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At the Water Cooler with Jennifer Buelin, Program Manager

How long have you been with ASHLIN and what is your role with the company?

A year and a half as Program Manager for Workforce Development/Career & Technical Training

What do you enjoy most about working at ASHLIN?

There’s always a new challenge. I never get bored.

What are some of your professional aspirations?

In the past I’ve been involved in leadership development and mentoring for young women just out of high school and undergrad, and I’d like to do a little more of that. I’ve outlined a book I want to write. I’d like to continue occasionally teaching my graduate seminar on cognitive strategies for creativity.


Can you tell us a little about a current project that you’re working on?

I’m working on a project that we expect to become an inter-agency partnership for using the CTE Identity Framework that ASHLIN led in developing a few years ago. There’s a lot of momentum behind the work across government agencies and education entities of all kinds, so the time is right and we have some of the key voices on our team to make a tremendous national impact.

How did you arrive at your decision to work at ASHLIN?

Intuition. It felt right.


Now to the Fun Stuff

How do you start your morning routine?

Brain purge writing, yoga, a lake of coffee.

Tell us about a person who has inspired you.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue and global chief content officer for Condé Nast. I’m a fan of the public persona she’s cultivated, her style, her work ethic, and her approach to leadership and creativity.

What food is your favorite “guilty pleasure”?

New York style cheesecake.

What is your favorite hobby?

I’m an encaustic painter and ceramicist.

Tell us something about your life that most people would be surprised to know.

I’m a beekeeper and have backyard chickens.

What are you reading right now?

Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary Klein.

What is your “go to” mobile app?

There are so many! Gaia, Calm, Masterclass, Fitness AI, and of course iCal.

Name one destination in the world that you have to visit in the next 5 years.

Hiking the south coast of Iceland – black sands, northern lights, waterfalls, volcanos, and glaciers.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Doctrina Perpetua (forever learning)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Kate Winslet for my real-time self and Dame Helen Mirren as my older self.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

Unsure; it probably had to do with either a toddler or a chicken.

Who are your top 5 greatest (artists, musicians, movies, athletes, books, cars, etc.) of all time?

Julie Taymor, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Leonard Cohen, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michelle Obama