August 2, 2018
40 Under Forty 2018

Meghan M. Hanrahan

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 38

Company: UConn, School of Business

Title: Director, MS in Business Analytics and Project Management program

No. of years with current company: 14

Town where I live: Newington

Town where I work: Hartford and Stamford

College: University of Connecticut

Highest degree: Master's degree in higher education administration

Meghan Hanrahan is the UConn School of Business' director of the business analytics and project management graduate program in downtown Hartford and Stamford. Hanrahan has worked for UConn for 14 years and served in a variety of roles across the institution. As director, she manages an $8 million program for the school and supports over 450 students recruited from around the world.

With a vision and commitment to offer first-in-class experiences including data challenges, hackathons, corporate capstone projects, networking, career placement and alumni events — the student profile and rankings of the program are now among the best.

What's been your biggest professional accomplishment?

Recently, I ran into a former first-generation college student who received his GED, not a high school diploma. This was a man who was special and who I believed in, in terms of his potential. I recruited him to UConn and guided him through every step. While catching up on all his success — degrees, career, children, wife, etc. — he looked at my son and said, "Your mom changed my life." This is the greatest accomplishment of my career.

How are you involved in the community?

I'm a volunteer coach for youth basketball. I not only teach the game of basketball, but organize opportunities for players to engage with college athletes to set expectations on the importance of college. Additionally, I speak at public schools across the state about the importance of higher education.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family — husband, JP and two children, Jack and Julia. We attend and participate in a variety sporting events. I also enjoy kayaking, golfing, running and visiting my family in my home state of Maine.

What must the Greater Hartford region do to attract more talented young professionals to the area?

Hartford must attract young professionals through a holistic approach — exposure to exciting projects, opportunities to give back, transparent career pipeline, mentorship, convenient and safe transportation and entertainment.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

•Manages the fastest-growing and highest-revenue graduate program at the UConn School of Business in Hartford and Stamford.

•Selected regularly to serve on university-wide programs, focus groups and new initiatives.

•Increased access to education by developing pipeline programs from community colleges to UConn.

•Mentor women to obtain higher-profile positions in higher education.

Fun Fact

I scored 1,000 points on my high school basketball team.

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