Keynote Speaker Jen Kimmich
Jen Kimmich is co-founder and CEO of the Alchemist Brewery and board chair of the Alchemist Foundation, focused on expanding opportunity for young Vermonters. With her husband John, she founded The Alchemist as a Waterbury brewpub in 2003. Building on the wild success of the pub and their beers, the team began canning Heady Topper in Waterbury in 2011. In 2016 they opened their brewery in Stowe, where it serves as a model of sustainable water use in brewing.
Jen is active in public policy and is a passionate advocate for working Vermonters and the environment. She is a member of VBSR’s Public Policy Committee and is a business advocate for universal health care in Washington DC.
Jen serves on a wide variety of boards, including Main Street Alliance Vermont, Vermont’s Workforce Development Board, VPIRG and the Vermont Council on Rural Development. She and John live in Stowe with their son Charlie.