Hannah Conner’s NoCo 30 under 30
Interviewed by Maya Cornwell she was asked a series of 10 questions to get to know this local innovator.
To begin, tell us about your history, and how you got to where you are now. Hannah is a first generation Latinx student who received her Master's in Sociology. She decided to pursue sociology because her desire to give back to her community. After years of support and schooling she now is the director of the Social Research Lab at UNC where she gives data back to the community.
What are you passionate about, personally and professionally?Hannah states that she's most passionate about creating a learning lab for UNC students and helping local nonprofits through accurate data. She also is an advocate for vulnerable communities and fighting for human rights in an inclusive, equitable, and diverse way.
What is your Superpower? Taking constructive feedback and criticism, I love to grow and am excited about growth.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment, either professionally or personally? No doubt that it seeing students graduate from the lab and thrive outside the school.
Who has been your biggest influence on your life? My mom, Cyndi Conner as she taught me the importance of empathy, integrity, and leadership through her example. To help me professionally Dr. Josh Packard the director of Springtime Research Institute as he inspires me with how to run my lab.
What piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self? To take all the opportunities, even if it’s scary. I needed to jump in and make things happen for myself.
What do you enjoy in your downtime? I like hiking around Colorado, eating at local restaurants and watching Stranger Things.
What would you like to give back to the community?To use my skills in leadership and data management to help large strategical plans that need data from the local community that I can get. I also would love to help other leaders gain new perspectives from the community through my data.
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