I’ve been named a Super Lawyer by the National Law Journal for multiple years, received awards for my philanthropic and professional work, am an award winning author of legal thriller Deviant Agendas. I also sit on the Board of a Mutual Fund, and am a partner at a law firm and co-founder of an international consulting company. I earned my MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business studying in Singapore, Barcelona and Chicago. I earned my Juris Doctorate with high honors at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.
I am on a mission to empower, educate and promote women in the forward movement of their careers and life choices. I have appeared on domestic and international television, numerous radio shows, and spoke on various topics in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and numerous locations throughout the United States. I’ve had the opportunity to give numerous international presentations regarding topics including risk management, disaster recovery, claim management, bad faith, and insurance recovery. My most recent trip was to Samoa to teach and exchange arbitration and mediation methods with the Samoans. I gave many presentations in Australia after cyclones damaged its coastal properties and businesses, and in New Zealand after the earthquakes that destroyed Christchurch on the South Island. I presented in Germany on risk management, and in Chile after the devastation to Santiago from a series of earthquakes

The following are a representative sample of her speeches/presentations:

  • Founder of Pivot 2 Power: virtual and in-person career-focused promotion, education and networking of women from around the world.

    Visit: Pivot 2 Power

    Speaker at Pivot 2 Power virtual events with speakers from around the world on topics including Entrepreneurs, Marketing and Branding, Career Movement and Negotiation Techniques for Your Career and Business.

    Board, Executive Committee Member and Program Chair of the charted institute of Arbitrators North American Branch launching its October webinar series regarding technology and ADR.

    "Expert" panel member on the Charted Institute of Arbitrators North American Branch webinar regarding COVID-19 and insurance for business interruption.

    2020

  • Private Agendas published. Second book in KSD’s legal thriller series The V-Files.

    Co-chair, along with the former Ambassador to New Zealand, for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators NAB's Capacity Sharing Program traveling to Samoa to teach and exchange cultural information about international arbitration and mediation.

    Book signing in Denver Colorado.

    Speaker in Samoa as Vice-Chair of coalition of US arbitrators lead by Ambassador Huebner (R) to Samoa for educational and cultural exchange on arbitration and mediation.

    2019

  • Deviant Agendas receives a number of awards from Readers’ Favorite.

    2017

  • Deviant Agendas published. First book in KSD’s legal thriller series The V-Files.

    Speaker at University of Chicago Booth School of Business for Graduate Women in Business on The Use of Mentors and Communication to Reach Your Goals.

    Co-chair of Corporate Council Compliance Forum, Chicago, Illinois. Three factors to consider for International D&O Underwriting. Three changes affecting directors and officers and D&O Insurance.

    2016

  • New Zealand Law Society: Insurance, Reinsurance and Disaster Recovery.

    Australia: Numerous presentations along the Gold Coast regarding Cyclone damage and insurance recovery from 2012-2014.

    2014

  • Katherine was a panel speaker in New Zealand with CEO of NZ Insurance Council discussing issues surrounding seismics in the city, when a city rises - looking forward, clearing the decks, designing the future, laying the foundations.

    2013

  • Germany: Preparing for and responding to disasters caused by acts of nature, UIA 56th congress, Dresden, Germany.

    NZ (New Zealand) television appearance: Discussion of insurance coverage on business interruption claims for Christchurch earthquakes. Christchurch, New Zealand.

    2012

  • Bringing money to the table, construction litigation leaders' forum. Marina Del Rey, California.

    2011

  • The 10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me, published. A motivational book for women containing advice and funny stories to motivate through career and life.

    Chile: Disaster recovery after the earthquake, Santiago, Chile. Insurance exposures and strategies for 2010, the 2010 annual CLM Conference. Ponte Vedra, Florida.

    2010

  • In Chicago, Illinois Katherine gave a speech at the REBEX Regional Risk Management Conference titled "Top 10 Critical Risks - New Regulations and Changing Markets."

    2009

  • Received Business Insurance Women to WatchAward, New York, New York.

    2008

  • Co-Founder of Risk Worldwide International Consulting Group.

    At DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, Katherine gave a speech titled "Strategic Risk Management: Creating and Protecting Value (Corporate)."

    2007

  • Named Independent Trustee to Board of Oberweis Asset Management and continue to serve as Trustee, Chair of Nominating Committee and Member of Audit Committee.

    2005

  • MBA received from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Studied in Singapore, Spain and USA. Recognized as top negotiator.

    2003

2015 - 2016

Named Super Lawyer by National Law Journal

2011 - 2015

Open Risk Worldwide Asia Pacific office in New Zealand Offices. Begin four years of travel between New Zealand, Australia and the US to launch international business.

2010 - 2013

Named Super Lawyer by National Law Journal

2005 - 2007

Named Super Lawyer by National Law Journal

1997 - 1999

Women With Vision (Law) Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois for work mentoring women in their careers.

1996 - 2007

Founded Women for Achievement: President and Chair of the Board of this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to providing career mentors and scholarships to high-school women to help them find their career paths.

1997 - 1999

Mercedes Mentor Award by Mercedes USA, Chicago Magazine and Chicago Junior Women’s League for work mentoring women in their careers.