Bea Wolper '78 Receives International Women's Forum Award

Bea Wolper '78

Columbus-area lawyer, mentor, and women’s advocate Beatrice (Bea) Wolper '78 received the Women Who Make a Difference award presented by the International Women’s Forum at the IWF World Leadership Conference on October 18, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. Bea is co-founder, advisory board member and Women in Family Business peer group facilitator at the Conway Center for Family Business in Columbus, Ohio. She is also managing partner of Emens & Wolper Law Firm LPA in Columbus. The Women Who Make a Difference award is presented each year in recognition of women around the world who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities that have advanced opportunities for women, and promoted better leadership for our world.

Ms. Wolper has practiced law in Central Ohio for more than 32 years, with an emphasis on family-owned business and women business owners; estate planning and wealth transfer; outside general counsel to privately held businesses; and oil and gas law and acquisitions. She is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” in the Corporate Law category.

Ms. Wolper has been elected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and was named a YMCA Woman of Achievement in Central Ohio. She serves as the Ohio president of the International Women’s Forum, was the founder and president of the Women’s Business Board, and is a board member of the Conway Family Business Center. Ms. Wolper also served on the State of Ohio Oil and Gas Board of Review, and the Wexner Director’s Circle Council Board. Ms. Wolper is also a member of the Columbus Foundation Legal Advisory Board.

Ms. Wolper is a frequent author and lecturer on estate planning, wealth transfer, family owned business issues and acquisitions. With her colleague Dick Emens, she authored two editions of Family Business Basics: The Guide to Family Business Financial Success and her views on business practices and law are widely published in regional and national business and legal journals. She teaches courses on entrepreneurship and succession planning at Ohio Dominican University and for the Ohio State Bar Association.

Ms. Wolper graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and earned her J.D., cum laude, from NKU Chase College of Law.