Meet Todd Hansen'89
[Todd Hansen'89]Alumni Board Member
What is your current occupation?
I am a founding principal of O’Malley Hansen Communications, an agency based in Chicago and St. Louis that is focused on building brand visibility and company reputation through national and local media relations, social media, employee engagement and influencer outreach. www.omalleyhansen.com
What was your major and how has that played out into your life today?
I was an English composition major with a journalism minor. It helped me initially start a career in public relations because I had a great sense of how media works and how to write effectively. But over time, I found that the more valuable lesson has been its ability to teach me how to immerse myself in different situations and environments and understand how to be effective in them. The lessons of rhetoric and analyzing subcultures, as well as the number of thoughtful conversations we had every day in my classes, had a cumulative effect (this is totally true, even though I can’t believe I just wrote that).
Tell us your favorite Beloit memory.
That is an impossible request … there are way too many. When I think back about Beloit memories, what I value the most was the opportunity to live in close proximity with a number of people for an extended period of time and really get to know them. Sharing a life with more than 1,000 people and having the same 250 people join you on the journey for four years is a profound experience that is not available to most people. I really appreciate being a part of that and share a strong kinship with my fellow Beloiters, many of whom are still an active part of my life.
What is your favorite alumni event?
There is nothing more fun that being in the basement of C-Haus on Friday night of Homecoming/Reunion Weekend and knowing most everyone in the room. It’s like stepping into a time machine.
What do you consider your greatest achievement that Beloit has played a part in?
Starting and ramping up a small business is a great, fun challenge and I believe that the old adage that Beloit teaches students “how to think” has played a great role in my success. There were many times at Beloit where I was given an assignment without a template and I had to figure out what to do and how to do it. I now relish new challenges because I was well-trained at Beloit on how to tackle them.
Why do you support Beloit College?
Beloit was a huge influence in my life that would not have been possible to me without alumni who introduced it to me and donors who fund the college. It’s great to know that every autumn there are new people who start their journey. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help them.
What do you hope to accomplish on the Alumni Board?
I want to assist in sustaining the Beloit alumni community so that we create an environment where people can easily and regularly reconnect with classmates and gain the support and recognition from their peers that will add value to their lives. I also want to help encourage those classmates who share similar feelings as I do to provide financial support as they can to help Beloit continue its mission.
Any advice you have for current students?
Take advantage of the incredible opportunities at Beloit to follow your passions. Remember that the school is designed to help you reach your potential, which is a huge gift. You will be surprised at what a great advantage it is to figure out what you love to do in college when you make plans for the rest of your life. And make sure you learn how to write well.