Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement

Roxanne Baumann, Director of Global Engagement for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, is among a group of distinguished honorees in this year’s Women of Influence program conducted the Milwaukee Business Journal.

More than 900 people attended a ceremony at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee on June 28 as Baumann received her award, along with 28 other honorees. Baumann was honored in the Public Policy category for her work in helping Wisconsin manufacturers export the products they make.

Recognized along with Baumann in the category are Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet and Michele Carter, Director, Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Baumann is a high energy, global business strategist. In 2009, she launched Wisconsin’s award-winning ExporTech™ program, a fast-track, C-suite export expansion strategy.

Under Baumann’s stewardship of this program, she has helped coach and mentor hundreds of business leaders in developing and implementing crucial exporting strategies. Companies that have completed this program average $1 million in new revenue through exporting in the first year.

This program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the best of its kind in the country, and graduates have gone on to win prestigious state and national awards.

From left to right: Buckley Brinkman, Jim Sullivan, Roxanne Baumann, George Bureau

“Roxanne has cultivated a strong network of business leaders and is very happy to connect the dots for those seeking to learn and grow,” Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership Executive Director and CEO Tim Wiora said. “If a company is looking to tackle a particular exporting problem such as distribution, currency exchange, or customs problem, Roxanne knows dozens of individuals who have successfully overcome similar challenges and are willing to help.”

Donsia Strong-Hill, executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee, delivered the keynote address at the Women of Influence event around the topic of creativity.

“Creativity. It can show up anywhere. It’s not limited to artistic expression,” Strong-Hill said. “Instead, you can close your eyes and imagine it is a way of thinking. A kind of energy and expression of passion. Creativity fuels much of what we do well.”