Kendall Hanley ’04

Manager of Officiating for the North American Hockey League

What advice would you give to a girl graduating from Williston today?   

Two things. One, stay true to yourself and your values. Two, set goals, and then prioritize your time and efforts into the opportunities that will help you achieve those goals.  It sounds simple, but I’m the kind of person who wants to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes my way. Learning to say “no” enabled me to keep from getting burned out, stay focused and achieve my goals.

What do you think is next for women in your professional field?

The past few years have seen so many doors open for women to have careers in hockey, whether on or off the ice. I’m so fortunate to be a part of it, and know its due to the hard work of the women who came before me. Our job is to succeed in these careers, to keep that door open for the next generation. Its only a matter of time before you see women officiating in the NHL…and when they do get there, you can bet I’ll be in the stadium watching and cheering them on!

What motivates you in your work and life?

Being a good teammate…whether at work or at home. To me that means being present in the moment, supportive to your team/family/village, and open to feedback.