Undergraduate Institution: B.A., Political Science and Government/History
University of Georgia
Graduate Institution: M.S., International Relations and Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology
Prior to Hanover, I’d never seen a company that provided such comprehensive grant services. I wanted an opportunity to diversify my talents within the grants world by building upon my previous research and analysis skills. I was also attracted to Hanover’s status as a newer, expanding company. Given the company’s rate of growth and evolution, I felt there would be space for me to explore new roles and potential leadership opportunities while creating a name and reputation for myself. Finally, in my experience, smaller, emerging companies offer more opportunity for employees to make a personal impact on methods and policies. Joining the company as a new mother after a break from the workforce, I felt empowered to shape my role and define my work-life balance without making significant sacrifices.
Making an Impact:
For our grants partners, it’s about building confidence and capacity. In the end, if we help them receive much needed funding, we’ve achieved just one of our goals. In an increasingly competitive funding landscape, we want to help our partners level the playing field so that they can use their unique strengths and characteristics to build their institution and/or research franchise. Every one of our research reports or grant proposal projects helps educate our partners and augments their ability to provide services to their communities.
Tips for New Recruits:
Be proactive. If you find a project type you enjoy, a role you would like to explore, or a training opportunity that interests you, be your own advocate. Hanover provides room to expand your niche and individualize your role, but it requires self-efficacy and drive.
Embrace the culture of “yes.” Flexibility, enthusiasm, and curiosity are valued and rewarded.