Chief Strategy Officer & New Ventures Officer; President of Safety Services
Katie’s history of leadership features a dual-focus perspective in promoting member education and spearheading action to impactfully achieve enterprise results. She is also a true safety services program champion. As President of the Wisconsin Safety Council, she led the chapter in earning five national awards for excellence in service execution, training, and revenue generation.
Prior to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Katie served as CFO and COO of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, as well as President of their Insurance and Safety Services Units. In this capacity she transformed a faltering insurance operation into one of the organization’s most valuable member programs, secured funding needed for the Safety Council, and strengthened operational and program efficiencies. Prior to this, she held the Managing Director of Finance and Operations position at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Katie’s drive to envision and actualize new possibilities to fuel organizational growth and continuous improvement has remained a constant throughout her career.
Katie’s current focus at the Florida Chamber is on integrating initiatives from the six-year Strategic Plan into existing priorities, programs, and entities to ensure seamless execution, while maintaining brand integrity. This includes launching of a state-wide Safety Council, with elements such as a comprehensive study of Florida’s current safety status, private and public organizational safety training programs, a state-wide annual safety conference, expansion of The Institute for a Safer Florida, and development of a Safety Advisory Board.
Katie earned her MBA and MS in Accountancy at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her MBA included a concentration in Corporate Management. Katie’s earlier employment background includes positions in financial advising, financial management, and business management. She has always been highly active in regional and national affiliations, as well as in community activities. This includes membership on the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Emerging Leadership Board, Dane County YMCA Board, and in the Doyenne Group. Katie was a charter-founding member of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Southcentral, Inc. She’s also a member of the National Safety Council and Council of State Chambers. Katie enjoys public speaking and has led presentations at the Wisconsin Safety Council Conference and Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference.
Katie’s spare-time activities have included exciting and adventurous physical challenges, such as summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, finishing four times in the Ironman competition, and completing the Dopey Challenge during Disney Marathon Week multiple times. She also enjoys spending time with her children on the family farm and cooking.