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2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Pioneer Award – Kim M. Lobdell, PE


Kim M. Lobdell, KL Engineering’s Founder and President, is one of 17 women honored for their leadership with a 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business. The recipients represent 19 counties in Wisconsin in a wide range of industries. Governor Scott Walker will be hosting a reception in May for these women, recognizing the rich legacy of women-owned businesses across Wisconsin.

Kim was nominated for a Pioneer Award for her outstanding accomplishments during her 25+ years in business. She started KL Engineering in 1991 and it has since grown to 65+ employees and offices in Madison, Green Bay, and Menomonie, Wisconsin. When asked about her secret to success, Kim explains:

Starting a business in a traditionally male dominated field has been both challenging and interesting. The key for me are my philosophies of treating everyone like I would like to be treated and not to take yourself too seriously. Although engineering is a serious profession you have to remember to have fun, and to make sure your clients have fun working with you. How we do business is just as important as what we do – and our staff are dedicated to delivering [A] Better Experience on every project.

KL Engineering congratulates all of the women nominated in 2018 and years past – 88 women in all! We extend our gratitude to the Wisconsin Women’s Council, the Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and the corporate partners who sponsor this award. Special thanks to Marci Henderson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland for nominating Kim for this award! Learn more about the 2018 Trailblazer Award and the other recipients here.

Congratulations, Kim, on all you have accomplished! Stay tuned for photos from the reception at the Capitol in May.

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