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.