Smokeball President Jane Oxley Named to Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders for 2018

//Smokeball President Jane Oxley Named to Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders for 2018

Last month, Smokeball’s President, Jane Oxley, was named one of Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders for 2018.  This prestigious award and recognition is yet another in the deluge of culture-focused workplace honors collected by Smokeball this summer.  Smokeball was also recently named one of Built In Chicago’s “11 Chicago tech companies where you can shine,” and Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces.  This latest recognition of Smokeball’s leadership further exemplifies Smokeball’s ongoing efforts to pursue innovation, diversity, and great company culture contemporaneously.  For Smokeball, working towards one does not preclude all other important goals and values.

Jane’s award comes from Diversity MBA, “a national leadership organization integrating diversity and inclusion with talent management,” according to its July 17 press release on the topic.  The organization curates Diversity MBA Magazine, where Jane and her 99 colleagues will be featured in a Fall issue.  Diversity MBA’s press release went on to outline the criteria for inclusion: “The honorees go through a screening process before they are selected by Diversity MBA. The process is rigorous because more than 90 percent qualify. Fortune 1000 companies and other organizations take great care in identifying their leaders for submission. The nomination alone represents achievement and distinction for a lifetime.”

This award surely takes Jane back to the early days of Smokeball and building the business from scratch in a new country and city after spending much of her career in Australia.  To make this list of talented executives less than seven years since those nascent days is quite an accomplishment and speaks to her and her team’s hard work each day. As Jane noted after winning Inc. magazine’s award earlier this summer, “caring about each other, our clients, our work helps us create this environment and also to create a beautiful product and service for our clients. It’s win-win!”  

Her passion has certainly spilled over into the entire company she helped create.  “The award is an amazing accomplishment and not wholly unexpected,” commented Becky Bloom, Smokeball’s Partnership Manager who works closely with Jane each day to build Smokeball’s relationship with the legal technology industry.  “Jane loves where she works and what she does, and it’s obvious to everyone in the company,” she added.

Jane will formally receive her award during Diversity MBA’s 12th Annual Elite Business Leaders Conference & Awards Gala on September 19th and 20th in Chicago.  To learn more about Smokeball, it’s culture, and its product, visit our Smokeball Blog.

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By |September 4th, 2018|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.