Celebrate Women Conference Keynote Speaker Named

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A newly appointed Ohio Supreme Court justice will be the keynote speaker for this year's Celebrate Women conference at Ohio University's Pickerington Center.

Justice Judith L. French is the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. Governor John Kasich appointed her on January 1, 2013.

Justice French served at the Tenth District Court of Appeals before being appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

"I am really looking forward to hearing Judi French. She seems to have a good sense of humor," said Pam Kaylor, conference co-chair. "I've heard her call herself 'Judge Judi'. She's a local judge and I'd really like to hear more about her new position as Ohio Supreme Court Justice."

This year's conference theme is "Generations of Women Moving Forward."

"We want to honor those women who came before us. This is both a time to reflect on how far women have come and examine the past and present accomplishments of women-for all ages," said Kaylor. "We can learn a great deal by examining the past-such inspirational and valuable stories of challenge and success. At the same time, we can use this knowledge to recognize the challenges that lay ahead for our daughters."

This year's opening remarks will be made by Janet Carleton who is a digital initiatives coordinator at Ohio University Libraries in Athens.

She will talk about the digital project she is working on to preserve the diary of Ohio University's first female graduate, Maggie Boyd.

The conference will be held on March 22.