2018-2019 Co-Chair of NextGEN Leadership Team
With a BA in History, a Master’s Degree in Public Relations, and a certification in Brain-Based Coaching, Karen Baumgart brings a multifaceted perspective to her work. Born, raised and educated in Montana, Karen is committed to the advancement of the Big Sky state. Karen currently serves as the Director of BillingsWorks, the workforce development branch, with Big Sky Economic Development. Her role is to facilitate solution-focused conversations and implement innovative strategies with community stakeholders to ensure Yellowstone County has an adequate and talented workforce. Previously, she was employed as a coach and facilitator for Elation, Inc.-a start-up company in Billings dedicated to organizational performance. Prior to, Karen served as the Immigration Specialist for the Office of International Studies at Montana State University-Billings. By combining the different aspects of her education and professional experience, Karen has the perspective and insights that elicit enthusiasm for innovation and excitement for action.
*Karen was featured as the September 2017 NextGEN Member Spotlight.