2009-2010 Events

Conversation with Dan Sandman ’73, General Council US Steel

October 6, 2009

“General Counsels and Business Leadership”


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October 20, 2009 In December 1914, legendary Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton and 27 men sailed aboard a wooden vessel to become the first to cross the Antarctic continent. Forty-five days after their departure, disaster struck. Facing unimaginable challenges with astonishing good cheer, Shackleton and his crew returned, without loss of life, after 634 days in the Frozen South. […]

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January 21, 2010 Professor Nancy Hardin Rogers, former Ohio Attorney General and former Dean of the Moritz College of Law, discussed challenges in the public sector with a small group of leadership students.

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January 29, 2010 Led by Beth Flynn from the OSU Leadership Center, the “Cultivating Creativity” workshop gave leadership students an opportunity to step outside of the classroom and develop their creativity in an interactive learning environment.

Dean’s Roundtable with John Lowe ’98, CEO of Jeni’s Ice Cream

February 10, 2010

John Lowe, Moritz class of 1998, CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream since July, 2009.  Jeni’s Ice Cream has five stores throughout central Ohio and sells its product wholesale to restaurants.  Jeni’s Ice Cream is known for their artesian quality desserts and unique flavors such as Salty Caramel, Bourbon Buttered Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Peppermint.

John was an attorney for GE Aviation in Cincinnati prior to his appointment as CEO of Jeni’s.  Prior to joining GE, John practiced law in Columbus, Ohio, where he was twice named a “Rising Star” in the Cincinnati Magazine’s “Ohio Super Lawyers” and was a recipient of Business First Magazine’s “40 Under 40″award. John has worked with the Student Leadership Intern Program, KidsVoting, Junior Achievement and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. He has been active with United Way, having Co-Chaired the Central Ohio Young Leadership Group, United Way’s most successful YLG organization with over 1,000 young professionals each donating over $2,500 annually. He is a graduate of Leadership Columbus, Class of 2003.

Lowe earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.


Dean’s Roundtable with Liza Kessler, Partner-In-Charge, Jones Day Columbus

February 11, 2010

Elizabeth Kessler, Moritz Class of ’93, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day Columbus Office

Liza has extensive experience in complex litigation with a particular focus on nationwide product liability cases. Her experience includes defending manufacturers of products such as cigarettes, recreational vehicles, paints, and chemicals. She appears in state and federal courts throughout the United States and coordinates the defense for clients with co-defendants in joint defense groups.

Liza’s experience covers legal issues including conspiracy laws, public and private nuisance, medical monitoring, duty to warn, class actions, preemption, and liability from trade association activities. She works with a wide range of experts such as toxicologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, historians, economists, marketing and advertising professionals, oncologists, radiologists, and industrial hygienists.

She has defended The Sherwin-Williams Company in public nuisance suits brought by various governmental entities and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in smoking and health litigation including medical recoupment suits by various state attorneys general and in class actions. She was also lead defense counsel in a case alleging birth defects in an employee’s offspring from a chemical workplace exposure that resulted in a defense summary judgment verdict that was upheld on appeal.

She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation. Liza is actively involved in the community including serving on nonprofit boards such as The Ohio State University Medical Center board and the WexnerCenter for the Arts Foundation.


Dean’s Roudtable with Donald Leach, Managing Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl

February 18, 2010

Donald Leach, ’82, Managing Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl Columbus Office

Donald B. Leach, Jr. is the Managing Partner of the Columbus office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Construction Practice Group where his practice focus is on construction-related contracting, disputes and business matters.

Mr. Leach has extensive experience representing owner/developers and contractors in prosecuting and defending all types of construction lien, contract and bond cases on both public and private projects He also has extensive experience drafting contracts tailored to clients’ specific needs. He assisted in the drafting of Ohio’s mechanics’ lien law and is a frequent presenter on that law and other construction topics.

Mr. Leach serves as General Counsel to the Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Ohio Chapter and the Ohio Structural Steel and Architectural Metals Association. He is the former President of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and received that organization’s highest award, the Cornerstone Award, in 2003. In addition, Mr. Leach just completed service as President of City Council and Mayor of Upper Arlington, Ohio.

In November, 2009 Mr. Leach was appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the Ohio Board of Building Standards, which establishes Ohio’s building codes and certifies and regulates building officials and departments throughout the state.


Conversation with Janet Jackson, President, United Way of Central Ohio

March 9, 2010

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April 9, 2010 As a new employee who may not be at the top of the ladder, how do you influence change and institute new projects? How do you engage people and lead a team? Using interactive activities and team exercises, Barbara Brahm lead participants in this practical workshop that prepared students for real-world situations. She introduced tips […]