Dot Sheehan, nonprofit founder and energetic business
leader, discusses turning her passion into reality
founder, president and CEO of Operation Hat Trick, headlines the first
of 2019’s New
Hampshire Tech Alliance TechWomen Power Breakfasts on
Wednesday, January 9. Sheehan will discuss the journey she took turning an idea
spurred by a radio station trivia contest into a multi-million dollar, globally
recognized charitable organization that supports the recovery of wounded
service members and veterans. The January Power Breakfast will be from 7:30 to
9 am at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane in Greenland.
Trick, and Sheehan’s journey to success, are both based on an idea that was
born as the result of a Boston radio station trivia contest question – “What is
the one thing most wanted by head-wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan?” The answer? Baseball caps to cover wounds, burns, swelling and
bandages. Since this moment in 2007, combined with the loss of Navy SEALs Nate
Hardy of Durham, NH and Mike Koch in Iraq in 2008, Sheehan’s brand has grown
significantly. With roots in the collegiate space – when the University of
Notre Dame urged Sheehan to take her business national – the University of New
Hampshire was the first to get involved.
The mission of
Operation Hat Trick is to generate awareness and support for the recovery of
wounded service members and veterans through the sale of branded merchandise
and products, including hats, apparel and other merchandise, proceeds of which
are donated to selected organizations. Since 2014, Operation Hat Trick has
donated over $1,000,000 to programs, supported by more than 1.6 million
consumers who have made a “purchase with a purpose.” Operation Hat Trick is
supported by over 350 leading universities, two living presidents, the NHL,
NBA, MiLB, high schools and major corporations.
with Operation Hat Trick serves as an example for all of us,” said Melissa
Jurkoic, chair of the TechWomen Power Breakfast Committee. “Her motivation and
determination led her to find success, but it is her passion that has kept her
from becoming complacent. The passion she has for helping others is a true
example that anything is possible. She teaches many that they are not limited
by what they think they can do, but that they can do anything they want.”
Trick is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007. Prior to launching Operation
Hat Trick, Sheehan was the senior associate athletics director for external
relations at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and president of Sheehan
Sports Marketing, a consulting firm that represented professional athletes. She
was one of the first female agents in sports and has continued to work with
women whose goal is to turn sports into their career. She was awarded the UNH
Alumni Association Profile of Service Award in 2012 and the 2013 Innovators’
Award, the first female and UNH staff member to receive the award.
The January 9
TechWomen Power Breakfast is sponsored by New England BioLabs and C3 Metrics.
Tickets to the Power Breakfast are $10 for Alliance members and $20 for
non-members. Tickets are available here or by calling 603.935.8951.
Seating is limited, so individuals are encouraged to register early.