Work Life Balance


Work-Life Balance:

What does work/life balance mean to you?

OSBA Staff
Columbus, OH

​The OSBA asked some prominent Ohio women lawyers what work/life balance means to them. Here is how they replied.


"Working in a meaningful job, yet building in time for family, community, spiritual growth, and myself."

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor

The Supreme Court of Ohio


"My advice to women who ask this question is that it doesn't exist, but it is a critical aspirational goal. It is important to strive for "balance," but also to understand 1) that this quest will not be perfect, and 2) when there is time to spend with loved ones—DO IT—and do it wholeheartedly, without distraction."

Betty Montgomery

First woman Ohio Attorney General; Of Counsel, MacMurray, Peterson and Shuster; President, Montgomery Consulting Group


"Work/life balance means: what are your priorities in life and how do your balance those priorities. It is imperative that you reflect on both your career (i.e., professional development/ partnership, clientele, etc.) and personal priorities (i.e., health, family, etc.) and clearly understand where each falls."

Diem N. Kaelber

Partner at FisherBroyles LLP; President, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio


"I love working. So, I would be the first to admit that my balance is always a bit skewed to the "work" side of the scale. That said, I think it is immensely important to have some time for myself each and every day, with no cell phone, no Internet and no distractions. Finding even five minutes of quiet in the chaos of everyday life helps to keep me happy (and sane)."

Lindsay Karas Stencel

Chief Legal Counsel & Partner, NCT Ventures; Managing Principal, Lindsay Karas Stencel Law, LLC


"Before becoming Mayor, it meant creating a rhythm by which I am able to have time for the things that are most important to me without becoming harried over a long period.  Since becoming Mayor, trying to have a meal with my husband."

Paula Hicks-Hudson
Mayor of the City of Toledo

​For more resources, check out the OSBA's work-life balance page