Linda Bluso, J.D.

Linda Bluso contributor to the Institute for Women Wellness and Work at Ursuline College

Linda Bluso’s career experience and transitions bring a unique skill set to enterprises seeking transformative change. She is a leader well-recognized as being innovative and strategic. With vision, creativity, and problem-solving skills, Ms. Bluso has led change in law firms and in higher education. She integrates her expertise to support client transformational change initiatives, leadership transition planning and implementation for family businesses, leadership development, strategic management and collaborations, and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Bluso founded Adaptive Knowledge Institute (AKI) to assist family businesses with leadership transition planning and leadership development. AKI’s mission is to be a catalyst providing individuals and companies relevant knowledge to achieve personal, professional, and business success. Her legal and mediation skills and experience provide a practical approach to problem-solving for businesses.

From 2011-2014 she served as the Chair (Dean) of Baldwin Wallace University’s School of Business in Berea, Ohio where she set the vision and oversaw the undergraduate, graduate and Professional Development programs, all administrative aspects of the School, and taught leadership courses.

For over twenty years, Ms. Bluso had a successful legal career as a business and real estate transactional lawyer representing private and public companies, and entrepreneurs. Shortly after beginning her legal career at a large Cleveland law firm, she co-founded a law firm which grew to become one of the largest law firms in Ohio. Noted to be the first woman attorney in Ohio to be a named and founding partner of a large law firm in Ohio, she served in various leadership roles including serving as an Executive Committee member and as the firm’s Administrative Partner.

Subsequently she joined the Brouse, McDowell, Co., law firm and became the firm’s first woman to be named Partner-In-Charge of its Cleveland, Ohio office.

In addition to serving AKI clients, Ms. Bluso serves as an independent director for private companies.

Active in the broader community, she is a past chair and board member of In Counsel With Women, an organization of Northeast Ohio executive women who have achieved success at the highest levels in their respective industries. Ms. Bluso has served in many board and community leadership roles in the Greater Cleveland civic and philanthropic communities. She has received many awards and recognition for her contributions to the community.

Ms. Bluso received her J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University.