Leadership, Sustainability, and Craft Beer: A Conversation with New Belgium Brewing CEO, Kim Jordan

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Date(s) - 04/23/2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Banatao Auditorium - Sutardja Dai Hall

New Belgium Brewing has received numerous accolades not only for its craft beers, but also for being one of the best places to work in the United States and for its ambitious green business practices.  Kim Jordan, co-founder and CEO of New Belgium, will speak about her approach to leadership, and how her decisions have energized the culture of her company, strengthened its environmental stewardship, and transformed its very business model to becoming 100% employee-owned.

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Kim Jordan is CEO and Co-Founder of New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado.  As a classic basement startup, New Belgium’s beginnings were entrepreneurial; it’s now the third largest craft brewery and the first brewery in the United States to specialize in Belgian style beers.  New Belgium is known for its commitment to environmental stewardship, and under Kim’s leadership, they have developed a set of interwoven practices that include employee ownership, high involvement culture, advocacy and of course drinking beer together.

In January of 2013 New Belgium announced the sale of 100 per cent of the brewery to its 475 co-workers.  This enabled the formation of a family foundation with a goal of creating a new business model.  Ms. Jordan and New Belgium have been widely recognized as business role models; she received the EPA’s highest regional award for Environmental Excellence and in 2012 was Entrepreneur Magazine’s CEO of the Year and CEO of the year by Colorado Biz Magazine.  New Belgium was voted in the top ten best places to work by Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and The Wall Street Journal.