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Kaeko Leitch Named to Prairie Business Magazine’s 25 Women in Business List


Congratulations to Widseth’s Kaeko Leitch, PE, LEED AP, Strategic Operations & Innovation, Vice President, and Mankato Office Manager, named to the 2023 Prairie Business Magazine’s 25 Women in Business list!

Prairie Business Magazine’s 25 Women in Business recipients were selected through a nomination process that emphasized professional achievement, community contributions, and volunteerism. The 25 women listed come from a variety of industries and professions. Each has made exceptional contributions in their chosen careers and communities.

Kaeko is an innovative thinker, problem solver, designer, and engineer. Her precise yet thoughtful approach permeates her work, community and family activities, and creative pursuits.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Leitch is licensed in five states as both a mechanical and an electrical engineer. Her projects have ranged from pro bono work for non-profits to the $200 million Minneapolis Public Service Building.

Having joined Widseth in 2022 as a vice president, Leitch has seamlessly woven herself into the firm’s culture. With an emphasis on strategic operations, she is guiding firm leaders to identify innovative approaches to client management, talent development, and providing clients with an exceptional project experience.

She serves on the program advisory committee for the Architectural Drafting & Design program at South Central Community College, North Mankato, Minn., and has served as a volunteer and board member for organizations such as VINE Faith in Action.

She is committed to fostering community among young adults, particularly international students, and encourages young people to explore engineering careers and to persevere in their aspirations. Leitch balances her technical vocation with hands-on pursuits that tap her creativity. Leitch is a strong leader and a calming, forward-thinking influence across the firm.

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