Emmy award winning television journalist and media coach Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years in the broadcast business.
In three decades as a broadcast journalist, she has interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life — the worlds most famous celebrities, American presidents and those of other nations, numerous government officials, CEO’s, publishers, notorious criminals, renowned doctors, lawyers, authors, experts, and regular people caught up in the business of life.
In the consultancy business, her clients include top tier leaders of financial institutions, publishers and editors-in-chiefs of national magazines, key opinion leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, internet entrepreneurs, and celebrity chefs. Jane has also hosted programs on cable channels and private satellite broadcasts, covering nearly every subject, from healthcare to finance to religion to fashion. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker, an emcee and panel moderator.
Jane spent over three decades at NBC, has won nine Emmy Awards, and named “Correspondent of the Year” by New York Police Detectives and received a similar honor from New York’s Firefighters. She has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for service to the community.
Jane has served as the March of Dimes Walk of America Chairperson, honorary chair for the Susan B Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure, and as a board member of Graham Windham, Phipps Houses, the Randall Island Sports Foundation, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, and Telecare. She is a past president of the New York Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jane graduated from the University of Minnesota.
Jane Hanson is not only a lady I love but one that I respect, admire and is a true role model for women everywhere!
Jane Hanson Answers the 10 Ladies We Love Questions
- Please describe what your business. Currently I am a media and presentation coach, with a side of broadcasting occasional shows for cable TV … after thee decades working for NBC,I am thrilled to bring what I learned about communicating to clients from all walks of life. To help them achieve their goals, to see them blossom on stage, on TV, making speeches, presentations, or in any aspect of their lives is truly rewarding.
- Is that what you always saw yourself doing? I’m not sure – I always wondered what life after television would be like – it’s so much better than I imagined. I make my own schedule, have traveled far and wide, and, as a “mature woman” (ugh hate that phrase) am consistently surprised about how relevant & inspiring people allow me to be.
- If you could tell your younger self three life lessons, what would they be? Have more fun, have more gratitude and slow down.
- What are you most proud of? My daughter and my Emmys, and for making a difference in lives. When broadcasting a simple story about a child’s illness results in them getting a life-saving operation; when an animal can be rescued; orpeople informed to make changes … all of that and so much more has come from stories I’ve reported. That is truly awesome!
- What was one of your biggest challenges and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge is personal — a tattered marriage. It brought heartbreak, regret, shame, and loss, but meditation, therapy, love of family and friends, and puttingJof self-esteem. I’m still working on it one-foot in front of the other each day has made a difference. Leaning to believe in self too. Those ancient philosophers weren’t wrong when they said, “learn to love yourself and everything else will follow” I had to learn to give myself a break too.
- What helps to keep you on target and not be derailed by distractions? A strong work ethic that came from my Minnesota parents. Even though they have both passed on, I can still see their heads shaking if I don’t follow through on projects; or let myself day dream.
- What does “having it all” mean to you and do you think there is such a thing? Its far different than it used to be. In my 20s and 30s I thought having a good husband, children, and a strong career would be “it all” Now I think having fabulous friends, terrific brothers, cousins and in-laws are top of the list; being able to do what I want to do. like traveling to Africa as I plan to do shortly, or create my own schedule on a daily basis; and the freedom to choose every day is breathtaking. I think we all need to learn to let go a little – not be so programmed that we “have to have this” or need to accomplish something to make ourselves feel good. We each get to choose our lives, and just makethose choices count. Then you really will have it all — so simply “chill.”
- What would you like to see women as a whole do differently? I work with women executives a lot – women at the top of their game and who have huge clients with big bucks. I am consistently shocked by how many extremely successful women still have issues with self confidence – and are intimidated by conference rooms full of men. If I could accomplish my dearest dream, it would be to help instill in them the confidence to conquer anything. We are so powerful, as women, and we don’t use it a well as we could.
- What do you think women’s strengths are? What makes women so special? We are more passionate, we are always ready to lend a hand, we care more, and we truly want to please people. (which can sometimes be an issue in the way we interact with are people, especially men). We are great multi-taskers; dedicated, loyal all of those characteristics.
- Please share any other words of wisdom to inspire women. I would say you don’t have to be perfect – we are known for our perfectionism, and that can get in the way. Perceive yourself as capable, strong, talented, and human. Don’t try to do it all – find your purpose and try to accomplish that, and don’t worry about the rest. There are reports that show men perceive themselves 30 % better than they are and women perceive themselves 30% less than they are — think more highly of yourself, and be authentic. Don’t buy into being what you are not!
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