Shannon Hanson

Shannon Hanson

United Way of East Central Iowa

Put Shannon Hanson in any room or any group, stand back, and watch the magic happen.  She is vice president of marketing and communications at United Way of East Central Iowa, serving as a critical source for communication to human service agencies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and derecho disaster.  Shannon also volunteers her time with several non-profits and currently serves on the boards of NewBo City Market, Leadership for Five Seasons Advisory Board and Corridor Women Connect. 

What are your motivational must-haves?

Song:  “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves

Book or Author:  I’m into podcasts and LOVE Cy Wakeman…she’s all about being genuine and how to be a good human being. I’ve also discovered the Strengthsfinder podcasts. My daily go-to motivators are Simon Sinek and Seth Godin…both people WILL be my best friends someday.

Person: My husband, Eric, always motivates me and is always challenging me. My local leader influences include Kathy Lamb who has been a mentor of mine for years, and marketing influences Anne King and Quinn Pettifer. All of these people get me out of my comfort zone and motivate me to think differently.