Katie R. Yeutter
President, Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health and Sustainability
As the COO and CFO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and President of the Florida Chamber Leadership Cabinet on Safety, Health and Sustainability, Katie Yeutter’s dual-focus perspective as a leader promotes member education and spearheads action to achieve enterprise results. Katie’s drive to envision and actualize new possibilities to fuel organizational growth and continuous improvement has remained a constant throughout her career and life.
A six-time full distance Ironman finisher (two-time half Ironman finisher) who also summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Katie never stops striving for excellence in everything she does. In 2022, INFLUENCE named her one of their “The Most Influential People in Florida Politics.” She is an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a global leadership community of over 30,000 leaders in 142 countries, and she was recently accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School Leaders Program.
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, says, “Katie Yeutter is a one-of-a-kind leader. She exhibits strong intuition and strategic skills while also driving excellent operational results. She holds herself to a high standard while motivating her team to reach their potential. Any organization would be better with Katie.”
Katie has spearheaded bold new initiatives that have led to year-after-year record-breaking revenue results while expanding the Chamber’s ability to help make Florida one of the nation’s safest, healthiest, and most sustainable states. She leads internal operations and strategic planning for a parent organization of 17 profit and non-profit entities, including the Safety Council, the Health Council, and the Sustainability Council. Katie oversees financial management, revenue generation, accounting, and human resources across the Florida Chamber.
Katie created the Leadership Cabinet structure and operations from the Florida Safety Council, building motivated teams and policies to strengthen the organization’s ability to meet key performance objectives. She built an Advisory Board of senior executives from Disney, Coca-Cola, Advent Health, and other global industry leaders. She created a robust educational division featuring a national Leadership Webinar Series, including a 30-hour OSHA-sanctioned training program, mental health awareness workshops for HR professionals, and an internal Chamber University to provide employee training opportunities, career pathing, and coaching. She also developed the Florida Leadership Conference on Safety, Health, and Sustainability featuring high-profile industry expert speakers, with over 600 business leaders participating over the course of the last three years.
Katie’s professional affiliations include the Council of State Chambers, the Association of State Chamber Professionals, and the National Safety Council. A true safety services program champion, as President of the Wisconsin Safety Council from 2016-2019, she led the chapter in earning five national awards for excellence in service execution, training, and revenue generation. Before moving to Florida in 2019, she served as CFO and COO of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and President of their Insurance and Safety Services Units. Before that, she was Managing Director of Finance and Operations at the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Katie earned her MBA and MS in Accountancy at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Her MBA included a concentration in Corporate Management.
Katie’s spare-time activities have included numerous other exciting and adventurous physical challenges, like completing the Dopey Challenge multiple times during Disney Marathon Week. Katie’s newest personal goal is training to swim the English Channel next year. A busy and devoted mom, Katie loves sharing her busy life with her three active boys and husband. They enjoy traveling, cooking, and quality time together on the family farm.
“Katie embodies the most passion and effectiveness as a leader I’ve experienced in my naval and corporate experience spanning 30 years. Her passion, professionalism, and calm demeanor are just a few of her many incredible, noteworthy talents.” – Dr. Robert “Navy Bob” Roncska, Senior Vice President, Florida Chamber Health Council
“Katie’s leadership, energy, and enthusiasm are infectious! She effortlessly influences those around her to deliver great outcomes in our mission to make Florida the safest, healthiest, and most sustainable state in the country.” – John Trevathan, Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Procurement Officer at Florida Blue