Linda Bluso receives award from Cleveland Plain Dealer editor Debra Adams Simmons. Photo courtesy of the Girls Scouts of North East Ohio.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Honors BW's Linda Bluso

Linda Bluso, chair of Baldwin Wallace University's Division of Business Administration, was recognized by the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio as a Woman of Influence at a ceremony on September 8, 2011. This prestigious award honors exemplary leaders who continue to advance the status of women and who serve as mentors to girls, promote leadership by fostering self-confidence, and aspire to leave a lasting legacy with the next generation of leaders.

"These women exemplify not only leadership skills, but also inspire, motivate and give back to our community," Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, said.

When Bluso learned that she was a recipient of this year's award, she was honored and humbled to receive this recognition from the Girl Scouts, an organization that has been providing girls with character-building experiences and leadership training for 100 years.

"To be honored as a woman of influence by the Girl Scouts is absolutely overwhelming to me," Bluso said. "It gives me a sense of pride to know that I can be a role model to the young women who will be our future leaders. I would say to any girl who wants to have a profession or have a career, it is reachable. Never give up and always have a dream," she said.

The Girl Scout Award is just one of many that Bluso has received recently. Her transition from courtroom to classroom at BW is outlined in the cover story of the September issue of Cleveland Business Connects. This past summer, she was awarded the YWCA Greater Cleveland's 2011 Women of Achievement Award for her exemplary leadership qualities. The YMCA's award is given to outstanding women who demonstrate excellence, accomplishments and commitment in their careers and communities.

Smart Business Cleveland named Bluso as one of the top-five women executives and she is featured in the Corporate Law section of Best Lawyers 2011. She also was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business, an honor presented to the top one percent of northeast Ohio attorneys, and she was named COSE's 2007 Volunteer of the Year.

In addition to her role at Baldwin Wallace, Bluso is Of Counsel with Brouse McDowell, Co. LPA. Prior to BW, she was partner-in-charge of Brouse McDowell's Cleveland office, which she served for the past five years. Also, she served for 19 years as one of the named and founding partners of the law firm formerly known as Buckley, King & Bluso. Bluso graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland State University, where she earned her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1982.

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