Experience

  • Over 35 years of real world, executive management and leadership experience
  • Since 2010, self-employed management and organizational consultant
  • Eight years as President and CEO of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, 5 star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber since 2009 and the largest business organization in Calhoun County
  • 23 years of economic and community development experience at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Department of Commerce

Expertise

  • Business and strategic planning
  • Program and policy development
  • Non- profit management and organization enhancement
  • Membership organization management and enhancement
  • Entrepreneurship, women’s business ownership and small business development
  • Leadership development
  • Revenue development and enhancement
  • Technical writing and assistance

Education

  • M.P.A. – Public Administration, Michigan State University – Awarded Public Policy Fellowship for exceptional academic ability.
  • B.A. – Social Science MDP in Political Science and Urban Development, Michigan State University
  • Economic Development Practitioner Certification – University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business, Industrial Development Division
  • Business Credit Analysis Certification – University of Michigan, Graduate School of Business
  • Economic Development Finance Professional Courses – National Development Council
  • Institute for Organization Management Courses – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Classes In Market Research and Preparing a Loan Package- U.S. Small Business Administration

Awards

  • Inforum Inner Circle Honoree, 2011
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 2010
  • U.S Chamber of Commerce 5 Star Accreditation to Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • I Have a Dream Award- Battle Creek Urban League, 2008
  • SCENE Magazine Business of the Year Award to Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • Most Influential Women in Western Michigan- West Michigan Business Review, 2005
  • Regional Leadership Steward – Regional Leadership Alliance, 2004
  • Friend of NAWBO – Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, 1996

Kathleen