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Jennifer Orgolini
Jennifer Orgolini

Jennifer Orgolini

New Belgium Brewery

Fort Collins, CO USA

"Times of stress [are] necessary for growth, but you also need that time of recovery and ease, because that's when you integrate your gains."

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Day In The Life

Sustainability Director

I helped create many of the structures which exemplify New Belgium like employee ownership and environmental advocacy.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Humanities/Humanistic Studies

    Washington College

  • Graduate Degree


    Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Was going to graduate school, studying philosophy; took a part-time job at the brewery on the side.

  • 2.

    Started on the bottling line, then did some office work for the company's CEO.

  • 3.

    She slowly moved up in the ranks; says this wasn't a "big career vision," but people needed help and she'd help out.

  • 4.

    Eventually realized it'd be in her best interest to get her MBA; did a night program while working full-time.

  • 5.

    Sometimes wishes she could be something simple and satisfying, like a receptionist.

  • 6.

    But acknowledges that you need stress to encourage growth, need to take on challenges sometimes.

  • 7.

    Says your job should be fulfilling, but sometimes that's a luxury-sometimes you have to take jobs you don't love to make a living.

  • 8.

    Constantly redefines her role to make sure she's doing something she believes in-went from chief operations officer to sustainability director.