Features Region: Midwest

Kristin Keltner – Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Imagine riding on a horse through fields of vast Indiana farmland, then slipping into a comfortable 1920 Ford Model T, where the horses under the hood make for a much smoother ride—until you drive over a pothole. In 1934, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance came up with a solution for such unfortunate moments, Kristin Keltner says. […]

Ken LeCroix – General Motors

Quite the ambitious agenda Ken LeCroix is part of at General Motors: zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. But as an executive attorney, part of a new and unique in-house team, he doesn’t think this vision is pie in the automotive sky. “Charging stations are sprouting nationwide,” LeCroix reminds Vanguard in May. Over time, changes […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

Kate Mahan – United Federal Credit Union

Her employer having four focuses, Kate Mahan is immersed in all, with something called process excellence at the top of the list. It being a most general focus, process excellence can be anything and everything, but whatever it is on a given day, it’s likely to involve Mahan collaborating with other departments at United Federal […]

Krishna Walker – CareVet

They’re among the last bastion of independent businesses in the U.S., providing care for four-legged, furry family members in cities, towns and regions large and small. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated in a 2017 report that of the 28,000 to 32,000 veterinary practices in the U.S., about 3,500 are owned by larger companies. However, […]

Kamau Coar – Heidrick & Struggles

A pivotal year 2020 was indeed. One marked by, among other happenings, so many companies playing catch-up on the diversity and inclusion fronts. It’s long overdue, Kamau Coar observes from his office at Heidrick & Struggles in downtown Chicago. But as this general counsel and corporate secretary for a global executive search and leadership advisory […]

Kevin Kuznicki – Jason Group

Kevin Kuznicki’s legal career was routinely forged through trial-by-fire episodes from the start. But in living to tell the tale, he gained experience, valuable lessons and confidence while working for Fortune 500 companies and weathering a slew of unusual circumstances over 28 years Following that first year, he supported the company as its only in-house […]

Karen Wilkinson – Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.

It was such a promising beginning, being a young, newly married woman with a baby on the way and being accepted into Mitchell Hamline School of Law back in 1998, Karen Wilkinson remembers. But then life took a dramatic turn—for the worse. Having delayed her enrollment in law school for two years to take care […]

Kevin Dineen – LasikPlus

There was a time when Kevin Dineen plied his legal and business skills for an enterprise that provided eyeglasses. Stylish and quality specs too, Luxottica Group’s extensive offerings including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and around a score more. Since 2017, however, Dineen can joke that he’s changed sides, opting for a company that […]

Kate Proctor – Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

When Kate Proctor sat down with the CEO of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in 2014 to discuss becoming the organization’s first in-house counsel, her commitment was far from set in stone. Her private practice career was thriving, and besides, she was already serving as Seasons’ dedicated outside counsel. After a three-hour conversation, buoyed by […]

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