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In uncertain times, the role of the communicator is vital and the future of this function continues to evolve. Listen in as Angee Linsey speaks with Hanson Hosein, co-director of the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program, about the importance of communications leaders being the antenna of an organization and how the future of our work may change.

In this episode, Hanson shares some insights on our world in the age of acceleration and the age of anxiety simultaneously. With exceptional communications, leaders can help everyone through both. And as we look forward to the future of work, he shares his own philosophy of how to stay ahead of the curve. Not only should we all be thinking about what we can do that people will pay us to do, but what do we enjoy and how can we lead those efforts to create what will be new and needed in our evolving reality.

While it’s nearly impossible to be intentional in our own career development during a time of crisis, this episode gives a few morsels of food for thought for now and in the future, while paying attention to our current needs.

Hanson Hosein

Hanson HoseinHanson Hosein is Co-Director of the Communication Leadership master’s program at the University of Washington and the President of HRH Media Group LLC  a media production and communications strategy firm that has worked with organizations such as REI, Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Tableau Software and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

He’s a pioneer of multimedia storytelling: as an Emmy and Overseas Press Club award-winning journalist for NBC News, a solo TV war correspondent with MSNBC and CBC and a documentary film director whose work has been streamed and broadcast worldwide.

While at the UW, Hanson has also been recognized as Seattle’s “Most Influential” as he engages publicly with the region’s leaders on-camera and on-stage. This work is captured within the Bezos Center for Innovation as a permanent exhibit at the city’s Museum of History and Industry, his book Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age, and through various global gatherings. He has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Pacific Science Center, Climate Solutions, NPR station KUOW and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

He has law degrees from McGill University and the University of Paris, and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University.

Watch Hanson’s TEDx talk “Why I drop the mic” and his Creative Mornings presentation on Creativity and Compassion.


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