Katie Votolato

Katie has honed her operational skills working for two of the global leaders in manufacturing, Toyota and General Electric. She has a solid understanding of operations due to experience working in Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Production Supervision, Production Control, Purchasing, Supplier Development, Project Management, Customer Service, and Lean Implementation. Katie has worked in the Automotive, Aviation, and Energy sectors and aims to spread that experience to healthcare, education, government, light manufacturing, and beyond. She has benchmarked operations in 50+ different manufacturing plants. While at Toyota, she learned and practiced Lean, Toyota Production Systems, and Toyota’s methodical approach to problem solving both in Toyota factories and at suppliers’ plants. At GE, Katie honed her operational understanding of production and implementing lean in more traditional environments. She has experience working in a variety of shop floor environments including high and low volume, high and low mix, union and non-union, younger & older work forces, small to large product size, and small to large operation size.

Katie grew up in Indianapolis, IN and now resides in Bloomington, IN. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and making cornhole boards.


“Katie has performed at a high level in driving Lean projects as well as establishing a continuous improvement culture. Her organizational ability and communication skills in working on projects with both salaried and hourly supervisors shows her ability to bridge the gap between strategic goal setting and tactical execution.” - Mike Bowdoin (GE Oil & Gas)

“Katie's background and high intelligence enable her to be very useful in several different types of roles. She catches on quick and is able to learn and then teach in a very short timeframe. She is willing to do what it takes to help the organization achieve success.” GE Aviation

BS, Mechanical Engineering     Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology    Terre Haute, IN     2007


MBA, Supply Chain & Operations       Indiana University (Kelley)         Bloomington, IN    2016


Prior Professional Experience

GE Oil & Gas                Avon, MA            Lean Leader

GE Aviation                   Lynn, MA             Production Control Specialist

GE Aviation                   Lynn, MA             Manufacturing Quality Engineer

Toyota                           Erlanger, KY         Supplier Preparation & Development Engineer

Toyota                           Princeton, IN        Welding Engineering Specialist

Toyota                           Erlanger, KY         6 month Co-op (Purchasing Buyer, Sup. Prep. & Dev. Eng)

Rolls-Royce                    Indianapolis, IN    9 month Co-op (Service Eng, Cost Reduction, Mfg. Eng.)

Beckman Coulter           Indianapolis, IN    3 month Internship (Research & Development)