Julie Kiehne


Julie is an administrative professional with 30+ years’ experience in educational, managerial, and executive roles. As Winona State University’s (WSU) Business Outreach Coordinator, 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 shared, “I believe in investing, developing and maintaining relationships. I am a collaborator, looking for genuine connections with people and discovering ways to help businesses succeed. I strive to be the region’s trusted workforce training partner.”

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 Minnesota.

Julie offices out of two locations, on campus at WSU Winona and the 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 Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Winona State University. Her Master’s capstone project included research on Workplace Mental Health, and she conducted a Toolkit Usability Study with midwestern business leaders. She is also a Certified Customized Trainer (CCT) for continuing education and workforce solutions.