Women of Distinction 2019: Amanda Baltz

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

By “being the best version” of herself as a mother, wife and business woman, Amanda Baltz – the mother of five kids and 2019 Woman of the Year for raising the most funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Wisconsin chapter – has been able to give back to her church, friends and family “in a balanced and healthy way.”

In 2018, Spaulding Medical (a med-tech company) spun off from Spaulding Clinical, a company she joined while pregnant with her second child. “Through that process, I had an epiphany that I truly love starting and growing businesses,” she says. “I see all of that job growth as having a major impact in the community.”

“Charity begins at home, by getting my family inspired and involved. And then we inspire others to join us.” – Amanda Baltz, CEO, Spaulding Medical

Q&A With Amanda Baltz

How are you a force within your community?

“I am a driver and big-picture thinker. I love offering solutions to tough problems. Also, our cardiac solutions will leave a legacy in the community by impacting health care and growing meaningful jobs in the community.”

What is your life purpose?

“I believe God has a plan for all of us. I try to live my life to the fullest and to be the best possible version of myself at all times – to my family, my work and my community.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.