Great People Spotlight: Kathryn Leins


Team Member: Kathryn Leins, audit

Team Member Since: July 2018

What’s your favorite thing to do in Austin?

Run around the lake and take my son to the Thinkery. He loves the water!

Maxwell Locke & Ritter - Kathryn Leins with her son at Thinkery

What are your favorite reads?

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr and any book by Liane Moriarty

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Anything chocolate

What’s your favorite quote?

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

What do you do to relax?

Read and travel

Where would you like to travel?


If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who should be cast as you?

Frances McDormand

What’s on your bucket list?

Swimming with humpback whales, sleeping in a castle, and fostering a dog

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A lawyer

What do you enjoy most about ML&R?

I love getting to know my clients and learning about their businesses.

What does work-life balance mean to you? How does ML&R facilitate work-life balance?

Work-life balance means having control over my schedule and being trusted to get my work done. ML&R has an environment where I can take my son to the doctor at 3:00 and log on to finish my work after he goes to bed.

Kathryn Leins with Family

What makes ML&R a “Best Place to Work”?

I work with the smartest people I have ever met! There’s always something to learn and ways to grow.

What do you enjoy about working for a locally-owned firm?

It feels good to work for a company that cares about the community, whether it’s taking care of Austin businesses or giving time and money to local nonprofits.

How has your mentor made an impact on you?

Both of my advisors, Sara and Meg, are successful women who are amazing at their jobs and are also awesome moms. It’s comforting to know that it’s possible to do well at home and at work.

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