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The 2017 Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference

July 19, 2017
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Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference
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After gaining success in her roles an executive at Charles Schwab & Company, Inc., and President & COO of E*TRADE Financial, Kathy Levinson started a new career as a strategic coach, activist and philanthropist, working for equality for the LGBTQ, women’s and Jewish communities. She established the Lesbian Equity Foundation in 2000 which seeks to transform society by building bridges across the differences that traditionally divide us. The Foundation is particularly interested in new initiatives that explore the intersections between sexual orientation, gender and Judaism as a way to bring about social justice.

Kathy Levinson has held leadership positions in organizations that are consistent with the causes that the Foundation supports, including managing director with Golden Seeds investment group, advisory board member with the Horizons Foundation and board member of the American Leadership Forum. Kathy Levinson recently spoke at two Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference (KLRC) events: Civil Rights: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? and Language and Awareness in a Changing World.

The KLRC was put together by a committee of legal professionals in Kansas with the intention of providing an innovative form of legal education through a range of speakers active in various industries. The conference was open to members of the District of Kansas Federal Bar as a complimentary benefit of membership.

Ethics and morality were a strong theme throughout the conference. Event topics explored how the law impacts underrepresented groups such as racial minorities or LGBTQ communities, and how the bankruptcy system interrelates with current racial realities. Michael Hoeflich presented on 19th-century morality as shaped by legal, economic, and Christian ethics, while Chuck Epp and Kaaryn Gustafson held an event called The Criminalization of Poverty that considered how the law may contribute to economic inequality.

In addition, the educational conference explored a range of ways the law interacts with film, art, addiction, technology, creativity, and pop culture. Kansas Bar members had the opportunity to consider their work from many different perspectives, which, the conference organizers hoped, may contribute to both individual professional growth as well as the development of the legal system in general.

BAYS Sponsors Day of Action Event

April 9, 2017

 

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Kathy Levinson, a Stanford University alumna, has held several senior executive positions within the financial services industry including at E*Trade and Charles Schwab. In addition to maintaining a variety of board memberships, Kathy Levinson is dedicated to contributing to her community and is involved with organizations such as the Bay Area Youth Summit (BAYS).

Founded in 2010, the goal of BAYS is to provide a safe platform for youth who identify as LGBTQ and those that support them and to encourage constructive dialogues and increase awareness. The first LGBTQ organization led completely by youth in the world, BAYS motivates youth to contribute to their communities by sponsoring the Day of Action event.

The Day of Action gives young people the opportunity to volunteer at a variety of LGBTQ organizations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Beyond volunteering, participants witness the day-to-day efforts being made to bring equality to LGBTQ people and hear from a number of nonprofit professionals. The day is made possible through collaborations with organizations such as the San Francisco LGBT Center and Equality California in Los Angeles.

Women Are Missing Out on the Tech Job Market Boom

March 21, 2017
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As a C Coach, Kathy Levinson provides mentoring and coaching to female entrepreneurs, non-profit executives and corporate leaders. A former president & COO of E*TRADE Financial and advisory member of tech VC-firm Illuminate Ventures, Kathy Levinson supports women in technology through organizations such as Lesbians Who Tech.

The benefits of gender diversity in both the work force and in the boardroom have an economic impact, not just an ethical one. Numerous studies by firms such as McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse Research Institute have consistently reported that gender diversity in work teams leads to increased revenues, profits, market share, and collective intelligence.

Unfortunately, while more businesses are placing a strong focus on gender diversity, the tech industry has been recording a 20-year-long decline in the number of participating women. The problem is linear, starting from college and leading all the way to the job market.

While the percentage of women attending college is higher than that of men, over the last two decades the percentage of computer science degrees awarded to women has fallen to 18 percent from 37 percent. Of the women who eventually enter the private workforce, 56 percent leave while at mid-level positions. As a result, the number of women in the US IT workforce declined from 37 percent in 1996 to 25 percent in 2010.

The tech job market is growing rapidly and it is estimated that by 2018 there will be a significant shortage in qualified tech talent. Unless a greater effort is invested in encouraging women to enter the tech world, women will continue to miss out on these significant career opportunities.

NCLR Launches the Equality Act Campaign

November 1, 2016
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National Center for Lesbian Rights
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A business consultant and board member of several organizations, Kathy Levinson uses her more than three decades of leadership experience to help entrepreneurs grow their companies. Alongside her professional pursuits, Kathy Levinson supports several nonprofit groups, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

In its efforts to advance the rights of LGBTQ people and their families, NCLR oversees a variety of programs and campaigns throughout the year. The organization recently announced the launch of its Support the Equality Act campaign, which aims to raise awareness of and congressional support for the federal Equality Act.

Currently, no federal law exists to provide comprehensive ant-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The Equality Act, which was introduced in 2015, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the categories protected from discrimination in matters of employment, education, housing, credit, and other areas. If passed, the act would ensure that LGBTQ people nationwide have the same legal protections enjoyed by other communities.

As part of its Support the Equality Act campaign, NCLR has created a toolkit that includes links to elected officials, sample letters, and social media information to help people reach government officials and voice their support for the act. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.nclrights.org/supportequality.

Lesbians Who Tech and Dev Bootcamp Send 40 Women to Coding School

October 22, 2016
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Lesbians Who Tech
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An expert in business leadership, Kathy Levinson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Stanford University. In addition to her professional career, Kathy Levinson supports many awareness groups, including Lesbians Who Tech.

Lesbians Who Tech supports the advancement of lesbians in the tech industry. The organization recently accepted applications for scholarships to send 40 women to coding school.

The scholarship recipients will study at prominent coding boot camps such as Dev Bootcamp. These schools have recently emerged as alternative paths to tech careers outside of traditional college degrees.

The boot camp programs are expensive, however, costing students an average of $11,000. Lesbians Who Tech will finance half of each student’s tuition through the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ Women.

The scholarship fund was financed through Kickstarter, with Dev Bootcamp contributing a match of $100,000 when the campaign was successfully funded. More than two-thirds of the 40 scholarship recipients are women of color, and all identify as LGBTQ.

Human Rights Commission Selects Hero Award Winners

October 12, 2016
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Kathy Levinson

A seasoned finance professional, Kathy Levinson serves as an executive coach, where she uses her experience to assist executives with strategic leadership and business strategies. Outside of her professional life, Kathy Levinson supports numerous nonprofit organizations.

Equality California Supports Key LGBT Health Issues

July 27, 2016
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Leadership and business consultant Kathy Levinson works closely with business leaders from many different sectors, focusing primarily on female and LGBT entrepreneurs. Kathy Levinson supports a number of LGBT advocacy organizations, including Equality California (EQCA).

The largest statewide LGBT civil rights organization in the United States, EQCA advocates for the health and well-being of LGBT community members in California. In terms of health care availability, members of the LGBT community display worse health outcomes and lower rates of insurance coverage than the general population. To combat these trends, EQCA sponsors programs such as Health Happens with Equality and Fair Share for Equality, which conduct public education and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.

Equality California conducts extensive work in the field of HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately affects LGBT individuals in California. Funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs has stagnated in recent years, while new instances of HIV infection in young gay and bisexual men has increased by 132 percent. Equality California works hard to fund HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiatives, particularly those focused on pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis.