International attorney to speak

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society will present a talk by international lawyer Catherine Vernon in the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., at 7 p.m., Aug. 4.

The talk supports the society’s current exhibit, “Journeys: Intrepid Women of Shelby County.” It is free and open to the public.

Vernon, a Sidney native and 1976 graduate of Sidney High School, has been an international corporate attorney for several major ompanies, including Philips and Formica and has traveled in more than 45 countyries.

She resides in Sarasota, Florida, from where she provides management and governance consulting services to local and international nonprofit organizations. Some of her recent projects include serving as executive director of Sarasota’s symphonic chorus and orchestra, in which she also sings; governance and merger consultant for a water filter manufacturer in the central mountain region of the Dominican Republic; program expansion consulting for a northern Dominican Republic nonprofit providing hospitality service and other after-school training programs for at-risk girls; and geographic expansion planning for an anti-human trafficking organization that rescues women and girls in the Sarasota-Tampa area. In February 2015 she traveled to Cuba as part of a delegation from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law to meet with judges and lawyers on rule-of-law issues, and she recently participated in an ABA delegation to the United Nations to meet with various UN deputy secretaries for briefings and discussions on issues important to the U.S. legal community.

Vernon obtained her Bachelor of Arts in economics and international studies from Miami University and her Juris Doctor in international law from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

In Sidney, her presentation will include discussion of various women in history who have served as examples to her of “intrepid women,” as well as her own experience with leadership.

Staff report