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2023 40 Under Forty: Kate Baumann

Age: 39 Company: MetroHartford Alliance Title: Chief Operating Officer No. of years with current company: 3 Town where I live: Cromwell Town where I work: Hartford College: Springfield College Highest degree: Bachelor’s degree in communications/sports journalism and English, minor in marketing
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Kate Baumann is the chief operating officer for the MetroHartford Alliance, an economic development organization focused on attracting jobs and retaining talent in the Hartford region.


Baumann leads efforts to convene partners to support the organization’s mission, while stimulating success for the business community, including promoting things happening through the “Pulse of the Region” podcast, which Baumann hosts. She previously worked for Nexstar Media Group, the New Britain Rock Cats and iHeartMedia.


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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

With a great team, I am proud of the role I played to relaunch and expand News 8’s lifestyle show to focus on producing branded content. The custom video content was designed to air across multiple media platforms and drove significant new revenue at the local, regional and national levels.

How are you involved in the community?

I’ve had the privilege of intertwining my work with my community involvement. At the New Britain Rock Cats, News 8 and the MHA, I created opportunities to highlight the incredible work being accomplished by our area nonprofits, spotlighting them in many ways including: video features, podcasts, stories and events.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My family and friends spark the positive vibe in me, so does a good day at the beach. I love spending time with family and friends traveling, on the athletic fields/courts, hiking or at a great restaurant. I enjoy DIY projects (thanks mom) and learning to build things (thanks dad).

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Being nominated — someone went out of their way to recognize me for this — I hope to continue to live up to those expectations of what inspired them to think of me.

• Team player and member of the MHA’s leadership team.

• Creative leader with a strong track record of creating and driving revenue-generating strategies across multiple industries.

• Host of the MHA’s “Pulse of the Region” podcast — highlighting the positive things happening in the Hartford region.

Fun Fact

I played college basketball. I play softball, volleyball and golf, trying to keep the competitive spirit alive!

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