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Jen Pontrelli

Jen Pontrelli
Jen Pontrelli is the sales manager for NOLS Custom Education.

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The Alaskan Tundra Jumpstarts New Adventures

By Jen Pontrelli on Sep 12, 2017

Editor’s note: Alum Dave’s NOLS course jumpstarted a new life of activity and adventure—at age 49. Read what led to his transformation and get some ideas for bringing more action to your life. Adapted from the summer 2017 issue of The Leader.

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Topics: NOLS Alaska, Alaska, Prime, Adult courses, Stories

Quantifying the Unquantifiable: What I Learned after a Week in the Wilderness with the Archer School for Girls

By Jen Pontrelli on May 9, 2016

There I was in the middle of the Galiuro Wilderness in southern Arizona. Traversing a mountain trail at top speed for the terrain, sweating profusely in the desert sun, and humming Fergie’s 2007 hit “Glamorous.”

As a diehard Metallica fan, I didn’t expect this particular tune to be rattling around in my brain, but my fellow expedition members, 12 high school freshman girls, would not have it any other way.

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Topics: Leadership Skills, Backpacking, adventure, NOLS Southwest, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education

How NOLS Made Me a Better Restaurant Manager: The Northstar Cafe Story

By Jen Pontrelli on Dec 8, 2015

 


Practicing decision-making. Photo by Darren Malhame.

 

The restaurant business is known to be a notoriously tough gig. Long hours, fluctuating market value for goods, high employee turnover and food fads all play into a stressful work environment for even the most seasoned restaurateur. So when a team of restaurant professionals does find a working formula, how do they take their thriving business to the next level?

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Topics: Leadership Skills, cooking, Backpacking, adventure, backcountry, NOLS Professional Training

No Borders in the Backcountry

By Jen Pontrelli on Nov 20, 2015

“What did I get myself into?!”

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Topics: Alumni, Sea Kayaking, NOLS Alaska, backcountry, NOLS Professional Training, NOLS Custom Education