Women's Leadership Initiative


Our Women’s Leadership Initiative fosters the development of our female attorneys at each stage of their careers.  The Initiative is a networking group that enables women at Shumaker to learn from each other, cultivating and enhancing their leadership and business development skills.  The Initiative ensures that gender diversity issues are taken into account and that women are represented in firm leadership.  By doing so, we create a positive work environment and thereby attract and retain women attorneys.

Below are photos from recent WLI events:

Toledo WLI TMA
WLI Toledo Museum of Art "Fired Up" Event - October 25, 2017

News Releases

12.06.2018Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
11.15.2018Caitlin G. Duckworth Joins Shumaker
10.31.2018Carol A. Sobczak Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.25.2018Katherine S. Decker Honored with 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
09.21.2018Mechelle Zarou Spoke at TEDxToledo Annual Conference
09.10.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Toledo Business Journal’s "Who’s Who In Toledo Area Law"
09.07.2018Mindi Richter Appointed to Chair of The First Tee of Tampa Bay Advisory Board
08.24.2018Rebecca E. Shope Delivered Keynote Address at Heidelberg University
07.06.2018Kate Decker Raised Over $70,000 to Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
05.17.2018Christina E. Disch Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
05.07.2018Janis E. Susalla Foley Appointed to Supreme Court of Ohio Commission
04.06.2018Katherine S. Decker Nominated for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year
01.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Five New Partners
01.02.2018Kelly Leahy Elected to Society for Ohio Health Care Attorneys Board
12.13.2017Dana Drew Shaw Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
10.13.2017Erica Shea Selected for Business Observer's 40 Under 40
10.05.2017Maria Del Carmen Ramos Panelist at Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers CLE Program
09.21.2017Shumaker Women’s Leadership Event Highlights Sarasota Philanthropies
09.21.2017Katherine S. Decker Recipient of Ohio State Bar Foundation Award
08.30.2017The Women Presidents’ Organization Welcomes Michele Leo Hintson as Newest Member of Prestigious Women’s Business Organization
08.16.2017April Zinober Joins Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls, Hillsborough
08.09.2017Erica Shea Named to 2018 Tampa Bay Go Red for Women Executive Cabinet  
07.26.2017Rebecca E. Shope Recipient of Heidelberg University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award
06.14.2017Jenifer A. Belt Panelist at United Way Emerging Leaders Event
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
01.16.2017Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces New Partners
12.15.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Accepting Diversity Scholarship Applications
12.09.2016Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed to Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association
11.21.2016Shumaker to Sponsor Collaborative Exhibition Between The Mint Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art
08.23.2016Shumaker Attorney Works with Pasco County Citizens and Leaders to Re-establish Commission on the Status of Women
06.22.2016Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of Ohio LGBT Ally Award
06.08.2016Cheri A. Budzynski Sworn in as President of Toledo Women’s Bar Association
06.07.2016Mechelle Zarou Inducted as Fellow of Ohio State Bar Foundation
06.03.2016Mechelle Zarou Joins Welcome Toledo-Lucas County Steering Committee and Boards of LAWO/ABLE, and Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
05.26.2016Shumaker Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2016
04.01.2016Shumaker Attorneys Co-Hosting Italian Interactive Dinner For Make-A-Wish
03.11.2016Cheri A. Budzynski Panelist at Ohio Diversity Council’s Toledo Women in Leadership Symposium
03.02.2016Erin Smith Aebel Hosts Tea Time for Fellow International Awardees
02.18.2016Erin Smith Aebel Earns International Client Service Accolade
11.30.2015Attorney Dana Drew Shaw’s Experience On and Off the Court a Slam Dunk for Shumaker
11.12.2015Christina Davidson Trimmer Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.04.2015Monica Hernandez Johnson Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick,LLP
10.27.2015Shumaker Hosts Pride Scholarship Reception
10.15.2015Yuliya V. Swaim Joins Sarasota Office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.09.2015Megan M. Stacy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
10.05.2015Rebecca E. Shope Recipient of 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
09.15.2015Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to Board of PACE Center for Girls - Pasco
08.17.2015Erin Smith Aebel to Speak at Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
08.13.2015Mary Ellen Pisanelli Appointed to University of Toledo Board of Trustees
08.12.2015Cathleen E. O'Dowd Re-Elected to the Board of Directors of the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
08.10.2015Cathleen E. O'Dowd Reappointed to Tampa's Barrio Latino Commission and Named Vice-Chair
08.06.2015Suzette M. Marteny Named to Executive Committee of American Diabetes Association's Lakewood Ranch Tour de Cure
06.10.2015Erin M. McKenney Elected to Board of Directors of The Tampa Connection
06.10.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2015
06.04.2015Jennifer G. Roeper Reappointed to The Florida Bar Immigration & Nationality Board Certification Committee
06.03.2015Jennifer G. Roeper Appointed to Advisory Board for Metropolitan Ministries Pasco County
05.06.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to be a Part of Class III of The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy
05.05.2015Robin L. Todd Recipient of 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Award
04.29.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Partner Jennifer Compton Honored for Community Leadership
04.27.2015How Rebbecca Goodall Worked Her Way Up From Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Legal Assistant to Attorney
04.24.2015Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed to Florida Bar Committee
04.13.2015Erin Smith Aebel Reappointed to Florida Bar Health Law Certification Committee
03.02.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Counsel in $1.5 Billion Common Stock Offering
02.12.2015Cheri A. Budzynski Appointed to Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee
02.12.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attends Inclusion Summit
02.10.2015Dana Drew Shaw Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
12.01.2014Neema Bell Featured in AALP Discipline Publication
09.30.2014Compton Elected Board President of Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County
09.24.2014Shumaker's Women's Leadership Initiative Hosts Networking Event and Supports Local Business
09.22.2014Rebecca E. Shope Appointed to Advisory Group for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
09.17.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Sole Lead Counsel in $1.1 Billion Common Stock Offering; Shumaker Leads Two Largest Overnight Primary Common Stock Offerings in 2014
09.16.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Sponsors Toledo Women's Bar Association's Fall Kick-Off Luncheon
09.15.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Hosting Ohio Women's Bar Association CLE Seminar
09.09.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP to Host the Toledo Women's Bar Association's Salute to the Judiciary
09.04.2014Erin M. McKenney Accepted into Provisional Junior League Class for 2014-2015
08.25.2014Erin Smith Aebel Wins 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award in Legal Services Category
08.22.2014Michele Leo Hintson Becomes Certified Circuit Court Mediator
07.30.2014Michele Leo Hintson Named Chair of Community Advisory Board of the Leadership Council of Junior League of Tampa
07.23.2014Erin Smith Aebel Finalist for 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Award
07.15.2014Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to Latino American Who's Who
06.13/2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2014
06.05.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Counsel in $1.0 Billion Common Stock Offering
06.05.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Recipient of TWBA Family Friendly Award
05.30.2014Cheri A. Budzynski Selected for Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015
05.12.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Sponsors Chamber Women of Influence Luncheon
02.11.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Celebrates Philanthropic Efforts of Attorneys
11.13.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Stetson Law Celebrate Diversity in the Legal Community on October 22, 2013
10.28.2013Jenifer A. Belt Recipient of “2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Ohio” Award
10.23.2013Rebecca E. Shope Panelist at Heidelberg University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Program
07.08.2013Kelly Zarzycki Andrews Joins Women Presidents' Organization
06.28.2013Vanessa Goodwin Named to Lawyers of Color's Hot List 2013
06.20.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Recipient of Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum
06.06.2013Sharon M. Fulop Recipient of "Ohio Glass Ceiling Award"
01.23.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Serves as Special Counsel in $3.4 Billion Real Estate Investment Trust Acquisition
09.28.2012Shumaker's Charlotte Office Recipient of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys' Award



Events and Presentations

10.17.2018United Way's Women's Initiative: Pursuing Inspiration
09.27.2018Toledo Women's Bar Association Kickoff Luncheon
08.17.2018Toledo Pride
07.19.2018Diversity Committee Luncheon
03.28.2018YWCA: Milestones for Women
01.15.2018Martin Luther King Day Luncheon
11.01.2017"Women, Wine and Wealth: Mind, Body & Soul"
10.25.2017"Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists" Networking Event
10.18.2017United Way's Women's Initiative "Pursuing Inspiration"
09.20.2017Ohio State Bar Association: District 4 Annual Meeting
09.13.2017Toledo Women's Bar Association: 2017 Kick-Off Luncheon
07.18.2017Marathon Classic LPGA "Women’s Summit"
05.25.2017Toledo Women's Bar Association: Annual Meeting
05.18.2017Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo “Toledo Ladies for the Clubs Luncheon”
02.25.2017Junior League of Toledo:  Inspire Toledo
04.15.2016Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo "Toledo Ladies for the Clubs Luncheon"
03.10.2016YWCA Milestones: A Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon
03.02.2016"Branding: Becoming Visible and Importance of Self," Ohio Diversity Council
11.10.2015"Women, Wine and Wealth: Managing Stress"
11.05.2015Professional Women's Network Kick-Off Event - "Bubbles and Baubles"
10.21.2015Wine Tasting Networking Event
09.28.2015Women Leaders in Healthcare Law Conference
06.12.20152015 NALP/ALFDP Diversity and Inclusion Summit
05.29.2015"Flextime on a Partnership Track"
04.23.2015WLI Spring Mixer
03.10.2015"Women, Wine and Wealth: Health Edition"
02.18.2015WLI Lunch & Learn
10.15.2014"Women, Wine & Wealth - Workplace Edition"
09.24.2014Women's Leadership Initiative Networking Event
05.14.2014"Women, Wine & Wealth"
05.08.2014"Woman to Woman" Luncheon
02.24.2014"Black History Month Luncheon"
11.7.2013"OWBA 'Giving Back Statewide Event'"


For more information on our commitment to diversity and our policies and procedures, please contact Michele Leo Hintson or Rebecca E. Shope.