Jenny Karl

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Karl,-Jenny-Jenny Karl

New England Dairy Promotion Board
VP, Marketing and Communications

Years with company: 8

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: 

  • B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Board Member, Massachusetts Dietetic Association

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I’ve had informal mentors who have helped me think through job changes and challenges.    Three pieces of advice have stuck with me:

  • Look beyond the conventional dietitian career path and pursue your passion.
  • Seek out opportunities to diversify experiences and your contacts. Always sit with someone you don’t know.
  • The only way to grow is to test yourself and take on roles that force you to be uncomfortable and stretch.  You don’t know what you can do unless you just go for it.   

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateI am most proud of the communications trainings I’ve done with over 200 dairy farmers in New England.  I recall reading the newspaper a week after one of my trainings and saw one of my participants quoted so eloquently.  I didn’t fully appreciate the impact I was having until that moment.  It’s such an honor to train such hard-working people and to be recommended to other groups as a “go to” resource.  It has opened doors to opportunities for myself and my company that I would have never known existed.

Most challenging part of your job: Finding the right work/life boundaries to create a more productive and sustainable way of managing work and home life.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Follow your passion.  Don’t be afraid to take risks and ask for what you want.

Hobbies: Gardening, hiking and home improvement projects