- 2008 Class
combination of Jo Ann Davidson, Betty Montgomery, The
Republican National Committee, The White House, twenty-three
Republican Women, cocktails and sixty elephants is always a
recipe for an empowering Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute's
graduation trip to Washington D.C. Below are the highlights.
Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute class of 2008 traveled
to Washington D.C. April 21, 22 and 23. We really enjoyed
the tour of the RNC Headquarters. We had our picture taken
behind the GOP anchor desk, and bookcase, and the radio microphone.
then walked to the Capitol Hill Club for a reception hosted
by The RNC for the Excellence in Public Service Series and Leadership
Institutes. At the reception, it was inspiring to meet
women from all over the country and listen to their stories
of the leadership roles they are assuming in their communities.
A few of us even heard these women speak in amazement
about Jo Ann Davidson and how they were plotting to get her
autograph. We let a few of them know that we had the inside
at the Excellence in Public Service Series Dinner, the Class
of 2008 showed their love of the Buckeye State and Betty Montgomery
as we all stood and cheered "OH - IO" while
Betty was presented with the Iron Jawed Angels Award. The
evening ended with a private gathering back at our hotel and
the presentation of 60 elephant gifts to Betty Montgomery
in honor of her 60th birthday. It only took 60 years,
and the help of the JAD Institute Class of 2008, to ensure that
Betty finally had a proper elephant collection.
a very early start on Tuesday we arrived at the White House
Fellows Office and met with Janet Slaughter. It was humbling
to hear her speak very personally and openly about how she balances
her career with the White House Fellows and her family. She
has two little boys, and one of them has Downs Syndrome. She
spoke about her first pregnancy ending in the still birth of
her child and how that has inspired her to write a book.
meeting with Janet Slaughter was followed by a luncheon hosted
by The American Beverage Association and JAD alumni, Susan Fairless.
We heard from the American Beverage Association's President, Susan
Neely. She gave us real insight about affecting public
policy and how the major beverage companies worked proactively
with the American Heart Association and the the Alliance for
a Healthier Generation to create new school beverage guidelines.
It was a great perspective from the inside.
JAD Institute Class 2008 then enjoyed a fabulous, and much anticipated,
graduation dinner in the company of Jo Ann Davidson, Betty Montgomery
and Hon. Deborah Pryce. After dinner, we toured the West
Wing of the White House. We were told that the President
was flying in that night. Upon hearing the helicopter,
a few of us, with our faces plastered against the window, saw
the helicopter land. Now we could not pick the President
out of the cluster of men sprinting towards the door, but in
our world, we saw the President of the United States.
our last day we had breakfast with Betty Southard Murphy of
Baker Hostetler. She was the only woman to serve as Chairman
of the NLRB. The trip wound down with a visit to the Small
Business Administration at the National Women's Business Council
where we spoke with our very own 2004 graduate, Kathy Eshelman.
Kathy is serving a three year term on the Council. It
was inspiring to see a JAD Institute grad doing what we all
want to do, being a leader and encouraging other women to become
trip to Washington D.C. demonstrated how empowering we, as women,
can be, not only to our communities, but to our country. Being
a lifetime member of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute
is an immeasurable honor.
2008 Class Member, Landis
The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institutes Summer
Picnic will be held on the evening of Tuesday, July 15 in the
central Ohio area.
If anyone is interested in sharing a room at the national convention
please email Diane Carnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2008 - Melanie Martin Jones made partner at Porter
2008 - The Southern Ohio GOP Chairs Association elected Diane
Carnes as Chair of the organization.