Book Awards

Deviant Agendas won the Honorable Mention Award in the Fiction-Thriller-Legal category from Readers’ Favorites at its annual international book award contest. Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book award contests on the internet and Deviant Agendas competed with thousands of contestants from dozens of countries ranging from independent authors, NYT bestsellers, and celebrity authors. 

Deviant Agendas also received the Best Indie Book Runner-up Award at the annual Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. An event hosted by Shelf Media for best self-published or independently published books.












Professional/Philanthropic Organizations & Recognition

Katherine has won awards and acknowledgments for her professional career including; Business Insurance’s Women to Watch. This award is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry. The Award program takes place in New York, New York every December and has had such notable keynote speakers as Ashley Judd. 

The Women with Vison (Law) Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. This award is included as one of the largest annual celebrations within the Chicago legal community within over 700 judges, lawyers, and other corporate colleagues.

Katherine has received the Mercedes Mentor Award by Mercedes USA, Chicago Magazine, then Chicago’s Junior Women’s League.

Katherine was co-founder and executive committee member of Risk WorldWide LLC, and instrumental in the development of Risk WorldWide New Zealand. The New Zealand joint venture focused on the disasters of the Asia Pacific Region including the Christchurch earthquakes and Australian Cyclones. 

Katherine founded, was Chair of the Board, and ran Women for Achievement from 1996 to 2005. The non-profit corporation provided career mentors and scholarships for senior high school underserved young women to help them reach their potential and future career goals. This was a grassroots group of women and men who were passionate about empowering women and fighting for their futures. The Women for Achievement mentors and volunteers gave selflessly of their time to showcase their fields of expertise to help young women get connected in a career of their choice and to understand the real work behind the scenes in that field. 

Speeches and Presentations


Katherine has given numerous international presentations regarding topics including risk management, disaster recovery, claim management, bad faith, and insurance recovery. Her most recent trip was to Samoa to teach and exchange arbitration and mediation methods with the Samoans. Katherine 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. She also 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:


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

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



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.


Co-Chair of Corporate Counsel Compliance Forum, Chicago, Illinois.

Three Factors to Consider for International D&O Underwriting

Three Changes Affecting Directors and Officers and D&O Insurance


New Zealand Law Society: Insurance, Reinsurance and Disaster Recovery


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.


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

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



Bringing Money to the Table, Construction Litigation Leaders’ Forum. Marina Del Rey, California



Chile: Disaster Recovery After the Earthquake, Santiago Chile

Insurance Exposures and Strategies for 2010, The 2010 Annual CLM Conference. Ponte Vedra, Florida



In Chicago, Illinois Katherine gave a speech at the REBEX Regional Risk Management Conference titled “Top 10 Critical Corporate Risks – New Regulations and Changing Markets.”




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

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