Occupation- Culture and Engagement Business Partner at Aureon.

If you opened your own business, what would it be?  I would love to own a traditional Korean restaurant with my mom.

What advice would you give your younger self The only opinion that matters is my own.  And have kids 16 months apart is hard work.

Exceptional Skills- People---I am really good at getting to know someone in less than an hour.  For example, a guy came to my house to fix my garage door.  When he left I knew that he had six kids, four biological and two adopted from Ethiopia.  One of which was seven when he started Kindergarten because he had never attended school.  He was at my house for 15 minutes.  Someone once told me that when I have a conversation with someone, I always make them feel like they are the most important person in the world.  And I retain information so that each connection with that person continues to build upon our relationship.  I also do a great job at reading situations, potential issues, and being 10 steps ahead. A great skill to have when planning events. 

What makes you feel fulfilled? Hearing my children say “I love you, mom.”

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? Energetic

Favorite Quote- “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” Maya Angelou

Favorite Book- I don’t have a particular favorite book.  My favorite author is Stephen King. I enjoy a quick escape from reality.

What makes your heart race? My husband, in a good way.  Bad travel conditions, in a bad way.

Organization or cause near to your heart- The American Heart Association is an organization with a mission very close to my heart, no pun intended.  When I worked for them, I met many amazing survivors and their support systems.  They are doing amazing, difficult work to cure heart disease.

Favorite Food-  traditional Korean food, specifically Kimchi Fried Rice and Kalbi (short-ribs)

What keeps you up at night? Fear of failure; FOMO; my husband snoring

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? I don’t know that there is a belief that I no longer have.  I think the closest thing I can share is my self-worth.  I think it took a long time to become confident in myself and focus on what makes me happy versus doing things to please others.  At times it feels selfish to take the “what’s in it for me” approach but I have learned to be ok with being the expert on myself.

Kim Hanken

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