Julie Kiehne

Julie is an administrative professional with 27 years of experience in educational, managerial, and executive roles. As the WSU Business Outreach Coordinator for Winona and Rochester, Julie is committed to delivering high quality, customized programs tailored to improve organizations’ vitality in the region. This includes conducting needs assessments, designing and implementing training plans, and evaluating results to make impactful change.

Julie uses a holistic approach, promoting resources and wrap-around services across sectors. She currently serves on the Rochester Area Journey to Growth (J2G) Entrepreneurial Committee and plans to continue to align strategies for business and workforce. Julie said, “I believe in investing, developing and maintaining relationships. I am a connector and a collaborator, looking for genuine connections with people and discovering ways to help them succeed.”

Prior to joining the WSU team, Julie provided leadership in the delivery of business consulting services for the Southeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted at the Rochester Community and Technical College. She was responsible for overseeing 7 Small Business Development Centers serving an 11 county region in Southeast MN.

Julie offices out of two locations, on campus at WSU Winona and the new WSU-Rochester on Broadway facility, located in Rochester’s Destination Medical Center (DMC) Discovery Square District, in the hub of business activity and economic growth.

Julie earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with Winona State University. In her spare time, she enjoys singing homegrown harmonies with the Rhubarb Sisters, a women’s acapella quartet.