Paydirt is a leading sustainability consulting firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paydirt is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.


Jill Kolling
LEED Accredited Professional
As the Founder of Paydirt, Jill Kolling recognized the opportunity for businesses to be better citizens of our planet and capitalize on their efforts through innovation and new business strategies. Jill also recognized the complex range of issues surrounding sustainability and has assembled a team of accomplished professionals with diverse backgrounds, expertise and interests to collectively guide our clients toward their sustainability goals. Jill’s own experience includes a unique combination of product development, operations management, manufacturing engineering, compliance assessments and management consulting for private and public organizations of all sizes.

Prior to founding Paydirt, Jill co-founded management consulting firm Forward Hindsight, Inc. and was considered one of the leading experts in the Midwest on conducting pragmatic and successful Sarbanes–Oxley compliance initiatives. Jill was an Ernst & Young 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year® finalist in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

With a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science, both from the University of Minnesota, Jill continues to study major trends in sustainability and alignment of environmental thinking with core business goals.