From the Emerald City of Oz to the Granite State

Name:

Hannah Coen-Salamanca 

Current City/Town:

Manchester

Native City/Town:

Wichita, Kansas

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a public relations account executive at Cookson Communications (on Lowell street across from the Red Arrow and above Bubba Noodle Bar). I earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and a master’s degree in communications from Wichita State University. Then, on a whim, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked in communications at the National Council for Behavioral Health. After moving to New Hampshire, I worked in marketing at a few software companies and started a sports league, NH Urban Sport, with my husband with a focus on using sports to connect the community. Then, I began working at Cookson Communications after meeting with the team. In my first interview, we had a lengthy side conversation about ethics in communications. I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of a group that was driven not only by working hard but also by integrity. 

Why did you move to New Hampshire?

I moved to New Hampshire in 2016 to be with my husband. The weekend bus trips from DC got old quickly. So, in the last few years, I’ve been learning to navigate life as a wife, a stepmom, a transplant and a small business owner. All of which sound much more glamorous than the reality that my introverted self needs to recharge after too much socializing for the day.

What preparation did you do in anticipation of relocating?

I moved up here to New Hampshire rather spontaneously. However, if I could offer advice to anyone considering moving here from out-of-state, start networking before you move. I thought the job search would be easy, but the reality is that jobs are competitive wherever you go. Thus, you have to find a way to network even as an introvert. 

I made the Tech Women Power Breakfast series a part of my semi-monthly schedule. My goal at each breakfast was to talk to three people. That gave me something to work toward and made the notion of networking much less daunting. 

What has surprised you about living in New Hampshire?

The people who live here are tenacious and gritty and I love that. It’s in their blood to work hard and to problem-solve, and when faced with a seemingly impossible task, they adapt. They adapt and figure it out.  

Case in point, organizations throughout the state are finding creative ways to go virtual to connect with one another during this time of social distancing.

Do you know of other novel virtual events happening in the state? Or do you have an idea for one? I’d love to hear about it!

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