversity partner, Barnes & Thornburg; Michael Coleman, partner-in-charge of government law, Ice Miller; and Kelly Livingston, assistant vice president, senior counsel, CIB technology, JPMorgan Chase.