Say hello to our new Strategy & Innovation Manager, Mary! 🎉

What is your role at Hoan Marketing? How long have you been on the team?

While I have been collaborating with the team for almost a year, I only recently joined Hoan Marketing as the Strategy & Innovation Manager. My role is to oversee strategic campaigns for the amazing nonprofits and social entrepreneurs we work with. This includes coordinating fundraising efforts, event promotion, issue awareness and more. It’s also my goal to make sure none of our partners miss out on opportunities due to stale technology 💻 I research, test, and implement the latest digital innovations that will help make the world a better place.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a kid (and still today), I wanted to be an author 📚 I love reading, I love writing, and I have several books floating around in my head. I made it my 2022 New Year’s Resolution to get a first draft of a book completed. Stay tuned!

What are some things you like to do outside of work?

Whether it is hiking at the Audubon, splashing in Lake Michigan, or just hanging out barefoot in my backyard, connecting with nature is my happy place – especially when my kids join me 🌊 Watching them grow and interact with the world around them has taught me more than I ever could have imagined! When we aren’t outside, our family also loves to cook and experiment with new recipes.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

When I am feeling less than motivated or having trouble focusing, I ask myself one question: “Does my mind need quieting or does my body need moving?” And then I either allow myself a break to meditate and come back refreshed, or I do something active that gets my blood flowing. Usually I’ll go for a walk around my neighborhood, but if I don’t have the time to bundle up for the Wisconsin weather, I’ll have a mini dance party in my office! 💃

What energizes you to come to work everyday?

✨ This is an easy one – the nonprofits and their incredible missions. Each nonprofit I am introduced to truly inspires me. The issues they tackle, the impacts they have, and their motivation to keep doing their important work energizes me to show up with the passion and dedication they deserve.