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These are busy days for those involved with the Ohio Leadership Institute!  I am excited about being able to be much more involved with the Washington, DC trip this year for the first time since 2004.  Realizing that this fall will mark the beginning of our tenth class is very rewarding.  When we first started, no one knew whether this effort to engage Republican women in leadership training would be successful.  Now our statistics of 154 Institute grads representing 46 counties speak for themselves.
With the help and encouragement of so many of you, we are working to expand our website, promoting social networking for our members, actively recruiting members for the new class (and we are working on those counties where we have not yet had a participant) and planning our annual educational program in November when we will also have the opportunity to celebrate our tenth class.
I am so proud of all of you!
Jo Ann


Next week we are off to Washington DC with the ninth Institute class. It will be, as all prior class trips have been, a whirlwind of activity and, we hope, education. We have worked hard these past years, with 154 wonderful women passing through our program and into the world of politics and possibility. We hope we have opened a few doors and, at the same time, opened eyes to the talents and opportunities we all have.

This fall we will mark the very special TENTH year in operation, honoring the Institute with a membership dinner that we hope you will all attend. We hope to make it a grand celebration of the Institute--and, most importantly, YOU. Watch for a separate announcement of the dinner which is tentatively scheduled for November 12. You won't want to miss it!


The Davidson Institute Board met in March and discussed ways to promote and encourage Ohio Republican women to apply for membership, and the tuition fee.  The good news is the tuition fee will remain at $300 for the coming year and be re-evaluated in one-year.  Additional good news is an expanded mailing to Republican leaders throughout the state will be sent soon announcing the June 30th deadline for all 2009 applications. 
In our 10th Anniversary Year, The Davidson Institute encourages women from each county aspiring to leadership positions in the public sector or political organization to apply for this specialized training.  Reach out today and encourage someone you know in your county to click onto www.jadleadershipinstitute.com for the 2009 Application.   A win-win for you and her!

The Program Committee reaches out each year for hosts to sponsor monthly class sessions.  This year is no exception and The Institute is gratefully appreciative to the following people for their support:

Elise Spriggs
Darnita Bradley
Sereana Howard Dresbach
Maggie Neely
Kevin DeWine
Susan Fairless
Kegler Brown Hill and Ritter
Columbia Gas of Ohio
Ohio Farm Bureau
County Commissioners Assoc. of OH
Ohio Republican Party
Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Class Preparing for The Hill - April 28, 29 & 30th
The 2009 class is packing their bags and getting ready for their trip to The Hill on in April 28, 29 & 30th.  Meetings with congressional and business leaders are scheduled in addition to a forum being organized by the Excellence in Public Service Series. 
Sixteen women will be joining the Membership of The Institute upon the completion of this year’s program.  Thanks to Board Member Susan Fairless the Program Committee has a great number of educational programs confirmed.  Thanks also to Cong. Tiberi’s office staff for assisting The Institute with arrangements. 

WiBN Leadership Conference - June 17th, Dayton OH
The Women in Business Networking Leadership Conference will be held June 17, 2009 at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH. This conference will inspire and challenge business women to take action as leaders. Attendees can expect to receive tools and ideas to help on their way, no matter what stage in their life. Women CEOs, business owners, executives and business leaders will find peers and a shared camaraderie within the group.
Click here for more information.

Dora Pruce
(2004 class) - After 5 wonderful years of working for Senator Voinovich as his District Director for Cleveland, Dora took a new opportunity in November, 2008 (before he made his announcement that he would not seek another term in 2010) as the Director of Government and Community Relations at John Carroll  University.  She is enjoying her new responsibilities more and after a 5 year hiatus from the Statehouse, is back in the halls of the Capitol.
Her new contact information is below:
w: 216-397-4565 • c:  216-385-4562 • h:  440-602-9423
email:  pruce29@yahoo.com or dpruce@jcu.edu

Jan Hills (2005 class), Reynoldsburg Chamber of Commerce President, was named 2008 Professional of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio during their 2009 Winter Conference in Columbus February 19.
View entire article here.





Jill Thompson and Kathy Eshelman (2004 class) attended a
reception at the Governor's Residence and were asked to serve on the host committee for the 2010 Ohio Women's Summit. The event will be called Momentum 2010. Jill and Kathy are pictured with Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland.
Click here for more information on the Ohio Women's Summit

Thursday, June 25

Board Meeting – 4:30 p.m.
Summer Picnic for Members - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 1
Board Meeting only - 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 16
Orientation/First Class Day - 6 p.m. dinner
Thursday, November 12
Board Meeting - 11:30 a.m.
Continuing Education Program - 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Don’t forget that the deadline for applications for next year’s Institute class is June 30, 2009.   Please refer prospective candidates to our website at www.jadleadershipinstitute.com.  Applications can be downloaded on the website which also includes a great deal of information which might be of interest to candidates who want to know more about our program.

You are our Best Recruiters!
Encourage Quality Women to Apply!